Maureen Hautaniemi - @maureenhasalife
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!
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! Say hello to her at a spin class in Marblehead or at Thirst 2016!
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.
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 Deitz has been obsessed with the wine and spirits trade since he was legally allowed to drink. After spending 3 years in the restaurant industry Andrew went on to become the general manager of BRIX Wine Shop. He spent 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, or perpetuating the Boston/Martha's Vineyard born tradition of the Daiquiri Time Out.