TITO BEVERIDGE, founder and owner of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, has been named the American Beverage Licensees (ABL) 2O17 Top Shelf Award honoree. He will be recognized at the 15th annual ABL Meeting in March in Las Vegas. The award, the highest honor presented by ABL, recognizes those who have demonstrated professional excellence in the beverage alcohol industry and have had a positive influence in their community. It took the company more than eight years to turn a profit, but today, Tito’s is one of the fastest selling and fastest-growing micro-distilleries on the market. As with all Top Shelf Award recipients, philanthropy has played a major role in Beveridge’s life, both personally and professionally. His commitment can be seen in the donation of his time and product to more than 35OO charitable events annually including many within the LGBT community last year.