Matt Tanaka is the founder and CEO of Stout Collective, a brand strategy and design agency for the beverage industry. Matt got his start in the beer business running social media for a Chicago wholesaler. Over the last 10 years he’s since built a career out of connecting beer brands with consumers, believing that building an authentic brand is the best way to create healthy breweries that positively impact their communities. As founder, Matt spends much of his time casting the vision for Stout and thinking about growth, people, and the next big thing. Whether it’s setting the creative direction for a startup brewery or dreaming up new campaigns with national brands, his work means collaborating with some of the best people and creative minds in the industry.