WINTER 2018 | DEC. 3+4 | SANTA MONICA, CA
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25+ Industry Leaders Will Take The Stage - More To Be Announced Soon!

  • GT Dave, Founder & CEO, GT’s Living Foods - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    GT Dave

    Founder & CEO, GT’s Living Foods

    GT Dave, Founder & CEO, GT’s Living Foods - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    GT Dave

    Founder & CEO, GT’s Living Foods

    GT Dave is the category creator of the Kombucha industry with his line of #1 selling products known as GT's Kombucha & Synergy. Over 20 years ago while he was barely a teenager, GT started brewing and bottling his authentic organic raw Kombucha in his parent's kitchen in Los Angeles.  Since then, he has expanded his company's portfolio beyond Kombucha and has once again become a pioneer of cutting-edge wellness offerings including non-dairy kefirs, non-dairy raw coconut yogurts, probiotic shots, adaptogenic teas, and much more.   GT continues to be the creative and visionary force behind all of GT's Living Foods while allowing the company to remain family-owned and operated. 

  • David Karr, Chief Brand Cebador/Co-founder, Guayakí Yerba Mate - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    David Karr

    Chief Brand Cebador/Co-founder, Guayakí Yerba Mate

    David Karr, Chief Brand Cebador/Co-founder, Guayakí Yerba Mate - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    David Karr

    Chief Brand Cebador/Co-founder, Guayakí Yerba Mate

    David Karr is the Chief Brand Cebador of Guayaki SRP, inc., a company he co-founded with Alex Pryor, his “soul brother” in 1996. As the brand steward, David is responsible for the look, feel and story of Guayaki and is committed to creating sustainable, regenerating enterprises that nourish the planet and humanity. He lives on his community farm on Salt Spring Island, BC, Canada with his wife Jennifer Lloyd and two boys Alex and Rio.

  • Tero Isokauppila, Founder, Four Sigmatic - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Tero Isokauppila

    Founder, Four Sigmatic

    Tero Isokauppila, Founder, Four Sigmatic - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Tero Isokauppila

    Founder, Four Sigmatic

    Tero Isokauppila is the founder Four Sigmatic, a nature-centric Nordic company specializing in functional superfoods, mushrooms, and adaptogens. Tero’s roots (or mycelium, if you will) are in Finland where he grew up foraging for mushrooms and other wild foods on his family’s farm. He later earned a degree in Chemistry and a Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition at Cornell University. In 2012, Tero founded Four Sigmatic with the dream of bringing a little Everyday Magic to the lives of all. An expert in all things related to mushrooms and natural health, Tero is the author of two books: Healing Mushrooms: A Practical and Culinary Guide to Using Adaptogenic Mushrooms for Whole Body Health, his first book from Avery Publishing, and this Fall’s Santa Sold Shrooms, the untold story of Saint Nicholas. Tero was chosen as one of the world's Top 50 Food Activists by the Academy of Culinary Nutrition and has appeared in Time, Forbes, BuzzFeed, Vogue, W Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Bon Appétit. He is also a sought-after speaker, having been featured at Summit Series, Wanderlust, Further Future, and the Culinary Nutrition Conference. In 2012 Tero bid the cold Finnish winters goodbye and now resides in sunny Southern California.

  • Arthur Gallego, Principal, Gallego & Co. - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Arthur Gallego

    Principal, Gallego & Co.

    Arthur Gallego, Principal, Gallego & Co. - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Arthur Gallego

    Principal, Gallego & Co.

    Arthur Gallego runs Gallego & Co., a marketing consulting firm specializing in natural and emerging food & beverage brands. Gallego is a familiar name if you drink coconut water: he helped launch Vita Coco in 2004 and has worked with the brand ever since. He also works with Bulletproof 360; UGLY Drinks; LIFEAID Beverage Co. and Chomps meat snacks. Gallego is a well-regarded marketing strategist, branding and communications expert and has been a regular guest on MSNBC and been quoted by CBS News, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

  • Neel Premkumar, Founder & CEO, FORTO Coffee - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Neel Premkumar

    Founder & CEO, FORTO Coffee

    Neel Premkumar, Founder & CEO, FORTO Coffee - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Neel Premkumar

    Founder & CEO, FORTO Coffee

    Neel Premkumar created FORTO Coffee to fuel the next generation of coffee lovers, looking for a fast coffee energy boost. Today, FORTO is the #1 Coffee Shot and the best-selling shelf-stable Organic Bottled Coffee in the U.S., sold in over 50,000 retail stores. The company has been on Inc.500’s fastest-growing company list for multiple years, and Neel is an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. Prior to becoming the Founder and CEO of FORTO, Neel was a marketing executive at Nestle, and beforehand, founded a boutique marketing agency called CreativeHub, with clients that included Unilever, General Mills and Samsung. Neel holds an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, a Graduate Marketing degree from The University of Chicago, and a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He resides with his wife and twin girls near New York City.

  • Jessi Moffitt, Director of Innovation, Canteen - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Jessi Moffitt

    Director of Innovation, Canteen

    Jessi Moffitt, Director of Innovation, Canteen - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Jessi Moffitt

    Director of Innovation, Canteen

    Jessi Moffitt is a foodservice & hospitality professional with over 15 years of industry experience, including leading national teams in program development, marketing, communications, user experience and training. As Director of Innovation at Canteen, a member of Compass Group, Jessi is responsible for creating next level breakroom experiences for the nation’s top workplaces. Jessi brings knowledge in emerging food & beverage trends, innovative equipment, and procurement to Canteen’s customers, resulting in an unparalleled customer experience. Prior to her time with Canteen, Jessi worked in healthcare food services for 10 years, including time supporting the largest contract services transition in the history of the industry. Based out of Charlotte, NC, Jessi can often be found spending time away from work with her husband, Greg, and their two spoiled dogs. She also enjoys cooking, traveling, finding hole-in-the-wall dining experiences, volunteering, hiking, and watching hockey.

