The National Beer Wholesalers Association’s (NBWA) 78th Annual Convention and Trade Show will take place Oct. 11-14, 2015, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. During the general session on Oct. 13, President of Gretz Beer Co. and NBWA Political Action Committee Chairman Mike Gretz will moderate a panel of leaders from five breweries and importers that partner with independent beer distributors across the country. Participants include:
- Ronald den Elzen, president and CEO, Heineken USA
- Ken Grossman, founder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
- Bill Hackett, president, Constellation Brands Beer Division
- Gavin Hattersley, interim CEO, MillerCoors LLC
- João Castro Neves, zone president North America, Anheuser-Busch InBev
“It has been said that the only constant in the American beer industry is change. That saying is true once again this year,” said NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser. “From new entrants to the beer marketplace to new ownership in the brewery tier and new leadership for some supplier partners, there are many changes taking place in the American beer industry. What does this mean for distributors? And how is the consumer impacted? NBWA is thrilled to bring together this diverse group of leaders to hear their perspectives on what the future of the industry may hold.”
The general session also will feature Captain “Sully” Sullenberger, the pilot responsible for the “Miracle on the Hudson,” award-winning journalist Candy Crowley and “white hat hacker” Jayson Street. For more details about the event and registration, head over to the convention website.