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BevNET Live Winter 2019 Speakers

The complete BevNET Live speaker lineup will feature more than 20 beverage industry leaders. Check back for updates!

  • Peter McGuinness, President, Chobani - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Peter McGuinness

    President, Chobani

    Peter McGuinness, President, Chobani - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Peter McGuinness

    President, Chobani

    As President at Chobani, Peter McGuinness oversees all global demand creation, supply chain, manufacturing, sustainability, and research and development functions. He also leads the Chobani Café and the Chobani Food Incubator. Peter also oversaw Chobani’s first ever brand evolution, which was executed by the company’s newly formed in-house Creative agency. In his time at Chobani, the brand has risen to become the #1 Greek yogurt brand and the second largest yogurt manufacturer in America, reaching record share and launching more new products then at any other time in its history—including Chobani Flip, one of the fastest growing platforms in packaged foods. Throughout his tenure, Chobani has received widespread acclaim as a values-based, mission driven brand. This includes being named among Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies” for the last three years and “25 Brands That Matter Now,” Fortune’s “Change the World” list of brands, PEOPLE’s “50 Companies That Care,” and Reader’s Digest’s “Most Trusted Brands in Health and Wellness.” Chobani has also been honored with a “Salute of Greatness Award” by The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change. Peter’s innovative approach to leadership and strategy has earned him significant recognition, including being named to PR Week’s “Power List” and Path to Purchase Institute’s Shopper Marketing Hall of Fame, and receiving PR Week’s “Global Marketer of the Year Award,” Consumer Goods Technology’s “CMO of the Year Award,” and The CMO Club’s “CMO Marketing Innovation Award.” Prior to Chobani, Peter served as President and CEO of DDB Chicago and Gotham. He also served as Regional President of Europe/Middle East/Africa Momentum McCann World Group. He brings more than 20 years of global marketing experience to the company, with a record of shaping and growing some of the world’s most iconic brands including MasterCard, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, McDonald’s, Microsoft and Coca-Cola.  He is an active industry leader, serving on influential boards including the Ad Council, AAAA, Advertising Education Foundation (AEF), the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA), and the CMO Council of North America. He is a member of the Advertising Hall of Achievement.

  • Todd Carmichael, CEO & Co-Founder, La Colombe - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Todd Carmichael

    CEO & Co-Founder, La Colombe

    Todd Carmichael, CEO & Co-Founder, La Colombe - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Todd Carmichael

    CEO & Co-Founder, La Colombe

    Todd Carmichael is the co-founder and CEO of La Colombe Coffee, a premier coffee roaster and retailer. Carmichael has lived and breathed coffee for over three decades. By pressing the limits of taste, service, and most notably, coffee sourcing – visiting the world’s developing countries to responsibly gather the planet’s best coffee – Todd has converted the nation’s culinary elite into La Colombe drinkers. Along the way, he has made his company the country’s leading coffee roaster while managing it philanthropically. Fueled by Todd’s passion to push the U.S. coffee scene forward, La Colombe sits at the forefront of the ethical trade movement and regularly dabbles in new terrain, inventing ground-breaking new brewing devices and beverages, such as the first ever Draft Latte. He is also the host of two Travel Channel series, “Dangerous Grounds” and “Uncommon Grounds.”

  • Katie Paul, VP, Category Management & Growth Solutions, KeHE Distributors - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Katie Paul

    VP, Category Management & Growth Solutions, KeHE Distributors

    Katie Paul, VP, Category Management & Growth Solutions, KeHE Distributors - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Katie Paul

    VP, Category Management & Growth Solutions, KeHE Distributors

    Katie is currently Vice President, Category Management & Growth Solutions at KeHE Distributors, where she develops supplier and retailer category management solutions based on analytics, consumer insights, and category trends. Katie has been serving at KeHE for ten years and has held positions in Analytics, Pricing, Integration, Category Management, and Smart Growth Solutions. Katie received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Food & Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing from Western Michigan University. In 2015, Katie was named one of Griffin Report’s Food Marketing “40 Under 40” in 2015. She received her EMBA degree in Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University in June 2017 and is currently applying that knowledge back into the industry.

