Elkins Distributing employee recognized

Steve Smith highlighted by National Beer Wholesalers Association

Elkins Distributing Co.’s Steve Smith has been recognized in the National Beer Wholesalers Association Employee Spotlight Program. Smith has been with Elkins Distributing Co. for 23 years.

ELKINS — West Virginia beer distributor Elkins Distributing Co. Inc. recently announced that Steve Smith has been recognized in the National Beer Wholesalers Association Employee Spotlight Program. Now a team leader, Smith began working for the company 23 years ago as a truck loader.

America’s more than 3,000 independent beer distribution facilities employ 135,000 men and women in communities across the country. The NBWA Employee Spotlight Program highlights standout beer distribution employees and showcases their achievements.

“It is often noted that many beer distribution companies are family owned and operated, and many of these businesses operate as an extended ‘family,’ with employees who have worked in the business for 5, 10, 15 years or more,” said NBWA President and CEO Craig Purser. “NBWA’s Employee Spotlight Program recognizes these standout employees who are the face of the American beer industry in their communities.”

Elkins Distributing Co. Inc. Co-Owner and General Manager Crystal Warner Gibson said, “Steve has literally grown up in the beer business. He started working on a part-time basis when he was a senior in high school. Twenty-three years later, he has worked and excelled in the operations, delivery and sales departments.”

“He not only gets the job done, he continuously exceeds expectations,” Warner Gibson added. “He is now a team leader, and he is using his experience and expertise to help others. I am proud to have him as a part of our team.”

“My experience working in the beer industry has been amazing,” Smith said. “When I went to work for Elkins Distributing Co., we got beer from two domestic breweries and one importer, and we only had 13 brands. Now, we get beer from 12 domestic breweries, including four West Virginia breweries, and nine importers, and we now have over 187 brands.”

“The programs that Elkins Distributing and the breweries have implemented over the years have taught me about the history of the beer business, as well as how to be professional, friendly and take advantage of every opportunity,” Smith added. “That’s why I love working in the beer business.”

Over the years, Smith has been a salesman, driven a keg truck, worked in the warehouse, worked as a delivery helper and cleaned draft lines.

“I have had the opportunity to learn, see and experience things that I wouldn’t have in any other job,” Smith said. “Those experiences have helped me get through many of life’s challenges. I have been treated like family by my employers, co-workers and customers, and I have made many friends.”

“Making friends truly is our business, and I wouldn’t want to do anything else,” Smith added.

The National Beer Wholesalers Association represents the interests of America’s more than 3,000 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring alcohol is provided safely and responsibly to consumers of legal drinking age through the three-tier, state-based system of alcohol regulation and distribution. To learn more about America’s beer distributors, visit www.AmericasBeerDistributors.com. For additional updates from NBWA, follow @NBWABeer on Twitter, subscribe to NBWA’s channel on YouTube, like NBWA’s Facebook page and follow NBWA on Instagram.