Brew Talks Chicago 2016
Director of Sales & Marketing, Revolution Brewing
Donn Bichsel Jr. has been in the beverage industry in some capacity for over 20 years and is in his 16th year on the supplier side. Donn has been with Revolution Brewing since the production facility first started brewing in the spring of 2012, leading the sales and marketing team to an anticipated production total of more than 80,000 barrels in 2016.
Founder & Rootmaster, Forbidden Root Brewing
Over a decade ago, Mr. Finkel gathered his colleagues in the Chicago financial community to taste unique craft beer for an annual tradition known as “Novemberfest.” He is now pioneering the effort to place naturally sourced flavor at the forefront of craft brewing. As a refugee of the corporate world, his career spans 25 years of providing capital and support to growing companies. Mr. Finkel founded Prism Capital, a Chicago-based private investment firm, overseeing a total of 40 portfolio companies with $190 million under management. He is also a founder and former Chairman of the Illinois Venture Capital Association. Mr. Finkel has funded the development of the not-for-profit Center for Nutritional Literacy (in formation), served on the Junior Achievement Board of Chicago, and is active on the Governing Board for the Bulletin for the Atomic Scientists. Mr. Finkel is the author of “The Masters of Private Equity and Venture Capital” (McGraw Hill Business Books), which showcases lessons learned by 10 of the country’s most notable venture capital and private equity investors. Mr. Finkel earned a BA from The Johns Hopkins University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Founder & CEO, 5 Rabbit Cervecería
Andrés Araya founded 5 Rabbit and has served as CEO since its inception. He is responsible for the management and operations of the company. Having worked in beer production and logistics at Cervecería Costa Rica and as a Manager at Bain & Company in the Consumer Goods practice, Andrés has extensive experience in the industry. Andrés holds and MBA from Cornell University and MS and BS degrees in engineering from Purdue University. Andrés has always been mesmerized by the beautiful combination of unbounded art and hard science that makes up brewing. He met Randy Mosher at Chicago Craft Beer Week in 2010, and at that point their mission of bringing the richness and exuberance of Latin American culture to the world of quality beer was born.