Chicago-based Spirit Hub recently announced the hiring of David Toomey, a veteran of online grocery and household goods platform Shipt, to a newly established role as executive advisor, effective Aug. 1.
Through April 2021, Toomey served as the head of legal for Shipt. Previous to that position, he served in multiple roles including the general manager of alcohol. Starting at the company in 2016, his leadership across the legal landscape guided Shipt’s expansion from 5 to 48 states, and nationwide presence. Target acquired Shipt in 2017.
“David’s experience in driving regulatory change and strong revenue growth nationwide in last-mile alcohol delivery with a heavy focus on compliance and incorporating new technology aligns with Spirit Hub’s strategic priorities,” said Spirit Hub CEO Michael Weiss in a press release. “David has deep experience with consumer-facing platforms and scale. His expertise from a business and legal perspective will help us reach new customers in new markets.”
In his new role, Toomey will join the former Jennifer Carr-Smith, former CEO of Peapod, an Ahold Delhaize company, as the second executive advisor to Spirit Hub.
Prior to his experience at Shipt, Toomey began his career practicing corporate law and subsequently moved into the alcohol e-commerce industry, founding an online wine retail business aimed at bringing small-production wines to new consumers through a national online platform. Toomey holds a BS in political science from the University of Oregon and a Juris Doctorate from Santa Clara University.
“I have a passion for helping to move the antiquated three-tiered system into the digital age,” Toomey says. “Spirit Hub’s mission to become the national retailer of alcohol beverage products through its three-tier compliant proprietary economical framework is exactly what consumers today require and what the alcohol beverage industry needs. The company offers consumers great products and a convenient shopping experience, plus offers producers a path to gain new customers coast to coast in a legally compliant way. I’m looking forward to accelerating Spirit Hub’s growth.”