Visionaries are defined as having extraordinary foresight and imagination. Those who can see what isn't there. They can imagine the unimaginable and they have the grit to make it happen. Business Visionaries are the change-agents embracing new opportunities to drive outsized results. From the C-Suite to the up-and-coming disruptors, they are blazing new paths, discovering inventive solutions and powering the future. Join us each week as we speak with these Visionaries: the entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders driving transformative change across business and society.
Distilling the Future of Rum – Featuring Destilería Serrallés SVP of Manufacturing, Silvia Santiago
This week we sit down with Silvia Santiago, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Maestra Ronera, Master Blender at Destilería Serrallés. Besides being responsible for the entire manufacturing process, starting with purchasing sugarcane molasses up to bottling the finished product, blending, and tasting distillates and aged products is part of Silvia’s daily work. Destilería Serrallés is a rum producer located in Ponce, Puerto Rico, and is best known for its Don Q rum brand. Serrallés is Puerto Rico's oldest family-owned company. We speak with Silvia about her career and how she became the first female Master Blender in Puerto Rico – anchored by a lifelong curiosity and love of learning; how to preserve time honored tradition while ‘shaking the tree,’ to drive change and the human side of innovation; finally, we discuss sustainability: Don Q is one of the most environmentally sustainable distilleries in the region – if not the world; Silvia shares with us why sustainability matters to the manufacturing process, the company and the people at Serrallés.
Healthy Aging-In-Place – AARP Foundation and Blooming Health
Can startups help to end senior poverty and enable dignified aging in place? Paolo Narciso, VP of Product and Program Development and Optimization at AARP Foundation and Nima Roohi Co-Founder and CEO of Blooming Health share their collaboration reduced friction, overcame barriers and drove impressive results such as a 500% increase in enrollment, 82,000 engagements and staff time reduction from 57 days to 30 days. All as part of the AARP Foundation Innovation Program.
Your Next Drink - IWSR Chief Strategy Officer Brandy Rand
IWSR Drinks Market Analysis is the leading source of global beverage alcohol data and trends across 157 countries. Chief Strategy Officer, Brandy Rand, shares what’s next in the drinks space from substituters to blenders, shared occasions to consumer evolutions, from new behaviors to sub-channels and walks us through the Metaverse, Low/No Alcohol, Cannabis and Sustainability. She is a featured speaker at industry events from BevNet and Tales of the Cocktail and provides regular commentary on the beverage alcohol industry for the WSJ, Bloomberg and CNN.
NY MilkLaunch – Fueling Demand for Dairy with Gen Z Consumers
Join us this week as we sit down to discuss the upcoming NY MilkLaunch Food & Beverage Product Innovation Accelerator Final Pitch Event, scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 25 from 5 to 7 p.m. ET. Fred Schonenberg, our Founder, CEO & Host has the tables turned on him, as he is interviewed by Vanessa Rosado, our Head of Brand Strategy about this year’s innovation program. NY MilkLaunch is accelerating 6 dairy-based startups and is part of New York State Dairy Promotion Orders’ initiatives to transform the dairy aisle with products that are designed to appeal to the next generation of milk consumers. Visit: NYMilkLaunch.com to learn more.
Disrupting Drinks – Featuring AMASS CRO Gene Song + DGS Founders & Owners Jen and Manuel Aczualdez
Recorded at our most recent Event, What’s Next Now: Beer, Wine & Spirits, we sit down with Gene Song, Chief Revenue Officer, Amass; and Jen & Manuel Aczualdez, Founders & Owners, Drink Good Spirits to get their take on what consumers are looking for, how entrepreneurs can breakthrough the clutter and why differentiation + fundamentals will be key to their continued success.
Ventures to Watch in Beer, Wine & Spirits – Featuring VentureFuel’s Own Fred Schonenberg & Vanessa Rosado
Recorded at our most recent event: What’s Next Now: Beer, Wine & Spirits, Fred and Vanessa walk us through how the team at VentureFuel evaluates startups; and they share a short list of ventures they’re watching in the alcoholic beverages space.
An Engaging Listen!
Interesting guests and Fred is an engaging host who keeps the conversation flowing.
So much wisdom
First off - Fred is amazing and curious so he trails into great places with guests. People from all unique backgrounds that make this a must subscribe for marketers.
Quality guests with practical and intelligent discussion!
Great roster of companies being represented in a down-to-earth, easy-to-follow conversation. I always look forward to the conversation and feedback.