WINTER 2019 | DEC. 4+5 | SANTA MONICA, CA
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DISTINGUISHED PROFESSIONALS SPEAK ON
THE EVOLVING INDUSTRY

We are honored to have trailblazers, trendsetters and rising stars join us on stage. They speak at Brewbound Live because they’re focused on the future of the beer industry. Expect a first-rate speaker roster delivering the highest quality business discussions. Our on-stage content is specifically designed with founders, C-level executives, and decision-makers in mind.

WINTER 2019 MAIN STAGE SPEAKERS

20+ speakers will take the Brewbound Live stage this December. Stay tuned for more speaker announcements in the coming weeks!

  • Tomme Arthur, Co-Founder & COO, The Lost Abbey,Port Brewing & The Hop Concept - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Tomme Arthur

    Co-Founder & COO, The Lost Abbey,Port Brewing & The Hop Concept

  • Peter Bissell, co-founder, Bissell Brothers - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Peter Bissell

    co-founder, Bissell Brothers

  • Veronica Vega, Director of Product Development, Deschutes Brewery - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Veronica Vega

    Director of Product Development, Deschutes Brewery

    Veronica Vega, Director of Product Development, Deschutes Brewery - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Veronica Vega

    Director of Product Development, Deschutes Brewery

    Veronica Vega is the Director of Product Development at Deschutes Brewery, the 10th largest craft brewery in the U.S. Veronica is a member of the senior leadership team at Deschutes and brings a high level of expertise to the brewery’s daily operations as well as the strategic vision for the company. She started at Deschutes in 2006 as a tour guide and in 2015, at the age of 35, Veronica became the Brewmaster of Product Development and is now in one of the top positions in the company as Director of Product Development. Veronica is a member of the Master Brewers Association of Americas, shares her passion for brewing and beer in many respected speaking engagements and has been highlighted in several craft brewing and lifestyle publications. Veronica is extremely creative, enthusiastic and passionate not only about craft beer and brewing, but in her life and activities outside of her career as well.  Veronica is very involved in the brewing community and is a mentor for many women both in and out of the industry. Veronica is devoted to her husband and two children, her passion for farming and outdoor recreation and her Deschutes Brewery family. Veronica can be reached at vvega@deschutesbrewery.com.

  • Chris Cramer, CEO & Co-Founder, Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Chris Cramer

    CEO & Co-Founder, Karl Strauss Brewing Company

    Chris Cramer, CEO & Co-Founder, Karl Strauss Brewing Company - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Chris Cramer

    CEO & Co-Founder, Karl Strauss Brewing Company

    Chris Cramer has been a pioneer in the craft brewing industry for more than 30 years. When Chris and his college buddy, Matt Rattner, co-founded Karl Strauss Brewing Company in 1989, it was the first new brewery to open in the City of San Diego since Prohibition. Since then, the Karl Strauss locations have grown to include a main production brewery, a tasting room & beer garden, and ten brewpubs throughout Southern California. Karl Strauss is one of the top 50 craft breweries in the United States, while still only distributing in its home state of “Karlifornia”! Chris is the current Chair of the California Craft Brewers Association and a community activist who has personally championed many business and legislative reforms that helped pave the way for San Diego to become the world’s capital for craft beer. He takes particular pride in having introduced many Californians to their first craft beer, and his passion for continued innovation ensures that many new fans will have that same opportunity for years to come.

  • Sofia Colucci, VP of Innovation, MillerCoors - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Sofia Colucci

    VP of Innovation, MillerCoors

    Sofia Colucci, VP of Innovation, MillerCoors - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Sofia Colucci

    VP of Innovation, MillerCoors

    In late 2017, Colucci took over marketing the No. 2 U.S. brewer’s innovation portfolio. She’s been busy. She led the successful April 2019 launch of Cape Line Sparkling Cocktails, which ranked among the category’s top ten growth brands for 14 weeks, according to Nielsen. She also spearheaded the launch of MoVo wine spritzers and the push behind a La Colombe branded hard cold-brew coffee drink for fall.  A year earlier, she spearheaded the successful national rollout of Arnold Palmer Spiked, another innovative co-branded product.   If that seems like a lot in a little time, it’s because she’s worked to make the brewer more agile, in one case cutting 10 months off the usual timeline for a national launch. Prior to joining MillerCoors, Sofia spent seven years at PepsiCo in a variety of roles, including leading innovation for its North American Nutrition portfolio, which includes brands such as Tropicana, Quaker and Naked Juice. The Canadian-Uruguayan Colucci began her career at Toronto-based Maple Leaf Foods. She’s fluent in Spanish and her out of office interests include music, food, fitness and travel.

