National Beer Wholesalers Association Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors Officers | NBWA: America's Beer Distributors

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Press Releases| Oct 15, 2015


ALEXANDRIA, VA – The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) is proud to announce its Board of Directors officers for the 2015-2016 term. Travis Markstein, president of Markstein Beverage Co. in San Marcos, California, takes the helm as chairman of the Board. He assumed the position and its responsibilities during NBWA’s 78th Annual Convention and Trade Show held October 11 – 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Other officers of NBWA’s Board of Directors include:

  • Vice Chairman Paul Bertucci, executive vice president of F.E.B. Distributing Company, Inc. in Gulfport and Capital City Beverages, Inc. in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Treasurer Michael Bamonti, president & general manager of J. J. Taylor Distributing Minnesota, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Secretary Jim Matesich, president and CEO of Matesich Distributing Co. in Newark, Ohio
  • Immediate Past Chairman Eric Best, general manager/partner of Bob Hall LLC in Upper Marlboro, Maryland

As chairman, Markstein will help lead the association as it works to advocate for licensed, independent beer distributors and educate elected officials, regulators, media and the public about the importance of effective state-based alcohol regulation and the regulatory, economic and commercial value of independent beer distributors.

“Travis has served on the NBWA Board of Directors since 2008, giving him a full background and working knowledge of the association’s goals and agenda,” said NBWA President & CEO Craig Purser.

“In his years of service as a state director for California and in every elected officer position, Travis has proven to be a dedicated and results-oriented leader,” Purser continued. “In 2012, he became the first chairman of the NBWA Political Action Committee (PAC) to break the $2 million mark – which was a significant achievement to ensure that NBWA continues to maintain a top-tier PAC for years to come.”

“I look forward to working closely with Travis to engage members, work with state associations, invest in the next generation and advance the association’s goals in the year ahead,” Purser said.

NBWA and America’s beer distributors support the state-based system of alcohol controls, which ensures an orderly marketplace and protects the public by providing transparency and accountability in the manufacture, distribution and sale of alcohol. Beer distributors serve as the critical link in the American beer distribution system, sourcing products from brewers and importers and delivering products to state-licensed retailers. This effective system provides access to market for all beer brands – enabling American consumers to choose from the widest selection of products in the world – and works to ensure that only safe, fresh beer reaches American consumers of legal drinking age.

The Markstein family began distributing beer in California just six months before Prohibition. Today their two companies provide quality jobs to nearly 500 highly motivated employees and sell more than 15 million cases of Anheuser-Busch, Constellation, Sierra Nevada and other fine crafts in both Northern and Southern California. Travis Markstein is the president of Markstein Beverage Co. in San Marcos.

Markstein holds an MBA and MFA from UCLA and a B.A. from UCSB. He lives in Rancho Santa Fe, California with his wife and two sons.

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