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#384 John Cochran (Ole Smoky)

December 23, 201383 min
Tom Larkin is the co-founder and CEO of Social Rebate. Tom was previously Principal, Portfolio Manager for Transamerica Investment Management. Prior to starting Social Rebate, Tom was the youngest partner at Transamerica, earning the Principal designation at 26. During his career, he has examined, modeled, and invested in several thousand companies. Tom co-managed two top-performing small cap portfolios, and was the lead analyst for over a third of the economic sectors covered in the company. He has been involved with entrepreneurial pursuits for the last 6 years. he graduated from Duke University with a BA in Economics in 2003 Ben Stewart is the co-founder and CTO of Social Rebate. Ben has an extensive background in web development and design for several large-scale e-commerce focused companies. Ben began his career as Director of Development for Out of Pocket Films at Sony Pictures before transitioning to his tenure at DDC Internet. As the Head of Creative Media and Web Development for DDC Internet, Ben managed and oversaw the creation of a number of sites focused in cosmetic surgery and medical devices while also coordinating all video production and marketing campaigns. He is originally from Atlanta and studied Film and English at CSU Long Beach. John Cochran is Chief Executive Officer of Ole Smoky where he brings extensive experience in the beverage business. John comes to Ole Smoky from AquaHydrate Inc., where he was CEO and a member of its Board of Directors for the past sixteen months. Before being named CEO of the Southern California-based water brand in January 2012, Mr. Cochran was CEO of the Pabst Brewing Company, the largest American owned beer company in the United States. In his capacity as CEO, Mr. Cochran oversaw the 30+ brands in the Pabst Brewing Company portfolio including Pabst Blue Ribbon, Lone Star, Colt 45, and Old Milwaukee.

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