2015 Business Mavericks Panelist
Rich Marcello spent over 25 years working in the restaurant business beginning (at age 15) with the Redondo Beach Chart House. Upon Graduation from the University of Ohio in 1991, he became involved in the opening of several restaurants and nightclubs as Director of Beverages before relocating to the island of O’ahu in 1998.
In 2008, he and his wife moved back to the South Bay to begin work on the Strand Brewing project. Rich along with his partner Joel Elliott, started Strand Brewing Co in 2009 with the intention of building a world-class brewery in the heart of Torrance.
The goal for Rich and Joel is to produce outstanding beers for The South Bay, Los Angeles, Southern California and beyond. In addition to Strand Brewing Co being recognized by Assemblyman David Hadley as the “Small Business of the Year” South Bay 2015, Rich has been referred to by his colleagues as “The Hardest Working Man in the L.A. Beer Industry.”
Why we believe Rich Marcello is a Maverick:
With Rich and his partner Joel at the helm, Strand Brewing Co has been a key part of the local craft brew movement in the South Bay and they’ve expanded their operations in October 2015, opening a bigger location at 2201 Dominguez Street in Torrance. The drive and entrepreneurial spirit that Rich and the Strand Brewing Co represent inspires us to “think big” while staying focused on creating a quality product that customers and the community love and keep coming back to.
Inspiration & Community:
Over the past six years, Strand Brewing Co has grown into new markets. Today, we see their products in our local grocery stores, at local community events and as prominent sponsors of important charitable causes. Strand Brewing Co is a prominent supporter of many community events that focus on giving back to the South Bay and beyond. Strand Brewing Co has helped to put Torrance, the South Bay and Southern California on the map as a major part of the L.A. craft beer scene.