Brew Talks New England 2016
Co-Founder, Jack's Abby
Co-Founder, Jack's Abby
Co-Founder, Night Shift Brewing
Rob is part of a trio of friends who left their day jobs to follow their passion for brewing. Rob graduated from college with a strong love for craft beer. Post-college Rob worked for 6 plus years in the technology industry in Boston. In early 2012 Rob and his two other Co-Founders launched Night Shift Brewing in Everett, MA. For the past 4+ years Rob has lead the brewing team at Night Shift pushing for innovation and the creation of unique beers. Rob also serves as a the President of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Brewers Guild where he works to protect and promote the state's brewing industry.
William Kelley Jr.
President, Beer Distributors of Massachusetts
William kelley Jr. is the President of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts Inc., the leading trade association in Massachusetts advocating on behalf of family-owned businesses in the beer distribution industry and working to promote the responsible use of the products they distribute. Mr. Kelley advocates in the legislative, regulatory, and public policy arenas. Mr. Kelley also practices law with the Boston firm of Considine & Furey, LLP, being “of counsel” to the firm since February 2014. Mr. Kelley has represented businesses in all three-tiers of the beverage alcohol industry as well as companies who service the beverage alcohol industry. Mr. Kelley’s background involves counseling businesses, including representation in litigation arising out of government enforcement actions. Prior to becoming President of the Beer Distributors of Massachusetts Inc., Mr. Kelley was the General Counsel of the Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission (“ABCC”) from 1991 until 2013. As the in-house counsel to the general supervisor of beverage alcohol industry in Massachusetts, he advised Commission members and staff on licensing and compliance issues with retail, wholesale and supplier businesses, drafted legislation and regulations, tracked and prepared policy positions and commentary on proposed legislation and regulations at both state and federal levels, and supported legislative committee chairmen and staff on proposed legislation.
John P. Connell
Owner, Connell Law Offices
John P. Connell is a Boston lawyer who has been in private practice since 1992. John routinely represents breweries, wineries, distilleries, wholesalers, brokers and retailers both in TTB and ABCC licensing applications and compliance matters but also in litigation. John's practice sees a lot of distribution contract drafting and litigation before the Massachusetts ABCC when manufacturers seek to break away from their wholesaler. This summer, John successfully represented Nashoba Valley Winery in a well covered lawsuit against the Massachusetts ABCC which caused a change in the law this year that now allows wineries, breweries and distilleries to sell and pour their own products at multiple locations within a farm or orchard.
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