Maureen Hautaniemi - @maureenhasalife
Maureen's love of the food and beverage industry began with a series of art projects and has turned into an obsession of organization and google docs. She has been working all over the place for a few years but loves being able to call Boston her home. Her love of Boston translates well with her work as Event Manager at Island Creek Oyster Bar and The Hawthorne. Her previous work with Lush Life Productions gave her a taste for the challenge with projects such as Camp Runamok; a bartender summer camp in Kentucky, Portland Cocktail Week; a cocktail week for bartenders, by bartenders and Wines of France Across America, a cross country promotional tour for Wines of France. You may have also seen her behind the scenes of Wine Riot and if you go back even further, behind the stick at Savant Project. She loves Boston's beverage community and can't wait for people to come together and get nerdy about beer, wine, cocktails, spirits and coffee!
Brandy Rand - @brandyrand
Brandy Rand has spent her career drinking (and thinking about drinking) for Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine, William Grant & Sons and Bacardi USA. She currently is a Partner and Chief Marketing Officer at Richer Pour Wine Company, purveyors of fine wine on tap. Brandy has written for Boston Common Magazine, Northshore Magazine, Beverage Media, Nightclub & Bar, and Where to Eat & Drink. You can hear her talk about her favorite bars, drinks and eats on CBS Radio affiliate WBZ’s “Connoisseur’s Corner.” She often speaks at industry conferences and teaches classes on spirits and wine, including her favorite subject: Women and Whiskey. Brandy has received BarSmarts Wired and TIPS certification, and is a member of the USBG Boston and Les Dames d’Escoffier.
Andrew Deitz has been obsessed with the wine and spirits trade since he was legally allowed to drink (and possibly before). After spending 3 years in the restaurant industry Andrew went on to become the general manager of BRIX Wine Shop overseeing the beverage programs throughout both locations. Andrew then went on to work 4 years in sales for M.S. Walker, Inc. aligning the state's elite beverage professionals with the wines and spirits that benefit their programs before moving to their management team in 2012. He currently spends his days (and late nights) as the Massachusetts State On Premise Consultant for M.S. Walker . Aside from that, Andrew's time is occupied velcroed to a bar seat, working with the USBG events team, or perpetuating the Boston/Martha's Vineyard born tradition of the Daiquiri Time Out.