Brewbound is pleased to welcome Dan Kenary, the co-founder and CEO of Harpoon Brewery, to the Brewbound Session Summer 2017 stage on June 15 in New York City.
Kenary, who launched Boston’s Harpoon Brewery with friends Rich Doyle and George Ligeti in 1986, will discuss the strategic moves his company has made over the last five years — including an investment into a small Boston-area startup brewery, the expansion of its distribution division and the decision to sell half of the company back to employees — to better position itself for continued long-term success in an ultra-crowded craft beer landscape.
During his talk, Kenary will tap into three decades of beer business wisdom and explain how established and regional craft brands can remain relevant amidst pressures from global brewing giants and nimble local players alike. Throughout his presentation, Kenary will share lessons learned from building, scaling and diversifying the Harpoon business over the last 31 years.
In a follow-up question & answer session, moderated by Brewbound editor Chris Furnari, Kenary will share his thoughts on the continued development of the craft beer segment and offer perspective on a number of top-of-mind industry issues.
Brewbound Session Summer 2017 is taking place on June 15 at the Metropolitan West Pavilion (639 W. 46th St.) in New York, NY. The event features thought-provoking conversations with craft brewery executives, interactive panel discussions with leading U.S. retailers, and engaging presentations from a wide-range of industry experts.
The Summer 2017 Brewbound Session program was specifically designed to examine the impact a rapidly changing and increasingly more competitive craft segment is having on more than 5,300 unique craft brewing businesses.
Brewbound Session guests are also invited to rub elbows with craft’s best and brightest during a pre-conference welcome reception, taking place during the evening of Wednesday, June 14.
About Dan Kenary:
Dan Kenary serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mass. Bay Brewing Company, aka, the Harpoon Brewery. Dan graduated from Harvard College in 1982 with a degree in American History then earned an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1985 while working at the First National Bank of Chicago. Frustrated with the lack of beer options, Dan left the bank in 1986 to co-found Harpoon. Dan has served on the Institute of Brewing Studies Board of Advisors, as director and treasurer of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, a local environmental advocacy organization, president of the Boston Marine Park Business Association, and founding president of the Massachusetts Brewer’s Guild. He currently serves as Chairman of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Commonwealth’s largest employer association. In 2014 Dan led Harpoon through its transition to employee ownership through the creation of the Harpoon Employee Stock Ownership Plan (“ESOP”). Originally from Worcester, Dan lives in Wellesley with his wife, Julie, and has four children.
About Brewbound Session:
Focused on the business side of brewing, Brewbound Session events offer an unmatched opportunity for beer industry professionals to build connections and hear strategies for succeeding in the most competitive segment of the beverage alcohol business. The full-day program features a hand-selected roster of industry experts and leaders who, through presentations and panel discussions, will touch on topics including investment, emerging trends, marketing, distribution and retail strategies. The event features a variety of high-level business strategy discussions, thought-provoking conversations, case studies and data analysis, as well as robust networking and sampling opportunities.