2023 DISCUS Annual Conference Presentations

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DISCUS Conference Introduction

Speakers: Kyna Ricks, Controller, DISCUS; Joe Donadoni, Chief of Member Services & Business Development, DISCUS

Innovating the Guest Experience: Exploring the Latest Trends Shaping the Future of Hospitality

Speakers: Dee Ford, Angel’s Envy Brand Home General Manager, Angel’s Envy/Bacardi; Eric Huelsman, Partner/Architect, Joseph & Joseph Architects

Innovations in Sustainability and Waste Management

Speakers: Pedro Fernandez, General Manager, Amorim Cork; Caldwell Reed, Director of Sales, Piller TSC Blower Corp; Munim Hussain, Corporate Director of Environmental Engineering, MGP Ingredients, Inc.; Ryan Rodriguez, ESG Team Lead, ISN; James Morse, Senior Vice President, Product, BrandMuscle

Innovation Showcase

Speaker: Heather Fritzsche, CEO, The Spearhead Group

Leadership Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom

Speakers: Damian McKinney, Global CEO, Stoli Group; Brandy Rand, Chief Strategy Officer, Global, IWSR Drinks Market Analysis

Mastering E-Commerce: Strategies for Sales and Compliance Success in the Digital Age

Speakers: Max Leonesio, W&S Director, eCommerce, Constellation Brands; Derek Correia, President, ReserveBar; Andrew Levy, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, Provi; Buddy Buckner, Associate General Counsel, NABCA; Richard Blau, Chair, Regulated Products, GrayRobinson, P.A.; Rocky Vazquez, Associate Counsel, DISCUS

Navigating the Last 50 Years and Leveraging Learnings for the Future of the Spirits Industry

Speakers: Paul Basford, President & Managing Director, USA, William Grant; Marten Lodewijks, Director of Consulting – Americas, The IWSR; David Dennis, Chief Commercial Officer, Pratt Industries; Alva Mather, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery; Ugo Fiorenzo, Managing Director US & Canada, Campari

Retail Revolution: The Future of the Consumer Experience in the Off-Premise

Speakers: Nicolas Beckers, CEO, Rémy Cointreau Americas; Ann Mukherjee, Chairman and CEO, Pernod Ricard North America; Mat Dinsmore, Partner, Wilbur’s Total Beverage; Danny Wirtz, Vice Chairman, Breakthru Beverage Group; Sally Ray Jones, Deputy Director of Retail Operations, Idaho State Liquor Division

Responsibility: The Next Frontier

Speakers: Derek Brown, Founder, Positive Damage, Inc.; Jimmy Cosma, CEO & Co-Founder, Sommarøy Spirits; Colleen McLeod Garner, Director of Sales – West, Casa Azul Spirits; Kelly Poulsen, SVP of Government Relations, Responsibility.org; Nichole Shustack, Counsel, McDermott Will & Emery

RTDs: The Federal Regulatory Landscape

Speakers: Sam Jockel, Senior Associate, Alston & Bird; Caroline May, Assistant Administrator, Field Operations, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau; Evan Burns, CEO and Co-Founder, The Finnish Long Drink, Casey Scamporino, Director, Legal and Regulatory Policy, DISCUS; Alex Koral, Regulatory General Counsel, Sovos ShipCompliant

Surviving and Thriving in Uncertain Economic Times

Speakers: Doug Hoogervorst, Chief Innovation Officer, Andavi Solutions; Alison Leavitt, Managing Director, Wine and Spirits Shippers Association; Maryann Pisani, Chief Revenue Officer, MHW, Ltd.; David Vitale, Founder, Starward Whiskey

Unlocking Consumer Insights: Understanding Behavioral Data

Speakers: Rich Sileo, Vice President, E-Commerce, Rémy Cointreau Americas; Thomas Paulson, Director of Research and Business Development, Placer.ai; Kaleigh Theriault, BevAI Thought Leadership Manager, NielsenIQ