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05.2012

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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THE BEER INSTITUTE
CHRIS THORNE has been hired as Vice President of Communications for the trade association.  A Capitol Hill veteran and a former reporter, Thorne will lead the Beer Institute’s communications strategy directed at policymakers, the alcohol beverage industry, the media and other stakeholders.  Thorne served more than seven years in the communications office of Senetor Kent Conrad (D-ND), including four years as Communications Director before taking over as chief media and political strategist for Conrad.  Prior to that, he was a reporter for the Associated Press, where he covered banking, manufacturing, farming, energy, and politics.  Most recently, Thorne was Director of Public Affairs for Growth Energy, a trade association representing US ethanol producers, where he oversaw national advertising, media relations and marketing, including American Ethanol’s partnership with NASCAR.  Thorne can be reached at cthorne@beerinstitute.org or 2O2.737.BEER.

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