Our Founder, Dr. Tripp Morgan, is a fifth generation Georgian who was raised surrounded by agriculture in the small town of Camilla. Although a surgeon by trade and owner of the local Albany Vascular Specialist Center, his heart returned him back to farming and his love for craft beer led him to pursue creating Georgia’s very first farmhouse craft brewery.
Tripp is proud to see the vision of Pretoria Fields Collective come to fruition as a Collective of farmers, brewers and field guides to serve the community and the Southeast. Through organic farming, sustainable agriculture and natural resource management, he is ecstatic to utilize the highest quality inputs for the Collective’s CBD products and Craft beer. What most excites him is creating new opportunities for farmers all over the Southeast.
Balancing life as a father of four, a surgeon, and founder of the Collective means that Tripp may not have as much free time for fishing and hunting as he once did. But when he does get the opportunity to get out on the land, you might just find him enjoying time with his family, his dogs, and a fishing pole in his hand – oh and quite possibly a Shoalie IPA in the other.
Albert Etheridge will tell you that he had limited exposure to farming and beer just a few short years ago. As a Co-Founder for the Collective he has had a hand in starting the farming business and brewery and will now help build out the hemp business for Pretoria. Born in Georgia a long time ago, his family moved to Florida where he spent most of his life. By chance he met and married his wife and they are now a family of Georgia Peaches.
Having worked in several leadership and executive positions in both the corporate and nonprofit world for the past 25 years, he has a well-rounded knowledge base and experience on all things business. Having fell in love with Agriculture and Beer, he is having the time of his life working with the Pretoria team.
He has an MBA, an MA in Executive Leadership and a Business of Craft Beer Professional Certification. He serves on the Downtown Development Authority of the City of Albany, Georgia and has served on various boards in the community and abroad.
His first love is spending time with his wife my and his two daughters, Emily and Amelia. He is an avid dog lover, owning five and has a passion for the University of Florida Gator football team. He has a profound love for Belgian beers, Sours and his go to favorite in the world is Skywater Golden Ale.
Sean Hendley is our CFO and has over 21 years of experience in the finance industry. He spent thirteen years working for a regional CPA firm providing auditing and consulting services to clients in the Southeastern United States. That was followed by eight years working for two hospitals in the Albany, GA area in financial leadership roles. He brings a wealth of knowledge around financial reporting, forecasting and accounting practices. Sean was excited to be able to combine his occupation with his love of craft beer.
He grew up right outside Savannah, GA and moved to Albany upon graduating from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and a minor in finance. He is a licensed CPA and also a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He spent twenty-one years in the high paced, stressful environment of the healthcare industry and has enjoyed the slower paced, laid back environment of the craft beer industry. Sean guides our team on financial decisions as well as accounting for all the transactions related to making and selling Pretoria Fields beer. He loves a good spreadsheet almost as much as a good, hoppy IPA. When not sitting behind a spreadsheet at a computer at the brewery he can be found spending time with his wife and two boys or in the mountains of North Ga or North Carolina fly fishing for trout. After a long day of fly fishing he enjoys a delicious Shoalie while he relishes the day’s catch and watches the sunset.
In 1986, TomVess entered the beverage industry as a Driver Salesmen in Norfolk Virginia where he found his passion for sales and cultivating relationships within his profession. His aspirations to move into management relocated him to Jacksonville, Florida where he completed his business management degree while continuing to build his skills in the beverage industry. At the age of 27, he accepted the role of Sales Manager and continued to successfully grow and become the Vice President and General Manager of Champion Brands.
Fast forward to 2016, Tom found himself ready for his next opportunity with Beverage South of Albany, Georgia as the General Manager. In this role, he focused on changing the culture and providing “best in class” customer service to their retail partners. His vision of developing the skills of his team through motivation, coaching, and leading by example provided the tools for Beverage South of Albany to become a market leader in the industry. This brought him to a new position as the company’s South Regional Director where he effectively managed four distribution centers.
He was approached by Pretoria Fields Collective Brewery to use his knowledge, experience, and love for the industry to bring a new level of notability to the company and enthusiastically accepted the position as CEO. Tom is excited to share his industry expertise with the team at Pretoria Fields, where he will be overseeing the vision of the company in the Southeast. His grandfather was a farmer in South Carolina and he would be proud of his professional journey in collaborating with farmers and brewers to bring locally produced products to the community and consumers in the Southeast.
Outside of the office Tom enjoys spending time with his wife Karin and their dogs, Tucker and Auggie. Tom and Karin have six children and two grandchildren. When time permits, he can be found offshore fishing or in the woods of Georgia enjoying his recent interest of quail and deer hunting. Afterwards, he can be found enjoying a cold locally grown and brewed beer from Pretoria Fields.
Josh grew up in a small town south of Atlanta called Zebulon (no, it’s not a distant planet; it’s in Georgia). During college, Josh discovered the burgeoning world of craft beer in Georgia. Sweetwater and Red Brick were two early favorites for him.
Working in bars and restaurants through college and into his mid-20’s, Josh developed an appreciation for craft beers from all over, taking trips to breweries in Colorado, California, and later North Carolina. After graduating college, he found himself working some pretty soul-sucking “grown-up” jobs. But he later found fulfilling work in sales – advertising and eventually information technology.
Through this experience Josh learned that he got the most enjoyment from outside sales – from traveling and interacting with people of all walks of life. The one thing missing was a true calling – a “thing” to sell that he was really passionate about.
That all changed in early-2018 when Josh found Pretoria Fields Collective and came on board as a sales rep for the Central Georgia Territory. In less than a year, Josh was promoted to Director of Sales and helped to put together our amazingly talented sales team for Georgia and Alabama – growing with the brewery as we launched across new markets. Josh absolutely loves what he does for a living now, and he can happily say he is “living his best life.”
A farmer’s daughter, Dona Lyn Goodpasture’s affinity for agriculture began as a child on her family’s farm in Mitchell County. It was on this farm where her knowledge and appreciation of how crops are grown and where they are derived became a source of pride.
After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Communication and Master of Education, Dona Lyn has enjoyed a career in non-profits, education and healthcare working for a better community.
A mother of two she spends much of her time out of the office cheering for her Girls in their activities. When there is down time, you’ll find her on Lake Blackshear, outdoors with her dogs or on the tailgate of her husband’s truck in their driveway enjoying a Pretoria Fields Collective Skywater.