  • Sarah Alderson, DMM of Chilled Packaged Goods, Walmart - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Sarah Alderson

    DMM of Chilled Packaged Goods, Walmart

    Sarah Alderson, DMM of Chilled Packaged Goods, Walmart - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Sarah Alderson

    DMM of Chilled Packaged Goods, Walmart

    Sarah Alderson leads the refrigerated buying teams at Walmart. A 10-year veteran of the company's food business, she has worked in Private Brands and in a variety of buying roles in merchandising. She is working to create a new shopping experience in Walmart's refrigerated set and is passionate about growing American entrepreneurial companies to cultivate a new assortment to surprise and delight her customers.

Past BevNET Live Speakers

Speakers will be announced closer to the event. Please check back for updates.

  • Michael Kirban, Co-Founder & CEO, Vita Coco - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Michael Kirban

    Co-Founder & CEO, Vita Coco

  • Kara Roell, Co-Founder & Managing Director, VMG Partners - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Kara Roell

    Co-Founder & Managing Director, VMG Partners

    Kara Roell, Co-Founder & Managing Director, VMG Partners - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Kara Roell

    Co-Founder & Managing Director, VMG Partners

    Kara co-founded VMG Partners in 2005 and focuses on all aspects of the Fund’s investment strategy, sourcing, execution, portfolio company oversight and exit management. Since its inception, VMG has partnered with entrepreneurs and management teams to provide a breadth of value-add resources in the areas of sales, marketing, branding, finance, operations and legal support which enable its partner companies to rapidly increase brand awareness, accelerate growth and build equity value. Kara serves, or has served, on the boards of babyganics, Bare Snacks, Drunk Elephant, Health Warrior, Humm Kombucha, KIND Snacks, Pirate Brands, Pretzel Crisps, Quest Nutrition, Solid Gold Pet, Sun Bum, Waggin’ Train and Vermont Smoke & Cure, among others. Kara has been an investor in emerging, lower-middle-market branded consumer companies for the last 18 years. Prior to her private equity career, Kara was an Analyst at the investment bank of Schroders plc and received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and German from Colgate University.

  • Tim Brown, President & Chief Operating Officer, Chobani - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Tim Brown

    President & Chief Operating Officer, Chobani

    Tim Brown, President & Chief Operating Officer, Chobani - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Tim Brown

    President & Chief Operating Officer, Chobani

    As President & Chief Operating Officer of Chobani, LLC, Tim oversees the full sprectrum of the business for America’s No.1-selling Greek Yogurt company, including the sales, marketing, legal and finance teams. Prior to Chobani, he served as Chairman, President and CEO of Nestle Waters North America Inc (NWNA) where he was responsible for the third-largest nonalcoholic beverage company in the U.S. Under Tim’s leadership, the company boasted an unrivaled portfolio of popular, quality refreshment brands with an emphasis on water as healthy hydration, with $4.3 billion in annual net sales, 8,500 employees, 29 plants and operations in more than 140 communities. After beginning his career at Procter and Gamble, Tim joined NWNA in 1988, known in its early stages as The Perrier Group of America. He spent nearly 30 years with Nestlé and was instrumental in transitioning bottled water from a niche product to the number one beverage in America. Tim serves on the boards of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER), the Business Council of Fairfield County, the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI). He is a former board member of Toronto’s nonprofit Harbourfront Corporation, the Food and Consumer Products Canada & Grocery Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Stamford and the ABA.

  • Daniel Grubbs, Managing Director, PepsiCo Ventures Group - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Daniel Grubbs

    Managing Director, PepsiCo Ventures Group

    Daniel Grubbs, Managing Director, PepsiCo Ventures Group - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Daniel Grubbs

    Managing Director, PepsiCo Ventures Group

    Daniel leads the PepsiCo Ventures Group with the aim of identifying, securing, and nurturing PepsiCo's partnerships with emerging Food & Beverage companies. The Ventures Group mission is to champion the founders vision while also supporting PepsiCo’s transformation and long term market position. Previously, Daniel helped lead PepsiCo’s Premium Beverage/Emerging Brands division, encompassing Naked Juice, IZZE, O.N.E. Coconut Water, and KeVita. During his tenure Naked Juice became a $1B retail business for PepsiCo, while KeVita was successfully integrated into the PepsiCo family after a period of investment. Before PepsiCo, Daniel held a number of key roles with IRI, including co-leading the Strategy Growth Consulting practice with a focus on Corporate Portfolio Strategy and M&A Due Diligence. Daniel holds an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.

  • Jamie Danek, Founder & CEO, Humm Kombucha - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Jamie Danek

    Founder & CEO, Humm Kombucha

    Jamie Danek, Founder & CEO, Humm Kombucha - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Jamie Danek

    Founder & CEO, Humm Kombucha

    Jamie leads Humm with endless energy, abundant optimism and a big heart; traits that have enabled her to find success at numerous startups during a career spanning more than 20 years. Previous to starting Humm she founded and served as CEO of the consulting firm JLD Enterprises before pivoting to create EON Organics, a natural products company with distribution throughout the East Coast. Using the skills and knowledge gleaned from these successes, Jamie built Humm from the ground up and is now focused on defining strategy and leading the overall execution of Humm’s rapid expansion. Her passion for healthy should taste great is rivaled only by her desire to spread joy throughout the world. As a founding board member of Kombucha Brewers International, she is a national leader driving positive advocacy for the kombucha sector. Jamie holds a B.S. in international marketing from Temple University. She is an avid traveler and spends as much time as possible outside, usually on her mountain bike.

