FOR IMMMEDIATE RELEASE
BEER INSTITUTE ANNUAL MEETING REPORTS SUCCESSES, CHANGES
New Officers At Beer Institute
Washington, DC, December 10, 2001- Beer Institute reported at its recent annual meeting in Naples, Florida, a significant membership increase in 2001, adding more than 15 new members, as well as increased communications capabilities, helping to build on its goal as industry leader and leading organization on industry messages and issues. Staff referenced issues like the recent federal excise beer tax rollback on Capitol Hill and increased state initiatives as examples of industry leadership and direction.
Incoming Beer Institute Chairman, Pat Stokes, President and Chairman, Anheuser-Busch, Inc., said Beer Institute's recent initiatives, along with expanded membership has resulted in solid progress, and the organization is headed in the right direction.
Stokes said he sees Beer Institute's role as one that will, "insure that our industry will have the opportunity to operate without artificial constraints, regulations, or restrictive taxes." He added, "Bottom line, we want the same thing most businesses in this country expect…the ability to market our products responsibly, provide jobs to our employees, offer a fair return to our shareholders, and be a valued customer to our suppliers…no more, no less."
John Bowlin, outgoing Beer Institute Chairman, also commended the organization's efforts over the past two years, and noted the many achievements for this organization.
Bowlin attributed Beer Institute's success to its unprecedented level of internal and external unity the organization has attained. "Working together on those areas where we can all agree, we are now recognized as a more effective and credible player than ever before.
Beer Institute also announced the confirmation of its new directors and officers for 2002 at its recent Annual Meeting in Naples, Florida. They are as follows:
- Pat Stokes, President and Chairman of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. takes over as Chairman of the Beer Institute
- John Bowlin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Miller Brewing Company becomes Beer Institute Vice-Chairman.
- Richard Keating, Vice President and Senior Government Affairs Officer at Anheuser-Busch becomes Beer Institute Treasurer as well as Chairman of its Management Committee
- Tim Scully, Vice President, Government Affairs, Philip Morris Management Corp. takes over as Vice-Chairman of the Management Committee. Jeff Becker, president, Beer Institute, said "This change in leadership at Beer Institute will help us build on our successes over the last two years."
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Beer Institute, established in 1986, is the national trade association for the brewing industry, representing both large and small brewers, as well as importers and industry suppliers. The Institute is committed to development of sound public policy and to the values of civic duty and personal responsibility.