  • Alex Marx, Director, Growth Solutions, KeHE Distributors - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Alex Marx

    Director, Growth Solutions, KeHE Distributors

    Alex Marx, Director, Growth Solutions, KeHE Distributors - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Alex Marx

    Director, Growth Solutions, KeHE Distributors

    Alex is a Director on the Growth Solutions team at KeHE Distributors, where he develops retail category management solutions based on analytics, consumer insights, and category trends. Alex has been serving at KeHE for nine years and has held positions in Sales, eCommerce, Space Management, and Category Management. Alex has been specializing in the beverage category for years, although his expertise is all-things natural/specialty. Alex received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Food & Consumer Packaged Goods Marketing from Western Michigan University.

  • Matt Thomas, CEO & Founder, Brew Dr. Kombucha - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Matt Thomas

    CEO & Founder, Brew Dr. Kombucha

  • Clayton Christopher, Co-Founder,  CAVU Ventures - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Clayton Christopher

    Co-Founder, CAVU Ventures

    Clayton Christopher, Co-Founder,  CAVU Ventures - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Clayton Christopher

    Co-Founder, CAVU Ventures

    Clayton is passionate about entrepreneurship and loves helping small food and beverage companies scale. Based in Austin, Texas, he is strategically positioned at the epicenter of a growing culture of consumer innovation. He is the Founder and former CEO of Sweet Leaf Tea, a company he started in 1998 with $12k in savings and a recipe from his grandmother. Sweet Leaf grew to a nationally recognized brand and was sold to Nestle in 2011. Following his success at Sweet Leaf Tea, Clayton co-founded and was CEO at Deep Eddy Vodka. Deep Eddy became the fastest growing spirits brand in the United States and was sold to Heaven Hill Distilleries in August of 2015. Clayton is also the Co-founder of Rhythm Super Foods, CAVU Venture Partners, Waterloo Sparkling Water, Mighty Swell, Naturally Austin, and SKU. In 2006 he was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year for Central Texas and is a recipient of the Austin Under 40 Austinite of the Year Award. Clayton currently resides in Austin, TX with his beautiful wife, Carly, and their two children.

  • Tyler Ricks, Operating Partner, Continental Grain & Arlon Investments - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Tyler Ricks

    Operating Partner, Continental Grain & Arlon Investments

    Tyler Ricks, Operating Partner, Continental Grain & Arlon Investments - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Tyler Ricks

    Operating Partner, Continental Grain & Arlon Investments

    Tyler Ricks has spent 25+ years creating value in the food and beverage industry. He’s held executive level positions at PepsiCo, Bear Naked, Plum Organics, Peet’s Coffee and Einstein Noah’s. Tyler recently transitioned from his position as CEO of Bagel Brands for JAB into a full-time Operating Partner role for Continental Grain and Arlon, a hybrid investment firm based in NYC. Tyler supports the venture and middle market segments of the portfolio. He serves as a Board Member for Wholesome Sweeteners, Cicis Pizza, Joyride Coffee and Kitu. Tyler has been an avid venture investor, participating in the success of Bear Naked, Evol Foods, I and Love and You, Kevita, Sweet Earth, Yasso, Sufferfest, Vive, Dang, Flying Embers, Ancient Nutrition, Grillo’s and Kitu. He recently relocated from Northern California to Connecticut with his wife Brianna and their three children.

  • Vanessa Dew, Co-Founder & Chief Sales Officer, Health-Ade Kombucha - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Vanessa Dew

    Co-Founder & Chief Sales Officer, Health-Ade Kombucha

  • Benjamin Witte, Founder & CEO, Recess - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Benjamin Witte

    Founder & CEO, Recess

    Benjamin Witte, Founder & CEO, Recess - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Benjamin Witte

    Founder & CEO, Recess

    Benjamin Witte is the Founder & CEO of Recess, a consumer wellness brand creating products and experiences designed to help people feel balanced, centered and inspired so they can be their most productive and creative selves — despite an increasingly stressful world. Prior to Recess, Witte served as a Partner at Life Capital and Head of Mobile at AdRoll. He serves on the Board of Directors for the US Hemp Roundtable, the main industry coalition pushing the hemp industry forward.