  • Adam DeBower, Co-Owner & Co-Founder, Austin Beerworks - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Adam DeBower

    Co-Owner & Co-Founder, Austin Beerworks

    Adam DeBower, Co-Owner & Co-Founder, Austin Beerworks - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Adam DeBower

    Co-Owner & Co-Founder, Austin Beerworks

    Adam DeBower is co-owner of and co-founder of Austin Beerworks, a small regional craft brewery based in Austin, TX. Adam and his 3 partners opened Austin Beerworks in early 2011 and the brewery has since grown to nearly 60 employees and produces more than 20,000 bbls of beer annually. Austin Beerworks is also the largest wholly self-distributed brewery in the state of Texas. A brewer by trade, Adam is currently the Operations Manager for the brewery and oversees the engineering, installation, and maintenance of major plant equipment. Adam also serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Craft Brewers Guild. He was first elected in 2015, has been Vice-Chair of the board since 2017, and has served as the Guild's Legislative Committee chair since 2017. Most notably, Adam led the Guild's 2019 legislative efforts to modernize Texas' outdated and byzantine alcoholic beverage code, and successfully advocated to legalize beer-to-go sales for Texas Craft Brewers.

  • Jeff Heck, Co-founder and CEO, Monday Night Brewing - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Jeff Heck

    Co-founder and CEO, Monday Night Brewing

    Jeff Heck, Co-founder and CEO, Monday Night Brewing - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Jeff Heck

    Co-founder and CEO, Monday Night Brewing

    Jeff Heck co-founded Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta, GA in 2011. The company began when a small group Bible study started homebrewing in Jeff’s garage socially, and has grown to a two (soon-to-be-three) taproom operation distributing across the Southeast, with nearly 50 full-time employees. In his role as CEO, Heck oversees all aspects of Monday Night’s operations and strategy, with the aim of fulfilling the company’s purpose of “deepening human relationships over some of the best beer in the country.” A native of Cincinnati, OH, Heck graduated from Harvard University and spent over 10 years in private equity and corporate M&A before co-founding Monday Night. He and his wife of 15 years have four children and live just a mile from the brewery in Atlanta.

  • Adam Robbings, Co-founder, Brewmaster, Reuben's Brews - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Adam Robbings

    Co-founder, Brewmaster, Reuben's Brews

    Adam Robbings, Co-founder, Brewmaster, Reuben's Brews - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Adam Robbings

    Co-founder, Brewmaster, Reuben's Brews

    Since moving from the UK in 2004, Adam was blown away by the diversity and quality of the brews in the Pacific Northwest. As a home brewer, Adam and Grace poured their beer at the 2010 PNA Winter Beer Taste and won First Place in the People's Choice. Then the brewing bug took over and Adam continued to hone his craft and he won several more awards, including a Silver Medal at the 2012 National Homebrew Competition, and attended UC Davis. This all led to the desire to share his brews with more people and the opening of Reuben's Brews in August 2012.

  • Danelle Kosmal, VP, Beverage Alcohol Practice, Nielsen - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Danelle Kosmal

    VP, Beverage Alcohol Practice, Nielsen

    Danelle Kosmal, VP, Beverage Alcohol Practice, Nielsen - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Danelle Kosmal

    VP, Beverage Alcohol Practice, Nielsen

    As Vice President of Nielsen’s Beverage Alcohol Practice, Danelle provides industry thought leadership and best practice solutions to beer, wine, and spirits clients, industry groups, and the media. She is committed to leveraging Nielsen’s breadth of resources to provide an integrated and holistic understanding of consumer behavior and retail trends across beer, wine, and spirits. Danelle has more than 15 years of marketing experience, and has been with Nielsen for over 10 years, working across various clients in the food, beverage, and consumer goods industries. Prior to joining the Beverage Alcohol Practice, Danelle led Nielsen’s business at MillerCoors in Chicago. Danelle received her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and her BA in International Studies and Economics from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.

  • Ryan Krill, CEO & co-founder, Cape May Brewing Company - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Ryan Krill

    CEO & co-founder, Cape May Brewing Company

    Ryan Krill, CEO & co-founder, Cape May Brewing Company - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Ryan Krill

    CEO & co-founder, Cape May Brewing Company

    CEO and co-founder of Cape May Brewing Company, Ryan Krill, is a graduate of Villanova University with a Master’s degree from New York University. Having begun his professional career in the field of finance and real estate development, he quickly climbed the corporate ladder, becoming Vice President of Commercial Workouts for Manhattan’s Banco Santander before the age of 30. In 2011, he gave up his six-figure salary, forming Cape May Brewing Company with his father and college friend, creating the first production brewery at the Jersey shore. In just over eight years, Cape May Brewing Company has become one of the largest producers of craft beer in the state, earning over fifty awards for their beers, their business, and for their CEO in the process. With nearly a hundred employees at the Cape May Airport, Cape May Brewing Company has been self-distributed since opening their doors, creating Cape Beverage in 2019, spinning off their successful sales and distribution departments into a separate business entity. Ryan was named as one of NJBiz's 40 Under 40, and also serves on the board of the Brewers Association Government Affairs Committee, on the Executive Board of the Beer Institute, the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the Lower Township Economic Development Committee, is a TED(x) talk alum. He has lived and worked in Spain, California, and New York City, and has traveled to over 40 countries, tasting craft beer wherever he goes. When he’s not working or exploring, he’s flying small planes as an instrument-rated pilot, cooking, or spending time with his beautiful wife Kaysi and their newborn son, Radley.

