Alpha Loft's Founders Series gives attendees the opportunity to learn from the experience of others. Each event will feature startup founders who’ve been on the startup journey. You’ll hear about their journey through the craziness that is founding a startup, including how they worked through obstacles, what milestones they achieved, how they caught their big break, and lessons learned along the way. The Alpha Loft team will moderate the conversation and then open things up for questions from the audience.
Meet the Founders
John St Pierre, CEO & President of LEGACY Global Sports
John attended the University of Southern Maine where he played college hockey and graduated with a degree in Accounting. Post college John relocated to Chicago and began his business career as a General Manager with FirstService Franchise Corporation. In the late 90's, John was an executive with both a venture backed internet company (HandymanOnline.com) and an E-Commerce startup (WorldAtMyDoor.com). In 2003 John co-founded LEGACY Global Sports in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has since grown the company into the fastest growing and leading youth sports logistics company in America with over 400 employees globally. John currently resides in North Hampton, New Hampshire with his wife and two boys.
Peter Egelston, CEO of Smuttynose Brewing Company
Peter Egelston grew up in southern California but found his way to New York in 1978, eventually earning a degree in Spanish Literature at NYU. In 1986, he abandoned his young career as a high school teacher and joined his sister Janet in founding what is now the oldest brewpub in New England: the Northampton Brewery, located in Western Massachusetts, where Peter served as head brewer until 1991, the year they opened the Portsmouth Brewery, the Granite State's first brewpub.
In 1993, Peter attended the bankruptcy auction of a microbrewery in Portsmouth and walked away having purchased the brewing equipment that was to become Smuttynose. Peter and his sister ended their partnership in 2000. She is now sole owner of the Northampton Brewery, and Peter, with his partner Joanne Francis, is proprietor of Smuttynose and the Portsmouth Brewery.
In 2014, Smuttynose moved into a brand new state-of-the art facility, located at historic Towle Farm in Hampton. The brewery’s plant and campus were designed with a wide variety of energy efficiency features and was awarded gold-level LEED certification, marking a milestone in the company’s continuing journey towards greater sustainability. Over the years, Smuttynose Brewing has quietly built a sterling reputation among beer lovers, having been named to Rate Beer’s Top 100 Breweries in the World list ten years running.
5:30 PM - Grab a cold beverage/snack, and chat with others
6:00 PM – Introductions and Panel Discussion
7:30 PM – Conclude
Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/founders-series-portsmouth-tickets-26984294752