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President's Bio




The Distilled Spirits Council announced October 1, 2015, the selection of Kraig R. Naasz as its new President and CEO. 

Naasz previously served as the chief executive of the American Frozen Food Institute, the National Mining Association, The Fertilizer Institute and the U.S. Apple Association.  Earlier in his career, Naasz worked as a communications and legislative aide for several members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

Naasz is an active member of several groups that advocate for the business community, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Committee of 100, National Association of Manufacturers Council of Manufacturing Associations, Business-Industry Political Action Committee Board of Directors and the American Society of Association Executives’ Key Industry Associations Committee.
An honors graduate of Washington State University, Naasz serves on the WSU Foundation Board of Trustees and is a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Foundation President’s Circle.


The Distilled Spirits Council is the national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits products sold in the United States.

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