2012 Midwest Expo – Sun. Oct. 14th

The 2012 Midwest Expo was held Sunday, October 14, 2012, at Jimmy’s Conference Center and was a huge success with record attendance and exhibitors (listed below).

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The day’s events started with an Alcohol Server course and a seminar by Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement. 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, pulltab manufactures, soft drinks, credit cards, designated drivers and the list goes on. An informative seminar by Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement and a wine seminar by Vinocopia were well received by the many attendees.

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. The busy day wrapped up with a live auction for the MLBA Children’s Fund charity with great items donated by the vendors.

Photos from October 14th

2012 Expo Exhibitors

2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
Liz Hancock, Liam Scott
612-354-7792
www.2gingerswhiskey.com
3 Diamond Corp.
Jon Latcham
651-766-0398
www.3diamond.com
Advanced First Aid
Pat Olson
612-865-2548

www.advancedfirstaidinc.com
American Income Life
Jodi Oleson
866-797-6455
www.ailife.com
Anheuser-Busch
David Anglum
612-597-1967
www.anheuser-busch.com
Arctic Glacier Ice
Jerry Kern, Jon Stelley
651-455-0410
www.arcticglacierinc.com
ATM Network
Mick Sletton
952-404-1022
www.atmnetwork.com
August Schell Brewing
Mike Lewis
507-354-5528
www.schellsbrewery.com
Bacardi USA
Jeff Lange
763-428-1048
www.bacardi.com
Beam, Inc.
Stacy Clark
952-830-1131
www.beamglobal.com
Brown-Forman
Jerry Ronke
651-491-3411
www.brown-forman.com
Cold Spring Brewing
Mick Detviler
320-685-8686
www.coldspringbrewery.com
Cornell Insurance Services
David Cornell
651-556-0456
www.cornellinsuranceservices.com
Diageo
Chris Gotziamann
612-824-4670
www.diageo.com
DPM Dynamic Products Midwest
Tom Skelley
612-861-5277
www.dpmpos.com
Drink & Drive Intelligently
Brian Peters
651-338-1425
www.youdrinkwedrive.org
Express Games MN
Jon & Jennifer Weaver
888.973.9773
www.express-games.com
First Data
Chris Quinby
612-554-6532
www.firstdata.com
Foremost Business Systems
Jim Gaul
952-920-8449
www.foremostpos.com
Globaltech Energy, LLC
Christopher Whiting
651-329-5422
globaltechenergy.com
Horny Goat Brewing
Lindsey Bania
414-383-6906
www.hornygoatbrewing.com
HSC Brokers
Jerry Vlaminck
763-972-9077
www.hscbrokers.com
Illinois Casualty Company
Howard Beck
309-793-1700
www.ilcasco.com
Johnson Brothers
Dan Moore
651-649-5800
www.johnsonbrothers.com
KLB Insurance
Kim Brown
651-730-9803
www.klbins.com
Klinkhammer Financial
Joe & Zeb Klinkhammer
507-664-9088
www.klinkhammerfinancial.com
Mantorville Brewing
Tod Fyten
507-635-5404
tod.fyten@comcast.net
Mike’s Hard Lemonade
Noah Mason
952-898-5576
www.mikeshard.com
MillerCoors
Jerry Lang
952-492-2464
www.millercoors.com
MN State Lottery
Ed Van Patten
651-635-8211
www.mnlottery.com
Motorcycle Dial-a-Ride
Ron Lischeid
888-342-5743
www.motorcycledialaride.org
Pabst Brewing
Alex Merrick, Jeff VanSchoick
612-281-1859
www.pabst.com
Precision Pours
Rick Sandvik
763-694-9291
www.precisionpours.com
R.I.T.E.
Rick Feuling
888-267-RITE
www.rite.us
Shamrock Group
Steve Kelly
612-824-9600
www.shamrockgroup.net
Southern Wine & Spirits
Dan Daul
612-217-5197
www.southernwine.com
Summit Brewing
Jeff Spaeth
651-265-7800
www.summitbrewing.com
TKO Wines
Tom Olson
612-670-5736
tkobusiness@gmail.com
Tonka Beer Company
Ryan Johnson
612-836-7316
www.tonkabeer.com
Total Register Systems
David Putz
763-537-1906 ext 18
www.trs-pos.com
Vinocopia
Marion Dauner
612-455-4005
www.vinocopia.com
Werrell Agency
Mike Werrell
763-277-8780
mike@werrellagency.com



