Southern Wine & Spirits of Alaska – About Us

In early 2013, John Klein, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America’s seven Pacific Northwest markets— Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and Washington -- all divisions of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., (Southern), the country’s leading wine and spirits distributor, announced the appointment of Gregg Risley as Vice President, Operations for the Company’s Pacific Northwest markets.

In the same announcement, to further the Company’s operations in Oregon, Mr. Klein said that Shawn Youmans has accepted the role of as that state’s Director of Operations. Mr. Risley will report to Mr. Klein, and Mr. Youmans will report to Mr. Risley.

Commenting on these two important SWS-PNW appointments, Klein said, “As we continue to strengthen our operational reach and capabilities throughout the Pacific Northwest, Gregg will directly oversee all of our operations—including customer service, purchasing and facilities management. He will work closely with Southern’s Business Solutions Group and Supply Chain Management organizations, ensuring that the Pacific Northwest capitalizes on these important resources for efficiency and effectiveness across our company.” Risley previously served as Southern’s Vice President, Operations in Metro New York.

Klein continued, “We also look forward to Shawn raising the level of service excellence for all our customer and supplier partners in Oregon. Shawn oversaw the operations f