William S. Anderson
Founder & CEO
Bill’s passion for beverages started at an early age. During his high school and college years, his summers were spent working in the warehouse and driving a delivery truck for his family’s beer distributorships. He soon learned to love the beverage industry for many reasons—its dynamic culture, its well-branded and innovative products, and most of all its entrepreneurial and committed people.
His love of the industry led him in 2005 to found First Beverage Group, a financial services firm which advises and invests in innovative and transformational beverage brands.
Prior to founding First Beverage, Bill was Executive Vice President of Topa Equities, Ltd., a diversified holding company and Top 15 beer distributor group based in Los Angeles. He is also the former President of Topa Properties, Ltd. Prior to joining Topa, he was an attorney with O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles and a legislative assistant to US Senator George J. Mitchell (D-Maine).
Bill sits on the Boards of Directors of Topa Equities, Ltd., Health-Ade Kombucha and Purity Organic, LLC. He is also a former Board member of the New Belgium Brewing Company.
Bill has long been an active angel investor in consumer brands, especially in the beverage business, including WhistlePig Rye Whiskey, WTRMLN WTR and Gem & Bolt mezcal. Bill is the former Chairman of the Board of Weingart Center, one of the nation’s largest facilities for the homeless. He now serves on the Board of Street Poets, a non-profit dedicated to using creative arts as a force for individual and community transformation.
He received a B.A. from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.
Bill has two sons, Max and Spencer, and lives in Los Angeles. He is an avid traveler and his interests include golf, yoga, hiking, cycling and politics.