Our current list of speakers for BMTC18 include:
Doug Campbell | Brewery Ommegang
Doug Campbell, a 13-year beer and spirits industry veteran, joined Brewery Ommegang as President on August 1, 2016. A long-time craft beer enthusiast and an even longer follower and fan of Ommegang, in his role Doug oversees the day-to- day operations at the Cooperstown brewery as well as spearheading all marketing initiatives.
Doug will deliver the keynote speech at BMTC18.
Christopher Shepard | Craft Brew News
Christopher Shepard is a Senior Editor of Craft Brew News, the craft-focused newsletter from Beer Marketer’s INSIGHTS. He joined BMI in the summer of 2010, when the company launched CBN and has spent much of his time devoted to the publication since day one. A language and semiotics geek and a avid number-cruncher, he’s enjoyed exploring the craft’s evolution and tracking its growth.
Wendy Knight | Vermont Tourism & Marketing
Wendy Knight is the Commissioner for Vermont Tourism & Marketing. Through her own marketing and communications firm, Knight and Day Communications, she developed strategic communications and marketing campaigns for a variety of international clients based in London, New York, Spain, and Italy, as well as Vermont organizations including the Vermont Grape and Wine Council, the Vermont Department of Health, and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Knight is a former New York Times freelance writer who has written two travel books and produced online travel videos for ABC News Now.
Zach Poole | The Maine Brew Bus
Zach is the founder of The Maine Brew Bus, as well as the co-founder of the Mass Brew Bus and owner of The Rhode Island Brew Bus and Maine Beer Tours. These tours are all inclusive and have hosted more than 25,000 guests over the past 5 years, consisting of bus, walking, running and boat tours. The businesses pride themselves on promoting other small local companies including breweries, distilleries, and wineries. Before starting The Maine Brew Bus he worked in Education and was a Manager at a local Brewpub.
Ashley Rose Salvitti | BREWVANA
Ashley Rose Salvitti launched BREWVANA in April of 2011 to showcase the vast selection and as the industry has grown, the company has also grown tremendously over the last 7 years. Today BREWVANA employs 8 beer lovers, runs 4 buses, offering both public and private tours, on foot and by bus, 7 days a week. The company has been featured on Start Up TV, Travel Channel, Delta sky magazine, Oregon Beer Growler and CNN.
Hal Mooney | LA Beer Hop
Hal Mooney started LA Beer Hop in 2012 by selling his car and buying his first bus (“Sue” – named after his grandma). Now, Hal runs the company with his wife Cindy, managing a small team of six Beer Guides and three buses (“Sue”, “Jules”, and “Big Al”). Hal and his wife are both Certified Cicerones® and incredibly passionate about sharing what they love about craft beer with everyone who comes on the LA Beer Hop.
Julia Herz | Conference Welcome
Julia is the Craft Beer Program Director for the Brewers Association, co-author of the free CraftBeer.com Beer & Food Course, as well co-author of Beer Pairing (Voyageur Press). She is a life-long homebrewer, BJCP beer judge and Certified Cicerone®. She is also well-known as the dynamic voice of craft beer.
Don Littlefield | The Maine Brew Bus
Don Littlefield serves as the General Manager of all of the Maine Brew Bus companies. In these roles, he manages new business development efforts, creative tour ideas, and social media content and digital marketing for the companies in three New England states. Don is a lover of craft beer and an expert at telling the stories of the people and the companies behind the products. He provides training and evaluation for the Brew Bus drivers and tour guides that are charged with creating an amazing experience for several thousand thirsty visitors annually.
Jessica Lukas | BDS Analytics, INC.
Prior to joining BDS Analytics, Jessica Lukas spent ~10 years working with top global CPG and BevAl companies at Nielsen Innovation (BASES) and at Dr Pepper Snapple Group. After taking a short break, Jessica returned to data analytics—but this time for weed. BDS Analytics is now her home, and she helps clients (inside and outside the industry) pull it all together to understand the evolution of the cannabis market and cannabis consumer in order to assess the opportunity and/or threat and drive strategic decisions. AND given her many years spent working within BevAl, the interaction, overlap, substitutability, pairing of Cannabis + Alcohol is a particular passion.