Who we are!
Daylight Mind is a young, energetic company with over 100 employees all working together to create this amazing space. While we'd love to feature each and every employee, there just isn't enough space. And trust us, we know we'd not be much of a company without them!
Below, we profile a few of our key personnel. We welcome you to come in and meet these folks and the rest of our extraordinary crew!
Colin Finn - Executive founder, co-owner and fearless leader
Colin is a business leader and entrepreneur with eighteen years of experience in the specialty coffee industry. He has opened and designed over thirty cafes in five countries working in small independents, large franchise groups and multi-unit, diversified coffee businesses. His recent experience includes leading a mid-sized coffee roasting firm in Melbourne, Australia through a planned succession process as CEO. He holds an MBA and Masters of HR from Murdoch University. Colin acts as the main architect of the company and manages the business and hospitality elements on a day-to-day basis.
Millay Stevens - Operations, co-owner and wonder woman
Millay has a broad range of experience in finance and administration. Her expertise includes financial data analysis, process optimization and ERP system software. She has an MBA from Curtin University with a focus on finance, risk management and process engineering. Millay champions the back office systems of the company and acts as financial controller.
Shawn Steiman, Ph.D. - Chief science officer, headmaster, co-owner and smiley face
Shawn is a coffee scientist, author, and consultant. He's a graduate of Oberlin College as well as the University of Hawai‘i (graduate work in coffee science). His coffee research has included coffee production, entomology, ecology, physiology, biochemistry, organoleptic quality, and brewing. Aside from being an owner of Daylight Mind, he also owns Coffea Consulting, a coffee-centric consulting firm. Shawn regularly presents seminars, workshops, and tastings for both public and private events. He has authored numerous articles in scientific journals, trade magazines, newsletters, and newspapers. He's even been known to star in Korean coffee commercials. If you have too much spare time, you can see is CV here.
He is the author of the out-of-print The Hawai‘i Coffee Book: A Gourmet's Guide from Kona to Kaua‘i , is a co-editor and author of Coffee: A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry, and is author of The Little Coffee Know-It-All: A Miscellany for growing, roasting, and brewing, uncompromising and unapologetic. Shawn likes reading, all manner of whisky, science fiction, and gardening. Long walks on the beach are passé.
Brian Webb - Head roaster, teacher, wholesale sales and gentle giant
Brian fell in love with coffee while studying philosophy at North Carolina State University. He has worked in specialty coffee since 2007, is an SCAA Certified Instructor, and has had many years of experience as a barista, trainer, and cafe manager.
Brian has been leading Daylight Mind's roasting department since 2014. When not too busy creating delicious coffee, he also teaches classes in our school. In 2016, Brian took the helm of the wholesale sales department.
Maggie Stith - General Manager (Kona) and magic mama
A Wisconsin native, Maggie headed west until she found perfect weather, a great place to raise her family and a killer view from which to cheer for the Packers. Maggie is also a die-hard Daylight Mind fan; not only has she been with the company since day 1, but she had her wedding reception at the Kona location. When not keeping DMCC Kona running smoothly, she’s playing with her children, Coast and Jett, or running marathons. She usually drinks her coffee black, though a bit of almond milk once in awhile is welcome.
Julia Berman - Events Coordinator and dazzling fairy
Love lured Julia to the Big Island and, once here, she quickly and seamlessly found her place at Daylight Mind. Along with an infectious smile, she brings her hospitality education and years of event planning experience in Sonoma wine country to Kona coffee country. A planner by nature, she delights in the weeks and months of event design and preparation that end in the successful blossoming of the actual event. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and their two dogs at their favorite secluded beach.
na'auao - nvs. Learned, enlightened, intelligent, wise; learning, knowledge, wisdom, science. Lit., daylight mind.