In the interest of full disclosure, I work as a sales representative for Bond Distributing of Baltimore. My company has been doing business in Maryland since 1950, and over three generations of family ownership, Bond has become a local institution. Before that, I worked as a liquor store manager in Carroll County. I'm very much a part of the 95 percent. Opposing the Diageo bill wasn't just about one brewery, it was about fighting for our futures and livelihoods. On Feb. 24, I had the privilege of testifying to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee in Annapolis, not as a lobbyist, but as a regular "beer guy." I'm very passionate about protecting my industry because my future depends on it.