The Roku streaming device has been a worldwide success over the last few years as the ability to stream through various apps has made a dent in media markets in almost every corner of the planet. In Mexico, a group of the top media companies joined together to oppose the sale of the Roku device in the nation until the ability of users to develop their own software for apps and produce pirate TV stations and networks.
Mexican media giant Televisa has become the main partner in the court case with Chief Financial Officer, Salvi Rafael Folch Viadero playing a key role in discussing the impact of sales of the Roku device on the Mexican media market for companies like Televisa. Through its cable TV division, Cablevision, the Televisa brand brought the lawsuit and won a victory with the court placing a ban on the sale of Roku devices; Televisa believes the sale of Roku devices could begin once again if and when the developer updates its system to halt the use of private software often used to broadcast live TV and events illegally.
Born in 1967, Salvi Rafael Folch Viadero has spent much of his adult life building one of the most impressive financial careers in Mexico; alongside his role as one of the financial brains behind the recent expansion and success of Televisa into the Mexican market, Salvi Rafael Folch Viadero has also worked with various banking and investment institutions.
Working with Televisa since 2002, Salvi Rafael Folch Viadero has worked in various positions with the company as he has climbed the corporate ladder to become the Chief Financial Officer after a successful stint as the Director of Financial Planning for the Mexican media company.
The industry veterans voice great optimism at the future of the craft beer industry and there is currently a new factory opening in the US that is about to open up a new 50,000 square foot facility. The US estimates that the $31.1 million plant in Loris, South Carolina is slated to be opened in and running in the summer of 2017. The investment that built this plant was made by the Abbotsford-based Accent Stainless Steel will help provide some breathing room for capacity at its main production facility in Fraser Valley operation and production plant. Business is booming and demand for craft beer is up about 50% across Canada, the US, and the world for that matter and this is something Eli Gershkovitch saw (http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Gershkovitch+owner+Steamworks+brew+Vancouver+with+1948+Plymouth+Special+Deluxe+Woody+station+wagon/8035571/story.html). The Abbotsford plants have gotten upgrades in the recent years and there are about 150 employees working at the main plant today and there were 40 micro breweries run by the company in 2010 and that is up to 110 in 80 communities across British Columbia and he predicts about 140 micro breweries will be opened by years end. This means a 94% growth in the industry since 2013.
Eli Gershkovitch is the owner of this company who is the CEO of Steamworks Group of Companies who always believed the motto “You grow to meet demand or demand will shrink to meet you”. In other words, you must give your customers the product or the demand will go away and with summer coming it seems that a microbrewery is going to be opening a new neighborhood every single day.
For Eli Gershkovitch, it’s all about craft beer right now when it comes to alcohol it seems. Gershkovitch has been in the business for the past 21 years, and Since building the initial location Greshkovitch has opened up over 754 locations that are opened today. The new brewery has a 40,000-hectolitre capacity and he now has locations in several Canadian providences and in 14 US states as well.