We are a team of passionate spirits experts & industry insiders.

We have over 70 years of combined experience & relationships in the Spirits Industry.

We have Developed, Distilled & Launched over
 30 Distilled Spirits brands in the U.S. & Internationally.

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Robert J. Cassell

An Award Winning Pioneer in U.S. Craft Distilling

Founder & Master Distiller: Philadelphia Distilling, est. 2004
:: Creator of Bluecoat Gin, Shine Corn Whiskey, Vieux Carré Absinthe, Penn 1681 Vodka

International Gold Medalist in Four Spirit Categories: Gin, Whiskey, Vodka, Specialties
:: San Francisco International Spirits Competition: 5 – time Gold / Double Gold Medalist:
:: Beverage Tasting Institute 2 – Time Gold Medalist
:: International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) Gold Medal Best in Class

Heriot Watt International Center for Brewing & Distilling, Edinburgh
Brewer: Victory Brewing Company, Harpoon Brewing Company
Board Member: American Distilling Institute (ADI)
Craft Distiller Advisory Council: Distilled Spirits Council of America (DISCUS)
Regional Advisory Panel: Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB)
Innovation Sub Committee: American Society of Brewing Chemists

Thomas F. Jensen

A Spirits Industry President & CEO with 30 Years of Results & Relationships

Highly Accomplished Chief Executive Officer:
:: Former President & CEO of Rémy Cointreau U.S.A., owner of Rémy Martin Cognac, Cointreau Liqueur, Mount Gay Rum, Piper-Heidsieck Champagne, Louis XIII Cognac, agent for brands including The Macallan, Antinori Wines, Russian Standard Vodkas
:: Past Brand Building Successes include Maker’s Mark Whiskey, Courvoisier Cognac, Tequila Sauza, Canadian Club Whiskey, Malibu Rum, Stolichnaya Vodka, Kahlua Liqueur, Beefeater Gin

Established Industry Leader & Influencer
:: Long Term Relationships with all major U.S. Distributors Owners & Management Teams
:: Long Term Relationships with all major Trade Groups (NABCA, WSWA, DISCUS)

Expert in the U.S. Three Tier System
:: Former National Sales Manager at Allied Domecq
:: Former Head of Specialized Channels, On & Off Premise National Accounts, Duty Free & Military

Charlie Andrews

A Senior Wine & Spirits Executive with 37 Years of Significant Experience with both a Major Distributor and a Supplier

Thorough understanding of the U.S. Three Tier System
:: Deep experience in all sales & marketing channels that sell and merchandise wine & spirits

Successful Leader of Several top Wine & Spirit Distributor Networks in the U.S.
Former Wholesaler Experience includes:
:: President, Eastern States Republic National
:: President National Distributing Company
:: President / CEO Young’s Market Corporation
:: President / CEO Sunbelt Beverage Corporation

Supplier Experience in Restructuring and Managing Growth of Banfi’s Portfolio across the U.S.
:: Former EVP, Sales & Marketing, Banfi Corporation

 

Frank J. Maher

A Senior Consumer Investment Banker with Significant Experience Advising Top Consumer & Spirits Companies

Advisor to leading Consumer Product, Food & Beverage and Beverage Alcohol companies on Strategic Matters and Growth Initiatives

Beverage Alcohol Experience includes:
:: Advising Brown-Forman on various potential buy side opportunities
:: Advising Philip Morris on divestiture of Miller Brewing to SAB and facilitating out-of-court financial restructuring of Pabst Brewing
:: Advising a team of spirits industry veterans on the potential acquisition of a 2nd tier spirits supplier
:: Advising several premium niche spirits companies on alternatives to support brand development and growth
:: Advising a team of Chinese entrepreneurs on strategy and options for development of a wine business in China
:: Working with a co-founder of the Boston Beer Company to develop a business plan for Boston Harbor Distillery

Successful Track Record of Executing a Broad Range of Transactions & Financial Structures
Former Consumer Investment Banker with Wasserstein Perella, Lehman Brothers, Chase & KeyBanc