  • Brian Dewey, Vice President of Sales, Kiva Confections - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Brian Dewey

    Vice President of Sales, Kiva Confections

    Brian Dewey, Vice President of Sales, Kiva Confections - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Brian Dewey

    Vice President of Sales, Kiva Confections

    Brian has 17 years of sales and distribution experience in cannabis and craft beer and is a proven leader with experience building sales and logistics teams, national account strategy, and brand development. Prior to Kiva, Brian spent 16 years in craft beer leading sales and distribution strategies for the leading craft beer organizations including Stone Brewing Co. (Sr. Director Sales), Golden Road Brewing (VP Sales), and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. After developing Stone Brewing’s national account strategy as Director of National Accounts he most recently lead Stone Distributing as the largest craft only distributor on the west coast, 2nd largest in the United States, managing a portfolio of 40 craft breweries, 90 sales professionals and logistics teams reaching Southern & Central California. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Theory from Arizona State University.

  • Caitlyn Battaglia, Manager, Bev Alcohol Practice Area, Nielsen - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Caitlyn Battaglia

    Manager, Bev Alcohol Practice Area, Nielsen

    Caitlyn Battaglia, Manager, Bev Alcohol Practice Area, Nielsen - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Caitlyn Battaglia

    Manager, Bev Alcohol Practice Area, Nielsen

    Caitlyn Battaglia is a Manager within Nielsen's Beverage Alcohol Practice Area, where she supports Nielsen's initiatives and thought leadership across beer, wine, and spirits clients. She has been with the Practice Area for more than three years. Prior to joining the Beverage Alcohol Practice Area, Battaglia worked in advanced analytics focusing on pricing and promotion as well as sales and marketing effectiveness. A current Roanoke, VA resident, she holds a B.A. from Denison University and has been with Nielsen for over six years.

  • Lester Jones, Chief Economist, NBWA - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Lester Jones

    Chief Economist, NBWA

    Lester Jones, Chief Economist, NBWA - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Lester Jones

    Chief Economist, NBWA

    Lester Jones tracks the economic factors that impact the beer distribution industry and alcohol policy decisions at the federal, state and local levels. He evaluates and develops primary industry data, including economic impact, tax impacts, sales and volume data. Jones has more than 20 years of experience in research, survey methodology and applied economics. He previously served as chief economist at the Beer Institute, where he developed and executed significant research initiatives that helped shape America’s beer industry. Jones also has become a respected public speaker, offering in-depth technical, analytical and quantitative expertise. In addition to his decade of work at the Beer Institute, Jones previously worked for Arbitron Company (Nielsen) in Columbia, Maryland, and the Regional Economic Studies Institute in Towson, Maryland. Jones holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Delaware as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

  • Nicole Fry, Managing Director, Cascadia Capital - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Nicole Fry

    Managing Director, Cascadia Capital

    Nicole Fry, Managing Director, Cascadia Capital - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Nicole Fry

    Managing Director, Cascadia Capital

    Nicole Nugent Fry is a Managing Director in Cascadia Capital’s Food, Beverage and Agribusiness group, focused on supporting Cascadia’s beverage clients. Nicole has over twenty years of experience providing M&A and capital raising advisory services to middle market clients in the consumer sector. Prior to joining Cascadia, Nicole was a Managing Director at First Beverage Financial, which merged with Cascadia in March 2018. In recent years, Nicole has been very active in the craft beer segment, having recently advised Ss Brewtech in its sale to The Middleby Corporation, Avery Brewing in its structured sale to Mahou San Miguel, 21st Amendment and Funkwerks in their respective investments from Brooklyn Brewery, Four Peaks Brewing Company in its sale to Anheuser-Busch InBev and both Saint Archer and Revolver Brewing in their respective sales to MillerCoors.

  • Ted Whitney, Sales Director, NUG - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Ted Whitney

    Sales Director, NUG

    Ted Whitney, Sales Director, NUG - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Ted Whitney

    Sales Director, NUG

    Ted Whitney is a seasoned sales professional with deep experience in the craft beer industry. He transitioned to the cannabis industry to serve as Sales Director of vertically integrated cannabis brand NUG and develop a highly effective sales team focused on developing a meaningful and rewarding place for its members to thrive. Before joining Oakland, CA-based NUG, he built out Avery Brewing Company’s sales program in Boulder, CO and expanded the organization’s footprint nationally. Following his role as Sales Director at Avery, Ted worked as National Sales Director for 21st Amendment in San Francisco, growing the brewer’s sales team and developing various programs that increased demand for craft beer. There, he hired and led a 30-person sales team and helped the organization become one of the fastest-growing breweries in the country. After just two years under Ted’s supervision, 21st Amendment moved from its position as 150th to being ranked the 38th largest craft brewer of nearly 6,500 brewers at the time. Most recently, Ted served as National Sales Director and Partner at Melvin Brewing, growing the organization’s sales team and playing an integral role in helping it become the third brewer ever to reach 20,000 beer barrels in sales in less than two years.

