The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America 75th Annual Convention & Exposition opened today at Caesars Palace Las Vegas uniting suppliers and distributors under one roof, bringing together more than 2,700 suppliers, distributors, influencers and a record number of industry media attendees for three days of networking and deal making.
The day began with the Opening General Session that featured a retrospective video telling the stories of the many families who have shaped the wholesale tier as well as WSWA as an association over the last seventy-five years. Click here to view this video.
Incoming 2018-2019 WSWA Chairman Barkley Stuart of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits delivered remarks noting his platform as chairman, which will be to support the rise of women leaders and diversity throughout the industry. Click here to view his remarks.
Mast-Jagermeister, U.S., CEO Jeff Popkin introduced and presented to Constellation Brands CEO Rob Sands the Sidney Frank Innovation Award, given annually to a person who has made exceptional industry and philanthropic contributions. The award is named for Sidney Frank, an industry innovator and philanthropist. Click here to view Sands’ acceptance speech and Popkin’s introduction.
The morning was capped by an enthusiastically received keynote address delivered by Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State (1997-2001). Attendees spent the remainder of the day networking in the two lively Exhibit Halls, Lower Level Suites, and Traditional Hospitality Suites. The evening was capped with the Opening Night Reception, sponsored by The Presidents Forum, with several Wholesaler mixologists as well as Chilled Magazine-sponsored bartenders pouring at the event.
The WSWA 75th Annual Convention & Exposition runs through Thursday.
Visit http://www.wswaconvention.org/ to learn more.