517-482-5555 / Ext. 214
Spencer is the President of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association (MB&WWA) and MBWWA Services, Inc. He is the Association’s chief spokesperson to the legislature, regulatory bodies, elected officials and the media. Spencer joined the MB&WWA in 2006 after holding several State and local positions, including serving as Legal and Policy Counsel to the Republican Caucus of the Michigan House of Representatives. He has also served as General Counsel to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and as Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He holds a BS degree in Criminal Justice from Ferris State University and a JD from The Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Spencer lives in East Lansing with his wife Michelle and four children.
Vice President of Public Affairs
517-482-5555 / Ext. 215
Brett Visner is the Vice President of Public Affairs for the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association. His duties include liaison with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission and assisting in advocacy efforts in the state legislature and other agencies of state government. Brett also plays a prominent role in the MB&WWA’s public relations activities and public outreach programs. Prior to joining the MB&WWA in 2015, Brett was most recently a senior policy advisor in the House Republican Policy Office, staffing the Regulatory Reform, Energy Policy and Communications and Technology committees. He was previously the legislative director for Speaker Pro Tem John Walsh and political director for the Oakland County Republican Party. He holds a BA degree in Political Science from Michigan State University.
Brandi Tribell, CMP
Vice President of Operations & Events
517-482-5555 / Ext 212Brandi Tribell, CMP, is the Vice President of Operations & Events for the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. In this capacity, Brandi oversees finances and human resources, is responsible for all lobbying and political reporting and is a key contact for Michigan legislators regarding the Association's PAC activities. As the Association’s chief meeting planner, Brandi is responsible for planning and implementing all meetings and conventions. In addition, she manages the association’s Political Action Committee and assists with the coordination of the association’s grassroots programs; two critical pieces of the association’s successful advocacy program. Prior to joining MB&WWA in 2007, Brandi was the office manager for the Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives and coordinated scheduling, meetings and other events directly for the Speaker of the House. Brandi graduated from Michigan State University in 2003 with a BA in Public Policy & Public Administration. Brandi earned her CMP (Certified Meeting Planner) designation in 2013 and was named to the Michigan Meetings & Events Magazine’s Hall of Fame as the industry’s “Rising Star” in 2013.
Executive Assistant and Hop & Vine Room Administrator
517-482-5555 / Ext 217
Elaine Wilson, is the Executive Assistant and Hop & Vine Room Administrator for the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association. Elaine assists the association staff with several different needs around the office. Aside from managing schedules, databases, and assisting with a variety of communications, she also facilitates events at the Hop & Vine Room. Prior to joining MB&WWA in 2015, Elaine was the Chief GED Examiner at Capital Area Michigan Works! – St. Johns. There, she oversaw one of the 10 largest GED testing centers in the State by volume. Elaine graduated with a BS degree from Central Michigan University.
Director of Member Benefits
517-482-5555 / Ext 211
Autumn Ward, as Director of Member Benefits, is responsible for the development, implementation and servicing of member programs offered by MBWWA Services, Inc. Autumn is responsible for managing staff, coordinating carriers, consultants and vendors, and the membership in the design, implementation, funding, and administration of service programs. Before joining the association in 2018, Autumn served as the subject matter learning, measurement, and improvement resource both internally and externally as Compliance Officer for a Michigan-based insurance agency and third-party administrator. Autumn holds a BS in Business Administration from Ferris State University and a JD from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Benefit Services Manager
517-482-5555 / Ext 221
Tonya coordinates enrollment and eligibility for the group insurance program; prepares premium billings; coordinates cafeteria plan administration; aids members with claims issues and assists with the association and the subsidiary’s accounting functions. Before joining the staff of MB&WWA in 1993, Tonya served as a Customer Service representative for Metropolitan Life/General Motors Benefit Center and liaison between the UAW members and providers. She holds an Associates Degree from Lansing Community College.
Benefit & Member Services Coordinator
517-482-5555 / Ext 210
Melissa is the Member Benefit and Services Coordinator, for member programs offered by MBWWA Services, Inc. She assists with day to day insurance membership questions, mid-year life event enrollments, life and disability claims, COBRA guidelines, etc. Before joining MBWWA Services Inc., in 2019, Melissa administered benefit programs and insurance plans for employees of Neogen Corporation, since 2005. She has achieved an ABA and will be completing her BS in Healthcare Administration in fall of 2019, through the University of Phoenix.
Marketing & Sales Representative
517-482-5555 / Ext 213
Katie Gray is the Marketing and Sales Representative for the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association Employee Benefit Trust. Her responsibilities include implementing the Trust marketing plan for health, dental, vision, and short-term disability insurance and assists MBWWA Services, Inc. in the administration of other Association member programs. Katie supports the growth and direction of Trust products by building and maintaining strong relationships with current and potential Association members. Prior to joining MBWWA in June 2020, Katie was a Regional Healthcare Sales Associate with RGIS, LLC. She has a BS from Oakland University.
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