Entrepreneurial endeavors started at age 24 while working at The Boston Consulting Group, where she met Jim Koch. Together they founded The Boston Beer Company (NYSE:SAM) and built the most successful craft beer company in the world. Rhonda focused on building the foundation of the company and, as a result, the most admired and best-trained sales force in the highly competitive beer industry. Having personally opened the door for women in the beer business, she continued to pave the way and made an ongoing commitment to women by recruiting and promoting them. The company developed four different brand platforms, including cider and hard tea under her tutelage. Ms. Kallman led a 200+ person dedicated team and 450 distributor network nationally. She was one of four members to take the company public in 1995. The company’s unique direct-to-the-consumer offering was highly regarded as one of the most exciting IPOs in the consumer products industry. In April 2001, she founded New Century Brewing Co., to produce and market innovative American craft beer styles. The flagship was Edison Light Beer, named for her brew master who invented light beer in 1967 and Moonshot, the first beer with caffeine, to fill an unmet need in the beer industry. After losing a well-publicized battle with the FDA over adding trace amounts of caffeine to beer, NCBC closed in 2011. Currently, Ms. Kallman is Founder and CEO of Boston Harbor Distillery, purveyors of fine, custom spirits with a particular focus on whiskey, located in a historic buiidng on Boston’s southernmost waterfront with planned opening May 2014. Additionally, she is President of Small World Imports and an alcohol beverage industry consultant. Ms. Kallman is a professional speaker, chair of The Jett Foundation raising awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and married w/ three children.
Boston Harbor Distillery
founder and CEO