Published 01/16/15

Catching up with Juan Camilo '07: Founder/President, Dyckman Beer Company

Juan CamiloIf you're enjoying a beer in an uptown Manhattan bar, chances are it may have been brewed by Juan Camilo '07 (left).

After graduating with a finance degree and working as an analyst with Credit Suisse and an as associate with RBC Markets, Camilo founded Dyckman Beer Company in 2012. His goal was to create premium beers that are a source of great pride for Uptown and its surrounding communities, and are a nod to his Latino heritage.

Camilo was born in the Dominican Republic, moved to New York City at age 5, and was raised by his mother in the Bronx and Washington Heights.

"I love to cook," he says. "Food is important to Latino families."

He infuses his beers with flavors of his heritage and his neighborhood. The company supplies nearly 100 bodegas, bars, lounges, and grocery stores.

The business was successful right from its launch.

"Bryant's core business classes gave me the introduction to all aspects of business that I needed to become familiar with running my own company," he says. "I like growing my business, working for myself, and providing jobs in my community."

Camilo says he also honed his leadership and management skills while a member of intramural basketball at Bryant.

He continues to demonstrate leadership as a board member for La Peninsula Head Start in the Bronx, which serves more than 800 children at seven centers.

He gives them the same advice he would give to new Bryant grads or alumni. "Dream big, and don't be afraid to innovate and fail!"