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The Spirits are Calling. Will you answer? Join us July 15-19, 2015 as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
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Wednesday, July 15 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
What's the Right Deal to Take?

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As independent spirit brands continue to make waves in the global drinks industry, the number of people wanting a piece of the action has multiplied massively.

Entrepreneurs are finding there’s not shortage of people offering cash investment, or industry players offering sales, distribution and other services, for a slice of equity.

So when there are multiple offers on the table from both potential partners and investors, how do you choose which deal to take? Get to right and you’ll have the resources to help you go further, faster.
Get it wrong and you could end up making no one rich but the lawyers.

Delivered by a world class group of drinks entrepreneurs, this seminar will provide real insight and practical advice on the pros and cons of different financial and distribution deals, at different stages of your business, helping you navigate your way to the smartest money!

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Rob Cooper

President, The Cooper Spirits Co.
The Cooper Spirits Co., founded by Robert J. Cooper, a third generation distiller and creator of rare and fine spirits. His company is an independent producer of innovative, integrity-driven spirits that was established in 2006. The company was founded with the introduction of St-Germain, an artisanal French liqueur made from fresh elderflower blossoms, heralded as one of the most influential cocktail components of the last decade by the New... Read More →
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Brian Ellison

President/CEO, Death's Door Distillery
I live in Wisconsin, we tend to be friendly and talk to people about whatever they want to talk about. I really like talking about my gin, and drinking it, and talking about drinking it.
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Simon Ford

Co-founder, The 86 Co
Simon is a leading voice of the global cocktail and bar industry with over 20 years experience in bartending, educating on cocktails & spirits and marketing some of the biggest spirits brands on the planet. He is regularly invited to lead education sessions, judge global competitions, and deliver seminars at international conferences such as the NY Food & Wine Festival, Sydney Bar Show, London Cocktail week, The CIA’s... Read More →
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Chip Tate

President, Tate & Company Distillery
Chip is an acknowledged leader in the craft distilling industry, having received more than 150 national and international awards, including US Craft Distillery of the Year and Global Distillery of the Year from the Wizards of Whisky International Competition in 2012. In recognition of his contributions to the development of the craft spirits industry, Whisky Magazine awarded him their inaugural Craft Whiskey Distillery of the Year Icon award in... Read More →

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Distill Ventures

Distill Ventures is an accelerator for new and growing spirits brands set up by a group of entrepreneurs and industry experts with investment from Diageo. It offers a unique combination of cash investment and access to world-class industry expertise and independent drinks specialists. The intention of Distill Ventures is to enable the very best new drinks entrepreneurs to go further, faster.

Wednesday July 15, 2015 10:30am - 12:00pm
Grand Ballroom North at the Royal Sonesta Hotel 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA 70130