Baker Tilly adds two advisors to its Craft Beverage practice

02 January 2017

To tap into the expanding demand from the craft beer segment, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause has added additional expertise. Noah Randall joins as a Director, previously at craft beer brewer Sixpoint, and is to grow the firm’s presence in the South. Additionally, Emily Wells joins as a consultant in the firm’s Minneapolis office.

Craft beer has, in recent years, increased its market share – as keen amateurs develop their tastes and market their carefully developed products to consumer sentiment focused on tasting diversity over mass production. The US trade group Brewers Association finds that the segment continued to enjoy double digit growth into last year, up 13%, with total market share breaching 12% of the total market. Success stories, such as Camden Town Brewery, which was recently sold to AB InBev for a reported £80 million, highlights the value that a well crafted product can create – with RSM providing financial advisory for the sales process.

In a bid to support nascent success stories develop in the sector, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause is further expanding its Craft Beverage Practice with the addition of two craft beer experts, Noah Randall and Emily Wells.

Baker Tilly expands its Craft Beer presence in US market

Noah Randall joins the firm from craft beer brewer Sixpoint, where he was a Mid-South Market Supervisor. Previously, between 2012 and 2015, he worked at Heretic Brewing Company as Market Supervisor for the San Francisco Bay Area. He started his career as a Marketing Intern at the The KOZAI Group. Randall holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Business Administration in Marketing/Marketing Management from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Emily Wells was most recently a Planning Analyst at Target, where she has worked since 2013. Her previous role at the company includes Merchandise Planning Business Analyst Intern. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Individualised Studies - Italian, Advertising, & Fashion Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

In his new role at Baker Tilly, Randall takes on the role of Director in the firm’s Craft Beverage Division, adding brewery sales and operations experience to the mix, while Wells joins as Consultant, bringing inventory planning and sales trends to the firm’s capacity. Randall is stationed in Tennessee, expanding the firm's presence in the South, and Wells is stationed in the firm’s Minneapolis office.

Scott Ebert, Baker Tilly Partner and leader of the firm’s Craft Beverage practice, says, “The craft brewing industry is experiencing rapid growth across the country. As the industry evolves, so does our team. We continue to expand our service offerings through the addition of professionals with the experience to address the ever changing needs of our clients. Noah brings a local presence to a new market for us, while both he and Emily provide data-driven expertise, tactics and strategies that are instrumental for breweries hoping to expand their reach.”


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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.