  • Matt Gamble, VP of Operations, Theory Wellness - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Matt Gamble

    VP of Operations, Theory Wellness

  • Eddie Rodriguez, Representative, Texas House of Representatives - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Eddie Rodriguez

    Representative, Texas House of Representatives

    Eddie Rodriguez, Representative, Texas House of Representatives - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Eddie Rodriguez

    Representative, Texas House of Representatives

    Eddie Rodriguez represents District 51 in the Texas House of Representatives, a diverse district spanning from urban neighborhoods in East Austin to rural communities in Southeast Travis County. He was first elected to represent District 51 in 2002 and was re-elected to his ninth term in office in November 2018. Eddie serves on the House Committees on Calendars, State Affairs and Ways & Means in the 86th Texas Legislature, playing a central role in influencing some of the most significant bills before the state legislature and controlling their flow through the legislative process. His accomplishments in the most recent legislative session included changing the law to allow "Beer-to-Go" sales by Texas craft brewers, expanding the state's cottage food law and expanding options for survivors of family violence to terminate their leases in order to escape threatening situations. Rep. Rodriguez is a co-founder and chair of the Texas House Farm-to-Table Caucus and the first-ever policy chair of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus. His legislative priorities include affordability, economic development & job creation, public education, voting rights, improving nutrition & reducing hunger, gun safety, fighting for equality, protecting the environment and ensuring that all Texans have access to quality, affordable healthcare.

  • Rick Donley,  President, Beer Alliance of Texas - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Rick Donley

    President, Beer Alliance of Texas

    Rick Donley,  President, Beer Alliance of Texas - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Rick Donley

    President, Beer Alliance of Texas

    President and Chief Executive Office of The Beer Alliance of Texas, L.L.C. a major statewide trade association. Duties include responsibility for government affairs focusing on the Texas Legislature. Rick is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and is an active member of Champions Golf Club where he will be serving on the Executive Committee of The United States Golf Association 2020 Women’s Open Championship. Rick is also a Life Member of the National Eagle Scout Association. He and his wife Sheila, have two children Michael and Amanda. Two grandchildren Skylor and Riley.

  • Justin Kendall, Editor, Brewbound - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Justin Kendall

    Editor, Brewbound

    Justin Kendall, Editor, Brewbound - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Justin Kendall

    Editor, Brewbound

    Justin Kendall provides daily coverage of the beer industry on Brewbound.com, conducts live-streamed interviews during Brewbound's events and co-produces the Brewbound podcast. Kendall is a 17-year career journalist who led alt-weekly newspapers in Kansas City, Missouri, and Des Moines, Iowa.

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  • David Walker, Co-Founder, Firestone Walker - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    David Walker

    Co-Founder, Firestone Walker

    David Walker, Co-Founder, Firestone Walker - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    David Walker

    Co-Founder, Firestone Walker

    Firestone Walker co-founder David Walker is originally from Devon, a county in southwest England. He relocated to the West Coast in 1991, and established the brewery in Los Olivos, California with his brother-in-law Adam Firestone a few years after that. The company relocated Paso Robles in 2001. Walker makes regular trips home to see his family and check on his beer, which, along with 20 U.S. states, is distributed in the UK.

  • Amy Gutierrez, Category Manager – Beer, BevMo! - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Amy Gutierrez

    Category Manager – Beer, BevMo!

    Amy Gutierrez, Category Manager – Beer, BevMo! - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Amy Gutierrez

    Category Manager – Beer, BevMo!

    Amy Gutierrez, a native Northern Californian, started her beverage career, with Southern Wine & Spirits. The last two years there, she was the BevMo! Category Captain, where she helped open 19 stores. She joined BevMo! in 1997, in the same roll and then transitioned to Assistant Buyer for Food and Hardlines. Amy has always had a passion for beer, and in 2003 was promoted to the Assistant Buyer for beer. Then four years later, was promoted to her current position as Category Manager for Beer. She is responsible for all beer buying in 163 stores, in three states.

