The BevFluence Team
The BevFluence team is made up of active members in the food & beverage industry – experts with decades of experience. This group of well-respected and highly sought-after professionals is dedicated to building and strengthening the professional food & beverage media community through education, collaboration, and expanding access for both brands and creators. Our team has also participated in numerous beverage conferences such as the DrinkLocalWine.com, the Wine Bloggers Conference, TasteCamp, and CiderCon, and has presented at Craft Beverage Expo and the American Distilling
Institute. We have participated as judges in several wine and spirits competitions.
Justin Koury, CEO
Has spent more than 25 years in the culinary, wine, whiskey, hospitality, and consulting world. He has an MBA with a focus on Hospitality Tourism. His website, Wizard Of Whiskey, has covered the wine and spirits industry with a podcast since 2012. Justin is completing his American Whiskey Book with over 1000 whiskies tasted blind and hundreds of interviews. He spends his time writing, cooking, and reading when he is not on the road visiting wineries or distilleries or working with clients.
Todd Godbout, CTO
Has more than 20 years as an Application developer, software tech and analyst, content creator, web designer, and data writer. He has worked extensively with Microsoft and Google application and database technologies to develop a wide range of web and mobile applications for commercial, DoD, and local government clients. He has developed applications that changed the beverage industry and collected data that has given clients and regions a deeper look into the future.
In 2003, Todd created WineCompass.com, a tasting room compendium that now includes information on almost 20,000 wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cider tasting rooms. He has leveraged his contacts to create the Virginia Wine TV and MyJoogTV video series, the latter pairing musicians with local craft beverage producers. Finally, he developed the Android compass Craft Beverage Finder mobile application and its equivalent on Amazon Fire and Alexa.
Julia Menn, Experience Manager
WSET and Whisky Ambassador certified educator and consultant, Julia has served as editor of one of the largest online whiskey lifestyle magazines and is a co-host of Swig & Ramble (a podcast focusing on hard-hitting issues and topics in the whisky and beverage industry), and is the Wine Director for an independent purveyor of fine wine.
With over a decade of experience and world travel under her belt, from performing in New York City to managing a boutique vineyard in New Zealand, she brings a rare perspective, insight, and unmitigated excellence to each project she undertakes. Retail management, trade relations, experience curator, and hospitality veteran with a flair for the creative, her pursuit of growth and knowledge is unequivocal and distinct among her peers. She looks forward to joining your journey.