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Client Spotlight – Farmington HUB Brewery & Grill

Farmington HUB Brewery  Grill

We just love learning more about our clients! This month on the WESST blog we are featuring WESST client David Haisman, Owner of Farmington HUB Brewery & Grill.

The Hub Brewery and Grill is a full service microbrewery and restaurant.  In addition to making their own beer, the Hub features a variety of beers, ales and ciders from New Mexico.

David Haisman, Owner
Farmington HUB Brewery & Grill
914 E. Main Street, Farmington NM


Where did the “big idea” for your business come from? What made you decide to move forward with it?

The idea came from our family’s history of entertaining friends and family in our home along with my son’s Brian passion for brewing and enjoying beer. He and I had a belief that our community was underserved in the brew pub category. Also, I’m not getting any younger. It’s easy to talk about our big dreams, but dreaming rarely produces reality. I’m an action‐oriented guy. I’d been saving money and planning for a long time several years prior to taking plunge.

What’s the most satisfying part of being an entrepreneur? What’s the most challenging?

The most satisfying? It’s to some degree having the ability to create my own destiny. The most challenging? By far the most challenging is the thousands of details we have to master and finding the resources and solutions that fill my gaps.

Until you walk in the shoes of the entrepreneur, you can’t begin to appreciate a book entitled “The E‐Myth – Why Most Small Businesses Fail and What to Do About It” by Michael Gerber that Chris Hunter (our business consultant at WESST) asked we read prior to launch. I heartily recommend this book to anyone considering taking the plunge. Eye opening.

What do you do when you’re not working?

When I get time off (which I don’t have lots of at this early stage of our business) it’s riding my BMW 800 motorcycle and enjoying the fresh air. Farmington is the hub and I love to cruise out from home to Moab, Pagosa Springs, Durango and Albuquerque. Riding clears my mind. It’s where many of my creative ideas come from.

Would you do anything differently, if you could start your business over again? If so, what?

If I were to wait until everything was perfectly prepared, I’d have missed my opportunity. For sure it’d have been helpful to have more of the systems in place we didn’t have ready on day one. Things like a customer loyalty program. A more robust accounting system.

What advice do you have for other people who want to start their own business?

Make sure whatever you’re pursuing is indeed your passion. If it’s less than a passion, you’re looking for an exit strategy.

Chris Hunter

Chris Hunter

Prior to joining the WESST team in 2013, Chris owned and operated his own Farmington-based business development practice for over 10 years where he served a wide variety of clients in helping them build better businesses.