  • Matt Bachmann, CEO & Co-Founder, Wandering Bear Coffee - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Matt Bachmann

    CEO & Co-Founder, Wandering Bear Coffee

    Matt Bachmann, CEO & Co-Founder, Wandering Bear Coffee - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Matt Bachmann

    CEO & Co-Founder, Wandering Bear Coffee

    In 2013, Matt Bachmann walked into a grad school classroom carrying a travel mug of homemade cold brew coffee and met Ben Gordon, who was sitting with a leather-wrapped mason jar filled with his own homebrew. This set the two off on what has now been a four-year journey to create the best-tasting cold brew coffee products packaged uniquely to suit the full range of consumption occasions, whether at home, at work or on the go. Wandering Bear products can be found nationwide at retailers such as Kroger, Target, Safeway and Whole Foods, on Amazon, FreshDirect and Thrive Market, as well as on tap via both bag-in-box and keg formats in thousands of offices across more than 30 states. Matt holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA from The University of Michigan and lives in New York City with his wife and son. Visit www.wanderingbearcoffee.com or @wanderingbearco on Instagram to stay in touch.

  • Jason Cohen, Founder/Co-CEO, Halen Brands - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Jason Cohen

    Founder/Co-CEO, Halen Brands

    Jason Cohen, Founder/Co-CEO, Halen Brands - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Jason Cohen

    Founder/Co-CEO, Halen Brands

    Jason Cohen, Founder/Co-CEO, grew up in Northern NJ where his parents were prodigies of immigrant parents that came over to America seeking refuge. Jason attended the University of Maryland at College Park where he earned a BS in Marketing and Minor Finance. After college Jason went on to work for Northwestern Mutual Life where he quickly became one of the top producing insurance salesmen in the country. Utilizing his interpersonal skills Jason networked with his clients in effort to find his true passion. Eventually leading him to create a better way to eat without sacrificing taste and style. In 1999 Jason founded Mamma Says, a food manufacturing company that produced biscotti and cookies in a plant he built in upstate NY with the money he saved from his insurance sales. Working insurance by night and plant by day... In a few years, the company was able to establish a national brand where Jason partnered with Kellogg’s to grow the brand even further.. In 2005, the business was sold to NONNIS Inc., a portfolio brand of Windpoint Partners for 4x revenue. In 2005, Jason co-founded World Gourmet Marketing, creating better-for-you snacks under the flagship brand Sensible Portions, which included snacks such as Nationally recognized Veggie Straws,.. Under his management, the company achieved double-digit growth and became one of the fastest rising snack food industry purveyors. The company grew to just under $100MM in 4yrs. In 2010, World Sensible Portions brand sold for $110MM to The Hain Celestial Group, one of the leading providers of organic and natural foods. While at Hain Celestial, Jason served as President of the Club and Snack Division. In 2011, Jason founded Rickland Orchards, the first shelf stable Greek yogurt brand. In October 2013, after sales soared to $50 million in just 18 months, the company was sold for $57.5 million to B&G Foods, a public company. In 2013, Jason partnered with the founders of SkinnyPop Popcorn an early stage better for you play on popcorn. In 2014, Jason received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Excellence in Emerging category in the New Jersey region. in 2015 after enormous success SkinnyPop went public for 1.4 billion in shareholder value through Goldman Sachs and was recently acquired by Hershey’s. In January 2015, Jason co-founded Halen Brands, Inc., which quickly funded Chef’s Cut Real Jerky a premium jerky brand in March 2015. In July 2015 Halen Brands, Inc partnered with Core and most recently acquired OWYN. Which stands for ONLY WHAT YOU NEED. A simple clean approach to plant-based protein without compromising taste or style. In 2015 Jason and his wife Jamie created an Entrepreneurship Endowment at the University of Maryland to assist the Dingman Center of Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland. In 2017 Jason was nominated to the University of MD Smith School Advisory Board and Mass Eye & Ear Advisory Board. In addition, Jason set up a foundation for Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion Research at the University of Miami in 2017. In 2018 CORE HYDRATION, one of Halen Brands' strategic investments, sold to Keurig Dr. Pepper for $525mm In 2018 Halen Brands launched REAL FOOD FROM THE GROUND UP, utilizing cauliflower as its main ingredients to create a full line of snacks, crackers and chips. In 2019 Jason was nominated to University of Maryland Board of Trustees Jason currently resides in Northern NJ with his wife Jamie and two beautiful daughters Jordan and Hailey.

