| Peter Elkind
Editor at Large – Fortune Magazine
Peter Elkind is an award-winning investigative reporter who uncovers and chronicles high-stakes sagas in the business world. He has written or co-authored three books: the national bestseller The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron, the acclaimed true-crime book The Death Shift: The True Story of Nurse Genene Jones and the Texas Baby Murders, and, most recently, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and Texas Monthly, and is a former editor of the Dallas Observer.Read More
His work for Fortune includes such in-depth pieces as “The trouble with Steve Jobs,” about how the CEO of Apple concealed his bout with pancreatic cancer; “The Fall of the House of Grasso,” about former NYSE chairman Dick Grasso’s $140 million pay package; “Payback: The Fall of America’s Meanest Law Firm,” about Milberg Weiss; an investigation of the BP oil spill; and “The Incredible Half-Billion-Dollar Azerbaijani Oil Swindle,” detailing the story of wheeler-dealer Viktor Kozeny, known as “The Pirate of Prague.” Among other prizes, Peter is a two-time recipient of the World Leadership Forum’s “Journalist of the Year” award. In 2012, Peter (along with a Fortune colleague) received the prestigious Gerald Loeb award for magazines for their cover story, “Inside Pfizer’s Palace Coup.”
The 2005 documentary based on the Enron book was nominated for an Academy Award. The Eliot Spitzer saga is also the topic of a documentary by filmmaker Alex Gibney, “Client 9.” Peter has been a guest on numerous radio and television programs, including “The Today Show,” Nightline, CNN Newsnight, and The Charlie Rose Show.
| Brock L. Wagner
Founder/Brewer – Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Brock Wagner has a long history with beer. In fact, it starts before he was born. His great-great-great grandfather came from Alsace in the mid-1800′s and opened Wagner’s Beer Hall in San Francisco (now the oldest existing bar in the city, renamed The Saloon.) Brock grew up in Cincinnati and Brussels, both big brewing towns, where he was exposed to many of the beer styles of the world. Then in college at Rice University, fate (and a friend) introduced him to homebrewing. This love of beer and brewing is what eventually led him to the inevitable: opening a craft brewery.Read More
Today Saint Arnold Brewing Company is the oldest craft brewery in Texas, brewing a range of year-round and seasonal beers, from session beers to big, hoppy, not-so-sessionable beers. In 1996, Brock also revived the old tradition of cask ales, a style of beer not seen distributed in Texas probably since prior to Prohibition. The brewery has won 16 GABF medals and 10 World Beer Cup awards. In 2010 the brewery expanded by renovating a 100 year old building in downtown Houston where it installed a 120 bbl brewhouse with a 100,000 bbl capacity. Saint Arnold sells its beers in Texas, Colorado, Florida and Louisiana.
Prior to starting the brewery, Brock spent six years in investment banking working on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions projects totaling more than $4 billion (a figure that now sounds quaint).