Managing Your Risk/Liability: How to Maximize Your Insurance Coverage as a Craft Beverage Producer

Knowing your risk and understanding your liability as a producer is one of the keys to business success.  Join this panel, led by PayneWest Insurance, to discuss the key coverages you need now and moving into 2021.  Do you have the right insurance for your business?  Get real world takeaways from other producers on the dos and don’ts of risk and liability. Join us on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2 pm EST.

Space is limited, so make sure you secure your spot today! 

Meet Our Moderator

Jennie Weiland, Managing Director, Small Business – PayneWest Insurance

Jennie is an experienced business leader. Joining PayneWest in 2019 as the managing director of Small Business. Having spent more than 19 years in the insurance industry, Jennie is made to make an impact in her every day. Experience includes underwriting, sales/marketing, agile and leadership development. She leads the strategic initiatives in Small Business to position PayneWest as the Small Business insurance Leader in the communities PayneWest serves. She oversees not only these initiatives, but consistently strives for excellence, by leading with passion and vulnerability.

She grew up in the military, living all around the world and landing in the Northwest where she is now home. Earning a degree in mathematics was nothing compared to raising two amazing kids! When not working she can be found on a golf course, at a winery or enjoying the endless hiking trails in the Northwest.


Meet Our Panelists

Donald Seitz, National Program Director – Craft Beverage, The Cincinnati Insurance Companies

Donald manages the Craft Beverage specialty insurance program for The Cincinnati Insurance Companies. A member of state and national industry associations, he regularly attends conferences and educational seminars to better understand and manage unique beverage alcohol risks. Collaborating with agents and policyholders, Donald offers insights on industry best practices, loss control and risk transfer. An associate since 2009, Donald began his career as a commercial lines underwriter, serving as a property specialist, small business product specialist, and mentor to other associates. While handling an underwriting territory for the state of Missouri, he earned his Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation. After moving to Target Markets to lead the Craft Beverage Program, Donald earned a food safety HAACP certificate.When not visiting a craft beverage manufacturer, Donald can often be found in Kentucky climbing the sandstone cliffs of Red River Gorge or working on the family farm. He is committed to serving independent agents and searching for new and innovative ways to provide the best products and guidance available for breweries, distilleries and wineries.

Susanne Fullerton, Co-Founder, Fullerton Wines

Born and raised in Sweden. Entrepreneurial. Started out working as a chemical buyer for Ericsson in Stockholm, where I met my American husband. Married and moved to Denmark. Opened the first Ericsson Hotline Shop in Copenhagen. Had our first two children; Alex (our winemaker) and Caroline (she has designed all our labels). Started a recruiting and temporary services company and ran this successfully and simultaneously with working as the assistant to the CEO of IKEA International, then headquartered out of Denmark. Moved to the US in 1997. My husband and I have run several startups within high-tech. Started Fullerton Wines in 2012 with my husband and oldest son, and have been working full-time with Fullerton Wines since 2014 responsible for everything except for the wine production. As of January of this year, rolled out of the day-to-day sales and marketing activities and operations and now focus on the administrative part of running our operations (accounting, finance, compliance, legal etc.), while my husband has taken over running day-to-day sales and marketing operations.

Ben Reese, Owner, Lionheart Coffee Company

Ben Reese owns Lionheart Coffee Company in Beaverton with his wife, Lauren. After over a decade managing other people’s coffee shops, he took a leap and opened his own shop in 2014. Even before the doors were open, Ben envisioned Lionheart being a space for conversation, community, and of course, great coffee. Now almost 6 years old, Lionheart has a stellar reputation in Beaverton and beyond for sourcing and crafting the best coffees in the Portland Metro Area. As a multi-roaster shop, Lionheart is able to curate and rotate its offerings monthly, as well as feature our staples favorites fromHeart Roasters, Deadstock Coffee, and Sterling Coffee Roasters.

Courtney McKee, CEO, Headframe Spirits

Courtney McKee is the co-owner, co-founder and CEO of Headframe Spirits and Headframe Spirits Manufacturing in Butte, MT, two Montana B-Corporations. Headframe Spirits produces distilled spirits and operates a Tasting Room while its Manufacturing counterpart designs and builds high-tech distillation equipment for distilleries around the world. Courtney’s two highest values are Community and Courage and she brings both of them to the planning and execution of all the work she does. She formerly served on the board of the American Craft Spirits Association and continues to co-chair their Education Committee. She also recently co-chaired the DISCUS Academy Curriculum Working Committee. Courtney is married to John McKee, her business/shenanigans partner. Together they were awarded the 2013 Montana Entrepreneurs of the Year award, 2015 Montana Tourism Ambassadors of the Year award and the 2015 Grant Project of the Year for The Orphan Girl Film. When not working, Courtney can often be found cooking, reading a book, or spending time with friends floating a river or otherwise enjoying Montana’s outdoor recreation opportunities.