Evan AthanasCEO of Chesapeake Beverage
Evan Athanas was past vice president for sales and wholesale operations division for St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch. In this role, Athanas has responsibility for all U.S. beer sales, overseeing eight region selling territories; national retail account sales; trade marketing programs; revenue management; and sales process and technology initiatives. He previously served as vice president, administration, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations of the CEO’s office and the development and execution of all administrative, planning and strategic initiatives. Previously, Athanas was region vice president responsible for sales in the Southeast Region. His experience with the company includes roles as executive assistant to the president and chief executive officer and chief marketing officer as well as a wide variety of retail sales and field marketing positions. He joined Anheuser-Busch in 1992. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Athanas holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of North Carolina and received a master’s of business administration from the McColl School at Queens University in Charlotte. He and his wife, Emily Mitchell Athanas, live in Baltimore, Maryland, and have three children.
Manny MitchellChairman of the Board
Manny grew up in the family beer business and graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and master’s degree in finance. He served as an Anheuser-Busch Wholesaler Panel member from 1989–1992 and is also a current or past member of the following community and statewide organizations: Mississippi Economic Council’s Momentum Mississippi, Trustmark Bank, Boys & Girls Club, Meridian Museum of Art, Meridian Little Theater, and Hope Village for Children. Manny is also a past president of the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation, St. Patrick’s Parish Council, Meridian Rotary Club, and the Mississippi Malt Beverage Association. Manny and his wife, Melanie, live in Meridian, Mississippi.
Adam holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Louisiana State University and an MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Adam grew up in the family’s beer business, and has also gained experience with three additional Anheuser-Busch distributors as well as real estate and brokerage firms throughout the Southeast. While in Nashville, Adam served as the on-premises brand manager during the Nashville test market roll-out of Bud Select. He joined Mitchell Distributing in 2006 and held successive positions of general manager of the Columbus and Tupelo operations and vice president of operations before assuming the role of president in 2010. In 2016, Adam was named the CEO of Mitchell Distributing. He was also named the president of the Mississippi Beer Distributors Association for 2017. Adam is married to his wife, Melissa, and has a son, Mann.