The Beverage Group is an integrated media company, dedicated to providing business solutions to the global beverage industry. Events include the annual World Tea Expo (www.WorldTeaExpo.com) and Healthy Beverage Expo (www.HealthyBeverageExpo.com) as well as World Tea East (www.WorldTeaEast.com) co-located with the Atlanta Foodservice Expo in Atlanta, GA. World Tea Media also produces the North American Tea Championship (www.TeaChampionship.com), a professionally judged tea competition, World Tea News (www.WorldTeaNews.com), the premier news portal for the tea industry, and World Tea Academy (www.worldteaacademy.com) professional training and online certification provider.
The Beverage Group is a division of F+W Media, Inc.
About F+W Media, Inc.
F+W Media is a community-focused, content creator and marketer of products and services for enthusiasts. The Company offers a diversified portfolio of books, ebooks, magazines, events, competitions, ecommerce, education, video and more. The Company serves 20 different communities, including writing, fine art, genealogy, antiques and collectibles, design, outdoors, and horticulture. Its growing portfolio includes print and online properties, free and for-fee subscription sites, educational programs, competitions, and events. www.fwmedia.com
George Jage – Director
After 10 years in the trade show industry, George was presented with the idea of a trade show for the tea industry and after some extensive research saw that an emerging community of specialty tea wholesalers lacked a sense of community and identity, and had no true marketplace for their industry.
In 2003, George founded and launched the first North American tea trade show. Since then, World Tea Expo® has been thrice recognized as one of the Fastest 50™ growing events in North America, launched the leading industry news source, the World Tea News®, and created the North American Tea Championship™. World Tea Expo has also in the past held the first ever tea auction on U.S. soil, created and hosted the Top Tea Cocktail Competition™, developed the World Tea Ratings™, publishes the World Tea Buyers’ Guide™, and most recently launched the Tea Infusionist Challenge™.
In 2004, George was named as one of Tradeshow Executive’s “Next Generation of Leaders”. In 2006, George was named by Gourmet News as one of the “Top 20 Under 40” in the specialty food business. In 2008 was given the Nevada Entrepreneur Award by In Business Magazine. And most recently in 2010, George was honored by the University of Nevada Las Vegas with the Jerry Valen Award of Distinction for “Hospitality and Convention Executive of the Year”.
George has served on the Specialty Tea Institute Advisory Board and was chair for the 2005 STI Symposium. He was a member of Young Entrepreneurs’ Organization from 2003 to 2006. Since 2004, George has been a member of SISO (Society of Independent Show Organizers), currently serves as a Board Member, and chaired the 2010 SISO Executive Conference.
| Val Moon – Sales & Marketing Director
A distinguished hospitality industry expert, Moon brings years of experience with leading brands, where she was instrumental in key executive roles. During the course of her career, she's helped to develop and manage sales and marketing departments, created innovative programs, established convention service divisions and trained team members to exceptional service levels. She was most recently the director of sales at Primm Valley Casino Resorts, and previously the director of sales and convention services for the Excalibur and Luxor Resort Hotels and Casinos.
Moon previously held management positions at organizations including the Las Vegas Monorail Company, Alliance Airport Advertising, the Stardust Resort and Casino and the Tropicana Resort and Casino, among others. She was also one of the first women at a major Las Vegas property to hold an executive management position in sales. Career highlights include: past chair of the Nevada Commission on Tourism, founder of the Las Vegas Sales Advisory Council, a past president with the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association, and past president of the Women's Convention Sales Association. Moon is also a board member with the Foundation for Independent Tomorrow, which focuses on the challenge and success of creating meaningful employment for the underemployed and financially challenged.
|Edie Gillette –Customer Service Representative/ Registrar
As Customer Service Representative/Registrar, Edie is responsible for the attendee management and registration process for The Beverage Group events. Her responsibilities include customer service and support in communicating all necessary requirements to potential and registered attendees, and facilitation of the VISA application process for international delegates. She also is responsible for on-site registration management.
Prior to joining the team in 2009, Edie held management positions in various business industries. Originally from northern California, she received her B.A. in Human Services from Holy Names University. For Edie, tea is a necessi-tea… she begins each day with a cup!
Kaye Polivka – Operations Manager
It is Kaye's responsibility to plan, organize, direct, and control all operational and logistic requirements for trade shows, special events, micro-events, and competitions for The Beverage Group. Polivka joined the team in 2010 as Conference Manager, and moved to Operations Manager in 2012. Kaye's background in accounting is beneficial in controlling costs for all our projects.
Kaye has been adjunct faculty at University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 2005, teaching Meetings, Events, Trade Show Operations and other classes related to the hospitality industry. Kaye has two Bachelor's degrees and a Master's degree, has traveled to more than 50 countries, is an amateur photographer, Master Gardener, avid golfer, life-long learner, and is always up for a new challenge.
The weather in Las Vegas is great for growing fruits and vegetables that Kaye incorporates into many of the items she bakes AND most importantly it allows her to play golf year round.
|Monique Hatchett - Education Manager
A San Diego native, Monique moved to Nevada to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Meetings and Events Management at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Little did she know that when searching for an internship, she’d find the team and an “internship that never ended.” Monique spent two years interning with the conference program at World Tea Expo and eventually took over the role of Education Manager after completing her degree. Having worked for both large, luxury hotel properties and a smaller, independent planning company, Monique brings this experience into her new role, in which she’s responsible for all planning, content and logistics related to TBG's education programs.
|Becca Wren - Marketing Coordinator
Before joining the team, Becca was the Event Marketing Specialist for Interweave Press in Loveland, Colorado. Additionally, Becca served as the Sustainability Services Specialists for Colorado State University.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Becca received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in English Literature from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. As a complete book nerd, there is nothing Becca enjoys more than curling up with a new book and hot cup of black tea!