Eddie Stoudt is leaving the family business.

In an email sent to distributors and other industry folks late tonight, Eddie Stoudt announced that he is moving on…

I wanted to officially give you notice that I will be leaving the day to day operations of [Stoudt Brewing Co.] and moving on to the maritime industry. I will be fulfilling my dream to be a merchant marine and someday will be a master mariner!  My successor, Jack Sweeney will be appointed Sales Manager and will have a team working to grow our sales in all our markets. I know Jack will do a great job and I ask you to support him in his efforts. I have full confidence he will do great.

The obvious question is going to be whether there is more to this story.  Eddie did work in the marine transport industry from 2000 to 2005 before returning to Adamstown and I know from various interviews that he really liked it. He also seemed to enjoy his time in the brewing world. If there is a there there, we shall have to wait and see.

Here is the complete text (minus a few notes which I consider semi-private at the end) which I received shortly after 9pm:

Dear Valued Distributors and Partners,

I have been working with you fine people for many years since 2005 in the brewery sales through my most recent post as Vice President.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been reflecting about my time with the family business as well as my time outside the business. After graduating Syracuse University in 2000 with a degree in Supply Chain Management & Logistics, I pursued a career in Marine Transportation. I worked at 3 different sea ports across the country on both the East and West coast. I always enjoyed working with vessels from the containerships to the Roll on Roll off vessels.  I did this from the summer of 2000 through the spring of 2005 and then took the opportunity to be Sales Manager of Carol Stoudt’s brewery.

I wanted to officially give you notice that I will be leaving the day to day operations of SBC and moving onto the maritime industry. I will be fulfilling my dream to be a merchant marine and someday will be a master mariner!  My successor, Jack Sweeney will be appointed Sales Manager and will have a team working to grow our sales in all our markets. I know Jack will do a great job and I ask you to support him in his efforts. I have full confidence he will do great.

I just want to close this letter by thanking you for your tremendous support. I am very proud of the network of distributors and partners we have established.  I look forward to hearing the success stories from everyone.

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