Board of Directors

William S. Anderson

Founder & CEO

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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 private equity firm focused solely on the beverage industry 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 is now the Executive Chairman of Topa Equities, Ltd. and sits on the Board of Advisors of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is a former Board member of the New Belgium Brewing Company. He is also the former Chairman of the Board of the Weingart Center, one of the nation’s largest facilities for the homeless and is now Chairman of the Board of Experience Camps, a national nonprofit organization that provides free, one-week camps for children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.

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 and lives in Los Angeles. He is an avid traveler and his interests include golf, yoga, hiking, cycling and politics.

Jim Bareuther

Chairman

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Jim Bareuther

Chairman

Over 30 years of experience in the beverage industry

  • Retired Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Brown-Forman, one of the world’s top ten wine and spirits companies headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky
  • Former Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Seagram Classics Wine company in New York and California
  • Former three-term Chairman of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), a national trade association based in Washington, DC, representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the US and around the world
  • Chaired The Century Council, an organization designed to fight underage drinking and drunk driving
  • Serves on the Board of Share our Strength, a non-profit organization that works to eliminate childhood hunger in America
  • Board member of MGP Ingredients, a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches
  • Serves on the Advisory Council for the College of Business at San Jose State University
  • Served as a US Navy flight officer
  • BS from San Jose State College

William I. Campbell

Board Member

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William I. Campbell

Board Member

Over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry

  • Senior Advisor for JPMorgan Chase & Co
  • President of Sanoch Management, a consulting and investment firm for financial companies, start-ups, and venture capital firms
  • Previously Chairman of Chase Card Services, the nation’s second largest credit card organization
  • Former Chairman of Bank One Card Services, which was merged into JPMorgan Chase & Co. in July of 2004
  • Served from 2005-2007 as Chairman of Visa International and led the organization to its IPO in 2008, the largest in US history
  • Before forming Sanoch Management and joining Bank One, oversaw Citigroup’s Global Consumer Business, including global branch banking and credit cards. Became Chief Executive Officer of Global Citibank in 1996 and Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup’s Global Consumer Business in 1997
  • Spent 28 years at Philip Morris, including five years as Chief Executive Officer of Philip Morris USA, and then Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning for Philip Morris Companies
  • Vice Chairman of the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Member of the executive committee of The Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation
  • Founding board member of the END Fund, a private philanthropic initiative dedicated to controlling and eliminating the neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) that affect over one billion people
  • BS in Economics from the University of Alberta and MS in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario

Amy Hoopes

Board Member

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Amy Hoopes

Board Member

Over 20 years of beverage industry experience

  • President of Wente Family Estates, the oldest continuously-operated family-owned winery in the country
  • Promoted to position of President of Wente Family Estates after serving in previous roles as EVP and CMO
  • As EVP and CMO, oversaw all global marketing and sales operations for Wente Vineyards, Entwine, Murrieta’s Well, Double Decker, and Hayes Ranch, as well as for lifestyle operations, The Course, The Restaurant and concerts at Wente Vineyards
  • Spent 10 years with E.& J. Gallo in various positions of increasing responsibility, the last of which was Director of Marketing
  • Member of the Communications Committee for The Wine Institute and Monterey Winegrowers Association
  • Executive Board member and President of the Livermore Valley Winegrowers Association
  • Member and past President of the Board of Les Dames d’Escoffier International, San Francisco Chapter
  • BS in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania

Jill Jones

Board Member

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Jill Jones

Board Member

Over 18 years of beverage industry experience

  • Over 20 years of experience in multiple disciplines and functions at the EVP, SVP, and VP level, with direct beverage industry experience over 18 years in region leadership, global production, supply chain and finance
  • Retired EVP of Brown-Forman, one of the world’s top ten wine and spirits companies headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, responsible for all sales and marketing efforts for North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America, India, the Middle East and Africa, in addition to responsibility for global travel retail
  • Former EVP, Chief Production Officer of Brown-Forman, where she oversaw all production and supply chain activities for the company
  • Previously served on the Boards of Directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, the Family & Children’s Place, and the Louisville Ballet
  • MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University and BS in accounting from the University of Kentucky, where she attended on a full volleyball scholarship