  • Jeremy Tofte, Co-Founder / Field Hoperative, Melvin Brewing - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Jeremy Tofte

    Co-Founder / Field Hoperative, Melvin Brewing

    Jeremy Tofte, Co-Founder / Field Hoperative, Melvin Brewing - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Jeremy Tofte

    Co-Founder / Field Hoperative, Melvin Brewing

    Jeremy Tofte is co-founder of Melvin Brewing Company. Like all good modern day drinkers, Jeremy is all heart ?and? soul when it comes to craft beer. He founded Thai Me Up restaurant in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 2000. He was working as a waiter in the current Thai Me Up space and, just like most restaurants in the most expensive town in America, it went under. Being the hustler that he is, he talked the landlord into giving him the keys to the space. After painting the walls and learning Thai food, he opened and immediately started ruining people’s vacations by playing loud hip-hop and Kung Fu while having fun at work. He started brewing legally at Thai Me Up in 2010 on a 20-gallon system. Jeremy was born in Montana and grew up in the beer business in both Oregon and Northwest, Washington where he began working at a beer distributorship in High School. His grandpa worked for Al Capone in Minot, Minnesota, and his father worked for Hamm’s -- and then Miller Brewing -- from age 24 until his retirement. After graduating from Portland State, and snowboarding all over the Western U.S., Jeremy moved to Jackson Hole in 1995. He is entirely committed to having the most fun, brewing the best beer, and making the most people laugh on any given day.

  • Tomme Arthur, Founder, The Lost Abbey - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Tomme Arthur

    Founder, The Lost Abbey

  • Lester Jones, Chief Economist, NBWA - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Lester Jones

    Chief Economist, NBWA

    Lester Jones, Chief Economist, NBWA - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Lester Jones

    Chief Economist, NBWA

    Lester Jones tracks the economic factors that impact the beer distribution industry and alcohol policy decisions at the federal, state and local levels. He evaluates and develops primary industry data, including economic impact, tax impacts, sales and volume data. Jones has more than 20 years of experience in research, survey methodology and applied economics. He previously served as chief economist at the Beer Institute, where he developed and executed significant research initiatives that helped shape America’s beer industry. Jones also has become a respected public speaker, offering in-depth technical, analytical and quantitative expertise. In addition to his decade of work at the Beer Institute, Jones previously worked for Arbitron Company (Nielsen) in Columbia, Maryland, and the Regional Economic Studies Institute in Towson, Maryland. Jones holds a Master of Science in Economics from the University of Delaware as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

  • Justin Robinson, Co-Founder, Drizly - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Justin Robinson

    Co-Founder, Drizly

  • Caitlyn Battaglia, Manager, Beverage Alcohol Practice, Nielsen - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Caitlyn Battaglia

    Manager, Beverage Alcohol Practice, Nielsen

    Caitlyn Battaglia, Manager, Beverage Alcohol Practice, Nielsen - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Caitlyn Battaglia

    Manager, Beverage Alcohol Practice, Nielsen

    Caitlyn Battaglia is a Manager within Nielsen's Beverage Alcohol Practice Area, where she supports Nielsen's initiatives and thought leadership across beer, wine, and spirits clients. She has been with the Practice Area for more than two years. Prior to joining the Beverage Alcohol Practice Area, Battaglia worked in advanced analytics focusing on pricing and promotion as well as sales and marketing effectiveness. A current Roanoke resident, she holds a B.A. from Denison University and has been with Nielsen for over five years.

  • Nikos Ridge, Co-Founder, Ninkasi Brewing Company - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Nikos Ridge

    Co-Founder, Ninkasi Brewing Company

    Nikos Ridge, Co-Founder, Ninkasi Brewing Company - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Nikos Ridge

    Co-Founder, Ninkasi Brewing Company

    Nikos Ridge, grew up in Eugene and moved to the East Coast to pursue an education and career in finance. After graduating from New York University, working on the Stock Exchange floor, and living the hustle-and-bustle of city life, he heard the calling of the Pacific Northwest and returned to his hometown in 2003. In 2006, Ridge met brewer Jamie Floyd over a pint and soon after established Ninkasi Brewing Company. In the early days of Ninkasi, Ridge wore many hats. From drafting the very first business plan to providing a one-man local distribution service – loading up each and every keg and driving it to its final destination in his Ford Ranger – to selling in tap handles, brewing and packaging. Working closely with local restaurateurs and bar owners, Ridge quickly established Ninkasi as a craft beer staple of Eugene. Transitioning from his role of CEO to President in May 2017, Ridge helps lead the strategic direction of Ninkasi.

  • Andy Thomas, CEO, Craft Brew Alliance - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Andy Thomas

    CEO, Craft Brew Alliance

    Andy Thomas, CEO, Craft Brew Alliance - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Andy Thomas

    CEO, Craft Brew Alliance

    Andy Thomas has served as Chief Executive Officer for Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) since January, 2014, where he brings more than two decades of leadership experience in consumer packaged goods and the beer and beverage industries to his role. As President of Commercial Operations for CBA from 2011 to 2013, Andy helped establish the company’s distinctive portfolio strategy which combines the power of national lifestyle brands such as Kona Brewing Co. with strong, authentic regional craft brands. Prior to joining CBA, he served as an independent consultant and senior advisor to The Monitor Group, a global management consulting firm. From 1995 to 2007, he spent 12 years at Heineken, working with brewers and beers in more than 55 countries across four continents, and served as president & CEO of Heineken USA from 2005-2007. He holds an MBA from the Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester, and a Bachelor of Science, with a concentration in Marketing, from Bryant University.

