The Beer Industry of Florida (BIF) announced on Tuesday that Justin Hollis, a longtime aide to outgoing Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, will take over as its new president at the start of next month.

“It’s rare to find a professional opportunity so closely aligned with one’s personal passions. I’m thrilled to take the helm of an organization that’s goals are good business, excellent taste and pure enjoyment,” said Hollis. “I look forward to representing these Florida businesses around our great state and helping them advance their policy priorities.”

“We are looking forward to the energy, enthusiasm and expertise that Justin Hollis will bring to us in Tallahassee and around the state,” said BIF Chairman Doug Cone.

Hollis was Putnam’s campaign manager in 2014 when he ran for a second term and the  deputy director of legislative affairs in the Agriculture Department.

Former BIF President Dr. Eric Criss will stay active with the group as a consultant.

“All of the members of BIF wish Dr. Criss well as he embarks on his new endeavors, and we are grateful to him for his years of service,” Cone said.

“The Beer Industry of Florida, Inc. (BIF) is a trade association for Florida’s beer distributors headquartered in Tallahassee, Florida,” the group notes about itself. “Since 1945, BIF has provided advocacy before Florida government on behalf of its members. BIF encourages the responsible consumption of beer and provides information and services that will enhance members’ efficiency and effectiveness while abiding by all state laws and regulations.

 

Kevin Derby can be reached at Kevin.Derby@floridadaily.com.

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