  • Perteet Spencer, VP, CPG & Enterprise Sales, SPINS - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Perteet Spencer

    VP, CPG & Enterprise Sales, SPINS

  • Mark Olivieri, President, OWYN - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Mark Olivieri

    President, OWYN

  • Jonathan Eppers, CEO & Founder, VYBES - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Jonathan Eppers

    CEO & Founder, VYBES

    Jonathan Eppers, CEO & Founder, VYBES - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Jonathan Eppers

    CEO & Founder, VYBES

    Jonathan Eppers is the CEO & Founder of VYBES, a wellness beverage crafting organic drinks made with Hemp CBD (Cannabidiol). VYBES has helped pioneer an emerging new category of functional beverages focused on addressing mind + body well-being. Prior to VYBES, Jonathan was the CEO & Founder of RadPad, an end-to-end rental marketplace that made finding a place, signing a lease and paying rent much easier. Jonathan made the switch from tech to CPG after he began using CBD to help with his own anxiety and believed CBD could help a lot more people if only it was available in beverage form, which led to the origins of VYBES, now one of the emerging category leaders.

  • Joey Cannata, President, Daytrip Beverage Co. - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Joey Cannata

    President, Daytrip Beverage Co.

    Joey Cannata, President, Daytrip Beverage Co. - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Joey Cannata

    President, Daytrip Beverage Co.

    As part of the original team that launched Rockstar Energy Drink in 2001 Joey brings very relevant beverage, sales and distribution experience to the Daytrip team. During his 17+ year tenure at Rockstar, Joey was the Executive Vice President of Sales and Distribution, overseeing distributor relationships, the internal Rockstar sales organization and national account coverage including Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Coca-Cola Enterprise and Pepsi Bottling Company. With ties to both politics and Hollywood Joey's Rolodex is one of pure authenticity as a trusted friend and colleague in the ever evolving world of category inception (from FDA regulations in energy drinks to influencer strategies before "influencer" was even a word. Joey will be using his beverage experience, knowledge and contacts to help develop the organization and make Daytrip the most widely available and known brand in the cannabis-infused category.

  • Brandy Rand, COO, Americas, IWSR - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Brandy Rand

    COO, Americas, IWSR

    Brandy Rand, COO, Americas, IWSR - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Brandy Rand

    COO, Americas, IWSR

    Brandy Rand is the Chief Operating Officer, Americas for the IWSR Drinks Market Analysis, the leading source of global beverage alcohol data and trends from across 157 countries, including market forecasts. As COO, Brandy oversees demand generation and strategy for North America, Canada and the Caribbean region. Brandy joined the IWSR after 18 years of management experience in the beverage alcohol industry, with previous positions at Allied Domecq Spirits & Wines, William Grant & Sons, and Bacardi Limited. In these roles, she worked across multiple markets, covering brand commercial strategy, trade marketing, consumer engagement and product innovation. Brandy also ran her own consulting practice for many years, specializing in brand-building for media and consumer packaged goods, with clients such as Anheuser-Busch, Ritz Carlton, Beam Suntory and Bowers & Wilkins. Brandy writes extensively about beverage alcohol in both national and trade publications. She sits on the advisory board of Vinexpo New York and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences, including National Beverage Alcohol Control Association, Wine and Spirits/Beer Business Summit, Bar Convent, Brewer’s Association and American Craft Spirits Association. She holds a B.A. in anthropology from Tufts University and has done graduate studies in literature at Harvard University.

