Virtual Custom Event

Check Point Private Whiskey Tasting Experience

Duration: 60 Minutes

Joel Hollenbeck, Office of the CTO | Director of Engineering

Joel Hollenbeck is a Cyber Security Visionary with the Office of the CTO at Check Point Software Technologies Inc., the worldwide leader in securing the Internet. His background includes over 20 years of experience deploying application protection and network-based security. Mr. Hollenbeck has been securing networks and systems since 1994, including developing and executing on strategies to connect some of the most sensitive networks for the Federal Government and Financial Institutions to the Internet in the earliest days of commercial internet connectivity.

Simplifying Security

June 16th | 4:00 p.m. CT


In a world where the average organization has over 50 security vendors and our infrastructure continues to diversify, how do we reduce the complexity of our security architecture while increasing the efficacy of our security program?

Join us to hear from Joel Hollenbeck, who has served as a consulting Security Architect with Check Point Software Technologies advising a wide variety of clients across many verticals on Security Best Practices, Security Architecture, and deriving the maximum value from investments in security, prior to joining Check Point, Mr. Hollenbeck has held various security engineering, leadership and executive roles within organizations local to St Louis.

Following the presentation Irish Whiskey & Beer Specialist, Richard Beeson, will be your guide through whisk(e)y and beer selections chosen for the event.

Your Whisk(e)y Ambassador for the tasting, Richard Beeson, has traveled to Ireland, Mexico, Germany, and throughout the US to study distillation and brewing. After making the switch from the restaurant industry to the distribution world in 2013, Richard worked with the new wave of Irish craft distillers to break into the US market, as well as Scotch whisky importers with unique bottlings, and small to large US distilleries looking to capitalize on what became a global boom.


Richard Beeson, Whisk(e)y Ambassador

Richard has built a reputation as a spirits and beer expert in the restaurant and distribution industry over the past fifteen years. He has been involved in importing both Irish whiskey and Scotch whisky and expanding distribution of Kentucky Bourbon whiskey in the Northeast region. He started his career tending bar in the pubs of the Boston area and worked to cultivate a dedicated whisk(e)y selection and following as he has moved from the restaurant industry to distribution.

In 2017 he opened his own small whisk(e)y pub in his hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts. The Keep boasts one of the largest and most diverse selections of whisk(e)y in the state. You can find Richard there most nights, finicking over new bottles and searching for the next interesting dram of what is known as “the water of life”.

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