As 2015 approaches, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on 2014, which has been a year of change for me and for Beverage Dynamics. When 2014 began, I was the editor of Specialty Coffee Retailer, a B2B magazine for small coffee shop owners. When SCR closed in May, I began working on Beverage Dynamics and other magazines in the beverage group (which is where I started with the company 5 years ago). Soon after that Richard Brandes, the longtime editor of BD, retired and I had the opportunity to take over as editor of BD and StateWays. The past few months of learning about and making changes to the magazines have been challenging, but very rewarding.
During 2014 I had the opportunity to meet a variety of great people who work in the beverage alcohol industry. From visiting the Serralles family in Puerto Rico to speaking to Anheuser-Busch executives in St. Louis to speaking to the team behind Trig’s Cellar 70, our 2015 Retailer of the Year, I’ve been very fortunate and grateful for the opportunity to learn from leaders in the industry.
I’m looking forward to 2015, as we continue to make innovative changes to Beverage Dynamics. On behalf of the entire team behind BD, I’d like to wish you a happy and healthy new year, and a successful 2015 for your personal and professional life.