People: Eastside Distilling Inc (EAST.OQ)
Mr. David Holmes serves as Independent Director of the company. Mr. Holmes currently serves as the founder of Third Floor, LLC, a development-stage company assembling a platform of brands primarily focused on ‘evolved beverage’ and cannabis beverage. Prior thereto, he was a co-founder of Boathouse Beverage, the developer of the SpikedSeltzer brand, which was sold to ABInbev in 2016. While at Boathouse, Mr. Holmes built the SpikedSeltzer brand from concept to product to sale and, in the process, created a $400 million segment in the alcohol beverage market. He developed and directed all branding/marketing and related execution, along with sole responsibility for all investment, finance, logistics and field sales management. Following the SpikedSeltzer brand acquisition, Mr. Holmes became Vice President at ABInbev where his primary focus was on managing the operational transition to ABI, leading and guiding the brand identity transition into ABI and wholesaler outreach and relationship building. Prior to co-founding Boathouse Beverage, Mr. Holmes was a director and portfolio manager at Citi Capital Advisors from 2007 through 2012, where he ran the $600 million distressed debt opportunity fund. Mr. Holmes was also an analyst at Marathon Asset Management, an alternative asset management firm with $10 billion in assets under management investing in global credit and fixed income markets. Mr. Holmes has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Connecticut College.
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