  • John Carmichael, President, Nestlé Beverage Division - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    John Carmichael

    President, Nestlé Beverage Division

    John Carmichael, President, Nestlé Beverage Division - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    John Carmichael

    President, Nestlé Beverage Division

    As President of the Beverage Division for Nestlé USA, John leads a portfolio of some of the nation’s best-known beverage brands comprising $2.5 billion in combined annual sales, including Nescafé® Taster’s Choice®; Nescafé® Clasico™, COFFEE-MATE ®; COFFEE-MATE natural bliss ®, and Nesquik®. Under John’s leadership the division has reinvigorated its base brands to meet the needs of consumers’ changing tastes and preferences, successfully expanding into natural and plant-based territories. John has also led the expansion of the division’s coffee portfolio through recent investments in high-potential brands like Chameleon Cold-Brew and Blue Bottle Coffee, both leading providers of premium-crafted coffee. Most recently, Nestlé reached an agreement granting it the rights to market Starbucks consumer and foodservice products globally, outside of the company’s coffee shops. John will lead the commercial collaboration with the new team’s leadership to define the roadmap for the future of Nestlé’s U.S. beverage portfolio. Since he joined Nestlé in 1995, John has held multiple positions both in the U.S. and globally. Prior to his current role, he was President of Nestlé’s Pizza & Snacking Division. Under his leadership, the Pizza Division achieved market share gains while expanding margins and innovating into new territories. John’s innovative management style, for instance, enabled the company to develop internal incubator-brands, including Outsiders Pizza. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and an MBA from The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

  • Daina Trout, Co-Founder & CEO, Health-Ade Kombucha - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Daina Trout

    Co-Founder & CEO, Health-Ade Kombucha

    Daina Trout, Co-Founder & CEO, Health-Ade Kombucha - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Daina Trout

    Co-Founder & CEO, Health-Ade Kombucha

    Daina Trout co-founded Health-Ade Kombucha in 2012 alongside her husband, Justin Trout, and best friend, Vanessa Dew, in Los Angeles. Daina, who has Masters’ degrees in Nutrition and in Public Health from Tufts University, was working in corporate America when she decided to pursue her passion for “real” food and develop the best-tasting, highest quality kombucha on the market. Under her fearless leadership, Health-Ade has grown from a small production, artisanal item made in Daina’s tiny apartment and sold at local farmer’s markets into the fastest growing brand in the category that is now available in more than 12,000 stores and restaurants nationwide.

  • Gary Hirshberg, Co-Founder & Chief Organic Optimist, Stonyfield Farm - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Gary Hirshberg

    Co-Founder & Chief Organic Optimist, Stonyfield Farm

    Gary Hirshberg, Co-Founder & Chief Organic Optimist, Stonyfield Farm - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Gary Hirshberg

    Co-Founder & Chief Organic Optimist, Stonyfield Farm

    Gary Hirshberg is Co-Founder and Chief Organic Optimist of Stonyfield Farm, the world’s leading organic yogurt producer, and the author of Stirring It Up: How to Make Money and Save the World (Hyperion, 2008). Gary frequently speaks on topics including sustainability, organic agriculture and the profitability of green business. Gary serves on several corporate and non-profit boards, including Blue Apron, Forager, Orgain, Peak Organic Brewing, and UNreal chocolates as well as Advisory Board member for Applegate. He has received 12 honorary doctorates and numerous awards for corporate and environmental leadership including a 2015 Champion for Children Award from Mount Sinai Hospital’s Children’s Environmental Health Center and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the US EPA.

  • Sarah Bird, CEO, Bhakti - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Sarah Bird

    CEO, Bhakti

    Sarah Bird, CEO, Bhakti - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Sarah Bird

    CEO, Bhakti

    Sarah has over 25 years of brand building experience and is fueled by a passion for doing well and doing good. She is CEO of Boulder, CO based Bhakti, Inc, a mission-driven, natural tea company devoted to craft brewed beverages, vibrant flavors and sustainability. Prior to Bhakti, Sarah was Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for Three Twins Organic Ice Cream and before that Chief Commercial Officer for Ecologic, a sustainable packaging company. Sarah was CMO at Annie’s, Inc. from the time Annie’s was a small mac and cheese company thru its IPO and to the General Mills acquisition. Sarah began her career with marketing roles at Frito Lay, followed by Nestle and then PowerBar. Sarah recently completed 3 terms (9 years) on the Organic Trade Association’s Board of Directors. She is currently on the board of Just Label It, an organization focused on federal GMO labeling.

  • Bill Weiland, Founder & CEO, Presence Marketing - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Bill Weiland

    Founder & CEO, Presence Marketing

    Bill Weiland, Founder & CEO, Presence Marketing - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Bill Weiland

    Founder & CEO, Presence Marketing

    Bill started working in a natural food store when he was 16 and began reading books on nutrition and healthy living at a fervent pace. Paavo Airola, Norman Walker and Paul Bragg were some of the early natural food enthusiasts who influenced his lifestyle choices, along with the inimitable Dr. John R. Christopher, an early pioneer in herbal medicine. After nearly a dozen years of working in the Natural Products Industry, in varied roles within the sales and retail sectors, he launched Presence Marketing in January, 1990. He is surrounded by a dedicated cast of creative and intelligent people who carry out the mission of bringing healthy products to consumers, with great energy, passion, and resolve. With nearly 35 years of industry experience, he is uniquely qualified to lead Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence during booming as well as unstable economic times. His passion for sustainable agriculture, healthy foods and integrated medicine are key drivers behind his commitment to continue building Presence Marketing/Dynamic Presence, the only independently owned, national - natural products brokerage in the United States.

  • Jordan Gaspar, Managing Partner, AccelFoods - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Jordan Gaspar

    Managing Partner, AccelFoods

    Jordan Gaspar, Managing Partner, AccelFoods - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Jordan Gaspar

    Managing Partner, AccelFoods

    Jordan Gaspar is a Managing Partner of AccelFoods, an early-stage venture capital firm investing in consumer products. Jordan co-founded the fund in 2014 with the intention of offering entrepreneurs a unique perspective and approachable capital to help them build their businesses. With $40M under management and 34 portfolio companies and growing, AF operates as a hands-on partner working with entrepreneurs to bring innovative, high-quality food and beverage products to the forefront of the industry and create the next generation of enduring brands. Jordan oversees deal origination, structure and investment execution on behalf of AF, as well as heads up strategy, investor relations and general management of the fund. Prior to founding AF, Jordan was an attorney at Morrison Cohen LLP where she advised venture and private equity firms and their portfolio companies on acquisitions, sales, mergers, and financings. She also served as a Managing Director of Golden Seeds, a national angel network that invests in women-run companies. Jordan graduated from Columbia College and received her J.D. from Fordham Law School. A New York City native, Jordan currently resides there with her husband, son, and daughter. She is constantly on the hunt for unique, purse friendly snacks for her kids.

