Michael C. Cothran

Michael C. Cothran

Title: Chief Operating Officer
Company: Single Use Solutions
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

Michael C. Cothran, Chief Operating Officer at Single Use Solutions, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in brewing and packaging innovation.

Since 2020, Mr. Cothran has provided superior service as chief operating officer of Single Use Solutions, a producer of preforms, bottles, and caps made out of natural non-toxic compostable packaging materials. The company’s aim is to create alternatives to single-use plastics that continue to overwhelm landfills and pollute the planet. Working towards quality, user-friendly, and responsible plant-based compostable packaging is the company’s goal.

Previously, Mr. Cothran has excelled as a lead brewer with Tommyknocker Brewery and Pub in Idaho Springs, Colorado from 1997 to 1999 and with Rockies Brewing Company in Boulder from 1999 to 2000, returning to Tommyknocker Brewery in Phoenix as head brewer from 2000 to 2001. He further prospered as a brewer with the New Belgium Brewing Company from 2001 to 2018 and as a technical consultant with Outstate Brewing Company in Fergus Falls, Minnesota from 2018 to 2020. He had obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1996 and attended the professional brewer program at the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology in Chicago in 1997 and later, Distilling Education and Startup Consulting in 2006.

Mr. Cothran attributes his success to his versatility in manufacturing and optimization of systems. What he really considers a greater factor that led to his success, apart from putting projects together, is building a team of people that all work well together. He considers his most notable accomplishment to be the Single Use Solutions project during which he created the first 100 percent plant-based compostable plastic bottle made from sugar. His goal in the coming years is to continue to innovate with single-use packaging and get rid of petroleum-based packaging solutions.

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