The NBWA named Betty Buck, president and owner of Buck Distributing Co. Inc. in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, as its 2006-2007 Chairman of the Board. Blazing new trails and busting old stereotypes, Buck is the first female to hold the prestigious post of NBWA Chair.
In her role as chair of the Association, Buck will represent nearly 1,900 independent beer distributors throughout the United States. NBWA is committed to advocating for beer distributors before the federal government and the public. Founded in 1938, NBWA ranked eighth on Fortune magazine’s most recent Power 25 list of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington, D.C. The NBWA Political Action Committee (PAC) is currently ranked among the top five PACs in contributions during this election cycle
Other new officers include Phillip Terry, Association treasurer. (Terry is the CEO of Monarch Beverage Co., Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana); Aldo Madrigrano, vice chair. (Madrigrano is president of W.O.W. Distributing Co. Inc. in Sussex, Wisconsin); Mitch Watkins, secretary. (Watkins is the president of Watkins Distributing, Sales and Service in Twin Falls Idaho.)
Awards were presented to outstanding members of the beer industry during the morning’s general session. Recipients included:
President’s Awards for Legislative Excellence: Sen. Jon Kyl (AZ), Sen. Blanche Lincoln (AR), House Majority Leader John Boehner (OH-), Rep. John Dingell (MI-5)
NBWA Industry Service Awards: The late Gary Nateman, former beer industry consultant; The late Mark Rodman, former counsel to NBWA; Oliver Delaney, president, Oklahoma Beverage Association; Bob Lachky, vice president, global industry development, Anheuser-Busch.
NBWA Public Affairs Award: Colorado Beer Distributors Association (CBDA);
NBWA Political Activism Awards: Boening Brothers Inc.; Standard Sales Company.
Political Action Committee Kenneth Kerr Award: Steve Lytle, president, Gold River Distributing; chair, NBWA PAC Committee
NBWA Life Service Awards: The late Mike Vacek, former president, New York State Beer Wholesalers Association; Leona Aranoff, president and CEO, Gate City Beverage; Rick Hanson, Board Chairman, D.J. Reardon Company