VIBE Conference Countdown is On!

Let the countdown begin: The VIBE Conference — being held in Las Vegas March 13-14 — is little more than a month away! As the days windVIBE down, it’s time to finalize your plans, including registering and confirming hotel stays.

To register, visit and sign up now. Operators of chain, independent or multi-concept restaurants or casinos, cruise lines or hotels can register for admittance for $595 until March 1; after March 1, registration fees increase to $795.

Additonally, Feb. 14 is the last day to receive the VIBE Conference hotel room rate of $130 per day at the Paris Hotel. Reservations at this rate can only be made through Par Avion at (877) 717-1657 or (310) 590-4738. To find more information on hotel reservations, visit

Visionary Award Winner Announced

As preparations for the conference swing into full gear and details are being finalized, VIBE would like to announce Ralph Brennan, presidentRalph Brennan and CEO of the New Orleans-based Ralph Brennan Restaurant Group, as the winner of the VIBE Visionary Award winner. The VIBE Visionary Award recognizes forward-thinking, across-the-board vision and a demonstrated commitment to the on-premise industry. The committee selected Brennan, who oversees restaurants such as Red Fish Grill, Ralph’s on the Park, café NOMA, Heritage Grille, café b and Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, for his work “as a person, as a business, as a philanthropist and industry innovator.” Brennan is the past chairman and president of the National Restaurant Association and has presided over both the Louisiana Restaurant Association and New Orleans Restaurant Association. Additionally, he served as chairman of the board of the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center and was appointed to the U.S. Travel Association Board of Directors for the 2011-13 term. Watch the next issue of VIBE for a closer look inside Brennan’s career success.

Brennan will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the VIBE Conference, where the VIBE Vista Award winners also will be named.

Mixologists to Craft Cocktails

There’s plenty to look forward to after the awards ceremony! In addition to the networking sessions and exciting workshops, some of the country’s top mixologists will craft attendees’ favorite cocktails with care. Mixologists behind the stick will be representing some of VIBE’s top sponsors, such as Tony Abou-Ganim from Pernod Ricard USA, Duggan McDonnell from Constellation Wines U.S. and Peter Serantoni from Diageo, all Pinnacle sponsor companies.

Additionally, mixologists from cameo sponsor companies include Brian Loukmas of Bacardi USA and The Coca-Cola Co., Jeff Underwood of Kerry Food & Beverage and The Patrón Spirits Co., Phil Adler representing Luxco Spirited Brands and Torani, Kim Haasarud for Proximo Spirits and Tree Top Inc., Charles Steadman for Remy Cointreau USA and Charlotte Voisey and Kathy Casey for William Grant & Sons Inc. and Monin Gourmet Flavorings. Tony Pereyra and Phil Wills also will be on hand to serve up their top concoctions.

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

VIBE would like to recognize its full list of gracious sponsors. Here’s a look at who you can connect with at the conference.

Pinnacle Sponsors:

  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Constellation Wines U.S.
  • Crown Imports LLC
  • Diageo
  • Pernod Ricard USA

Cameo Sponsors:

  • Bacardi USA
  • The Coca-Cola Co.
  • Kerry Food & Beverage
  • Luxco Spirited Brands
  • Monin Gourmet Flavorings
  • The Patrón Spirits Co.
  • Proximo Spirits Inc.
  • Red Bull North America
  • Rémy Cointreau USA
  • Torani
  • Tree Top Inc.
  • William Grant & Sons Inc.

Emerald Sponsors:

  • Beam Inc.
  • Boston Beer Co.
  • Campari America (Skyy Spirits)
  • Commer Beverage
  • E. & J. Gallo Winery
  • Finest Call
  • Fishbowl Marketing
  • Hamilton Beach Commercial
  • Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc.
  • Heineken USA
  • Island Oasis
  • Majestic Fine Wines
  • MarkeTeam Inc.
  • MillerCoors
  • National Restaurant Association
  • Natural Brands
  • NPD Group
  • Ocean Spray
  • Oregon Fruit Products Co.
  • Patrick Henry Creative Promotions
  • Sidney Frank Importing Co. Inc.
  • Ste. Michelle Wine Estates
  • Steelite International
  • TapDynamics
  • Technomic Inc.
  • Treasury Wine Estates
  • Trellis Wine Group
  • Trinchero Family Estates
  • Underdog Wine Merchants
  • Zonin USA

Ruby Sponsors:

  • Beverage Metrics
  • Charmer Sunbelt Group
  • Coppola Wineries/Rubicon Estates
  • Craft Brewers Alliance
  • Destileria Serralles Inc.
  • DFV Wines
  • Domaine de Canton
  • Duckhorn Wine Co.
  • Glazers
  • Fetzer Vineyards
  • Heck Estates
  • Hess Winery
  • Imperial Brands
  • Infinium Spirits
  • J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
  • Layer Cake Wines
  • Mendocino Wine Co.
  • Napa Technology
  • New Belgium Brewing Co.
  • North American Breweries
  • Pasternak Wine Imports
  • Philips Distilling Co.
  • Pisco Porton
  • Purple Wine Group
  • Republic National Distributing Co.
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
  • Shaw-Ross International Importers
  • T.G.I.C. Importers
  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Total Beverage Solution
  • White Rock Distilleries
  • WineQuest
  • Young’s Market

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