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Mr. Sam Bronfman II

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Co-founder and Managing Partner

Local Address: Pleasanton, California, United States
601 California St Ste 810
San Francisco, California 94108
United States

Company Description: Bacchus Capital Management is a San Francisco and New York based investment firm focused on providing strategic capital and making private equity investments in the...   more

Employment History

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  • B.A. degree with honors , history
    McGill University
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Bacchus Capital Management : Professionals, 16 Dec 2013 [cached]
Sam Bronfman
Sam Bronfman Co-founder and Managing Partner Bacchus Capital Management, LLC
Mr. Bronfman has over 30 years of experience in the wine industry, having held a variety of senior executive positions. Over the course of his tenure, Mr. Bronfman was responsible for the development and operation of several leading premium wine divisions which generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
Mr. Bronfman served as Chairman of Diageo Global Wines from 2001-2003. During this time, Mr. Bronfman consulted on the company's global acquisition strategy and advised the company on its U.S. wine-based businesses, which included Seagram Chateau and Estate Wines and Beaulieu Vineyards.
From 1996 to 2001, Mr. Bronfman was President of Seagram Chateau and Estate Wines, a premier producer, importer and distributor of wine with revenues of approximately $300 hundred million. The company's portfolio of owned wines included Sterling Vineyards, Mumm Champagne, Mumm Napa, Barton & Guestier and Perrier Jouet. As an importer, Chateau and Estate Wines imported approximately 25% of all classified growth Bordeaux wines from France, including wines from all of the First Growth wines, as well as Trimbach, the leading Alsatian wine brand in the U.S., and many other wines from France's premier wine growing regions, Burgundy, Rhone, Chablis, and Loire. During this period, the company launched Brancott Vineyards, which became the leading imported New Zealand wine, and marketed the company owned Sandeman Ports, the leading selling port in the U.S., and Sherries.
Mr. Bronfman began his career in the marketing division of Paul Masson Vineyards and went on to hold a series of roles at Seagram, including Executive Vice President of Sales of the Seagram Wine Company, President of Seagram Classics Wine Company, Chairman of the Seagram Beverage Company (annual sales in excess of $200 million) and Director of the Seagram Company Ltd..
Mr. Bronfman continues to maintain leadership roles in both wine industry professional organizations and non-profit groups. Mr. Bronfman currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Cancer Prevention Institute of California and executive Committee member of the Deerfield Academy Board of Trustees. He has been the Chairman of the Northern California Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization and Chairman of the California Wine Institute.
Mr. Bronfman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. He was an Editor of the Williams Record and earned varsity letters in tennis and basketball.
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Samuel Bronfman
Samuel Bronfman
Who was he: Samuel Bronfman founded Distillers Corporation Limited, which purchased and expanded the Seagram's brand after making a fortune bootlegging from Canada to the United States during the time of Prohibition, also referred to as the Noble Experiment. As a Canadian businessman and philanthropist Samuel Bronfman founded the powerful Bronfman family dynasty, which is a leader in promoting Jewish causes today.
The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation was formed in 1952 and provides grants for educational institutions, favored policies and Jewish causes. The foundation helped fund the Bronfman Building at McGill University and created the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada. Samuel Bronfman was also president of the Canadian Jewish Congress from 1939 to 1962.
Background: Samuel "Sam" Bronfman was born on February 27, 1889 in a region of Imperial Russia now called Moldova. Bronfman's parents were wealthy Jewish refugees from Czarist Russia who immigrated to Saskatchewan, Canada. The family first started in the hotel business but soon switched to alcohol because that was where the profits were and Bronfman founded the Distillers Corporation in Montreal in 1924.
Samuel Bronfman died on July 10, 1971 in Montreal, Quebec.
Star Jewish Famous & Celebrities Jewish People, 9 Aug 2014 [cached]
Samuel Bronfman, Ukrainian-born Canadian founder of Seagrams Distilleries
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Samuel Bronfman II, Chair
Samuel Bronfman II, Chair
Managing Partner, Bacchus Capital Management Samuel Bronfman II has served on the CPIC Board of Trustees since 2002 and has held the position of Chair since 2004. He is a Managing Partner of Bacchus Capital Management, a San Francisco- and New York-based investment firm focused on providing strategic capital and making private equity investments in the wine industry. Mr. Bronfman has extensive experience in the wine industry having held the position of President at Seagram Chateau and Estate Wines, and as Chairman of Diageo Global Wines.
As Chair of the CPIC Board, Mr. Bronfman has provided the leadership to help the organization develop a long-term strategic plan, assisted in the hiring of major scientific and executive leadership, and insured the CPIC's continued financial health.
Mr. Bronfman is a graduate of Williams College.
NEW YORK, Dec 21, 2013 (BUSINESS ..., 21 Dec 2013 [cached]
NEW YORK, Dec 21, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Edgar M. Bronfman, Sr., the son of legendary Canadian liquor magnate Sam Bronfman, who expanded Seagram Ltd. internationally and transformed the World Jewish Congress into a prestigious global advocacy force while separately fostering educational and social programs designed to promote a "Jewish renaissance," died peacefully today at his home in New York surrounded by family.