2012 Hospy Award Winners

Below are this year’s recipients of MLBA’s Hospy Awards held in conjunction with the Midwest Expo on Sunday October 14, 2012 presented by MLBA President, Bob Marget. Thanks to all that participated this year and congratulations to the winners!

Hall of Fame Inductee
Marion Dauner – Vinocopia

MLBA President Bob Marget inducts Marion Dauner into the Hospy Hall of Fame class of 2012. Dauner, a long-time MLBA Allied Member, was chosen for her lifetime of service on behalf of retailers in Minnesota from her days with Specialty Wines & Beverages and especially since she helped start Vinocopia.

Hall of Fame Inductee
Joe Klinkhammer (right)- Klinkhammer Financial

Klinkhammer has been involved with the MLBA for over 25 years and he has helped countless members with financial planning, insurance and retirement plans. You can’t miss seeing the former St. Thomas and NFL lineman at all MLBA events. Joe is pictured here with his son and business partner, Zeb.

Elected Official of the Year
Senator Julie Rosen – District 24, Fairmont

Senator Rosen was chosen as a recipient of the Elected Official of the Year Award for her tireless work to author the electronic pull-tab bill and see it through bi-partisan support to become law on May 14, 2012. The 3rd term senator from Fairmont has been a strong supporter of retailers and small business owners.
On-Sale Member of the Year
Judy Schoborg – VFW Club, Westbrook
Judy has been the manager at the Westbrook VFW Club in SW Minnesota for over 25 years. She is a huge supporter of MLBA and has attended several meetings with MLBA at the State Legislature. A leader in the local SW MN Beverage Association, she is well deserving of this honor.
Off-Sale Member of the Year
Gus Chafoulias – Andy’s Liquor, Rochester
Chafoulias, the 3rd generation owner of Andy’s Liquor in Rochester was chosen for all his hard work on behalf of liquor retailers, especially his work on preventing multiple liquor licenses in his town of Rochester. Accepting the award for Chafoulias at the October 14th event was Irv Keefe and Mike Sedor.
Elected Official of the Year
Senator Jim Metzen – District 39, South St.Paul
Senator Metzen has been in the Minnesota Legislature since 1974. He has always been an advocate for Minnesota’s licensed retailers and is a leader in his caucus on issues important to MLBA members. He has been a true friend in the legislature for many years and this award is well deserved.
Friend of the Retailer
Kim Brown (left) – KLB Insurance

Kim is a huge sopporter of MLBA. She sponsors and attends all MLBA events as well as advertising in PROOF Magazine. She also has brought dozens of new members to the MLBA and is an advocate for her clients. Kim is pictured here with her daughter (and KLB Insurance Agent) Jackie.
Friend of the Retailer
Mike Werrell – Werrell Agency
Mike along with his father Jack have been writing liquor liability insurance for MLBA members since the 60’s. Jack passed away this year and MLBA members will be in good hands with Mike at the helm of Werrell Agency. He is always supporting us at all MLBA events.

Not Pictured Hospy Awards


Tracee Davy
Powerhouse Bar,
Proctor
Mark Johannes
Westside Liquor Stores,
Waite Park


Hospy Employee Award
Michael Graw (center)
MGM Wine & Spirits – Woodbury
Hospy Employee Award
Tammy Lalim
Turtle’s Bar & Grill – Shakopee

Click here to see photos from the 2011 Midwest Expo.

Click here to see the 2011 Hospy™ Award Winners.

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