We are very excited to have an outstanding group of beer and tourism industry leaders serving on our Advisory Board. This group helps ensure our conference, especially the content and speakers, reflects what you want to experience.
Mariah Calagione | Dogfish Head Craft Brewing
Mariah is Vice President in charge of marketing and social media for Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, DE. In addition to being one of the leaders of the craft beer movement, in operation since 1995, Dogfish Head is now also leading in beer tourism. The company operates a brewpub in the original location, a food truck at its production brewery, a fish restaurant, three separate ale houses, and the Dogfish Inn. Mariah was previously an assistant producer and assignment manager at WBOC TV, the local CBS affiliate in Maryland.
Clare Goggin Sivits | Rogue Ales & Spirits
Clare is the Digital Media Marketing Director for Rogue Ales & Spirits. Rogue is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988. The brewery & distillery has won 1,800 awards for taste, quality and packaging and is available in all 50 states as well as 50 countries. Since 2008, Rogue has been dedicated to growing their own ingredients on two farms in Oregon and last year they began crafting their own barrels at the largest distillery cooperage west of Lynchburg, Tennessee. In addition to the brewery, the farm and the cooperage, 11 Rogue Public Houses can be found in Oregon, California and Washington. Before working at Rogue, Clare oversaw social media and content marketing projects for several brands in New York City. She’s written about the beer industry since 2008 for numerous publications and launched her own blog, BeerGoggins.com, in 2010.
Dave is Co-Owner and CEO of The Duluth Experience, an inbound tour company in Duluth, Minnesota that includes brewery tours among its offerings. Dave is a 4th generation Duluthian – and proud of it. Among his many outdoors pursuits, Dave is also an avid home brewer which he took up while in college. Dave is on the Advisory Board representing the many beer tour operators who attend the BMTC each year.
Eric Kean | Left Hand Brewing Co.
Eric is the Community Outreach and Events Manager for Left Hand Brewing Company and the Executive Director of the Left Hand Brewing Foundation where he oversees the production of 3-4 major beer festivals every year. Prior to his work at Left Hand Brewing Company, Eric worked as the Event Manager for TEDxMileHigh producing the largest ticketed TEDx events in the world, as Operations and Ranch Manager at Planet Bluegrass and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and founded his own concert production and promotion company. Eric also currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Visit Longmont and is pursuing his MBA at the University of Colorado Denver.
Paul Leone | New York State Brewers Association
Paul is Executive Director of the New York State Brewers Association, the non-profit entity representing the state’s 240+ breweries. New York is the fifth leading beer producing state in the United States. Prior to his work at the state association, Paul spent almost 20 years as a freelance videographer, editor and producer for PBS, MLB.com, Disney XD, History Channel, WE Network, Spike TV, Speed Channel, and Verses. He also produced four TV pilot episodes for a craft beer series called Beer America.
Meghan Gearino | Visit Richmond VA
Meghan is the Public Relations Coordinator for Visit Richmond VA, the city which was recently named #1 on the list of “The World’s Top 10 Beer Destinations for 2018” by VinePair. Meghan has been with Visit Richmond since 2016 and works to garner positive media coverage for the region by bringing writers and journalists to the area and curating an experience for them. The Richmond region has over 30 outstanding breweries, all a part of the Richmond Beer Trail. Meghan is a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she studied English and Spanish.
Barry Hansen | Craft Beverage Tour Operators Association
Barry is a former professional brewer and the current COO of City Brew Tours, a Boston-based Inc. 5000 fastest growing company, serving the craft beer communities of seven different cities through brewery tours. Barry is also an integral member on the committee of the CBTOA, a non-profit organized to support craft beverage tour operators and grow their business opportunities by building bridges between its members and the craft beverage, tourism and allied communities around the world.