At the time of his death Mr. Bronfman was president of The Samuel Bronfman Foundation. With offices in the landmark Seagram Building that his family built on Manhattan's Park Avenue, the foundation's mission is to "inspire a renaissance in Jewish life" through programs Mr. Bronfman described as designed to cultivate "a Jewish community that is knowledgeable, proud and welcoming, where everyone is invited to learn and grow. Mr. Bronfman personally exemplified this mission by turning the foundation's offices into a hub of study groups, seminars and special gatherings to promote Jewish learning, discussion and innovation.
Foremost among the initiatives he supported are Hillel: The Foundation for Campus Jewish Life, the Bronfman Youth Fellowships, and
Mr. Bronfman was instrumental in reviving Hillel's campus presence and leading its international expansion. He visited more than 130 college campuses on five continents and met regularly with students.
He was especially proud of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships, a network of more than 1,000 young Jews from Israel and North America that includes some of today's most inspiring writers, thinkers and leaders. The fellowships program, which Mr. Bronfman founded in 1987, engages future leaders at a formative point in their lives - after their junior year in high school - and immerses them in an intensive exploration of Judaism, including textual study and the examination of ideas about the Jewish experience, pluralism and social responsibility. The fellows and alumni embody Mr. Bronfman's vision that young people who are enriched and energized by their Judaism are poised to contribute not only to Jewish life, but to the world at large.
In 2002, Mr. Bronfman launched as a way to connect Jews around the world with Jewish knowledge and tradition. More than a decade ago, Mr. Bronfman recognized that Jews increasingly would rely on the Internet to find answers to basic questions about Judaism. With nearly 1,000,000 visitors per month, utilizes the latest in technology to spread knowledge of Jewish religion, history, values, traditions, and culture to people around the world.
A prolific speaker and author, Mr. Bronfman described his work at the foundation as "finding new ways to teach young Jewish people the stories and ethics our ancestors have handed down, and to nurture in them a pride in our common history."
Judaism became important to Mr. Bronfman late in life after he had built a career at Seagram and raised a family. As recounted in "The Making of a Jew," one of four autobiographical books, the turning point was a trip to the Soviet Union in 1970 as part of a delegation to lobby the Russian government to allow greater freedom for Soviet Jews. As he later recounted, "It was on those trips to Russia that my curiosity was piqued. What is it about Judaism, I asked myself, that has kept it alive through so much adversity while so many other traditions have disappeared? Curiosity soon turned into something more, and that 'something more' has since turned into a lifelong passion."
The 1970 trip to Russia also marked the beginning of Mr. Bronfman's three-decade long association with the World Jewish Congress and his emergence on the world diplomatic scene as an effective advocate for the Jewish people. On becoming president of the World Jewish Congress in 1981, Mr. Bronfman initiated a campaign to bolster its operations in Jewish communities around the world and engage in forceful diplomacy on behalf of the Jewish people.
Working directly with government leaders in foreign capitals, Mr. Bronfman achieved a series of diplomatic victories. Chief among them were agreements forged with the Soviet Union leading to the release of Jewish prisoners of conscience and to greater freedom of religious practice and emigration among Russia's Jewish population. In 1986, Mr. Bronfman exposed the Nazi past of Austrian President Kurt Waldheim.
While on a visit to a Tropicana Orange Juice plant in Florida in 1991, Mr. Bronfman persuaded President George H. W. Bush to secure the rescission of United Nations Resolution 3379, which equated Zionism with racism.
In the later years of his WJC leadership, Mr. Bronfman fought for justice on behalf of Holocaust victims and their heirs, winning financial restitution for thousands of survivors and their families and forging a historic agreement with the Swiss banks over Holocaust era assets. In 1998, Mr. Bronfman was selected by President Clinton to chair the Presidential Advisory Commission on Holocaust Assets.
Mr. Bronfman's skills as a negotiator and chief executive were developed during his career at Seagram Ltd., the world's largest distiller of alcohol beverages, under the tutelage of his father Samuel Bronfman, known as "Mr. Sam." Edgar Bronfman started his Seagram career as an apprentice taster in Montreal.
Among numerous honors conferred and leadership positions earned over the course of his life, Mr. Bronfman received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Clinton; the Chevalier de La Legion d'Honneur from the government of France; the Justice Louis D. Brandeis Award from the Zionist Organization of America; and honorary doctoral degrees from Williams College, McGill University, Tel Aviv University, New York University and Hebrew University, among others. He served as the founding chairman of the International Board of Governors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life and chairman of the World Jewish Restitution Organization. He authored five books: The Making of A Jew, 1996; Good Spirits, 1998; The Third Act: Reinventing Yourself, 2002; Hope Not Fear: A Path to Jewish Renaissance, 2008; and The Bronfman Haggadah, 2013.
Mr. Bronfman married Ann Loeb in 1953 and together they had five children, Sam, Edgar, Jr., Matthew, Holly and Adam.
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