September 20, 2014 2:30 AM ET

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Company Overview of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.

Company Overview

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. markets, promotes, merchandises, and distributes wines, spirits, beers, and other alcoholic beverages. The company serves chain and independent retail and restaurant customers through its distribution centers in the United States. Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. was formerly known as Shaw-Ross Importers, Inc. and changed its name to Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. in July 1987. The company was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Miami, Florida with accounts offices in Orlando, Florida; and Cerritos, California. It has operations in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kentuc...

1600 N.W. 163rd Street

Miami, FL 33169

United States

Founded in 1968

Phone:

305-625-4171

Fax:

305-620-9159

Key Executives for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and President
Age: 58
Vice President of Finance & Administration
Age: 67
Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President
Senior Vice President and President of Wine Division
Age: 78
Chief Information Officer
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. Key Developments

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. Announces Executive Appointments

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. announced that Kevin Fennessey, current Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, will take on the new role of Executive Vice President, Commercial Strategy and will continue to report to Vassar. New corporate commercial functions under Fennessey will include roles for Commercial Corporate Initiatives, Multi-Cultural Marketing and Sales Force Effectiveness—in addition to Fennessey’s existing commercial reports in the areas of On-and Off-Premise National Accounts, Direct Marketing, and Business Intelligence. Fennessey will work closely with Southern’s Strategic Programs Group, Business Solutions Group, as well as Southern’s Sales divisions. As part of Vassar’s new commercial organization, Gerald (Gerry) Rivero, Jr., Executive Vice President, General Manager of the Coastal-Pacific Wine & Spirits (CPWS) division, will add the control markets to his current open-markets scope. Bob Swartz, current Executive Vice President, General Manager of North American Spirits & Wine (NASW)—the dedicated Diageo and Moët Hennessy control states brokerage organization—will continue in his NASW leadership role, but will now report directly to Rivero. Following this change, the dedicated CPWS division will now manage or oversee all markets where Southern partners with Diageo and Moët Hennessy portfolios. Consistent with Rivero’s role, other key supplier executives will directly report to Vassar. In addition, the Southern brokerage divisions’ Executive Vice President, General Manager-Control States Peter Hickey will continue to report directly to Vassar as well.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. Appoints John Trainer as Executive Vice President, General Manager - American Liberty Wine & Spirits, Effective July 1, 2014

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. announced the appointment of John Trainer as Executive Vice President, General Manager - American Liberty Wine & Spirits, effective July 1, 2014. Trainer comes to Southern from Pernod Ricard USA (PR USA), where he currently serves as Vice President, General Manager for the Control Markets Division. Trainer will also take on the sales and marketing responsibilities of current Southern Vice President, Supplier Executive for the PR USA portfolio, BJ Vorderer, who will return to PR USA as General Manager, Control Markets Division.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. Announces Executive Changes

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. announced an initial step in Southern's new commercial organizational structure. This restructuring is designed to capitalize on changes in the marketplace and enhance Southern's competitiveness in the industry. The new structure is effective immediately. Kevin Fennessey, current Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing, will take on the new role of Executive Vice President, Commercial Strategy and will continue to report to Vassar. New corporate commercial functions under Fennessey will include roles for Commercial Corporate Initiatives, Multi-Cultural Marketing and Sales Force Effectiveness in addition to Fennessey's existing commercial reports in the areas of On- and Off-Premise National Accounts, Direct Marketing, and Business Intelligence. Fennessey will work closely with Southern's Strategic Programs Group, Business Solutions Group, as well as Southern's Sales divisions. Primarily, this group will establish a company-wide commercial strategy platform to provide leadership, identify sales and marketing needs, and develop solutions and tools for driving industry-leading best practices. As part of Vassar's new commercial organization, Gerald ("Gerry") Rivero, Jr., Executive Vice President, General Manager of the Coastal-Pacific Wine & Spirits (CPWS) division, will add the control markets to his current open-markets scope. Bob Swartz, current Executive Vice President, General Manager of North American Spirits & Wine (NASW) -- the dedicated Diageo and Moët Hennessy control states brokerage organization -- will continue in his NASW leadership role, but will now report directly to Rivero. Following this change, the dedicated CPWS division will now manage or oversee all markets where Southern partners with Diageo and Moët Hennessy portfolios. Consistent with Rivero's role, other key supplier executives will directly report to Vassar. In addition, the Southern brokerage divisions' Executive Vice President, General Manager-Control States Peter Hickey will continue to report directly to Vassar as well.

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