Vice President of Business Development & Co-Founder
Brass Ring co-founder, Tim Grovenburg began his career in the alcohol industry at fifteen years of age. He would spend summers working in his uncle’s liquor store in Shawnee, Kansas, which his family had built and operated for decades. He did everything from stock the cooler to sweeping the floor, and in so doing learned how a liquor store operates and how entrepreneurs fight to live their dreams.
During his college years, he went to work for Sovereign Brands at a time when it was still a two-person startup wine and spirits company in New York City. Sovereign was, and still is directed by Brett Berish, the son of former Jim Beam CEO, Barry Berish. While helping Sovereign Brands grow, Tim learned firsthand what it takes to make a brand successful, what it feels like when a brand fails, and how to navigate the rough waters of the alcohol industry. One of the brands he helped introduce and grow, Armand de Brignac Champagne, also known as Ace of Spades, has become a worldwide success. With Sovereign Brands products being off and on premise focused, Tim took it upon himself to become a licensed bartender to expand his knowledge of the alcohol industry’s on-premise channel.
In 2010 he graduated summa cum laude from Bentley University’s undergraduate program with a major in corporate finance and accounting. He obtained his MBA with honors in 2011 from Bentley University’s McCallum Graduate School of Business where he concentrated in entrepreneurship and financial planning. Immediately following graduate school, Tim joined Berwind Private Equity where began investing in early stage companies across diverse industries such as medical devices, semiconductors, oil & gas, materials, and clean energy. As the Director of Sales and Marketing for Brass Ring Spirit Brands, he is responsible for sales, brand marketing and growing distribution channels, all to drive consumer adoption.