Bear is civically and politically active in Northwest Florida and serves on the board of Triumph Gulf Coast, the entity created by the Legislature to distribute funds from the Deepwater Horizon settlement with BP. Bear’s family-owned company, which dates to 1876, is one of the oldest privately held companies in Florida and Anheuser-Busch’s oldest continuous distributorship. It has more than 300 brands of beer and other products and operates two warehouse/distribution centers in the Pensacola area. The company employs 225 and handles distribution and merchandising for more than 2,500 accounts.

EDUCATION Troy University (BS)
PHILANTHROPIC PASSION Sacred Heart Hospital, Children’s Hospital Pediatric Oncology Department
FLORIDA ISSUE Elected officials who could make decisions based on what is best for the community
FAVORITE PART OF LEADERSHIP Having my two sons and son-in-law successfully taking over my business. Over the past 20 years, they have trained and succeeded in becoming an awesome management team.
BEST ADVICE Serve in every facet of the business so that you have a personal knowledge of every job.

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Dan Doyle Jr.

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Debbie Harvey

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Anthony Hucker

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Keith Koenig

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