April 11, 2023 – Today, Breakthru Beverage Group announced Earl Farkas has joined the company as Special Counsel, reporting directly to Chief Legal Officer Arlyn Miller. Farkas’s responsibilities will include advising on franchise and regulatory matters and negotiation and drafting of supplier agreements. He will also support Breakthru’s merger and acquisition efforts, as well as represent Breakthru in certain wholesale association matters.
“Breakthru has been active in the M&A space over the last 14 months with no plans of slowing down. We remain committed to our ambitious growth agenda, which includes bolstering our teams with experts who can help execute that plan without disruption. Earl will be a critical part of that effort thanks to his wide-ranging experience, including having served as Breakthru’s lead counsel in multiple acquisitions,” said Arlyn Miller, EVP, Chief Legal Officer at Breakthru. “As one of the leading industry regulatory experts, Earl will also continue to strengthen our compliance efforts. His extensive beverage alcohol experience and reputation will bring much valued bench strength and capabilities to our legal team, and I am thrilled to welcome him to Breakthru full time.”
Farkas has been a senior partner at the Chicago-based firm Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato LLP since 2008, where he has garnered extensive experience representing manufacturers, importers, wholesalers and retailers in the highly regulated beverage alcohol industry. He also has significant experience representing companies in regulatory investigations, drawing on his long-standing relationships with the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau and state alcohol beverage commissions. Farkas regularly represents wholesalers in their acquisition and disposition of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage distribution rights. Farkas is an Associate Member of the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois and a Client Counsel Representative with the Wine & Spirits Distributors of Illinois.
About Breakthru Beverage Group
Breakthru Beverage Group is one of the leading alcohol wholesalers in the United States and the largest broker in Canada representing a full total beverage alcohol portfolio of spirits, wine and beer. Breakthru is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and supports a wide range of notable organizations as well as local charitable initiatives across its North American footprint. Across all markets, Breakthru aligns a nimble and insightful approach to sales, marketing and operations. Family ownership is active in the business and committed to being stewards of heritage and champions of innovation. For more information, visit www.BreakthruBev.com.