  • Carole Buyers, Managing Partner, Boulder Investment Group Reprise - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Carole Buyers

    Managing Partner, Boulder Investment Group Reprise

    Carole Buyers, Managing Partner, Boulder Investment Group Reprise - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Carole Buyers

    Managing Partner, Boulder Investment Group Reprise

    Carole Buyers is a Managing Partner at Boulder Investment Group Reprise (BIGR) a venture fund that invests in early-stage natural and organic food & beverage companies. Carole has been involved with investments & the natural foods industry for over 20 years. As one of the first analysts to cover Whole Foods, she has had a front row seat as the story of this now powerful sector has emerged. Carole has worked with RBC Capital on the sell-side and The Boston Company on the buy-side. In 2008, she left financial services, taking a leadership role in corporate finance and investor relations with Gaiam. In 2010, Carole joined Boulder Brands, Inc., to lead Investor Relations & Business Development. At Boulder Brands, Carole was responsible for the Company’s investor relations program, managing relationships and communications with the investment community. In addition, Miss Buyers managed mergers and acquisitions for Boulder Brands and identified and led the processes to acquire Udi’s, Glutino and EVOL. These acquisitions marked the initiation of the transformation of Boulder Brands to the natural foods powerhouse it is today. Carole was also one of three Directors of the Boulder Brands Investment Group (BBIG), an incubator fund which provided minority capital and helped natural food & beverage companies accelerate sustainable growth in the natural foods channel. Carole also enjoys time with her husband and children, music, yoga, running, tennis and golf.

  • Paddy Spence, CEO, Zevia - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Paddy Spence

    CEO, Zevia

    Paddy Spence, CEO, Zevia - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Paddy Spence

    CEO, Zevia

    Paddy Spence serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer at Zevia LLC. From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Spence was President at Levlad Inc. He served as the President and Chairman of SPINS, Inc. In 1995, he founded SPINS where he served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer for eight years, tracking the sales of more than 300,000 natural and organic products,before selling SPINS in 2004. Prior to founding SPINS, he served as Kashi’s first head of sales and marketing. Mr. Spence served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Kashi Company from 1992 to 1995. He has also held positions at Harvard Business School's Division of Research, the Center for Leadership and Career Studies at Emory University and United Parcel Service's International Marketing department. Mr. Spence is a Member of Advisory Board of Rippowam Partners LLC. He is a 22 year veteran of the natural/organic industry. Mr. Spence holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College.

  • Jon Sebastiani, Founder, Sonoma Brands - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Jon Sebastiani

    Founder, Sonoma Brands

    Jon Sebastiani, Founder, Sonoma Brands - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Jon Sebastiani

    Founder, Sonoma Brands

    Jon founded Sonoma Brands in January 2016 to invest in high-growth, emerging consumer brands and selectively incubate new concepts. Through Sonoma Brands, Jon intends to build a leading growth equity fund exclusively focused on the CPG space. As a successful entrepreneur with experience in building multiple brands, Jon understands a founder’s need to look beyond capital and select a partner with value-add capabilities around sales, marketing, supply chain operations, and R&D. Jon oversees current and prospective portfolio investments and leads the firm’s investment and operation teams. Jon began his career steering the sales & marketing for Viansa, his family’s winery, and eventually leading the business as President, becoming one of the most successful destination wineries in the Napa and Sonoma valleys. After helping drive the M&A process leading up to Viansa’s sale, Jon served as Managing Director of wine.com, assisting in the turnaround toward its first profitable quarter. As an avid runner training for the New York City Marathon in 2009, Jon realized the opportunity to turn jerky, a commonly used training food, into something truly special. Influenced by his wine background, Jon founded KRAVE Pure Foods (“KRAVE”) to create a differentiated jerky brand with culinary-inspired flavor profiles and all-natural ingredients. As the Founder and CEO of KRAVE, Jon led one of the most disruptive, fastest growing CPG brands in the industry, culminating in the company’s acquisition by The Hershey Company in 2015.

  • Ken Uptain, CEO and Founder, Essentia Water - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Ken Uptain

    CEO and Founder, Essentia Water

    Ken Uptain, CEO and Founder, Essentia Water - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Ken Uptain

    CEO and Founder, Essentia Water

    Ken Uptain is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Essentia Water. After a successful career in construction and real estate development, Ken emerged out of semi-retirement to establish Essentia Water and bring its benefits to the mainstream. Ken had met with experts locally and globally, including Dr. Hanaoka in Japan who shared his research on the rehydration potential of ionized water, before embarking on perfecting his own proprietary ionization process. In 1998, well ahead of the industry, Ken pioneered the first ionized alkaline water offered in the U.S.

  • Karen Kenworthy, Partner, Stripes Group - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Karen Kenworthy

    Partner, Stripes Group

    Karen Kenworthy, Partner, Stripes Group - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Karen Kenworthy

    Partner, Stripes Group

    Karen is a Partner at Stripes Group and has been an investor and operator in the consumer growth space for more than 12 years. Stripes, a leading growth equity firm based in New York City, brings a unique, entrepreneurial culture and perspective to investing in Branded Consumer Products, Internet, and Software businesses around the world. For over a decade, Stripes has been partnering to support high growth market-leading companies with their core business needs across talent, technology, operations and infrastructure. Stripes provides entrepreneurs with a unique perspective, leveraging its investments in digital marketing, social media and ecommerce partners to build brands across traditional brick and mortar and online channels. Karen has been at Stripes since its inception. She is currently on the Board of, and/or is actively involved with, Stripes Group current and past portfolio companies’ Califia Farms, On Running, Stella & Chewy's, Snooze Eatery, Blue Apron, Turtle Beach, Ketra Lighting, Audio Network and Seamless/Grubhub, among others. Prior to Stripes, Karen was a management consultant at Bain and Company. She is in a Canada native, and now lives in Tribeca, New York with her husband and two daughters, Katie and Anna. Karen holds an M.B.A. from the Stanford Business School and a B.A. in Biomedical Engineering and Economics from Yale University.

