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CEO, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Sam Calagione is the founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware and Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He also owns the Dogfish Inn in Lewes, Delaware. Sam is a 2016 James Beard Award recipient was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business. The Wall Street Journal has called Sam "a Pioneer of bizarre brews."
VP of Marketing, Boulevard Brewing Company
Natalie Gershon is the vice president of marketing for Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, MO. In this role, Natalie oversees the creative, consumer and trade marketing initiatives for Boulevard. Before joining the organization, Natalie spent the prior fifteen years in Los Angeles, working primarily in natural and organic CPG where she lead the marketing team at Zevia, disrupting traditional CSD, and Dogswell, the innovator of functional pet food. Natalie was thrilled to return to her hometown, and join the Boulevard team, a brand with unparalleled respect in Kansas City.
President, CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective
Matt Fraser joined the CANarchy Craft Brewery Collective as Chief Financial Officer in July 2015 after spending eight years at Lazard Freres in its middle market advisory group where he advised Dale Katechis on his partnership with Fireman Capital. As CFO of CANarchy, Matt lead all financial matters in collaboration with CANarchy brewery executives including financial reporting and analysis, forecasting and overall budget management. Matt was elevated to Chief Operating Officer in January 2018 and in May 2018 his role expanded to President of the collective. As President and COO of CANarchy, Fraser leads all business operations in collaboration with the brewery partners and founders across the portfolio of craft breweries, including Cigar City Brewing, Oskar Blues Brewery, Perrin Brewing, Squatters Craft Beer and Wasatch Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing Company and Three Weavers Brewing. Fraser earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a BA in Economics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He resides in Chicago with his wife, Jennifer and two daughters.
Dr. J Nikol Jackson-Beckham
Diversity Ambassador, Brewers Association
A professor of communication studies at Randolph College, Dr. J. Jackson-Beckham has dedicated her career to the study of American beer. She has published social commentary, journal articles, and book chapters; delivered keynote addresses and guest lectures; and provided expertise as a guest on radio shows, podcasts, and in news and entertainment media on the culture and inclusiveness of craft beer. Dr. J. works to provide industry members with effective strategies for aligning inclusive organizational practices with overall organizational goals and tactics for diagnosing and removing barriers to access for populations that are underrepresented among craft beer drinkers and producers.
Founder & CEO, Maui Brewing Co.
Garrett co-founded Maui Brewing Company in 2005 and has made it a successful Regional Craft Brewery and Hawaii’s Largest Craft Brewer. Under his leadership, Maui Brewing Company has grown from a seven-barrel brewpub with 32 employees producing 320 barrels of beer in 2005, to a pub and brewery with over 400 employees on pace to produce nearly 53,000 barrels of beer in 2017. In the ten years since opening, revenues have grown from $1.8M in 2005 to $18M in 2017. Garrett has led numerous legislative initiatives succeeding in changing laws to better support the growing craft industry in Hawaii. In 2014 Garrett also co-founded Maui Stone Craft Beverages, a joint venture between Maui Brewing Company and Stone Brewing Co. in order to distribute craft beers across the State. Garrett holds a BA in Economics, a BA in International Relations, and an AA in Finance. He is passionate about craft beer, food, and Hawaii. Garrett is a Board Member of the Hawaii Small Business Development Center for the SBA, Vice President and Founding Member of the Hawaiian Craft Brewers Guild, and sits on the Government Affairs Committee of the Brewers Association representing Hawaii at the Federal level.
Co-founder, Trillium Brewing Company
Jean-Claude "JC" Tetreault is the co-founder of Trillium Brewing Company. Trillium's celebratory ales were first crafted to commemorate his marriage to co-founder, Esther Tetreault. This initial concept evolved into a lifestyle and dream to share, not only beer, but experiences with one another and their community. As a native of Massachusetts, JC strives to incorporate local crops, flavors, and partners into Trillium's beer. JC is passionate about producing beer with unwavering quality that can be shared in all aspects of your life.
Caitlin Looney Landesberg
Founder & CEO, Sufferfest Beer Company
Driven by her desire to have the best “finish line” beer in the world, Caitlin Landesberg took matters into her own hands. In 2012 she began developing the beer she wanted to see in the world, and as fellow runners and endurance athletes rapidly drove demand, she launched Sufferfest Beer Company in Spring 2016. Based in San Francisco and a Certified B Corporation, Sufferfest inspires active, healthy and passionate humans with award-winning, purpose-brewed craft beer. As the company's Founder and CEO, Caitlin brings 14 years of consumer marketing experience to the company, with prior positions including Director of Marketing at Strava — a social network for athletes. Three successful years into business, Sufferfest was fully acquired by Chico-based Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Spring 2019. Caitlin is an avid trail runner, proud mom, member of the San Francisco Brewers Guild, and a graduate of Kenyon College. Stay in touch and follow her journey @loonsterberg.
Eric “Smitty" Smith
Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Odell Brewing Company
Eric has dedicated his entire 25-year career to the growth of Odell Brewing. As a member of the Odell executive management team, his focus is on market expansion, portfolio management, product innovation, and coworker development. Outside of Odell initiatives, Eric is passionate about supporting the beer industry as a whole, serving on The Brewers Association’s Market Development Committee, Colorado State University Beverage Business Institute Advisory Board, Tamarron Consulting’s Alliance for Beer Leadership Council as well as committee support to the Colorado Brewers Guild. Odell Brewing is currently the 23rd largest craft brewer in the United States, with distribution across 19 states and two Colorado locations with two more in planning for 2020. As a 100% employee owned brewery, Odell strives to reinforce its commitments to independence through dedication to the Evergreen Principles.