  • Jeremy Ragonese, Chief Marketing Officer, Uinta Brewing Company - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Jeremy Ragonese

    Chief Marketing Officer, Uinta Brewing Company

    Jeremy Ragonese, Chief Marketing Officer, Uinta Brewing Company - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Jeremy Ragonese

    Chief Marketing Officer, Uinta Brewing Company

    Jeremy Ragonese joined Utah’s largest craft brewery as Chief Marketing Officer in July 2016. Prior to his move to Salt Lake City, Jeremy had served as the Director of Marketing for Boulevard Brewing Company since 2006, where he led the marketing efforts for one of the craft beer’s most respected brands. Before joining the beer industry, he served in a variety of leadership, strategic, and creative roles within the advertising field, and in 1999 joined three partners to form CHRW Advertising, an award-winning creative agency located in Kansas City, MO. Jeremy is a graduate of Pittsburg State University and holds a Master’s degree from Syracuse University. He has proudly served on the boards of directors for AAF-KC, the AAF-KC Foundation, and the Children’s Mercy Hospital Cancer Center Auxiliary. Jeremy has also served on the Brewers Association’s Marketing and PR Committee, and is the former president and founder of the Boulevardia Festival in Kansas City.

  • Lynne Weaver, Co-Founder, Three Weavers Brewing Company - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Lynne Weaver

    Co-Founder, Three Weavers Brewing Company

    Lynne Weaver, Co-Founder, Three Weavers Brewing Company - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Lynne Weaver

    Co-Founder, Three Weavers Brewing Company

    Lynne Weaver is the founder and president of Three Weavers Brewing Company in Inglewood, California. Lynne leads all aspects of the brewery, including operations, finance and sales. Three Weavers Brewing Company is an independent craft brewery with a mission to build a positive sense of community through the collective passion for craft beer. Three Weavers is one of the largest independent craft breweries in Los Angeles County and currently expanding production and distribution on the West Coast. Led by award-winning Brewmaster, Alexandra Nowell, Three Weavers craft beers have received critical International acclaim, winning a World Beer Cup Gold Medal in 2016, a GABF Silver Medal in 2017, a European Beer Star Bronze in 2017, and the Australian International Beer Awards Best IPA and Champion International Beer in 2018. Three Weavers is proudly brewed in Inglewood, California.

  • Eugene Kashper, Chairman of the Board, Pabst Brewing Co. - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Eugene Kashper

    Chairman of the Board, Pabst Brewing Co.

    Eugene Kashper, Chairman of the Board, Pabst Brewing Co. - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Eugene Kashper

    Chairman of the Board, Pabst Brewing Co.

    Eugene Kashper CEO and Chairman of the Board Eugene Kashper is the CEO and Chairman of Pabst, America’s largest independent brewer. He brings over twenty years of experience in the beer industry, including creating and/or launching more than 50 brands of beer and beverages and 10 breweries. Since taking the helm at Pabst in 2014, he has premiumized the company's core brands, strengthened its sales and distribution platform and forged exciting new partnerships. Eugene began his career in the beer industry in 1994 with The Stroh Brewery Company of Detroit, Michigan in international sales, where he worked with many current Pabst brands, including Old Milwaukee, Schaefer, Schlitz, Colt 45, and Stroh’s. He graduated from Columbia University in 1992. Eugene resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.

  • Bart Watson, Chief Economist, Brewers Association - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Bart Watson

    Chief Economist, Brewers Association

  • Pete Marino, President, Tenth and Blake, Craft and Import Business Division, MillerCoors - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Pete Marino

    President, Tenth and Blake, Craft and Import Business Division, MillerCoors

    Pete Marino, President, Tenth and Blake, Craft and Import Business Division, MillerCoors - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Pete Marino

    President, Tenth and Blake, Craft and Import Business Division, MillerCoors

    Pete Marino is the President of Tenth and Blake, the craft and import business division of MillerCoors. Tenth and Blake is responsible for incubating five great craft partner breweries which include: Saint Archer; Hop Valley; AC Golden; Revolver; and Terrapin. In addition, Tenth and Blake’s import portfolio includes Peroni, Pilsner Urquell and Grolsch. Tenth and Blake recently expanded into the non-alcohol segment with an acquisition of California-based Clearly Kombucha. Marino also serves as Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer for MillerCoors, overseeing Public Affairs, State and Federal Government Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental Sustainability, Brand PR and Communications. Marino holds an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA and a BA-Journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He is active in his community and lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife Jennifer and their three kids.

