For Immediate Release Contact: Larry Ruvo
Senior Managing Partner
Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada
Telephone: (702) 876-4500
Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada Appoints John Wittig as
Executive Vice President, General Manager
Wittig to Report to Larry Ruvo, Senior Managing Partner of State’s Leading Wine & Spirits Distributor
LAS VEGAS - August 15, 2007 — Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the country’s leading wine and spirits distributor with a tradition of service excellence since 1968, announced today the appointment of John Wittig as Executive Vice President, General Manager, according to Larry Ruvo, Senior Managing Partner of Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, the state’s most respected wine and spirits operation.
Commenting on the appointment, Mr. Ruvo said, "We have conducted an extensive search since the passing of Sid Chaplin, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada’s former Executive Vice President, an integral part of the Company’s early senior executive team and, most of all, a dear friend. We have interviewed numerous candidates in an effort to identify the most qualified and competent successor to Sid. At this time, I am pleased to announce that, effective immediately, John Wittig will join us as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada."
According to Mr. Ruvo, Mr. Wittig is an industry veteran of more than 24 years, starting his career with the Genesee Brewing Company, following this experience with 16 years of service with Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc. in various capacities and then working with Brown-Forman. Prior to accepting this position with Southern, Mr. Wittig most recently served as the President of Glazier’s Union Beverage Company in Illinois.
Wayne Chaplin, President & COO of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, commented, “We are delighted to have a leader of John’s caliber. His background with the supplier tier and recent experience with a leading distributor makes him admirably qualified for the position at hand. We have every confidence that John’s knowledge, experience and enthusiasm will not only ensure but also extend our continued leadership position in the Nevada marketplace.”
Mr. Wittig said, "I am thrilled and extremely honored to join this world-class organization and look forward to all of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in overseeing the Southern Wine & Spirits’ Nevada operation. In doing so, I will maintain the single-minded goal of meeting and exceeding the expectations of all of our trading partners.”
Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Brad Vassar, added, “I have every confidence in John’s success as he works with our current, outstanding leaders of Larry Ruvo and Tim McCarthy—whose executive role and responsibilities will remain unchanged. The three will form an unbeatable team in Nevada—for now and into the future—that will no doubt fully leverage our Companywide resources and best practices. The result of their efforts will be the delivery of the highest levels of service to all of our supplier partners and customers across the state."
About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor, with operations in 28 states. The Company currently operates in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Company also has a strategic partnership with Alaska Distributors Co. of Seattle, Washington, called Southern Wine/Spirits West, a joint venture that has wine and spirits brokerage operations across the Northwest Control States of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 10,000 team members. For more information contact: www.southernwine.com.