  • Howard Telford, Head of Soft Drinks Research, Euromonitor International - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Howard Telford

    Head of Soft Drinks Research, Euromonitor International

    Howard Telford, Head of Soft Drinks Research, Euromonitor International - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Howard Telford

    Head of Soft Drinks Research, Euromonitor International

    Howard Telford is the Head of Soft Drinks Research at Euromonitor International, a world leader in strategic research solutions and business intelligence. He has been with since 2010. In his role at Euromonitor, he provides insights on consumer trends and market performance in the drinks industry across 100 markets. Howard’s insights are regularly cited in a variety of national programs and publications including CNBC News, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and Fortune magazine. For more insight on Euromonitor International, visit http://www.euromonitor.com/.

  • Lauren Rudick, Partner, Hiller, PC - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Lauren Rudick

    Partner, Hiller, PC

  • Sean Lovett, Founder & CEO, Revive Kombucha - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Sean Lovett

    Founder & CEO, Revive Kombucha

    Sean Lovett, Founder & CEO, Revive Kombucha - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Sean Lovett

    Founder & CEO, Revive Kombucha

    Sean Lovett is the Founder and CEO of Revive Kombucha, a kombucha brewery based in Petaluma, CA, where he lives with his wife, Rebekah, and their two daughters. Originally from Chicago, where Sean honed his entrepreneurial skills, he moved to Sonoma County in 2009 to explore Northern California’s rich winemaking and brewing resources. A serious soda habit drove him to seek a healthy alternative in kombucha, with the expressed goal of making something as refreshing and drinkable as his favorite soft drink. Eight years later, his efforts have grown into Revive, an employee-owned company with a line of top-selling, locally produced, organic and healthy kombuchas that are distributed nationwide. A committed environmentalist, Sean has experimented with the possibilities of environmentally conscious production and business practices, including the use of biofuels, an award-winning bottle exchange program and water conservation efforts that drastically reduce the water usage in his brewery.

  • Nick Giannuzzi, Managing Partner, The Giannuzzi Group, LLP - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Nick Giannuzzi

    Managing Partner, The Giannuzzi Group, LLP

    Nick Giannuzzi, Managing Partner, The Giannuzzi Group, LLP - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Nick Giannuzzi

    Managing Partner, The Giannuzzi Group, LLP

    From Harvard University to New York University School of Law to a chic business residence in the Meatpacking District of NYC, Nicholas Giannuzzi is a partner and founder of The Giannuzzi Group, LLP. Started in 2011, the “Giannuzzi Group” has since become the leading law firm for nearly 500 high-growth consumer brand companies in the natural, better for you food and beverage industry. Among the firm's many clients – both present and historic – are some of the industry’s most successful and fastest growing companies such as Glaceau (creator of VitaminWater and SmartWater), Pirate’s Booty, Pretzel Crisps, Vita Coco, Siggi’s, WTRMLN WTR, Mamma Chia, Sir Kensington’s, Hint, Califia Farms, Krave, HappyBaby, Chameleon Cold Brew, Essentia, Rhythm Superfoods, Peeled, Runa, Oatmega, Sugarfina, Juice Press and many more. In addition to day-to-day legal services, advice and guidance the Giannuzzi Group has assisted its clients in over 500 financing transaction and in nearly 50 exits to strategics and PE funds, including but not limited to sales to Coke, Pepsi, General Mills, Group Danone, Hersheys, Hain Celestial, Amplify, Bacardi, White Wave and many other multi-national companies and some of the largest PE funds. In the last year, the firm has overseen the sale of KRAVE Jerky to The Hershey Company, the partial sale of Suja Juice to The Coca-Cola Company, the acquisition of Wallaby Yogurt by WhiteWave Foods, the sale of YummyEarth to the Riverside Company and the firm is currently working on multiple sales transactions in the 100s of millions of dollars for its other food and beverage clients. The Giannuzzi Group has an un-paralleled understanding of the industry and works tirelessly to serve its clients and to create positive relationships with all of the investors, co-packers, distributors, brokers, acquirers, service providers and difference makers throughout the industry so that we can shares these relationships with our clients.

  • Bryan Crowley, CEO, Soylent - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Bryan Crowley

    CEO, Soylent

    Bryan Crowley, CEO, Soylent - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Bryan Crowley

    CEO, Soylent

    Bryan Crowley was named CEO of Soylent in December of 2017 after joining the company as President earlier that year. Crowley leads Soylent’s executive team, in addition to overseeing all day-to-day operations shepherding the company in its mission to leverage science and technology to provide complete, convenient, sustainable nutrition to the world. Crowley began his career in sales at Anheuser Busch and later worked at Con Agra Foods, Mars Inc., Pabst Brewing Company, and VeeV Spirits. Beginning as a part-time consultant, Crowley joined KeVita, a leading artisan of fermented probiotic and kombucha beverages. He quickly made an impact on the brand’s business and marketing strategies at a turning point in KeVita’s growth and was named Chief Strategy Officer. As CSO, Crowley was charged with taking the organization to the next level by leading business strategy, marketing, human resources, product development, and innovation. After only eight months, he led KeVita through a successful acquisition by PepsiCo in November of 2016.