  • Alva Mather, Partner & Chair, Alcoholic Beverage Practice Group, Pepper Hamilton - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Alva Mather

    Partner & Chair, Alcoholic Beverage Practice Group, Pepper Hamilton

    Alva Mather, Partner & Chair, Alcoholic Beverage Practice Group, Pepper Hamilton - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Alva Mather

    Partner & Chair, Alcoholic Beverage Practice Group, Pepper Hamilton

    Alva Mather is partner and chair of Pepper Hamilton’s Alcoholic Beverage Practice Group and co-chair of the Food and Beverage Practice Group. Alva is a business lawyer, litigator and first-chair trial attorney with more than a decade of experience who has established herself as a leading attorney in matters affecting the highly regulated alcoholic beverage industry. She has advised breweries, distilleries, wholesalers, distributors, and restaurateurs on all aspects of manufacturing, distributing and selling alcohol. Alva is an active writer and speaker and on social media at @alcohollawyer.

  • Felipe Szpigel, President of Craft, Anheuser-Busch - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Felipe Szpigel

    President of Craft, Anheuser-Busch

    Felipe Szpigel, President of Craft, Anheuser-Busch - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Felipe Szpigel

    President of Craft, Anheuser-Busch

    Felipe Szpigel is the president of Anheuser-Busch’s craft division, The High End. In this role, oversees a portfolio that includes brands like Stella Artois, Shock Top, Goose Island, Golden Road, Blue Point, 10 Barrel, Elysian, Four Peaks, Karbach, Breckenridge Brewery, Virtue Cider, Devils Backbone, Veza Sur, and SpikedSeltzer. Szpigel’s appreciation for great beer and amazing experiences led him to Anheuser-Busch InBev 17 years ago in Brazil as a global management trainee, and he never looked back, rising through the company’s sales organizations, including region sales vice president in Brazil and global vice president of trade marketing, based in the US. A lifelong learner and explorer, Szpigel currently resides in New York City with his wife Paula and daughter Stella. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Brazil’s IBMEC and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo.

  • Keith Villa, Founder, CERIA Beverages - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Keith Villa

    Founder, CERIA Beverages

    Keith Villa, Founder, CERIA Beverages - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Keith Villa

    Founder, CERIA Beverages

    Keith Villa is a third generation Coloradan, whose higher education began with an undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder. His first job out of school in 1986 was with Coors Brewing Company, conducting molecular biology research on yeast. In 1988, Keith and his wife, Jodi, traveled to Belgium where Keith earned a Ph.D. in brewing science and fermentation biochemistry from the University of Brussels. Keith is credited with creating Blue Moon Brewing Company in 1995 as an operating unit of Coors, which later became MillerCoors. Blue Moon’s Belgian White, garnished by a Valencia orange slice, grew to become the number 1 craft beer in the U.S. During this time, and Keith became a well-known brewmaster in the industry, appearing in Blue Moon TV commercials. Now retired from MillerCoors after 32 years, Keith and Jodi are focusing on the next stage in their careers – the creation of non-alcoholic brews infused with THC that offer consumers a socially acceptable and responsible way to enjoy cannabis. These new products will be offered by their CERIA Beverages Company and sold first in Colorado.

  • Christine Perich, Former CEO, New Belgium Brewing - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Christine Perich

    Former CEO, New Belgium Brewing

    Christine Perich, Former CEO, New Belgium Brewing - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Christine Perich

    Former CEO, New Belgium Brewing

    Christine Perich serves as the CEO of New Belgium Brewing and is a member of the company’s Board of Directors. At the end of 2012, she guided the company through a 2nd Stage ESOP transaction, which resulted in New Belgium becoming a 100% employee-owned company BCORP. Perich now has oversight of all day to day operations and the construction and integration of the company’s second production facility in Asheville, North Carolina, which is slated for completion in late 2015. Christine has been an integral part of New Belgium’s growth and success. When she started at New Belgium in 2000, the company operated a 165,000 barrelage production facility and distributed its products in 7 states. In 2014, New Belgium will produce more than 970,000 barrels and distribute its products in 37 states and throughout Canada and Sweden.

  • Marco Hoffman, Founder, Evergreen Herbal - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Marco Hoffman

    Founder, Evergreen Herbal

    Marco Hoffman, Founder, Evergreen Herbal - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Marco Hoffman

    Founder, Evergreen Herbal

    Marco Hoffman is the CEO and Founder of Evergreen Herbal. Marco originally began his career as a cinematographer where he worked for networks such as National Geographic and The Food Network. In 2008, he witnessed firsthand the drastic benefits of cannabis as a medicinal aid and made the decision to enter the cannabis industry. After much success in California and the creation of the iconic 4.20 Bar, Marco turned his attention north to Washington state, founding Evergreen Herbal in 2013. Today, Evergreen Herbal is the largest cannabis-infused edibles producer in the State of Washington. The company has the highest quality control standards in the industry, with the most responsible packaging and labeling standards possible. Marco and his team are committed to providing the same great quality products to the recreational market as they have been for the medical industry all these years.

