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editor mike ravenOur cover story for this fall issue is an interview with Jean-Charles Boisset. JCB, as he is called, is the head of the international Boisset Collection. His energy and enthusiasm can be felt through the pages!

Also in this issue, we have features, interviews, profiles and compelling articles from our regular contributors. So, welcome in the fall season with its cooler weather, beautiful colors and interesting reading!

Say “hello” to our IMI spotlight for our fall issue, Evan Traub. Mike Raven

Mike Raven
Managing Editor, in the Mix Media

IMI Spotlight: Evan Traub, Account Manager

I joined IMI Agency in February of this year after relocating back to Chicago. After four years with House of Blues Entertainment/Live Nation, my wife and I were eager to be closer to family with our first child on the way. I studied marketing and public relations at DePaul University here in Chicago and have always been passionate about hospitality, food, beverage and everything in between.

What are your responsibilities with IMI?

I have the privilege of overseeing beverage programs for some of Chicago’s most acclaimed names: Gibson’s Restaurant Group, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group and Weber Grill Restaurants. On a larger scale, I work with the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno, the SLS in Las Vegas, Eataly USA and Hard Rock International.

What do you like best about working with IMI?

Each of the groups I work with is incredibly unique and asks something different of me each day. I love to see each beverage program come together as it goes through all the phases – discussing cocktail, beer and wine offerings, tasting, reviewing print and finally seeing the guest enjoy the selections.

What hobbies do you enjoy?

Running and trying out new restaurants. I try to keep an appropriate balance!

What are your favorite sport or sports teams?

As my friends and family know, I’m not a big sports fan. However, being from Cleveland, I have pride for my hometown teams. I also enjoy going to Chicago Cubs games when possible.

What is your favorite travel destination?

My wife and I enjoy vacationing in Mexico, both at the pool and oceanside.

What is your favorite food?

I love a wide variety of items, but Thai food is my go-to.

What is your favorite adult beverage?

A very appropriate question! I love old New Orleans-style cocktails, specifically Whiskey drinks like the Vieux Carré.

One thing you can’t live without?

My family and music.

About the author

Mike Raven

Mike Raven is the Managing Editor of in the Mix magazine. He has over 20 years of experience in distributor management in Florida with Southern Wine and Spirits, Premier Beverage Company and was the CEO of Lion Wines and Spirits.