Category Archives: Director’s Chair

Taking the Time for Conversation

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Is face to face conversation dead? Not according to over 100 of our OhioBev members. On March 13, our industry held its annual Legislative Day at the statehouse. We arranged individual meetings for our members with 97 percent of the Ohio General Assembly. This effort always pays dividends–conversation still beats impersonal emails, tweets and Instagram Continue Reading

Dear Elected Officials: Make Actions Match Words

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Ohio is home to nearly 10,000 jobs for my members in the non-alcoholic beverage industry. Their collective power infuses Ohio with $6.4 billion in direct economic benefits. And in a state with leaders at all levels of government asking employers what they need to thrive in Ohio, the answer for our industry is surprisingly simple: Continue Reading

Anniversary Gifts You Can’t Return

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This time last year I wrote about the anniversary of Philadelphia’s regressive soda tax. And while I don’t love recycling blog topics, I can’t let the second anniversary of this unvoted tax go unnoticed. So how does city government top a 1,192-job loss and $80 million free fall in GDP? More lost sales and shuttered Continue Reading

Service and the Dignity of Work

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Two things had me digging through my father’s military scrapbook. First, we recently profiled a few military veterans working in our member companies. Secondly, I have struggled with the 20th anniversary of my father’s death. The confluence of the two got me thinking about service and the dignity of work. My father was a paratrooper Continue Reading

Show Me, Don’t Just Tell Me

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Remember “show and tell” time in elementary school? My best share was kindergarten when I brought our border collie Bootsy (quick aside: no clue how he got that name and pretty sure my parents were not fans of Parliament-Funkadelic). My friends heard about how smart my dog was, but they couldn’t fully appreciate this until Continue Reading

Legislative Leadership Tackles CDL Driver Shortages

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Our industry relies on heavy-duty vehicle operators.  These drivers hold commercial drivers’ licenses (CDL), and they are part of a shrinking pool of talent.  In Ohio, our legislative leaders are paying attention to critical driver shortages and advancing key legislation to help industries like ours. Fleet management is a critical cost center for all our Continue Reading

Warm Reception in Washington

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Last week, Ohio Bev joined colleagues from around the nation at our annual American Beverage Association Fly-In. We met with eleven Ohio Congressional offices over two days. Anyone who’s done a fly-in knows the DC pace is swift with harried legislative directors and triple-booked members rushing from one meeting to the next, wedging in floor Continue Reading

Bringing Our “A” Game

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From A to Z– make that Akron to Zanesville– members of the Ohio Beverage Association spent a productive day at the Ohio Statehouse for our annual Legislative Day. Whether they headed up from Franklin Furnace (Scioto County for those of you playing at home) or drove down from Toledo, these fierce competitors from companies representing Continue Reading

Let’s Try and Try Again

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What if we were all a bit more patient, or kind? I’m not picturing a worldwide hug, but recent events and conversations reminded me that looking for things to agree upon rather than squaring off in disagreement builds connection. Those connections lead to better—well, everything from policy to neighborhood harmony. And one of the kindest, Continue Reading

Happy Anniversary Philly Tax–You Lost 1,192 Jobs & Slashed GDP by $80 Million!

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Not all anniversaries commemorate happy events laden with purple prose and red roses. Some anniversaries force people to look at negative things and their very real consequences. The anniversary of Philadelphia’s beverage tax, dropped on its citizens in January 2017 by political fiat not popular vote, can’t be celebrated. It can however serve as a Continue Reading