  • Brian Goldberg, Longtime Consumer Products CFO & Investor, CapStream Group - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Brian Goldberg

    Longtime Consumer Products CFO & Investor, CapStream Group

  • Sharelle Klaus, Founder & CEO, Dry Soda - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Sharelle Klaus

    Founder & CEO, Dry Soda

    Sharelle Klaus, Founder & CEO, Dry Soda - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Sharelle Klaus

    Founder & CEO, Dry Soda

    As the visionary behind DRY Soda Company, Sharelle Klaus has always had a passion for the culinary world and celebrating each part of a meal – including the beverage. After having four children, she didn’t want to let a lack of wine or cocktails stop her from creating a great pairing. Klaus recognized an absence of refreshing, clean, non-alcoholic options in the market, and became determined to create the first line of less-sweet sodas that was worthy of meal pairing and premium mixology. She believed savory and sweet flavors more commonly used in cuisine could offer exciting compliments to her favorite meals. In 2005, Klaus crafted the first batches of DRY Sparkling soda in her home kitchen and officially launched DRY Soda Co. a few months later. In 2018, she launched DRY Soda Co.’s second brand – DRY Zero Sugar organic sodas – to bring that same elevated experience to consumers seeking a better sugar-free soda option. Klaus brings nearly two decades of entrepreneurial, financial and technology industry experience to her role as CEO at DRY, and oversees all marketing, strategic planning and innovation for the brand. With guidance from some of the Pacific Northwest’s best chefs and a savvy corporate team, Klaus pioneered a new category of sparkling beverages, fearlessly leading DRY’s aggressive growth in a male dominated industry. Prior to founding DRY, Klaus worked as a consultant for Infrastructure Management Group and Price Waterhouse. She also served as president of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, where she drove strategic development of programs, events and fundraising for the organization’s 250+ Seattle-area members. Klaus has been featured by ParentMap, Huffpost, Forbes, BevNET, Seattle Magazine, Imbibe, and was honored by Seattle Business Magazine as one of its 2018 CEOs of the year. With a keen appreciation for humor and wit, Klaus is an avid supporter of entrepreneurship and frequently speaks at professional conferences, workshops, and the University of Washington Business School, where she also participates as a judge for the Michael G. Foster’s School’s well-known business plan competitions. She has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Seattle Pacific University Business School, the Board of Directors at the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Board of the Seattle Lung Force. Klaus graduated from Seattle Pacific University with an undergraduate degree in political science, and currently resides in Seattle, Wash.

  • Eric Berniker, Chief Marketing Officer, Roar Beverage Company - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Eric Berniker

    Chief Marketing Officer, Roar Beverage Company

  • Blair Cornish, SVP of Sales, Vive Organic - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Blair Cornish

    SVP of Sales, Vive Organic

    Blair Cornish, SVP of Sales, Vive Organic - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Blair Cornish

    SVP of Sales, Vive Organic

    Blair is an experienced CPG Sales Executive with a passion for building high performance teams. In her current role as SVP Sales for Vive Organic, Blair is responsible for scaling a hyper-growth functional shot brand in an on-trend and highly competitive category. Prior to Vive, she led sales for Harmless Harvest – turning around a market leading brand during a period of significant supply chain disruption. Earlier in her career Blair built a best in class team at Big Heart Pet (formerly Del Monte) leading to their successful acquisition by JM Smucker and delivered category leading growth at PepsiCo, and Hallmark Cards.

  • Arthur Gallego, Principal, Gallego & Co. - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Arthur Gallego

    Principal, Gallego & Co.

