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545th Meeting Featuring Dan Kenary
December 7, 2016
Hogan Center at Holy Cross, Worcester MA
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Reception and Networking, 5:30 pm; Dinner, 6:30 pm
Dan Kenary serves as CEO and Co-Founder of the Harpoon Brewery. He graduated from Harvard College in 1982 with a degree in American History and earned an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1985 while working at the First National Bank of Chicago in Chicago and Paris. Dan left the bank in 1986 to co-found the Harpoon Brewery. Dan has served on the Institute of Brewing Studies Board of Advisors, as a director and the treasurer of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay, a local environmental advocacy organization, president of the Boston Marine Park Business Association and founding president of the Massachusetts Brewer’s Guild. Dan currently serves as Chairman of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Commonwealth’s largest employer advocacy organization. In August 2014 Dan led Harpoon’s transition to employee ownership with the establishment of the Harpoon Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Harpoon’s 200 full time employees now own 48% of the company. Originally from Worcester, Dan lives in Wellesley, MA with his wife and four children.
About Harpoon Brewery:
The Harpoon Brewery was founded in 1986 by three beer lovers who wanted more and better beer options. When the Brewery was founded, Harpoon was issued Brewing Permit #001 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since it was the first to brew commercially in Boston after a dormant period of about 25 years. Harpoon’s line of craft beer features its award winning IPA and UFO beers, along with special seasonal selections. In 2000 Harpoon purchased a second brewery in Windsor, VT, making Harpoon the 19th largest craft brewer in the US. Harpoon has since introduced the limited batch 100 Barrel Series and the as well as the all-natural Harpoon Craft Cider made from freshly pressed apples.
In 2012 Harpoon was the recipient of the Green Business Award from the City of Boston. Harpoon has been recognized by the Boston Globe as one of Massachusetts’ Best Places to Work. In 2016 Harpoon was named one of the Top Charitable Contributors in Massachusetts by the Boston Business Journal. In August 2014 Harpoon became an employee-owned company.