NBWA 2017 | LAS VEGAS, NV | OCTOBER 9
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Brew Talks: Industry Networking and Business Discussions

Brew Talks, Brewbound's industry meetup series, will travel to this year's National Beer Wholesalers Association annual convention in Las Vegas, NV. Brew Talks NBWA 2017 will feature high-level business discussion and industry networking at Caesars Palace in event room Roman II on Monday, October 9 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM PT. Attendees must register to attend Brew Talks NBWA 2017. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Relief.

Brew Talks is a traveling meetup series designed to offer beer industry professionals an opportunity to hear thought-provoking business discussions in an intimate setting. Engage with like-minded professionals and network with fellow brewers, distributors, retailers, and investors.

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Brew Talks NBWA 2017 | Speakers

  • Simon Thorpe, CEO, Pabst Brewing Company - Brew Talks NBWA 2017

    Simon Thorpe

    CEO, Pabst Brewing Company

    Simon Thorpe, CEO, Pabst Brewing Company - Brew Talks NBWA 2017

    Simon Thorpe

    CEO, Pabst Brewing Company

    Simon is a seasoned beer industry veteran with a deep understanding of the U.S. beer market. Simon joined Pabst as CEO on December 1, 2016. Before joining PBC, Simon was the President & CEO of Duvel Moortgat USA, where he led the transformation of the company’s U.S. craft brewing business into a respected leader in the craft beer segment. He was instrumental in building the high-end success of Duvel Moortgat’s Brewery Ommegang in Upstate New York, and established Duvel Moortgat’s partnerships with Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, MO and Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA. He also led the development of Duvel Moortgat’s import brand portfolio including Duvel, La Chouffe, Liefmans, and Mardesous. Prior to joining Duvel Moortgat, Thorpe led various private equity projects in Europe and was formerly head of strategy, M&A and new markets for InBev and President & CEO of InBev USA. His career has spanned beer, support services, art and stationery, food, and personal care categories in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including senior management positions with Compass, Crayola and Kellogg’s. His early career was with Tambrands and Unilever. Thorpe was born and educated in England and has spent 12 years living in Belgium and 19 years in the USA. He resides in Los Angeles, where Pabst is headquartered, with his wife Kati and son Henry.

  • Christian McMahan, President, Wachusett Brewing Company - Brew Talks NBWA 2017

    Christian McMahan

    President, Wachusett Brewing Company

    Christian McMahan, President, Wachusett Brewing Company - Brew Talks NBWA 2017

    Christian McMahan

    President, Wachusett Brewing Company

    Christian McMahan is President of Wachusett Brewing Company, the 2nd largest packaging brewer in Massachusetts and one of the top 10 fastest growing craft breweries in the US in 2016. Christian has over 20+ years of beverage experience, including his work as Chief Marketing Officer for Heineken USA, Vice President of Marketing for Diageo North America and The Boston Beer Company.

  • Chuck Salzman, President, Peerless Beverage Company - Brew Talks NBWA 2017

    Chuck Salzman

    President, Peerless Beverage Company

    Chuck Salzman, President, Peerless Beverage Company - Brew Talks NBWA 2017

    Chuck Salzman

    President, Peerless Beverage Company

    Chuck is the president and a 3rd generation owner at Peerless Beverage Company, which distributes over 8 million cases in New Jersey annually. He has been with Peerless for 19 years and served in numerous roles across the company. Chuck currently serves on the national distributor councils for Constellation Brands, Ballast Point Brewing, and Diageo USA. He is also a member of the MillerCoors regional distributors council. Chuck is a graduate of The University of Vermont and holds an MBA from Fordham University – The Gabelli School of Business.

Venue Information

Brew Talks NBWA 2017 will take place at:

Caesars Palace Las Vegas

3570 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Las Vegas, NV 89109

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Timeline

  • 5:30 PM
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    6:00 PM

    Doors Open + Beers & Networking

  • 6:00 PM
    -
    7:00 PM

    Panel Discussion

    • Simon Thorpe, CEO, Pabst Brewing Company
      Simon Thorpe, CEO, Pabst Brewing Company -

      Simon Thorpe

      CEO, Pabst Brewing Company

      Simon is a seasoned beer industry veteran with a deep understanding of the U.S. beer market. Simon joined Pabst as CEO on December 1, 2016. Before joining PBC, Simon was the President & CEO of Duvel Moortgat USA, where he led the transformation of the company’s U.S. craft brewing business into a respected leader in the craft beer segment. He was instrumental in building the high-end success of Duvel Moortgat’s Brewery Ommegang in Upstate New York, and established Duvel Moortgat’s partnerships with Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, MO and Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA. He also led the development of Duvel Moortgat’s import brand portfolio including Duvel, La Chouffe, Liefmans, and Mardesous. Prior to joining Duvel Moortgat, Thorpe led various private equity projects in Europe and was formerly head of strategy, M&A and new markets for InBev and President & CEO of InBev USA. His career has spanned beer, support services, art and stationery, food, and personal care categories in the Americas, Europe and Asia, including senior management positions with Compass, Crayola and Kellogg’s. His early career was with Tambrands and Unilever. Thorpe was born and educated in England and has spent 12 years living in Belgium and 19 years in the USA. He resides in Los Angeles, where Pabst is headquartered, with his wife Kati and son Henry.

    • Christian McMahan, President, Wachusett Brewing Company
      Christian McMahan, President, Wachusett Brewing Company -

      Christian McMahan

      President, Wachusett Brewing Company

      Christian McMahan is President of Wachusett Brewing Company, the 2nd largest packaging brewer in Massachusetts and one of the top 10 fastest growing craft breweries in the US in 2016. Christian has over 20+ years of beverage experience, including his work as Chief Marketing Officer for Heineken USA, Vice President of Marketing for Diageo North America and The Boston Beer Company.

    • Chuck Salzman, President, Peerless Beverage Company
      Chuck Salzman, President, Peerless Beverage Company -

      Chuck Salzman

      President, Peerless Beverage Company

      Chuck is the president and a 3rd generation owner at Peerless Beverage Company, which distributes over 8 million cases in New Jersey annually. He has been with Peerless for 19 years and served in numerous roles across the company. Chuck currently serves on the national distributor councils for Constellation Brands, Ballast Point Brewing, and Diageo USA. He is also a member of the MillerCoors regional distributors council. Chuck is a graduate of The University of Vermont and holds an MBA from Fordham University – The Gabelli School of Business.

    • Simon Thorpe, CEO, Pabst Brewing Company
    • Christian McMahan, President, Wachusett Brewing Company
    • Chuck Salzman, President, Peerless Beverage Company
  • 7:00 PM
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    7:30 PM

    Beers & Networking

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