    Arthur Gallego, Principal, Gallego & Co. - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Arthur Gallego

    Principal, Gallego & Co.

    Arthur Gallego is one of the most experienced and well-rounded marketing strategists in the food & beverage industry. He runs Gallego & Co., a consulting firm based in Southern California that advises some of the top brands in their categories, in the US and UK. Gallego has worked directly with the founders and CEOs of brands producing natural soda, energy drinks, iced tea, kombucha and hard kombucha, RTD coffee, sparkling water, functional & nutritional drinks, cold-pressed juice, alt-dairy and of course, coconut water. He also advises private equity groups on their natural food & beverage brand portfolios and is recognized for his fluency across a wide range of CPG categories and marketing disciplines. For more information visit www.gallegoandco.com.

  • Kenny Morrison, Founder and CEO, Venice Cookie Company - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Kenny Morrison

    Founder and CEO, Venice Cookie Company

    Kenny Morrison, Founder and CEO, Venice Cookie Company - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Kenny Morrison

    Founder and CEO, Venice Cookie Company

    In 2006 Kenny co-founded two well-known medical cannabis collectives in West LA and Venice Beach, California. Combining his knowledge of cannabis and communications, The Farmacy stores positioned cannabis in its rightful place within the Traditional Chinese Medicine pharmacopoeia, with licensed herbalist acupuncturists presiding over a wide array of plant-based herbs and other remedies to be compounded according to your personal needs. In 2008, Kenny founded Venice Cookie Company with the simple idea that cannabis infused food and beverage should be tasty, safe, and wellness oriented. The company, now known as VCC Brands, is a manufacturer and distributor of infused products including top-selling beverage Cannabis Quencher. In 2012 he expanded to the state of Washington as Evergreen Herbal, assisting in the creation of regulations with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board. Evergreen Herbal built Washington’s first licensed volatile cannabis extraction facility and collaborated with local agencies to use it as a training facility. While serving his second term on the board of California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) in 2016, Kenny founded the California Cannabis Manufacturers Association (CCMA) to advocate on behalf of the state’s most ethical plant-touching operators. Kenny is a well-known California cannabis CPG pioneer having led VCC Brands through over a decade of profitability. Please visit VCCBrands.com and CannabisManufacturers.org. to learn more.

  • Robert Drew, Chief Growth Officer, Docklight Brands - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Robert Drew

    Chief Growth Officer, Docklight Brands

    Robert Drew, Chief Growth Officer, Docklight Brands - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Robert Drew

    Chief Growth Officer, Docklight Brands

    Robert Drew is Chief Growth Officer at Docklight Brands. He leads the sales and operations organizations. Docklight is a pioneering cannabinoid CPG company bringing the social and wellness benefits of hemp and cannabis to adult consumers through leading brands including Marley, Irisa, and Goodship. In his 25 years in CPG, Robert has held leadership positions at IRI, Coca-Cola, and PwC helping commercialize both established and emerging brands.

  • Eric Schnell, CEO, Mood33 - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Eric Schnell

    CEO, Mood33

    Eric Schnell, CEO, Mood33 - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Eric Schnell

    CEO, Mood33

    Some might call him a socialpreneur. Others, a food & beverage visionary. No matter the title, Eric has been a natural product industry pioneer for over 20 years and counting. With diverse experience in sales, marketing and new product launches, Eric enjoys taking ideas from scratch and turning them into viable businesses that make a global impact, through the consulting agency he founded, BeyondBrands. He is the co-founder of Steaz, a leading organic tea brand that was strategically acquired in 2016 as well as a member of Runa tea which was successfully sold in 2018. He is the co-founder of Good Catch, the world’s first plant-based seafood brand as well proud recipient of the 2007 “Sustainable Business of the Year Award”, 6-time Annual Winner of the BevNET.com and Beverage Digest “Best Product of the Year Award”, a Top 50 Beverage World Disruptor and is an active Nutrition Capital Network Selection Committee Member.

