The Tasting Panel magazine

September 2015

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32  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2015 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. Steve Wildman has been named Director of Manufacturing at Suja Juice. He was Juice Operations Manager at Sunsweet Growers Inc. Grant Springer has been named Southwest Regional Sales Manager at Blue Ridge Spirits. He had been District Manager at Republic National Distributing Company. Fabio di Giammarco has been named Global Vice President for Bacardi Rum. He had been Vice President of Marketing and Commercial at Bacardi Latin America & Caribbean (LAC). Zachariah Thoden has been named USA Logistics Manager at Innis & Gunn. He had been Logistics Manager at Blue Point Brewing Company. Dan Mader has been named Senior Vice President of Sales at Califia Farms. He had been Senior Vice President, National Sales Manager at Annie's Inc. Garett Lockhart has been named President at Atlanta Brewing Company, Red Brick Brewing. He had been Brewmaster at Red Brick Brewing. Rick Bonitati has been named Chief Operating Officer at Paul Hobbs Wines. He had been President, Vineyards and Wineries, at Mark Anthony Group. Jeremy Kruidenier has been named Vice Executive Director at Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois. He had been Deputy Legislative Director at State of Illinois. Brad Coughlin has been named VP of Sales at RumChata. He had been VP/ National Sales Manager at Imperial Brands Inc. Movers & Shakers There's a ton of great beverage industry talent out there (including you), but what does it take to catch the eye of the ever-elusive hiring manager? To make sure your career profile is a cut above the rest, we asked Rachel Doueck, Recruiting Manager at BevForce, to share some of the key career traits wine and spirits brands look for when hiring top talent. Brand Success: We find that many of the wine and spirits companies that are growing and hiring top talent look for candidates that have worked for successful brands or portfolios. Candidates with experience at younger, niche brands (without the brand recognition) should play up their individual, quantifiable metrics (of any size) to showcase expertise and personal success stories. Loyalty: It may seem like an archaic expectation, but hiring managers are still drawn to candidates that have tenure with their current or previous employers. It shows that there is dedication to the company and the ability to adapt to ebbs and flows of the business. Motivation: Potential employers love to see career growth in a candidate's background, in any incarnation, including relevant educational training and semi- nars. The desire to learn and grow is a sign that the candidate will work hard to be successful. Endorsements: LinkedIn and a few other career websites allow candidates to showcase recommendations and skill endorsements from coworkers, clients and employers (usually former)—a great way to get a sense of a candidate's work ethic and personality. For more tips and quips about hiring for the beverage industry, visit and CAREER CORNER

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