Category : CEO

Eli Gershkovitch: A Canadian Craft Beer Success Story

Canada has a wide array of quality craft beers. And craft beer brewing continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This type of beer appeals to a more diverse range of customers than traditional mass-market beers. Craft beers produced in Ontario, Canada win many medals for quality every year. One Canadian craft beer brewer that has seen his product gain a growing customer base in Canada and internationally is Eli Gershkovitch, CEO and brewmaster of Steamworks Brewery. One of Canada’s most popular craft beer breweries, Steamworks produces a number of top-selling craft beers.

 

Eli Gershkovitch has been involved in brewing Canadian craft beer for over 20 years. He has developed a reputation as an innovator helping to revolutionize Canadian beer. Gershkovitch is seen as an unconventional businessman. He continues to have the calm, casual, humble demeanor of a working-class man, even as he has built a very lucrative craft beer empire.

However, the former attorney is a shrewd businessman whose casual appearance masks a sharp, analytical mind. A master of the craft beer business, Eli Gershkovitch has gradually grown his craft beer empire to meet the demands of his diverse customer base (Crunchbase). Innovation and improvement is the focus of Gershkovitch’s business model. He believes companies that are stagnant are quickly surpassed by their competition.

 

Eli Gershkovitch became interested in brewing craft beer after touring several breweries in Europe in the 1980s. Since then, he’s been on a mission to create the world’s best craft beer. And if the growing demand is any indication, he may have already succeeded in doing just that. Eli Gershkovitch started with a micro-brewery in Gastown, Vancouver in 1995, built to meet the demand in his small beer pub. Today he supplies craft beer for customers throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

 

By combining high quality, low price and growing quantity, the craft beer produced by Eli Gershkovitch and his Steamworks Brewery has stood the test of time and become a rousing success. Today his original pub is a hotspot for locals and tourists alike and Gershkovitch also owns several restaurants and bars in Vancouver.

More at https://www.wingsjournal.com/hes-pilot-lawyer-ceo-steamworks-brewery-eli-gershkovitch


Glen Wakeman:Successfully Building And Developing Businesses For 25 Years

Glen Wakeman is the co-founder and CEO of LaunchPad Holdings, LLC. The company develops innovative software that provides early-stage entrepreneurs with online business planning services. Over the past two decades, Wakeman has also become internationally known and well respected as a very successful business executive, investor, entrepreneur, writer, and mentor. He regularly shares his valuable insight on business strategy, management and administration, emerging markets and international fiscal matters through widely read blog posts.

 

A 1981, University of Scranton graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics, Glen Wakeman also attended the University of Chicago where he earned an MBA in Finance (https://www.slideshare.net/GlenWakeman). He began his professional career at GE Capital. During his time there, the board of directors recognized him for his exemplary Growth Leadership and held him up as a role model. Wakeman then moved on to Doral Financial Corporation. There he worked his way through the ranks to become CEO and president of the company and board chairman of Doral Bank. Wakeman also founded and ran Nova Four.

During a business career that is approaching 25 years in length, Glen Wakeman is credited with having revolutionized a number of businesses. He has also helped to guide, teach and develop over 17,000 employees and generate more than $15 billion in assets. Wakeman has experience working with start-ups, new market entry, mergers & acquisitions, divestitures and exponential growth. He is known for his expertise and experience in applying proven methodology and using his vast knowledge of leadership, execution, governance, risk management and human capital to help develop staff and companies and make them successful (Inspirery).

 

Drawing on his education and experience, Glen Wakeman has successfully mentored many C-level executives. Currently, he helps Dreamfunded and Sitter Bees by providing counsel to them. Glen Wakeman is passionate about executive development, growth, and innovation. He has lived in at least six different countries and has been responsible for running operations in 30 different regions of the world. Throughout his executive career, Glen Wakeman has received international recognition for the quality of his work. He drew on that experience to co-found LaunchPad Holdings in 2015.