Hear From Our Employees

The people behind Connecticut's Beer Industry

patrick

Name: Patrick Bailey

Company: F&F Distributors

Job Title: Import Craft Manager

Resident of: Groton, CT

How many years with this company...in the industry?
I have had the pleasure of working at F&F Distributors in New London for 10 years, and in the beer industry for 12 years. My wife, Kathy Bailey, and I live in Groton with our two children Cailin 5 and Brynn 17 Months old.

What do you like best about what you do...the people you work and more?
What I like best about my job is talking with people about the selection of beer we have and telling the story and history behind all the wonderful brands we distribute.  I feel a sense of partnership between F&F Distributors and a brewery when I convey their story and help their product reach the consumer. As wholesalers we are partners with breweries - our main function is to ensure the safe and secure delivery of alcoholic beverages to our retailer partners.

What I like best about working at F&F Distributors is the team of people I work with. Eric Filardi, President of F&F Distributors, provides an immeasurable guidance throughout my years at the company and has helped me grow as a professional.  He allows me to express my passion for beer through my work.
 
As for the people I work with from salesmen, drivers, and office staff, I can’t express how much it’s like a family.   We work together and this makes it a great work environment. I have forged many lifetime friendships at F&F.

If you could put a bumper sticker on your car to encourage support of Connecticut's beer industry, what would that sticker say?
You can’t spell Craft Beer without CT. Brew and Buy Local!

 

 

bill-hannon

There's something new every day. Dealing with many types of people on a daily basis is enjoyable. I love the passion and competitiveness of this industry.

Name: Bill Hannon

Company: Rogo Distributors

Job Title: Field Sales Manager

Bill’s family are residents of Connecticut: his wife graduated from Eastern CT State University and has been a first and fourth grade teacher for 20 years; his daughter, Michelle, is a graduate of Central CT State University and is a 9th grade teacher; and Bill’s youngest daughter, Christina, is a senior at the University of Connecticut and majoring in education.

How many years with this company...in the industry?
12 years with the company and 28 years in the industry.

What do you like best about what you do...the people you work and more?
There’s something new every day. Dealing with many types of people on a daily basis is enjoyable. I love the passion and competitiveness of this industry.

If you could put a bumper sticker on your car to encourage support of Connecticut's Beer Industry, what would that sticker say?
“CT Beer. Got Some?”

 CBWA November People

Meet Peter and Rocky Gallo

Brothers, Peter Gallo, Vice President of Star Distributors, Inc. (2008) and Rocky Gallo, Vice President of A. Gallo & Company (2013) took a moment during the busy days leading up to Thanksgiving to share their story as the third generation of Gallos serving the Connecticut Beer industry.

"Our father (Anthony J. Gallo, President of Star Distributors, Inc.) told us that the day we graduated high school was the day we could start working," shares Peter. "From that first day, through summers, school vacations, winter breaks and any free day we had, my brother and I worked every job in the plant. We had to become a jack-of-all-trades, earning respect, but more importantly... learning to respect the roles of each an every employee."

"We absolutely did," echoes Rocky. "My first paid day on the job I was 18-years old. It was 5:30 in the morning and my dad tossed me a hand truck with instructions to 'get to work.' That day, I delivered 600 cases of beer. As a result of those early years, I will never ask an employee to do anything I would not do myself."

Peter, Rocky and their dad, the iconic Tony Gallo, will be part of the many generations of beer wholesalers telling their story at the Repeal Day event taking place on December 5th in Hartford.

Michael Gallo, Sr. came to America from Italy when he was just nine years old. After graduating Bentley University he worked as a bookkeeper for a hat factory and moonlighted at the Rudy F. Baker Distributing Company in Danbury, CT. Michael eventually took over Baker's and, in 1937, A. Gallo Distributing Company formed. In 1981 Anthony Gallo purchased A. Gallo and with hard work and determination A. Gallo Distributing and Star Distributors merged in 1986.

"At the 50th anniversary of our founding...1986, David bought Goliath," shares Peter, referencing the A. Gallo's purchasing of Star Distributors. "As a result of this merger, our family-owned enterprise now serves 3 counties (Fairfield, New Haven and Litchfield) and provides good jobs for 275 residents."

"Our dad always tells us 'if you're not growing...you're probably dying," supports Rocky. "As a result of this well-instilled philosophy Peter and I have a passion for what we do and for our companies. Our family is going to be here...because we believe it's important to protect the jobs, the benefits and the many other families that count on us."

Join us in room 1D on December 5 at 11:00am to hear more of the Gallo story from all three generation as we mark the 80th anniversary of repeal day and celebrate the many contributions of the Connecticut Beer Industry.