Ellis Goodman CBE- A Most Interesting Man

Dos Equis beer created a fictional character called “The Most Interesting Man in the World” for its advertising. Yet Ellis Goodman, the former CEO of U.S. Operations of Barton Brands, a major importer and distributor of Corona Beer, and the author of the book Corona: The Inside Story of America’s #1 Imported Beer may, in fact, be one of the world’s most interesting people.
A former chartered accountant in London, Mr. Goodman had many celebrity clients in the recording industry including Petula Clark and The Rolling Stones. Through these connections, he became both an investor and executive in the music business, and later did likewise in the movie industry, achieving great success in both. He is also significantly engaged in real estate and in community philanthropy.
I met Mr. Goodman this week at an event at the Glencoe Library, where he was discussing his most recently published book, The Keller Papers, an exciting and fast-paced Cold War espionage thriller set primarily in Austria and Poland during the early 1980s. One of the principal characters in the novel, Alex Campbell, is a British-born executive in the alcoholic beverage industry who has family roots in the Polish Jewish community. Campbell, on occasion, does some “little jobs” for the British M16 foreign intelligence service. It is on one of these “little jobs” that Campbell gets deeply embroiled in the defection to the West of the Polish nuclear scientist, Erik Keller, and the efforts to retrieve his highly-prized papers.
Mr. Goodman is a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Order (CBE), a prominent recognition. Like his character Campbell, he was a British-born executive in the alcoholic beverage industry and he too has family roots in the Polish Jewish community. Did he perhaps as well do some “little jobs” for M16 somewhere along the line? Mr. Goodman did neither confirm nor deny this at the Glencoe Public Library presentation, building the case for him as one of the world’s most interesting people.

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