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December 3, 2015
San Diego, CA
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Brewbound Session Winter 2015 Initial Speakers Announced; Featuring Execs from Duvel USA, Devils Backbone, Odell Brewing & New Holland

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Brewbound is pleased to announce its initial lineup of speakers for the 2015 Brewbound Session, taking place on Dec. 3 at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego, Calif.

The Brewbound Session, an engaging full-day business conference for beer industry professionals, will provide craft brewery entrepreneurs and executives with an opportunity to learn and network with hundreds of like-minded brewers, distributors and retailers.

This year’s program is aimed at supporting both established and emerging craft brands, with a focus on helping brewery owners improve their businesses as the craft category becomes increasingly competitive.

So, to help brewers better navigate a complex craft category, we’ve assembled a group of leading U.S. craft beer executives and financial experts to discuss brewery management, succession planning and future trends.

Joining the program on Dec. 3 will be:

  • Wynne Odell, co-founder and CEO of Odell Brewing
  • Steve Crandall, founder of Devils Backbone
  • Hayes Humphreys, chief operating officer of Devils Backbone
  • Simon Thorpe, president of Duvel USA
  • Adam Lambert, vice president of sales for New Holland Brewing
  • Danelle Kosmal, vice president of Nielsen’s beverage alcohol practice

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In addition to conversations with notable brewery executives, Brewbound Session will also give attendees a unique opportunity to participate in private work sessions with a variety of financial professionals specializing in growth strategies and succession planning, offering brewers the chance to gain a deep understanding of specific exit plans.

The informational work sessions are reserved specifically for brewery owners and executives and will feature experts in banking, mergers & acquisitions, generational transfers, private equity investments, strategic combinations and employee stock ownership plans.

Confirmed guests include:

  • Mike McCann, Chairman, Business Transactions Practice, Spencer Fane
  • Rocky Fiore, Managing Director, Prairie Capital Advisors
  • Kevin O’Brien, Senior Vice President, Zepponi & Company
  • Cody Jennings, Vice President, Zepponi & Company
  • Brian Mulvaney, Senior Vice President, Beverage Industry Group, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

As always, Brewbound Session will feature the Startup Brewery Challenge, a business pitch competition for new and emerging craft brewers, as well as focused discussion panels, sponsor exhibits and ample networking opportunities.

Early registration is still available until October 23. Lineup additions and specific sessions will be outlined in the near future.

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About Brewbound Session

Focused on the business side of craft brewing, Brewbound Session events offer an unmatched strategic learning opportunity for craft brewers and wholesalers by combining the best in business information and networking. The one-day program features a hand-selected roster of industry experts and leaders who, through presentations and panel discussions, will touch on topics including investment, marketing, distributions strategies and more.

Panelists and presenters will help brewers weigh the impact of portfolio choices, branding elements like design and packaging decisions on brand building and shelf appeal, as well as long-term distribution strategies. Marketing, merchandising, and the overall state of the craft market are looked at as opportunities for brewers to improve revenue and profitability, and to build the capital structure that will allow them to weather any storm.