NBWA's Third Annual Next Generation Success in Leadership Conference will take place August 3 - 4, 2015, at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, Colorado. 


NBWA’s Next Generation Group brings together future leaders in the beer distribution industry. The group focuses on learning more about the beer business, getting more involved with the association and networking with other distributors from all areas of the country representing all brands.

Hotel Reservations

Make your hotel reservations at the Grand Hyatt Denver online here, or call 888-421-1442 and reference the NBWA Next Generation Success in Leadership Conference to receive the discounted room rate of $179 plus taxes per night. 

When making your travel arrangements, plan to arrive Sunday evening, as the program will begin Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. The conference will conclude by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

2015 Conference Speakers

Curt Steinhorst of the Center for Generational Kinetics/The Promentum Group returns by popular demand and will kick off this year’s conference with a session titled, “Overcoming Costly Distractions: Reclaim Your Attention, Regain Your Focus, and Get Back to What Matters.” This may be the digital age, but it’s also the age of distraction—and that doesn’t bode well for today’s workforce. Our attention resources have never been more competed over, or more depleted. We’re asked to process three times the amount of information that Americans were in 1960, but we have less space to think and less time to focus. We’re bombarded by advertisements, alerts and constant notifications. We can’t seem to put our phones down. It’s hard to make it 3 minutes without being interrupted. Steinhorst will share strategies for attention-management, and steps managers and employees can take to get their most valuable resource back.

Dr. Kent Rhodes, a consultant with the Family Business Consulting Group and a core faculty member at Pepperdine University, will present two workshops. Rhodes is a leading expert in the field of conflict management in family-owned businesses with firsthand experience equipping executives and sibling/cousin management teams with leadership skills that build value, diminish discord and leverage personal capacity for success. One workshop will focus on “Getting Continuity in Leadership in Family-Owned Businesses,” while the second will address “Managing Day-to-Day Conflict Through Practical Skills and Communication.”

Matt Dahlstrom, a longtime NBWA associate member and 20-year industry veteran, will lead two workshops. As founder of LearnBeer.com, Dahlstrom has worked with dozens of NBWA-member companies providing new ways to inspire, energize and empower people. His workshops will focus on “Leading From the Front” and “How to Design Your 10-Year Strategic Plan.”

The two-day conference also will feature presentations on advocacy and communications programs led by NBWA’s leadership team, along with a Monday evening social event.

Stay tuned for additional speaker announcements!

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Next Generation Group, please contact Coordinator, Member Programs & Meetings Maggie Graham at mgraham@nbwa.org.