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Maureen Hautaniemi - @maureenhasalife

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Maureen's love of the food and beverage industry began at a young age, working hard as a 13 year old to practice her tray skills. She's not carrying trays anymore, but instead uses her organization skills for a great cause: creating lasting and meaningful educational opportunities for people interested in hospitality.

Maureen has worked all over the country for a few years but loves being able to call Boston her home. She works with OFFSITE to produce amazing events for the spirits industry and is very excited to bring Thirst into their portfolio. Her previous work with Lush Life Productions gave her a taste for the massive undertaking that is a cocktail festival, with projects such as Camp Runamok; a bartender summer camp in Kentucky, and Portland Cocktail Week; a cocktail week for bartenders, by bartenders. It all started with a few years behind the scenes of Wine Riot, championing great wine for everyone. 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!


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Brandy Rand - @brandyrand
Brandy is one of our original Co-Founders and has since stepped down to pursue other projects, which include more time in a classroom, rather than organizing one! 

Currently you can hear Brandy talk about her favorite bars, drinks and eats on CBS Radio affiliate WBZ’s “Connoisseur’s Corner”, or she also often speaks at industry conferences and teaches classes on spirits and wine. 

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Andrew Deitz - @deitztimeout
Andrew is one of our original Co-Founders and has since stepped down to spend time on a few other amazing projects. Say hello to him out and about, or at Thirst 2016! 

Andrew currently spends his days (and late nights) as the Massachusetts State On Premise Consultant for M.S. Walker. Andrew currently spends his days (and late nights) as the Massachusetts State On Premise Consultant for M.S. Walker, Inc.