Board of Directors

William S. Anderson

Founder & CEO

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William S. Anderson

Founder & CEO

Bill’s passion for beverages started at an early age.  During his high school and college years, his summers were spent working in the warehouse and driving a delivery truck for his family’s beer distributorships.  He soon learned to love the beverage industry for many reasons—its dynamic culture, its well-branded and innovative products, and most of all its entrepreneurial and committed people.

His love of the industry led him in 2005 to found First Beverage Group, a financial services firm which advises and invests in innovative and transformational beverage brands. Today the firm includes a leading boutique investment banking firm and a private equity fund, both of which are focused solely on the beverage industry.

Prior to founding First Beverage, Bill was Executive Vice President of Topa Equities, Ltd., a diversified holding company and Top 15 beer distributor group based in Los Angeles.  He is also the former President of Topa Properties, Ltd.  Prior to joining Topa, he was an attorney with O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles and a legislative assistant to US Senator George J. Mitchell (D-Maine).

Bill sits on the Boards of Directors of Topa Equities, Ltd., Acacia Research (Nasdaq: ACTG), Health-Ade Kombucha, GEM&BOLT Mezcal, and Purity Organic.  He is a former Board member of the New Belgium Brewing Company.  He is also the former Chairman of the Board of the Weingart Center, one of the nation’s largest facilities for the homeless and now sits on the Board of Experience Camps, a national nonprofit organization that provides free, one-week camps for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.

Bill has long been an active angel investor in consumer brands, especially in the beverage business, including WhistlePig Rye Whiskey, WTRMLN WTR, and Blue Bottle Coffee.

He received a B.A. from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

Bill has two sons, Max and Spencer, and lives in Los Angeles.  He is an avid traveler and his interests include golf, yoga, hiking, cycling and politics.

Jim Bareuther

Chairman

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Jim Bareuther

Chairman

Over 30 years of experience in the beverage industry

  • Retired Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Brown-Forman, one of the world’s top ten wine and spirits companies headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Former Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Seagram Classics Wine company in New York and California
  • Former three-term Chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), a national trade association based in Washington, DC, representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the US and around the world
  • Chaired The Century Council, an organization designed to fight underage drinking and drunk driving
  • Serves on the Board of Share our Strength, a non-profit organization that works to eliminate childhood hunger in America
  • Board member of MGP Ingredients, a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches
  • Serves on the Advisory Council for the College of Business at San Jose State University
  • Served as a US Navy flight officer
  • BS from San Jose State College

David Cronenbold

Board Member

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David Cronenbold

Board Member

Over 20 years of experience in the real estate and title industry

  • Senior vice president, Lawyers Title Company
  • One of the original founders, and later president, of County Title Holding Corp., the parent of Southland Title
  • Former CEO of C21 Award, Inc. the largest residential C21 franchisee on the West Coast and second largest in the world
  • Former senior vice president of the LandAmerica Financial Group
  • Active with several organizations and foundations, including the Young Presidents’ Organization, the World Presidents’ Organization, the Chief Executives Organization, the UCLA Alumni Association, and the Southland Children’s Foundation.
  • Attended the University of California Los Angeles, where he majored in Economics and minored in History

Joe Ogilvie

Board Member

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Joe Ogilvie

Board Member

Professional athlete and investor

  • Founder and CEO of Ogilvie Capital, an investment advisory firm
  • Member of the PGA Tour since 1999
  • Has served nine years on the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council
  • Past Member of PGA Tour Policy Board 2006-2008
  • PGA of America Board 2006-2007
  • Board Member of Houston Golf Association 2006-present
  • Board Member of Horizon Bank of Texas
  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Duke University

Pat Haden

Board Member

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Pat Haden

Board Member

Over 20 years of experience in private equity investment

  • Director of Athletics, University of Southern California
  • Former general partner of Riordan, Lewis & Haden, a private equity firm that invests in high-growth middle-market companies
  • Expertise in financial services and specialty distribution
  • Board member of Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK)
  • Graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with an English major from the University of Southern California
  • Played in three Rose Bowl games for USC and two national championships; named co-MVP in the 1975 Rose Bowl and inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame
  • Rhodes scholar who studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University
  • J.D. from Loyola Law School

William I. Campbell

Board Member

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William I. Campbell

Board Member

Over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry

  • Senior Advisor for JPMorgan Chase & Co
  • President of Sanoch Management, a consulting and investment firm for financial companies, start-ups, and venture capital firms
  • Previously Chairman of Chase Card Services, the nation’s second largest credit card organization
  • Former Chairman of Bank One Card Services, which was merged into JPMorgan Chase & Co. in July of 2004
  • Served from 2005-2007 as Chairman of Visa International and led the organization to its IPO in 2008, the largest in US history
  • Before forming Sanoch Management and joining Bank One, oversaw Citigroup’s Global Consumer Business, including global branch banking and credit cards. Became Chief Executive Officer of Global Citibank in 1996 and Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup’s Global Consumer Business in 1997
  • Spent 28 years at Philip Morris, including five years as Chief Executive Officer of Philip Morris USA, and then Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning for Philip Morris Companies
  • Vice Chairman of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Member of the executive committee of The Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation
  • Founding board member of the END Fund, a private philanthropic initiative dedicated to controlling and eliminating the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that affect over one billion people
  • BS in Economics from the University of Alberta and MS in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario