Message from the Chairman
What an honor it was for me to stand before America’s beer distributors at the 76th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas as NBWA’s incoming chairman of the Board!
Like so many of NBWA’s members, I am proud to be a part of an independent, family-owned and operated business. L& F Distributors was founded by my father, Joe Lamantia, Jr., in 1977, and it has grown to employ more than 1,000 people and operate across nearly 200,000 square miles of land in Texas and New Mexico. Today, I have the privilege of working with many family members – my dad, my three brothers, one sister and six members of the “next generation.”
Pride in our family businesses is the foundation of our beer distributorships. But it’s also important to realize that the industry has changed significantly and is continuing to change.
It’s not your father’s or grandfather’s industry anymore. The beer industry is different than it was yesterday and it’s up to us to prepare for tomorrow.
No matter the challenge or opportunity, NBWA will continue to work hard to preserve, protect and grow the independent, three-tier distribution system and state-based regulation that works so well for all market participants. To that end, I have three primary goals as chairman:
- Redouble our efforts at the local, state and federal levels to build NBWA’s grassroots relationships.
- Continue to actively support policies and proposals that ensure the independence of the three tiers and serve as a resource to help state associations achieve their goals.
- Enhance distributor relationships with other groups, especially our brewer and retailer partners in the three- tier system.
While we adapt to an evolving industry, we also should celebrate things that have not changed for beer distributors: the hard work that started our family businesses and has helped them grow; the incredible employees who work with us; and our involvement in our communities.
It is my privilege to serve NBWA as its chairman and continue the mission of advocating for the common good of our industry and maintaining a strong and focused national trade association for beer distributors.
Chair, NBWA Board of Directors