SHYLA SHEPPARD - FOUNDER | President & ceo
After nearly a decade of investing in and supporting other entrepreneur's dreams, Shyla left her position with a social impact investing firm in late 2013 to pursue filling her own niche in the craft beer industry. With a love for craft beer, brewing, entertaining and design, along with the support of her partner, family and friends, she took on the challenge of developing Bow & Arrow from the ground up. As Founder and CEO, Shyla has been responsible for setting the vision for Bow & Arrow and for the nitty gritty details of development and execution of a business plan, financing strategy, securing capital, building a team, contract negotiations, site selection, and design/development of the brewery and onsite Beer Hall.
Shyla was born and raised on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, where she is a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes. She earned her Economics degree from Stanford University and professional background includes nearly a decade of investing and business experience as well as corporate and non-profit board directorships. Shyla enjoys bringing a diverse perspective to the Southwest brewing industry.
MISSY BEGAY - CO-FOUNDER | BRANDING & DESIGN
Missy leads branding & marketing and design development. Missy was born in Albuquerque and raised on the Navajo (Diné) Nation. A granddaughter of Navajo silversmiths & weavers, Missy strives for artistic balance within her medicine profession and is an avid seeker of dirt road photographic projects.
Missy enjoys researching botanical properties of hops, storytelling and American Southwest literature. She holds a BA degree from Stanford University and an MD from the University of New Mexico.
TED O'HANLAN - HEAD BREWER
Ted began his brewing career at Durham, North Carolina’s renowned Fullsteam Brewery where he helped craft the unique “Plow to Pint” beers the brewery is known for. After hearing the call of the west, Ted moved to Sheridan, Wyoming to join the award winning Black Tooth Brewing company. There he continued to hone his brewing skills before moving to Albuquerque to take on the Head Brewer position at Bow & Arrow Brewing. Ted loves the Southwest and is thrilled to brew in one of the greatest beer cities in the U.S.
DON James - photographer
A proud Navajo born in Gallup, New Mexico, and raised in Prewitt, New Mexico, Don James is a lover of beer and photography. He earned a bachelor of fine arts in photography from The University of New Mexico and has done freelance work for several well-known companies, such as Nike and The James Beard Foundation. He is the author of the award-winning photo book One Nation, One Year and has been director of photography at Albuquerque The Magazine for more than 15 years. If he's not documenting life in the Burque with his Nikon or checking out a new brewery, he enjoys volunteering in the community, cutting down big trees for fire wood, playing the blues on his piano, hunting with his longbow on the Rez, reading, hanging out with his grandma, and cruisin' his flatbed diesel.