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Natl. Beer Wholesalers Assn. selects new staff head.

Natl. Beer Wholesalers Assn. selects new staff head

Ronald A. Sarasin has been chosen as president of the National Beer Wholesalers Assn., announced NBWA Board Chairman Matthew Dee last week. Sarasin is scheduled to assume the post of NBWA's chief operating officer on March 6.

Sarasin has served for the past seven years as director, government communications of the National Restaurant Assn. Earlier in his career, he served for three terms as a member of the U.S. Congress, representing Connecticut's Fifth District. In 1978, Sarasin was the Republican candidate for governor of Connecticut.

"We are confident that Ron Sarasin's abilitites and experience will go a long way toward helping NBWA meet the formidable challenges of the 1990s." Dee said. "Our thanks go to members of our association's Selection Committee, who spent a great deal of time and effort in choosing a new president from a long list of qualified candidates."

As NBWA president, Sarasin succeeds Ronald R. Rumbaugh, who resigned December 31 after almost five years in the position.

Raised in Connecticut, Sarasin earned his business administration degree from the University of Connecticut in 1960, and a law degree from its law school in 1963. He was an attorney with the law firm of Perelmutter, Sarasin and Cohen in Seymour, CT, until 1972, when he was elected to Congress.

In the House of Representatives, he served on the Committee on Education and Labor, the Select Committee on Aging, and the Committee on Welfare Reform. Much of his work involved labor-related issues such as comprehensive employment and training, retirement income security, migrant health, minimum wages, occupational safety and health, and workmen's compensation.

From 1979 to 1983, Sarasin was an advisor and account executive with Alexander Proudfoot Co., a Chicago-based international management consulting firm. He joined the 16,000-member National Restaurant Assn. in 1983. During his service with the association, he was responsible for the administration, planning and development of its government relations effort, lobbying and legal staff. As director, government communications, he also was a chief spokesman before Congress, regulatory agencies, the foodservice industry and the general public. Issues dealing with beverage alcohol have been one of Sarasin's major concerns.
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Title Annotation:Ronald A. Sarasin
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Feb 12, 1990
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