Greg Ptacek

Community Innovation Fellow | President | Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company

Wayne, NE



Greg Ptacek is the President of Johnnie Byrd Brewing Company. Ptacek’s passion for rural Nebraska led to a very successful career in rural economic development. He served as Director of Economic Development for the City of Neligh for five years, during which Neligh welcomed 27 new businesses (a 17 percent increase in total businesses); transitioned 14 businesses to new ownership (nine percent retention); and Antelope County welcomed more than $600 million in capital investment. Ptacek now promotes community development through founding Nebraska’s first benefit corporation brewery. Ptacek is a graduate of Wayne State College and is six hours short of his Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Greg has a beautiful wife, Kelly, and three children under the age of three: Alexis, Crispin and Liesel.


  • Nebraska State Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Nebraska Graduate
  • Norfolk Area Person of the Year Finalist – 2015

Participant in RFI

  • RFI Competitive Award, Marketing Hometown America
  • RFI Student Serviceship


  • Bachelor of Science, history & political science