Sean Knoll

Most recently, Sean was a managing partner (President) of Artisanal Imports. His career began in 1993 as a street sales representative and has included time with Miller Brewing Company and as National Sales Manager for Manneken-Brussels Imports (2001-2006). Founding Paragon Beverage Marketing in 1996, Sean’s extensive experience includes all segments of the beverage industry: beer, wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic. He understands the nuanced nature of the industry and has a valuable perspective on all its facets, from product concept and development to direct consumer sale.


Lanny Hoff

Lanny’s career began in 1994 as National Sales Manager for All Saint’s Brands, a specialty importer, and distributor. Most recently he was Co-Founder and Senior Vice-President of Artisanal Imports (2001-2019) where he worked in communications, producer relations, sales and marketing, project development, forecasting, and planning.

He has worked with producers from the smallest of craft to the largest regional brewery. He understands the challenges of the US market and is ready to help you make the most of it!


Wesley Phillips

Wes joined Chicago’s Windy City Distribution Company in 2005, becoming one of the first sales staff for what was then a very small independent craft-only distributor. He was among the first to achieve Certified Cicerone™ status in early 2009. Wes played a strong role in Chicago craft beer, helping to forge a new landscape with a passion for positive disruption. Following the purchase by Reyes Holdings in 2012, Wes became Director of Business Development.  Windy City tripled their sales before Wes left the company in May 2019. Wes’s time at Windy City afforded him the priceless opportunity to manage a diverse group of breweries, develop a widely-respected sales staff, and play an integral role in the overall evolution of craft beer in Chicago. His thirst for positive disruption leads him Off-Trail!