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US Beverage Industry Expo Appoints Live Oak Bank Executive as Advisory Board Chair


Advisory Board of Industry Experts Aim to Actualize Beverage Business Synergies

US Beverage Expo LogoHealdsburg, Ca, Feb. 25, 2015—Wine Industry Network today announced that Jeff Clark, General Manager of Live Oak Bank’s Wine and Craft Beverage Group, a dedicated lending team for breweries, wineries, vineyards, and distilleries, will chair the US Beverage Industry Expo Advisory Board. This group of beverage industry leaders will provide expertise and guidance in the creation of the inaugural trade show and conference taking place February 16-18, 2016 at the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington DC.

“The wine and craft beverage factions have very interesting dynamics, particularly at this point in time. Their synergies are complimentary and possess unlimited possibilities,” says Clark. “The opportunity to help shape an event that brings these groups together, in a unifying city like DC, creates great potential for the beverage industry as a whole.”

The US Beverage Industry Expo will focus on the Wine, Craft Beer, Cider, and Spirits industries and will feature products and services from 300 of the industry’s best suppliers. An educational conference with sessions focusing on all aspects of the alcoholic beverage business will provide attendees with knowledge from proven winners.

“The businesses of beer, cider, spirits, and wine have more commonalities than differences. Issues ranging from sales, marketing, packaging, distributor management, government, and compliance are shared between these beverage categories,” said George Christie, President of Wine Industry Network. “We want to offer these groups an opportunity to come together once a year in Washington DC, to share learnings and best practices, and to present a unified front regarding the government regulations that impact us all. It just makes sense and is worth exploring

About the Wine Industry Network (WIN):

Based in Healdsburg, California, WineIndustryNetwork.com is the wine industry’s most comprehensive business resource websites operating as an on-line trade show and created specifically to help industry professionals locate and connect more easily with the industry’s best suppliers and service professionals. WIN also produces The North Coast Wine Industry Expo, based in Santa Rosa, California, and the online industry publication, the Wine Industry Advisor (www.wineindustryadvisor.com).

About Live Oak Bank

Live Oak Bank was founded in 2008 to provide small business loans to professionals across the country looking to start or expand their business. Aside from acquisitions and refinancing, Live Oak’s lenders specialize in real estate loans and ground up construction projects. The bank originally began lending to veterinarians and has since expanded not only into other healthcare-related industries, but into specialty areas as well. Having such a keen industry focus and trade specialists on board enables the bank to offer an exceptional level of service to the client.​ To learn more about Live Oak Bank, please visit www.liveoakbank.com.



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