Midwest Expo Held Sunday October 2nd

at Jimmy’s Conference Center in Vadnais Hts.

The 2011 Midwest Expo was a huge success with record attendance and a huge number of exhibitors listed below.The day’s events started with an alcohol server training course called S.A.L.E.S. conducted by MLBA Associate Director Tony Chesak.The trade show began at 2pm with attendees sampling products from wine, beer and spirits manufacturers and wholesalers. Several point-of-sale vendors were at the show along with vendors representing ice, insurance, food manufactures, soft drinks, credit cards, ATMs and the list goes on.

After the trade show wrapped up, a fine dinner was served to the attendees. The dinner was sponsored by our friends at Illinois Casualty Company. Wine was provided for each table by Vinocopia. Once again all the ice for the event was provided by Ace Ice Company. Please use the contact information below to thank these fine folks and all the vendors!

The annual Hospy™ Hall of Fame Awards Celebration was held and several hospitality employee awards were handed out along with “Friends of the Retailer”, “On- and Off-sale members of the Year”, “Legislators of the Year” and 3 people were inducted into the Hospy™ Hall of Fame. Please scroll down to see all the winners.

The busy day wrapped up with a live auction for the MLBA Children’s Fund charity with great items donated by Anheuser-Busch, Miller-Coors and others. Keep an eye on the Children’s Fund article in the Nov/Dec PROOF magazine for a complete list of auction (both silent and live) contributors.

We look forward to making the 2012 Expo even bigger and better. Stay tuned to mlba.com and our publications for more information.

A special thanks to all our vendors (listed below):

2 Gingers
2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
Carrie Nicklow
612-354-7792
www.2gingerswhiskey.com
4U2ROCK
4U2ROCK
Stuart Gray
952-226-3878
www.4remarkable.com
Anheuser-Busch
Anheuser-Busch
David Anglum
612-597-1967
www.anheuser-busch.com
ATM Network
ATM Network
Mick Sletton
952-404-1022
www.atmnetwork.com
Bacardi
Bacardi USA
Jeff Lange
763-428-1048
www.bacardi.com
Beam
Beam, Inc.
Rachel Frandrup
952-830-1131
www.beamglobal.com
Bernicks
Bernicks Beverages – Twin Cities
Mike Brattensborg
651-334-8284
www.bernicks.com

Blast XS
Blast XS Energy Drink
Bill Niemer
651-238-7017
www.xsblast.com

Brown-Forman
Brown-Forman
Jerry Ronke
651-491-3411
www.brown-forman.com

Cold Spring Brewing
Cold Spring Brewing
Mick Detviler
320-685-8686
www.coldspringbrewery.com

Diageo
Diageo
Bryan Therreault
954-644-9404
www.diageo.com

Drink & Drive Intelligently
Drink & Drive Intelligently
Brian Peters
651-338-1425
www.youdrinkwedrive.org

DPM
Dynamic Products Midwest
Tom Skelley
612-861-5277
www.dpmpos.com

Fire House Pizza
Fire House Pizza
Robert Hanna
612-221-7491

First Data
First Data
Chris Quinby
612-554-6532
www.firstdata.com

Foodservice News
Foodservice News
Mike Mitchelson
612-767-3200
www.foodservicenews.net
Foremost
Foremost Business Systems
Jason Johnson
952-920-8449
www.foremostpos.com
Gallo
E & J Gallo Winery
Casey Iaccino
651-659-2829
www.gallo.com
GCB
Gambling Control Board
Tom Barrett
651-639-4000
www.gcb.state.mn.us
Heun
Heun Enterprises
Amanda Thaemert
952-240-3528
amandathaemert@me.com
Hospitality MN
Hospitality Minnesota
Trish Stevens
651-778-2400
www.hospitalitymn.com
HSC
HSC Brokers
Jerry Vlaminck
763-972-9077
www.hscbrokers.com
ICC
Illinois Casualty Company
Howard Beck
309-793-1700
www.ilcasco.com
KLB
KLB Insurance
Kim Brown
651-730-9803
www.klbins.com
Lieberman
Lieberman Companies
Dan Lieberman
952-887-5303
www.liebermancompanies.com
MillerCoors
MillerCoors
Jerry Lang
952-492-2464
www.millercoors.com
Pabst
Pabst Brewing
Jeff VanSchoick
612-281-1859
www.pabst.com
RITE
R.I.T.E.
Gary Noble
888-267-RITE
www.rite.us
Schells
Schells
Mike Lewis
507-354-5528
www.schellsbrewery.com
Shamrock Group
Shamrock Group
Steve Kelly
612-824-9600
www.shamrockgroup.net
SWS MN
Southern Wine & Spirits
Dan Daul
612-217-5197
www.southernwine.com
TRS
Total Register Systems
David Putz
763-537-1906 ext 18
www.trs-pos.com
Pabst
Vinocopia
Marion Dauner
612-455-4005
www.vinocopia.com
Pabst
Watson Company
Kevin Mattson
763-689-3722
www.watsonmn.com
SWS MN
Wirtz Beverage MN
Paul Lorenzen
651-646-7821
wirtzbeveragegroup.com
SWS MN
WJ Deutsch & Sons
Blair Brewer
763-404-8620
www.wjdeutsch.com

2011 Hospy Hall of Fame Award Winners

MLBA President Bob Marget presents several awards at the annual Hospy Hall of Fame Awards Celebration.


Hall of Fame Inductee
Howie Zimmer
Howie’s Sports Bar, St. Cloud

Hall of Fame Inductee
Paul Morrissey
Capitol Beverage Sales, Fridley

Hall of Fame Inductee
Colin Minehart (center)
Main Street Grill, Alden

Legislator of the Year Sen. Mike ParryDistrict 26 – Waseca

Not Pictured

Off-Saler of the Year
Grant Rademacher
G-Will Liquors, Andover

Legislator of the Year
Rep. John Kriesel
District 57A, Cottage Grove


On-Saler of the Year Rick McArthurPlayer’s Sports Bar, Duluth

Friend of the Retailer
Wayne Reinert (center)
Shamrock Group

Friend of the Retailer
Tom Hansen
Comedy Gallery Talent, Inc.

Friend of the Retailer Jerry KernArctic Glacier Ice

Hospy™ Award
Alison Burton (nominated by her employer Paul Hagedorn)
Blue Moon Saloon, Milaca

Hospy™ Award Scott Jereska (left, nominated by his employer Brian Johnson, center)
Bridge Marina Bar & Grill, Detroit Lks

Hospy™ Award Jerry Wellner
(left, nominated by his employer Clayton Kretsch)
Clay’s Drive-In Liquor, Springfield

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