SPRINGFIELD — State Rep. Frank Mautino from Spring Valley was presented with the prestigious Richard A. Mautino Industry Service Award, the highest honor in the Illinois beer distribution industry. The presentation was made on Sept. 17 at the Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois (ABDI) 75th annual convention held at the President Abraham Lincoln Doubletree Hotel in Springfield, which was attended by more than 120 industry professionals.
Mautino accepted an invitation to speak at the convention, unaware he would receive the award named after his father, who was vice president of Mautino Distributing Co. in Spring Valley and served nine terms in the Illinois General Assembly. The award is given for outstanding contributions to the beer distribution industry.
“Like his father, he is a strong champion of the beer distribution business – his family has been in the business for over 100 years,” said Bill Olson, ABDI President.“I’ve known Representative Mautino since he was appointed to replace his father in 1991 and has risen to the position of Deputy Majority Leader. For the beer distribution industry, he is the go-to guy for our issues, which is why he sponsored SB 754 in 2011 and HB 2606 this year. Both bills, which Gov. Quinn signed, strengthened the state’s three-tier regulatory system,” continued Olson.
Mautino was at the convention thinking he was going to provide an update on legislative issues. In accepting the award, Mautino said he was “very surprised” and had “stayed up late last night finishing my presentation.”
Nominations are submitted by ABDI distributor members. The only qualification is that the nominee be an outstanding contributor to the beer distribution industry in Illinois.