Allen is also the Chairman of the Washington State Beer Commission. And is now teaching at the Skagit Valley College Brewing Academy. This program is part of the Economic Empowerment Zone with Washington State University and EDASC (Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County. The college provides educational opportunities for industries, which provide good jobs in the county.
Allen grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. Went to school at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, then moved to Seattle before settling in Anacortes.
Lisa is a massage therapist and an artist. She is involved in local art groups and is a Commissioner on the Anacortes Arts Commission.
Allen belongs to the Fidalgo Fly Fishers club. They both love to travel, do road trips, play Scrabble, watch old movies, and cook.
When they go out for ‘dates’ they go somewhere else to eat, otherwise Allen might be pulled in to do some work. They try to find balance between work and home and hobbies. Between them they have three grown sons and they love to spend family time together.
It can be challenging working together. Allen admitted that he doesn’t always give direction well, or he may have thought he told Lisa something, but didn’t.
“We are both the same kind of personality and it’s been a challenge to blend those two together,” Allen said.
Their advice to couples working together—“Let the other person do what they do best.” Voice your expectations, then let them do it. Communication is key. Find balance; don’t let one thing consume you. Help each other when they need it.
What Lisa admires in Allen is his patience, his business sense, and that he’s taught her to be an outside-the-box thinker.
Allen finds Lisa endearing, compassionate, patient, and empathetic.