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For immediate release                                                                                                              Contact:  Carol Shirley

March 4, 2014                                                                                                                                           217-528-4371

                                                                                                                                                   carol.shirley@abdi.org  

 

ABDI ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW PRESIDENT

Bob Myers Named to Lead Beer Distributors

 

Springfield, IL – The Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois (ABDI) announced that the Board of Directors has unanimously elected Robert L. Myers Jr. as President effective January 2, 2014.  Myers succeeds ABDI’s President Bill Olson who retired January 1, 2014, after twenty-nine (29) years of service to ABDI.

 

“After a thorough and deliberate selection process, the Board of Directors is delighted that Bob will serve as chief staff officer of ABDI,” said Gene McEnery, Chair of the Board of Directors. “Bob has a thorough understanding of the needs of our distributor members and his legislative contacts will be invaluable.  I have no doubt that he is the right person to lead ABDI as ABDI enters its 76th year.”

 

Myers has worked for ABDI for 20 years, most recently as Vice President of Government Relations, where he oversaw all aspects of ABDI’s legislative initiatives.

 

“I am honored that the Board of Directors chose me to follow in the footsteps of Bill Olson,” said Bob Myers. “I am also thrilled that I will have the ability to rely on Bill’s counsel over the coming year as he is an exceptional executive, leader, role model and friend.”

 

 

 

The Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois, a not for profit business trade association, represents, maintains, and improves the interests of its Members who distribute beer of all brewers.  Distributors are licensed by the State of Illinois to import and distribute beer to licensed retailers.  ABDI Members directly employ more than 3,300 people across the state.  They collect and pay $63 million each year in excise taxes to the state and pay more than $280 million in direct wages and health care benefits.  Additional information is available at www.abdi.org.

 

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