New Speakers Announced: Presence Marketing Founder Bill Weiland, Buzz-Builder and Zico Investor Jesse Itzler

BevNET is delighted to announce that Jesse Itzler and Bill Weiland, two highly informative and entertaining speakers, will join BevNET Live in Manhattan to offer varying perspectives on brand building, marketing, distribution and investment.

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Bill Weiland, the owner of the largest independently owned natural foods distribution company, Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence, will offer a presentation on some of the micro-trends affecting the natural food and beverage industry. The discussion with Mr. Weiland that follows will make for a wide-ranging discussion on the kinds of products that retailers are demanding and where the overall opportunities lie for beverage companies. A noted investor both in association with the venture capital arm of Boulder Brands and as a backer of many of the brands he carries, Weiland will also discuss his view of the financial environment for beverage brands.

Jesse Itzler, the co-founder of Marquis Jet and the founder of brand incubator 100 Mile Group, will participate in BevNET Live as a speaker on building buzz around new brands and as a judge in the New Beverage Showdown. A master connector and pioneer in celebrity and social media marketing, Mr. Itzler has been an investor in the food and beverage space since 2009, when he first invested in ZICO coconut water. Mr. Itzler is a former recording artist and won an Emmy for creating the “I Love This Game” music company for the NBA. He has completed a 100-mile run, played on the USA Masters Maccabi basketball team, and only eats fruit till noon.

About BevNET Live

BevNET Live Manhattan will be held on May 14 and 15 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. It is a two-day conference for beverage entrepreneurs, suppliers, distributors, retailers and investors to gather, speak, exchange ideas through interactive panels and lectures, and enhance their marketing and product development strategies through our Beverage School. Attendees can tap the expertise of investment professionals who can help groom them to attract money, business owners with inspiring success stories, and the BevNET.com community, which has spent a decade dedicating itself to careful reporting on the fast-moving beverage industry. More than just a conference, BevNET Live includes numerous networking options: the BevNET Live Expo, beverage breaks, cocktail receptions and more.