Josh Gerben is a trademark attorney with Gerben Law Firm, a firm that focuses specifically on trademark law and services. Gerben Law works with business across the US and the world looking to protect their brand assets. You can learn more about Gerben Law Firm at http://www.gerbenlaw.com
Robert C. Lehrman is a lawyer at Lehrman Beverage Law, PLLC in metro Washington, DC. Since 1988 he has specialized in the federal law surrounding beer, wine and spirits, such as TTB permits, labels, and formulas. Together with Kubler and Lucid, Robert helped to legalize absinthe in the U.S., from 2004-2007, after a 95 year ban.
Lindsey A. Zahn, Esq. is an alcohol beverage and food attorney at Lehman Beverage Law, PLLC. Ms. Zahn has previously counseled wine, beer, and spirits companies on licensing and compliance, federal and state labeling, customs regulations, third party provide relationships, and advertising and promotions. She is an award-winning author on wine law, publishes a leading wine law blog called On Reserve
and has traveled to over a dozen wine regions in the U.S. and Europe. Additionally, she has given talks and instructed classes on wine law throughout the country and in France. In 2014 and 2015, her blog was nominated as one of the Top 100 Legal Blogs by the ABA Journal.
Founder and President of Whiskey Resources LLC
and Whiskey Systems Online
Donald has 12+ years of experience in the alcohol and beverage industry including holding senior management roles at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY and MGPI in Lawrenceburg, IN. After leaving the corporate world to help the growing craft distilling industry, Donald created Whiskey Systems Online to help craft distilleries of all sizes create start up business models and road maps, barrel warehouse management interfaces, simple to use automated distillery operations tracking tools, automated TTB Monthly Reporting and Compliance systems, and business management solutions. Donald earned his undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University and his Master’s in Business Administration from University of Kentucky and has taught several lectures on various craft distilling subjects.
Fawn is a writer, editor, bartender and beer scholar based in Seattle, Wash. She writes mainly for the craft beverage community, focusing on brewing techniques, ingredients, business concepts, style history and industry sustainability. She holds a degree in English from Reed College in Portland, Ore. and a certificate in the Business of Craft Brewing from Portland State University. Visit her blog at www.fawnward.com
Andy is a Senior Director on the Baker Tilly’s National Craft Beverage Team. A 21 year veteran of the beer business, his experience is extensive across all 3 tiers of the beverage industry. His interaction with distributor sales teams on sales targets, gap analyses and action plans to improve sales execution is crucial in market expansion for breweries, distilleries, wineries, cideries and RTD beverage companies. He has developed many trade marketing programs implemented across multiple sales channels and distributor territories. Andy continues to consult clients in other crucial business categories including revenue management/pricing, service strategy, media, procurement, and key account management to benefit craft beverage companies investigating critical business decisions in their home market and abroad.
Gloria Atika leads Baker Tilly’s Craft Beverage Technology practice. In this role, she leads financial and IT projects to streamline operations and reporting for beverage companies, including providing diagnostic reviews and recommendations for financial operations, developing benchmarking studies and creating training manuals and management dashboards. She also has expertise in helping breweries implement and utilize data from brewery-specific software packages. Prior to joining Baker Tilly, Gloria worked as an SAP Consultant for Accenture.
Jim Phelps is the owner of Capital Equipment Leasing. He and his staff serve clients throughout the continental United States. Clients choose their vendors, choose their equipment, make their best deals, and take advantage of the benefits equipment leasing allows. You can reach him at 503-890-0969, or download an application at www.LeasingDollars.com.