Bill Hawks is Vice President of Operations for Southern Wine and Spirits of Mississippi. Bill joined the Southern family since our recent acquisition of D.J. Koenig & Associates, Inc. in February 2006. Bill has worked in the industry for over 17 years and prior to Southern, he served in the capacity of Vice President/General Manager at D.J. Koenig and Associates, Inc., a wine and spirits brokerage operation that at one time had operations in the states of Mississippi and Alabama. During the same time frame, Bill was also instrumental in starting a non-alcoholic distribution business which included mixers, juices, wine glasses and bar accessories. In a short time this business became the dominant non-alcoholic supplier to the package stores and bars in the state of Mississippi.
Prior to working for D.J. Koenig, Bill worked in the computer software business, first at a company writing small finance and insurance software for car dealerships then moving quickly to managing a team of programmers writing software for the cellular telephone business. This software manages switch detail logging, rating and billing of cellular phone calls, all of the front office tasks as well as the back office clearing of cellular phone calls.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in Engineering with a Minor in Business from the University of Mississippi. Bill has had a vast variety of “hands on” experience by participating in courses such as Court of Master Sommeliers, Winery and Vineyard Operations Course at Robert Mondavi Winery, Scotch Production and Blending course at J&B Distillery and has even worked one summer at Benzinger Winery learning all aspects of wine making during their “crush”.
Bill is married to his wife, Christy for 11 years and has a 7 year old daughter. His hobbies include scuba diving, sailing, travel and spending quality time with his family.