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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) here said yesterday it has selected interim president Craig A. Purser to officially fill the group's top spot.
"Craig is well-respected throughout the beer industry and brings years of experience with alcohol policy and regulatory issues to the table," said NBWA board chair Phillip A. Short, president and c.e.o. of P.A. Short Distributing Co., in a statement. "The NBWA officers, board of directors, and staff are excited to have Craig taking the helm at the association, as we continue to work tirelessly to protect and defend the interest of beer wholesalers on Capitol Hill and in the public arena."
Purser is no stranger to NBWA; he joined the staff nearly 10 years ago, and was named v.p. in 1999. Most recently, Purser served as interim president following David Rehr's departure.
As v.p., Purser oversaw a variety of programs including membership development and services, education, technology, and issues related to strengthening the three-tier system of beer distribution, in addition to his role as a lobbyist on numerous alcohol issues. Purser has also managed the association's relationships with large and small suppliers and retailers.
During his tenure at NBWA, Purser has led a number of successful initiatives, including increasing membership dues revenue by nearly 80 percent despite a consolidating base of members. He has also been credited for his role in the strategic positioning of the association in the areas of government, public, and political affairs, and for leading the charge on NBWA action to strengthen the beer distribution system and state-based regulation.
"It is truly an honor to be selected to serve as NBWA president," said Purser. "This is a great industry with a great story to tell. I look forward to working closely with all our members, state associations, and industry partners to continue to promote the role of beer distributors and the beer industry for a long time to come."