Leo Kiely stepped to the mic after a glowing introduction from John B. Smith Sr., chairman of the Black Press of America.
"I am Leo Kiely. And I sell beer. That's what I do," he said to laughter from the audience, members of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the nation's premier Black Press organization.
But, Smith quickly clarified that selling beer is not the only work of Kiely, CEO of Molson Coors Brewing Company, the third largest brewer in the U. S.
"He is a gentle giant because of what he believes in terms of community and a true friend of the Black Press," Smith said in his introduction during the NNPA winter conference in Las Vegas. "He is a true advocate for the cause of African-American liberation and an advocate for us on the inside."