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.
Trevor Cravens | Draft Magazine
Trevor is President of Draft Magazine, one of the industry-leading beer magazines for consumers. A University of Kentucky undergrad and MBA graduate, he is located in Draft’s Louisville, Kentucky offices. In addition to its articles about breweries and beers, Draft Mag has a specific focus on beer tourism with its Beertowns columns and Travel website section. Trevor was previously Director of Marketing for the magazine. Before that he was a Managing Partner and Director of Sales and Marketing for two House Doctors franchises.
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.
Margo Knight Metzger | North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild
Margo is Executive Director of the North Carolina Craft Brewers Guild and was instrumental in helping us create the first-ever Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference. NC Beer represents the 172 breweries and brewpubs in the state – most in the US South. Margo was previously public relations director for the North Carolina Division of Tourism and, before that, Executive Director of the North Carolina Wine & Grape Council. With her varied background in beer, wine, and tourism Margo is perfectly situated to help guide the conference.
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.
Dawn Villela | Green Flash Brewing Company
Dawn is Director of Marketing at Green Flash Brewing Company, founded in 2002 in San Diego, California and now the 41st largest craft brewery in the country. In addition to its San Diego brewery, the company hosts visitors at its barrel-aging facility, Cellar 3, in Poway, California and later this year will open an East Coast brewery in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dawn was previously a Senior Manager for Brand Experience Marketing at Sony Electronics and has an extensive ad agency background working with high profile brands such as Nike, Microsoft, LG, Sony, and others.