  • Erik Knutson, President, American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Erik Knutson

    President, American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp

    Erik Knutson, President, American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Erik Knutson

    President, American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp

    Starting in 2010, Mr. Knutson began working with a number of licensed medical marijuana organizations to establish compliant operating procedures. Since that time he has helped shape industry standards surrounding super-critical CO2 extraction techniques and oral liquid medical marijuana delivery systems. Since August 2014, Mr. Knutson has served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of CanCore Concepts, Inc. In 2013, Mr. Knutson also co-founded Denver Packaging Company (“DPAC”), a licensed Colorado Medical and Adult-Retail Cannabis Manufacturing company. Additionally, he is a co-founder, Board Member and President of the American Trade Association for Cannabis and Hemp (“ATACH”). In 2012, Kelly and Erik Knutson (brothers) founded Isolate Extraction Systems, Inc. (IES). Since then IES has sold over 50 commercial extraction machines into the regulated Cannabis space. Many of these machines went to start-up businesses in burgeoning medical marijuana states. Together, IES and CCC have assisted dozens of companies in Canada, Puerto Rico, California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Colorado and New York with processing/ extraction operations. Mr. Knutson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Colorado in 2009.

  • John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    John Craven

    CEO & Founder, BevNET

    John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    John Craven

    CEO & Founder, BevNET

    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 2018

    Jeffrey Klineman

    Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

    Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    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.

  • Mike Schneider, CMO, BevNET.com - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Mike Schneider

    CMO, BevNET.com

    Mike Schneider, CMO, BevNET.com - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Mike Schneider

    CMO, BevNET.com

    Mike Schneider is a seasoned executive who lives at the collision of brand, experience and product. He has deep roots in branding, mobile, content and events. Prior to BevNET, Schneider lead major rebranding efforts for Skyhook and GasBuddy and was the CMO of Apptopia. He also spent over 8 years in big Boston ad agencies Hill, Holliday and allen and gerritsen leading content, digital innovation and analytics teams. A long-time blogger and thought-leader, Schneider got his start drinking and evaluating craft beer and co-wrote Location Based Marketing for Dummies.

  • Ray Latif, Managing Editor, BevNET - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Ray Latif

    Managing Editor, BevNET

    Ray Latif, Managing Editor, BevNET - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Ray Latif

    Managing Editor, BevNET

    Ray has been with BevNET since March, 2011. As managing editor, Ray oversees content production on BevNET.com and in BevNET Magazine.

  • Dave Burwick, President & CEO, Peet's Coffee - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Dave Burwick

    President & CEO, Peet's Coffee

    Dave Burwick, President & CEO, Peet's Coffee - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Dave Burwick

    President & CEO, Peet's Coffee

    Dave joined Peet's Coffee as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2013. He leads the company’s 5,000 employees and business across all channels—Retail, CPG, Food Service, Office, and eCommerce. Prior to joining the company, he served as President of North America for Weight Watchers International, where he led the company’s $1.3 Billion business and 20,000 employees. During his three-year tenure, he strengthened the brand and broadened its relevancy with new advertising campaigns, a modernized retail experience, and launched a new B2B/Healthcare business. Dave spent the prior 20 years at PepsiCo, and was the first person ever to ascend to CMO for Pepsi-Cola North America from an entry-level marketing position. In this position, he led all brand marketing, product and packaging innovation, digital marketing, consumer promotions, sports marketing and consumer insights. Dave received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in History, cum laude, from Middlebury College. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife, their four children and two rambunctious golden retrievers. When not at the office, he enjoys coaching his children in lacrosse and often escapes to Lake Tahoe to indulge in the occasional snowboarding. Favorite Peet’s beverage: Cafe au Lait.

  • Kara Goldin, Founder & CEO, Hint Inc. - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Kara Goldin

    Founder & CEO, Hint Inc.

  • Matt Thomas, CEO & Founder, Brew Dr. Kombucha - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Matt Thomas

    CEO & Founder, Brew Dr. Kombucha

  • Todd Carmichael, CEO & Co-Founder, La Colombe - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Todd Carmichael

    CEO & Co-Founder, La Colombe

    Todd Carmichael, CEO & Co-Founder, La Colombe - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    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.”

  • Dan Gasper, COO and Co-Founder, Distill Ventures - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Dan Gasper

    COO and Co-Founder, Distill Ventures

    Dan Gasper, COO and Co-Founder, Distill Ventures - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Dan Gasper

    COO and Co-Founder, Distill Ventures

    As Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Distill Ventures, the world’s first and only independent drinks accelerator investing in alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, Dan leverages his years of beverage and startup experience to identify the best and brightest entrepreneurs who have the potential to redefine the drinks industry. Distill Ventures, founded in 2013, provides a unique platform to help founder lead businesses grow and succeed in markets around the world and has committed more than $61 million to over 15 founder-led brands. As an early-stage investor in the world’s first distilled non alcoholic spirit, Seedlip, the Distill Ventures team believe that the non alcohol category is one of the biggest opportunities in the bar & restaurant world today. In the session, Dan plans to share what we think is driving the growth and interest in this space as well as how Distill Ventures defines this emerging category.At Distill Ventures, Dan travels globally to identify founders who are recreating the drinks industry while sharing his expertise with the beverage trade at major events around the world. Day to day, he is equally focused on nurturing DV’s existing portfolio of brands while growing the company and its global reach. His deep experience in sales and marketing coupled to an encyclopedic knowledge of the drinks world, means he can help create brilliant sales strategies and trade marketing activations that shift the dial.

  • Chris Campbell, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Chameleon Cold-Brew - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Chris Campbell

    Co-Founder, President and CEO, Chameleon Cold-Brew

    Chris Campbell, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Chameleon Cold-Brew - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Chris Campbell

    Co-Founder, President and CEO, Chameleon Cold-Brew

    As the Co-Founder and CEO of Chameleon Cold-Brew, Chris Campbell is committed to creating bad-ass organic cold-brew and coffee, while staying true to its Austin roots. Since the initial launch of the flagship Cold-Brew Black Coffee Concentrate in 2010, the brand has seen triple digit growth every year, solidifying its position as the nation’s top organic cold brew. The product portfolio continues to expand with the recent launch of Whole Bean coffee and Cold-Brew Pods. Prior to founding Chameleon, Campbell served as a vice president at Capital Hotel Management and spent eight years at PricewaterhouseCoopers specializing in real estate finance for the hospitality industry. Campbell holds an MBA from the Jesse H. Jones School at Rice University and an undergraduate degree from The University of Texas at Austin. In his downtime, Chris is an avid outdoorsman, partial to fly fishing, cycling, and hiking.

  • Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer, 7-Eleven, Inc. - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Jesus Delgado-Jenkins

    EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer, 7-Eleven, Inc.

    Jesus Delgado-Jenkins, EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer, 7-Eleven, Inc. - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Jesus Delgado-Jenkins

    EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer, 7-Eleven, Inc.

    Jesus H. Delgado-Jenkins is the executive vice president and chief merchandising officer for 7-Eleven, Inc. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s merchandising operations, category management, new product introduction, new category and profit center development, store sets, marketing and merchandise communications, and fresh foods. He also is a member of 7-Eleven’s executive committee. He brings a wealth of leadership and convenience store expertise to 7-Eleven® stores from a variety of senior management positions. Most recently, Delgado-Jenkins was the president and CEO of JNI, LLC, a convenience store-acquisition company. Prior to JNI, he served as the chief financial officer and deputy chief operating officer for the U.S. Treasury Department.

  • Jill McIntosh, VP of Merchandising, Natural Foods, Kroger - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Jill McIntosh

    VP of Merchandising, Natural Foods, Kroger

  • Greg Steltenpohl, Co-Founder & CEO, Califia Farms - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Greg Steltenpohl

    Co-Founder & CEO, Califia Farms

  • Kara Rubin, VP, Product and Brand Strategy, JUST Goods Inc. - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Kara Rubin

    VP, Product and Brand Strategy, JUST Goods Inc.

    Kara Rubin, VP, Product and Brand Strategy, JUST Goods Inc. - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Kara Rubin

    VP, Product and Brand Strategy, JUST Goods Inc.

    Tenured senior executive with over a decade of specialty and natural food industry experience. Most recently, was award-winning leader of the Grocery division (dry goods, dairy, frozen, bulk) of the Northeast Region of Whole Foods Market (33 stores in NY, NJ & CT). Responsible for purchasing, operations and P&L for the department generating highest revenue in the region and highest revenue/store in the company.

  • Kyle O’Brien, EVP of Sales, La Colombe - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Kyle O’Brien

    EVP of Sales, La Colombe

    Kyle O’Brien, EVP of Sales, La Colombe - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Kyle O’Brien

    EVP of Sales, La Colombe

    To those in the food and beverage industry, Kyle O’Brien is considered a modern-day visionary. He has a unique ability to identify great entrepreneurs and industry-changing products before they launch and help bring them to market. From Greek yogurt, to sliced and bagged apples, Kyle has carved an impressive notch across the food and beverage landscape. His approach is simple: combine natural ingredients, innovation, and a human element to yield market giants and epic brands. At 22 years old, O’Brien first focused his talent alongside a young entrepreneur whose plan it was to preserve sliced apples by using natural ingredients, such as Vitamin C, and suspending them in gas-flushed, breathable pouches. Kyle then pitched it to accounts from McDonalds to major school districts across the country, and the rest is history. O’Brien then met another talented craftsman, Hamdi Ulukaya, and was introduced to his yet-to-launch Greek yogurt company, Chobani, which would fundamentally change the world of yogurt. As a Partner and EVP of Sales, O'Brien built the sales and distribution structure and grew the business from its first cup into America’s #1 selling yogurt, capturing nearly 40% market share. His drive and commitment didn’t stop there, and O’Brien is not one to retire early. Next, O’Brien identified a new category-changing product and visionary entrepreneur, the Draft Latte, invented by Todd Carmichael, Co-Founder and CEO of La Colombe. O'Brien seamlessly assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Sales at La Colombe and immersed himself in the product and culture. Within months, he assembled a sophisticated nation-wide logistics, brokerage, and distribution network, paving the way for La Colombe’s Draft Latte to assume its position on every shelf and refrigerated case in America.

  • Kevin Rutherford, CEO, nuun - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Kevin Rutherford

    CEO, nuun

    Kevin Rutherford, CEO, nuun - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Kevin Rutherford

    CEO, nuun

    Kevin Rutherford is the President and CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) of nuun and Company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. He joined nuun in December of 2013. In his first year Kevin led the company to 30 percent growth and record setting revenue celebrating the brands 10 th anniversary. That growth was accelerated in 2015 growing an additional 40 percent on another banner year. This was led by across the board category growth in sports specialty, grocery and the natural space including the brands entrance into every Whole Foods in the country. In 2016 Kevin led the overhaul of the entire nuun line to 100% plant-based ingredients also certified as vegan and gluten free. And, in April of 2017 the brand launched the first sports drink product that is both Non-GMO Project Verified and Informed-Choice Safe for Sport. The focus on product purity has ushered in continued financial success and in Kevin’s first three years the brand grew by over 150%. Rutherford brought an impressive 18-year CPG marketing background to nuun. Previously, Kevin was President and CEO of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day (The Caldrea Company) where he successfully grew the business by over 85 percent and was awarded Target’s Vendor of the Year 2012. Prior to Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day, Rutherford was Director of Marketing for Kashi Co. (subsidiary of Kellogg, Co.) where he managed the Bear Naked brands, successfully innovating the product line from granola into energy bars, cereal, and cookies. Kevin also worked for Miller Brewing Company as senior brand manager on the Miller Genuine Draft (MGD) business. He was responsible for re-launching MGD Light into MGD 64, considered one of the most successful launches for conventional beers in the last 10 years. Prior to MGD, Rutherford was a Senior Brand Manager at S.C. Johnson, Inc. where he managed a $200 million home cleaning product business. Rutherford started his career as a grocery-merchandising manager at Loblaw Co. Inc., the largest grocery retailer in Canada.  Rutherford is a values based, mission driven, hands on leader. He communicates the biggest accomplishment of his career as Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day being selected for the Outside “Best Places to Work “ in 2012. He is personally driven towards living a healthy, active lifestyle and being a steward for the environment and sustainable living.