  • Robert Brown, Managing Director, Encore Consumer Capital - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Robert Brown

    Managing Director, Encore Consumer Capital

    Robert Brown, Managing Director, Encore Consumer Capital - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Robert Brown

    Managing Director, Encore Consumer Capital

    Robert co-founded Encore Consumer Capital in 2005. He is Chairman of Encore portfolio companies Ancient Harvest and Tender Belly and a director of butter LONDON, Navitas Organics, and Supergoop!. Robert was the Chairman of former Encore portfolio companies Aidells Sausage Company, Atlantic Aqua Farms, California Splendor, Caterina Foods, Isopure, PhillySwirl and tarte and was a director at Thanasi Foods. Prior to Encore, Robert was a partner at Swander Pace Capital, a private equity firm focused on investments in the consumer products industry. Robert previously was the Director of New Business Development at Foster Farms, where his responsibilities included the general management of Foster’s $75MM Prepared Foods Division and corporate development. Robert began his professional career in the consumer products industry in 1991 as a consultant at Swander Pace & Company, where over time he became a Principal. He advised consumer products companies and private equity firms on matters of corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and competitive assessment. Robert received a BS and an MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. Robert is a native Californian and currently resides in Marin County with his wife and their three children. He is actively involved in his children’s schools and sports teams and enjoys water sports and exploring the outdoors with his family. Robert is a member of the Leadership Council of the Positive Coaching Alliance, a national non-profit developing “Better Athletes, Better People” by working to provide youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience.

  • Mike Burgmaier, Managing Partner, Whipstitch Capital - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Mike Burgmaier

    Managing Partner, Whipstitch Capital

    Mike Burgmaier, Managing Partner, Whipstitch Capital - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Mike Burgmaier

    Managing Partner, Whipstitch Capital

    Michael Burgmaier is a Co-Founder and Managing Director with Whipstitch Capital, an investment bank that provides private placement and buy-side / sell-side mergers & acquisitions advisory services for leading consumer products companies in the healthy, organic, natural and/or functional food, beverage, supplements, personal care and related retail companies. He has helped complete over 50 transactions for clients such as KeVita, Uncle Matt’s Organics, Essentia Water, Spindrift, The Switch, Redd Bar, Peeled Snacks, Blake’s All Natural Foods and Otter Creek Brewing Company. Mike has been active in the M&A and private equity/VC consumer space since early 2004; previously he was a Consultant with Bain & Co. In 2008, Burgmaier was named as a "40 Under 40" leader in the Natural Products Industry by Natural Foods Merchandiser. Mike has an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, an MPP from Duke University and a BA in Economics from Boston College.

  • Kristen Bareuther, Managing Director, First Beverage Ventures - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Kristen Bareuther

    Managing Director, First Beverage Ventures

  • Christina Fuller, Business Development Manager, Omni ePartners - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Christina Fuller

    Business Development Manager, Omni ePartners

    Christina Fuller, Business Development Manager, Omni ePartners - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Christina Fuller

    Business Development Manager, Omni ePartners

    Christina has over 10 years of experience in retail, digital advertising, marketing, and operations. With her diverse background, she can scope businesses from a full 360 and identify solution-based recommendations. She has over 8 years specifically at Amazon where she became an expert in navigating several different areas of both the seller and vendor ecosystems driving significant growth and sustainability. Outside of work, Christina enjoys traveling the world and learning about new cultures, scuba diving and enjoying the delights of PNW including hiking, rock climbing, and any water-related activity.

  • John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET.com - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    John Craven

    CEO & Founder, BevNET.com

    John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET.com - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    John Craven

    CEO & Founder, BevNET.com

    As founder and CEO of BevNET, John Craven is a widely-recognized authority on the beverage industry and he is frequently cited in mainstream media. His vision shapes the editorial, publishing, and positioning of all of BevNET's properties, including BevNET.com, BevNET Magazine, Brewbound.com, BevNET FBU and their associated conferences. John is a graduate of Boston College with a BS in Marketing and Computer Science.

  • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Jeffrey Klineman

    Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

    Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET - BevNET Live Winter 2019

    Jeffrey Klineman

    Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

    As Editor-in-Chief of BevNET, Jeffrey Klineman oversees the organization's reporting across all of its web sites, as well as BevNET Magazine. Jeffrey is also responsible for developing the content for conferences like BevNET Live and Food and Beverage University (FBU). Jeffrey previously worked as a newspaper reporter for the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, the Boston TAB and the Metrowest Daily News, and has freelanced for publications like Slate, Boston Magazine, Self, George, Commonwealth, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Jeffrey is a graduate of Yale University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. A frequently-cited expert on the beverage industry, Jeffrey has also been named in Forbes as one of the 25 Most Influential Kingmakers in Consumer and Retail Companies. He is still trying to live that one down.

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Beverage School: Learn the Ropes of the Industry

Beverage School is a special half-day “Beverages 101″ session for early-stage entrepreneurs and industry newcomers. It is held the day prior to the full conference and is free for all BevNET Live Winter 2019 attendees. Young beverage brands get up to speed, identify keys for growth and initiate critical conversations.


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A Deep Dive into a Hot Emerging Category


The massive interest in -- and approaches to -- the incorporation of Marijuana, Hemp, THC and CBD as functional ingredients in food and beverage brands is shared by new companies and existing brands alike. Nevertheless, there is still much to understand. Food and beverage professionals are invited to navigate an ambiguous cannabis market and explore how it could impact their businesses at the one-day forum.

Hosted on December 6th, the Friday between NOSH Live and BevNET Live, attendees of either conference will receive special rates to the forum.

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Meet These Investors in Santa Monica

Atlas Capital VenturesZX VenturesDoehler VenturesArlon Investments
Boulder Food Group
Blueberry VenturesPepsico VenturesCascadia Capital LLC

Taste Radio Live: Behind the Scenes Look at Our Podcast

Taste Radio Live is coming to Santa Monica this winter. For the first time, event attendees will have behind-the-scenes access to a live recording of Taste Radio. We plan to announce a line-up that includes two industry all-stars.

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Recent Event Announcements

BevNET Live Breakouts: Investment Insights, RTD Spirits, CBD, Growth Strategies

It’s time to choose your own adventure. The BevNET Live Breakout Sessions on Monday, December 9, provide attendees the opportunity to dive deeper into the topics that are important to their businesses. With two rounds of sessions, we'll discuss market opportunities, developing marketing and sales teams, and preparing your company for a deal.

BevNET Live Winter 2019 Agenda Released; Only 30 Days Away

It’s time to reveal the official agenda for BevNET Live Winter 2019, which takes us back to the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel for the largest event to-date. More than 550 beverage professionals are already registered for the leading industry event which is now only 30 days away.

Chobani President Peter McGuinness, La Colombe Co-Founder and CEO Todd Carmichael to Speak at BevNET Live

The cooperative dynamic between young and mature entrepreneurial brands will be front and center on Dec. 9 at BevNET Live in Santa Monica when Peter McGuinness, Chobani’s president, and Todd Carmichael, the CEO and co-founder of La Colombe, take part in a “fireside conversation” on the challenges of timing innovation in beverage categories and the way the companies’ close ties allow them to learn from each other in terms of product development and scale.

BevNET Live: Inside Changing Distribution Landscape for Beverages with KeHE

BevNET Live will feature a look at the new landscape for national distribution of innovative beverage brands with a talk delivered by KeHE’s own Katie Paul, the company’s vice president of category management and growth solutions and Alex Marx, director of customer insights and growth solutions.

Early Registration Ends Today for BevNET’s Winter 2019 Events

When the clock strikes midnight, early registration prices expire for our BevNET Live, NOSH Live and Brewbound Live Winter 2019 events. The beverage, food, and beer events for industry executives return to Santa Monica, CA this December.

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