Guy Badeau of Farrell Distributing in Burlington, Vermont, is the winner of the 2017 NBWA Share Your Story Contest. The contest was launched to highlight some of the 135,000 men and women who make up the beer distribution industry – from truck drivers, inventory specialists and graphic artists to sales representatives, warehouse workers and administrative personnel.
Beer distributor employees who have never attended NBWA’s Legislative Conference were invited to enter the contest by liking NBWA’s Facebook page and providing a short explanation of why they love working in the beer industry. They also were encouraged to share their submissions on Twitter and Instagram to receive bonus points.
“We received an overwhelming number of entries this year from impressive employees across the country,” said Rebecca Spicer, NBWA Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. “Every single entry shared a deep pride for working in the beer distribution industry, and it’s the passion of the men and women in beer markets across the country that make this industry what it is today.”
“While there were many strong entries, Guy’s story stood out because of his longevity in the distribution industry, his professional growth along the way, and the pride he takes in working in the beer business,” Spicer said.
Guy has worked at Farrell Distributing for nearly 40 years, starting as a janitor and working up to his current role as a state inventory manager.
“I have always believed that no matter the job, you perform it to the best of your ability. If you are a street sweeper, you must be the best street sweeper out there,” Badeau wrote. “This belief allowed me to work my way up through the company holding various positions.”
Badeau continued, “Where else could a kid out of high school with drive and a work ethic, but no experience, develop a career that allowed me to grow and help support my family, but also develop some lasting relationships?”
“I enjoy this industry because it is never boring and is in constant flux,” Badeau added. “I anticipate more exciting changes in the future and the ability to rapidly adapt will be instrumental for success.”
Badeau will receive a complimentary trip to the 2017 NBWA Legislative Conference April 30 – May 3 in Washington, D.C., to learn more about policy issues impacting the beer industry and consumers. Badeau also will have the opportunity to attend meetings on Capitol Hill and educate congressional staff on the role beer distributors play in their community.