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Duo Exclusive Whiskey Tasting

Duration: 60 Minutes

Gimisha Thakkar | Program Manager, Cisco Security

Gimisha is a Program Manager in Cisco’s security business group, working on new transformative Software-as-a-Service(SaaS) Reimagined initiatives. She attended Southern Methodist University for a Master's in Business Administration. She's held positions at large-size organizations like AT&T, JC Penney, and FedEx, as well as mid-size companies like Think Finance, and Careington. Gimisha enjoys juggling between work and managing three kids at home. She also enjoys running half marathons. Gimisha has a passion for volunteering for local charity health fairs and promoting awareness about "Be the match" foundation in south Asian community.

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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.

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”.


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.

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