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Know your speakers of USATT 2024


Join Rachel Driver Speckan, Maverick Beverage Company's Portfolio Manager, at USATT 2024, offering insights into importing, pricing, and industry relationships.

As we gear up for the USA Trade Tasting (USATT) 2024, we are running an interview series on "Know Your Speakers". To ensure we present you in the best light and provide our attendees with a comprehensive overview of what to expect from our speakers and the topics they present at the conference. 

In the upcoming 8th edition of the USA Trade Tasting (USATT) set to dazzle the dynamic city of Chicago, we are thrilled to spotlight one of our esteemed speaker, Rachel Driver Speckan.

As the Portfolio Manager at Maverick Beverage Company of Illinois, Rachel brings a wealth of experience and passion for the beverage industry. Maverick Beverage Company, renowned for its hospitality-driven approach and an inclusive portfolio of wines, spirits, sake, and more, has significantly impacted the Chicagoland area and beyond since its inception in 2002.

Rachel's credentials are as impressive as her dedication to the craft. An Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers (CMS) and a candidate for the Master Sommelier Exam, her commitment to perpetual learning is evident. Further bolstered by a WSET Level III certification, Rachel embodies the spirit of a lifelong student of wine, eager to expand her knowledge and share her discoveries with others.

Image: Rachel Driver Speckan

Her academic background, with a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas, enriches her approach to the wine and spirits industry. This unique perspective allows her to delve into the cultural significance of fermented beverages, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation among fellow enthusiasts.

Rachel's dedication extends beyond her professional role, as she actively engages in teaching, mentoring, and sharing her expertise. Whether it's leading WSET courses, Master Classes with Fine Vintage, or informal sessions at local wine shops, her enthusiasm for education and community engagement shines through.

Image: Rachel Driver Speckan, Maverick Beverage Company, Portfolio Manager

At USA Trade Tasting, Rachel will join the Importers and Distributors Panel, offering invaluable insights into importing, supplier strategy, pricing, and education, all underpinned by the connective tissue of relationships within the industry. 

Attendees can look forward to learning from her veteran experience across retail, restaurant, and distribution sectors, benefiting from her deep relationships both locally and nationally.


The USA Trade Tasting event is more than just a showcase; it's an important platform for fostering business opportunities, enhancing industry knowledge, and connecting professionals across the wine and spirits landscape. 

Rachel Driver Speckan's participation promises to be a highlight, offering attendees a unique opportunity to gain insights from one of the industry's most knowledgeable and passionate figures.

USA Trade Tasting is organised by Beverage Trade Network and will be getting organised on May 22-23 2024 in Chicago. We invite you all to get your free visitor tickets before february 29, 2024. Prices will then go up and the free ticket offer will end.

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