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WWW: Progress Brewing’s Diego Benitez ‘19: The Business & Science of Microbrewing
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Progress Brewing (map )
1822 Chico Avenue, South El Monte, CA

Ticket TypeRegularRegistration
Alumni:$20.00BUY TICKET
Student:$20.00BUY TICKET
Others:$20.00BUY TICKET

Spaces Available: 12 - See Who’s Coming
Contact: Office of Alumni Relations (310) 825-2799

Progress Brewing's Diego Benitez '19: The Business & Science of Microbrewing

Progress BrewingWith craft beer production on the rise, craft beer is more ubiquitous than ever in the U.S. So, what are craft breweries doing to separate from the pack? Join the Los Angeles Chapter of the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network as we peel back the business and science of craft brewing with Diego Benitez ’19, owner and brewer at Progress Brewing. Find out how Benitez’s education in chemistry and experience in technology influenced him to start a microbrewery in the San Gabriel Valley. Learn about his unique approach to brewing, growing the business, and setting his own terms for success.

Class of 2017 alumni | Complimentary admission to one WWW event with code 2017GRAD

About Worldwide Welcome Weeks

Worldwide Welcome Weeks (WWW) is an annual event series presented by UCLA Anderson's Office of Alumni Relations, alumni chapters and affinity groups to officially welcome the newest class of alumni to the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network. WWW events provide a unique platform for alumni to connect with their local network and gain access to valuable lifelong learning opportunities. From going behind the scenes at an organization, to engaging with academic and business leaders, to participating in exclusive experiences—there is something for everyone.  

About Diego Benitez '19

Founder and CEO, Progress Brewing

Dr. Benitez grew up in a family of entrepreneurs. He came to the US in the summer of 1999, just a few days shy of his 22nd birthday. He graduated with a PhD in Chemistry from Caltech in 2005, the same year his graduate advisor won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He then went to UCLA as a Research Associate in nanotechnology from 2005 to 2007; his original research formed a small portion of the body of work behind the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. In 2010, he co-founded Amicrobe, Inc. (a spinoff of Nanopacific Holdings – a small private equity investment company) and developed most of its early science, manufacturing, and IP, also as Chief Technology Officer. In 2012, he founded Progress Brewing with personal capital and have been brewing beer since then. In 2016, he started the MBA program at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and expects to graduate in 2019.