  • Betsy McGinn, Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Betsy McGinn

    Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting

    Betsy McGinn, Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Betsy McGinn

    Founder, McGinn eCommConsulting

    McGinn eCommConsulting provides expertise in eCommerce strategy for CPG companies ranging from launch stage to $3 billion in sales. With over 11 years of experience with Amazon.com and other strategic eCommerce partners, Betsy works with clients on launch and business optimization strategy, product and pack develop, problem resolution and ongoing management of their eCommerce business. With eight years of eCommerce leadership at Seventh Generation, Betsy provides a unique perspective through the brand lens to guide clients in this complex channel. Additional multi- channel experience in both the US and Canada enhances the development of eCommerce strategy that balances the interests of all sales channels in order to manage channel conflict.

  • Brent Willis, CEO, New Age Beverage Corporation - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Brent Willis

    CEO, New Age Beverage Corporation

    Brent Willis, CEO, New Age Beverage Corporation - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Brent Willis

    CEO, New Age Beverage Corporation

    Brent Willis is the Chief Executive Officer of New Age Beverages Corporation, a leading organic and all natural beverage company, intending to become the world’s largest healthy functional beverage operation. New Age owns leading brands in the growth segments of the beverage industry including Bùcha® Live Kombucha, XingTea®, Coco-Libre®, Marley®, Aspen Pure® Probitoic and other healthy beverages. Prior to New Age he owned an equity stake in a portfolio of private equity backed firms. Prior to this, he served as the CEO for Cott Corporation, the world’s largest retailer brand beverage company. Prior to Cott, Brent was the Global CCO and Zone President for AB InBev, and member of the Board of Directors for AmBev (NYSE: BUD, ABV). At AB InBev, he developed and implemented the strategy and business plans that helped create the world’s largest beer company. Prior to AB InBev, Brent was a senior executive with The Coca-Cola Company. At Coca-Cola, Brent was a President in Latin America, where led his Division to the #2 ranking worldwide of all Coca-Cola Company operating units. From 1987 through 1996, Brent worked for Kraft Heinz, where he managed a number of Kraft’s leading brands, developed their Category Management system in the US, led numerous acquisitions and joint ventures in Japan, Korea, Indonesia and others, and launched the Kraft Brand in China. Mr. Willis began his career as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1982. He served in various combat arms leadership capacities around the world to include assignments in the 1st Cavalry Division. He led major programs within the Strategic Defense Initiative and numerous other compartmentalized programs including the Army Robotics Initiatives and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Drone initiatives. He authored the Counter-Air Concept to change the rules of engagement of Air Defense and received numerous decorations to include two Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, and the Airborne Paratrooper badge during his military career; he was honorably discharged with the rank of Captain. He received his BSc. Degree in Engineering from the US Military Academy at West Point and a Masters Degree in Business from the University of Chicago. Mr. Willis has been deeply involved in community service and started the Alianza Social in Latin America, an organization to combat poverty that created 30,000 micro-empresas, and help underprivileged families in Latin America. He was awarded the Medal of Exemplary Service to the Nation by the President of Venezuela for his efforts and was also voted an Outstanding Young Man of America and one of the Top CEO’s in Latin America.

  • Andrew Henkel, SVP, Brand Growth Solutions, SPINS - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Andrew Henkel

    SVP, Brand Growth Solutions, SPINS

    Andrew Henkel, SVP, Brand Growth Solutions, SPINS - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Andrew Henkel

    SVP, Brand Growth Solutions, SPINS

    Andrew joined SPINS as the Vice President of the Brand Growth Solutions team in 2015 to help the most innovative health & wellness brands in the industry grow even faster. The Brand Growth Solutions team now advises a broad portfolio of high-performing brands and investors on marketing, sales, innovation, and M&A. The team leverages SPINS’ industry-leading market data in combination with robust consumer information, analytics, and strategic analyses to generate powerful insights and develop profitable growth solutions for our clients. Andrew brings a passion for the Natural and Specialty Products Industry, plus over twenty years of consumer brand experience in strategy, marketing, and innovation leadership roles at McKinsey, Kraft, and PepsiCo.

  • Andrea Tyson, Grocery Merchandising Coordinator, CSD, Kroger - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Andrea Tyson

    Grocery Merchandising Coordinator, CSD, Kroger

    Andrea Tyson, Grocery Merchandising Coordinator, CSD, Kroger - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Andrea Tyson

    Grocery Merchandising Coordinator, CSD, Kroger

    In 2000, Andrea began her career with Kroger in Raleigh, NC, as a Management trainee. A couple of years later, she was promoted to Store Manger where she went on to manage several stores in the Raleigh area. In 2007, Andrea joined the Human Resources Team as the Division Recruiter for Management. Andrea recruited for Kroger’s Mid-Atlantic division until she was promoted to the Benefits and Administration manager. After working in this position for several years, Andrea had the opportunity to work in the Produce Department as a Sales Plan Manager. Then, in early 2012, Andrea was able to gain further knowledge of the operational side of the business when she was promoted to District Operations Coordinator. Andrea accepted a position as the District Manager in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2012. In 2016, Andrea joined the General Office team as a Division Promotional Coordinator. While working as a DPC, she worked very closely with the Louisville and King Soopers divisions. She was named to her current role in 2016.

  • Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    Jeffrey Klineman

    Editor-in-Chief, BevNET

    Jeffrey Klineman, Editor-in-Chief, BevNET - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    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.

  • John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    John Craven

    CEO & Founder, BevNET

    John Craven, CEO & Founder, BevNET - BevNET Live Winter 2018

    John Craven

    CEO & Founder, BevNET

    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.