  • Ben Dollard, President - Craft & Specialty, Constellation Brands - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Ben Dollard

    President - Craft & Specialty, Constellation Brands

    Ben Dollard, President - Craft & Specialty, Constellation Brands - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Ben Dollard

    President - Craft & Specialty, Constellation Brands

    Ben Dollard is the president of Constellation’s craft & specialty beer division and a member of the beer leadership team. In this recently appointed role, Ben is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Constellation’s craft & specialty beer business. Ben joined Constellation in 2001 as the senior vice president marketing of Pacific Wine Partners (PWP), a joint venture between BRL Hardy of Australia and Constellation Brands. Ben was later appointed President of PWP where he played a key role in Constellation’s acquisition of Blackstone, Rex Goliath and Black Box, turning PWP into one of the fastest growing premium wine companies in the U.S. He later served as the senior vice president of Constellation Brands International before being promoted to Chief Growth Officer. Most recently, Ben held the position of SVP – Chief Marketing Officer for the Wine & Spirits Division. Before joining Constellation Brands, Ben began his beverage career in Adelaide, Australia, with BRL Hardy Wine Company in international sales and marketing before moving to the company’s U.S. headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he assumed the position of company president.

  • Alan Newman, Former President, Alchemy & Science - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Alan Newman

    Former President, Alchemy & Science

    Alan Newman, Former President, Alchemy & Science - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Alan Newman

    Former President, Alchemy & Science

    A serial entrepreneur, Alan Newman's craft beer roots date back to 1993 with the launch of Magic Hat Brewing Company. Newman spent over 17 years at the helm of Magic Hat before turning to new opportunities in the industry. Newman brings his entrepreneurial spirit and passion for craft beer to his latest project, Alchemy & Science (A&S). The company is home to four brewery projects, including Traveler Beer Company, Angel City Brewery, Coney Island Brewing and Concrete Beach Brewery, all with a mission to expand the share of the craft beer nationally.

  • Jasper Cuppaidge, Founder, Camden Town Brewery - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Jasper Cuppaidge

    Founder, Camden Town Brewery

    Jasper Cuppaidge, Founder, Camden Town Brewery - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Jasper Cuppaidge

    Founder, Camden Town Brewery

    Jasper Cuppaidge started out brewing cask ales in the basement of his pub, The Horseshoe in Hampstead. Unable to find locally brewed beers he loved for his other bar taps, he set out to open a Brewery in a quest to make the world’s best lager. In 2010 Camden Town Brewery opened in the railway arches of Kentish Town West station, since then the brewery has been devoted to championing the style and using modern techniques to convert a whole generation of beer enthusiasts into lager lovers. Camden Town’s second brewery in Enfield is set to open next year.

  • Wynne Odell, Co-Founder, Odell Brewing - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Wynne Odell

    Co-Founder, Odell Brewing

    Wynne Odell, Co-Founder, Odell Brewing - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Wynne Odell

    Co-Founder, Odell Brewing

    Wynne Odell is co-founder and CEO of Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, CO. Starting in 1989 with her husband, Doug, and sister-in-law, Corkie, the trio had no grand plans, but after five years of a draft-only format, bottles were introduced and rapid growth ensued. 26 years later, Odell Brewing Company ranks 34th in size among craft breweries in the U.S. Odell is a Colorado-centric company, with 65% of its sales coming from Colorado. With the addition of Texas in 2014, it now distributes in 11 states. Wynne, Doug and Corkie undertook two transactions in July, 2015 that sold the majority of their stock to a combination of an ESOP and a trio of long-term managers. Having chosen legacy over maximum wealth, the three founders sleep well at night. Wynne, Doug and Corkie, along with 3 of their children, remain active at the brewery. Wynne currently chairs the Colorado Brewers’ Guild Board.

  • Mark Rieth, Owner, Atwater Brewery - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Mark Rieth

    Owner, Atwater Brewery

    Mark Rieth, Owner, Atwater Brewery - Brewbound Live Winter 2019

    Mark Rieth

    Owner, Atwater Brewery

    Mark Rieth was born and raised in the metro Detroit area of Michigan. He is a proud alumni of Michigan State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s of Business in 1989. The automotive industry is where Mark got his start after college, working for Toyota Motor Corporation in Torrance, CA, followed by a transfer to the Regional Office of Sales and Marketing in Boston, MA. Mitsubishi Motor sales eventually recruited Mark, transferring him down to Phoenix, AZ as Director of Sales and Marketing. Mark was then transferred back to his home state of Michigan in 1997, the same year Atwater was founded. Mark got into the beer business by investing in Atwater Brewery in 2002 and took over the brewery outright in 2005 where it was producing around 250 barrels annually. Atwater Brewery produced approximately 45,000 barrels in 2015, making it the 3rd largest producer in the state of Michigan. Mark also resides in the Park with his wife, Sheri and their three kids, Parker, Emmie, and Lexi.

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