The Tasting Panel magazine

July 2016

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32  /  the tasting panel  /  july 2016 A s the beverage industry's largest career network, BevForce knows who's coming and who's going at the leading global beverage companies. BevForce is the only beverage industry staffing agency providing both an online job board and executive recruiting services. Visit to sign up for the Movers & Shakers newsletter or to report your job move or recent hire. Michael Strange has been named New England District Manager at Austin Eastciders. He had been a Sales Representative at Horizon Beverage Company. Shelley Turner has been named Director of Sales, West at Q Drinks. She had been California Sales Director at Stoli Group USA. Courtney Alton Thompson has been named Area Sales Manager at Mighty Swell Cocktail Company. She had been Category Manager at Republic National Distributing Company. Rick Durette has been named Vice President of Global Sales at Union Wine Company. He had been Senior Vice President of Global Sales at King Estate Winery. Scott Oppenheimer has been named Regional President of Control States and Canada at Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits. He had been Senior Vice President, Control States and Military at Moët Hennessy USA. Barbara Messer has been named Southwest Regional Sales Director at Biagio Cru and Estate Wines. She had been South Central Regional Sales Manager at Merryvale Vineyards. Gabriela Becker has been named Marketing Director at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. She had been Senior Brand Manager at Jackson Family Wines. Movers & Shakers CAREER CORNER Power to the People When you are growing your company, it's important to have a team of people that are capable of helping build the company and leading it towards success. Often, in the beginning stages of a company, leaders are used to doing it all. As a company grows, however, these do-it-all entrepreneurs have a hard time delegating to their employees. This is why it is so important to hire people you can empower (and trust) and avoid bottlenecking your own growth. Here is how you can set up new hires for empowerment: Give them clear expectations of the role and the future vision: Employees should see beyond tomorrow's immediate goals. Explain your mission, your future goals and excite them to be part of the growth and to contribute to your shared vision. Monthly check-ins: Check in with your employees monthly to see how they are doing, how they're feeling and how they think they can continue to grow the company. Giving them the opportunity to discuss growth helps bring out their inner leader. Trust your people: To empower your employees, you must have trust in them. Give them the opportunity to make decisions on projects, interact with clients and learn from their mistakes. If you hired the right person, you have to believe they can do the job. Employees need to know they are trusted so that they feel confident to make decisions. Feeling motivated? Tap into BevForce at or email for more great jobs and insights on how to navigate a career in the Beverage Industry. #greatjobeverybody

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