Michael Bowser was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he studied Electronic Media Communications. Prior to starting DSM Brew, he was Executive Director of the Eychaner Foundation, a News Producer at KCCI-TV, and Commissioner for the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission.
Vithoun Saysopha was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a graduate of the Iowa Culinary Institute at DMACC. He was Executive Chef at the Iowa State Capitol Building, has worked in numerous restaurants across the metro and has taught at DMACC and Goodwill of Central Iowa.
Robert Nishimwe was born in a Tanzanian refugee camp in 2000, the youngest of six children. The family fled the second of two civil wars in Burundi. He serves as a student member of the Iowa State Board of Education and is the founder of North C.O.R.E. (Community of Racial Equity for Advancement).