For Immediate Release
James C. Allen Named Executive Vice President/Wines of Southern Wine & Spirits of New York
Richard Crossland Appointed to Lead Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado and Michael Jahn Named to Coordinate Southern Wine & Spirits of New Mexico and Arizona
MIAMI, Jan. 10 -- In a series of senior appointments designed to strengthen and reaffirm the wine operations of its New York division, Mr. Wayne E. Chaplin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the country's largest wine and spirits distributor with operations in 12 states, announced the appointment of Mr. James C. Allen, a 27-year company veteran, as Executive Vice President, Wines, of Southern Wine & Spirits of New York.
According to Mr. Chaplin, Mr. Allen will oversee all facets of the wine operations in the state and be an integral part of the Southern Wine & Spirits of New York executive team headed by Mr. Larry Goodrich, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, whose appointment was announced late last year in connection with Southern's entry into the Empire State market. In this new position, Mr. Allen begins work in the New York market on February 1, 2005; Mr. Allen most recently served as Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado.
Mr. Chaplin said: "There is no one more qualified to help us build our wine business in the state of New York than Jim Allen. Jim has worked for Southern Wine & Spirits for 27 years in Florida, California, Hawaii and Colorado, and in each of his positions he has led our wine efforts, enabling us to become the dominant wine distributor both on- and off-premise."
Mr. Chaplin added, "Jim brings a wealth of experience and a keen insight into customer concerns as well as supplier objectives to our organization. His national reputation in the industry as a knowledgeable, go-to wine executive will no doubt bring added depth to our organization, now and into the future. His appointment further demonstrates our commitment to meeting the needs and sophistication of the New York marketplace."
Mr. Mel Dick, Senior Vice President and President-Wine Division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., said, "In my opinion, Jim is one of the wine and spirits industry's most respected executives, with management experience second to none. As someone who has worked with Jim for years -- I was there the night he was hired -- given the breadth of his wine contacts in the United States and around the world, I am very confident that Jim and the entire New York team are going to bring a new level of wine service excellence to our customers and suppliers."
Mr. Allen said, "I am thrilled and honored by this appointment and look forward to meeting our customers and suppliers across New York state. I am eager, working together with our suppliers and customers, to make the world's most exciting market for wine even more exciting."
Mr. Larry Goodrich, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of New York, said, "We are confident his appointment underlines the importance that our Company and I attach to fielding the best and brightest sales and operational team in New York for both our customers and for current and prospective suppliers."
Additional Southern Wine & Spirits Senior Management Appointments Announced In Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona
Following Mr. Allen's reassignment to New York, Mr. Chaplin also announced the promotion of Mr. Richard Crossland as the Company's new Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of Colorado, effective February 1, 2005. During the past five years, Mr. Crossland served as Vice President, Sales at Southern Wine & Spirits of New Mexico.
Mr. Chaplin said, "Richard is a hard-working, focused and extremely talented executive. His unrivalled dedication to customers and suppliers, combined with his previous experience, will make him a perfect fit for his new responsibilities."
Mr. Chaplin added, "In looking at New Mexico, we see many complementary supplier and customer needs between New Mexico and Arizona, and therefore we will be expanding the role of Michael Jahn, who is currently Vice President, General Manager of Arizona, to include oversight of the New Mexico market as Vice President, General Manager of Arizona/New Mexico." According to Mr. Chaplin, Mr. Jahn is a 20-year veteran of Southern Wine & Spirits, whose experience includes, in addition to his service as Arizona's General Manager, wine management positions in southern California.
Mr. Brad Vassar, recently appointed as Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., said, "Michael will now be in charge of daily sales and operations in both Arizona and New Mexico, working closely with Michael Chiordi, who will be promoted to Executive Vice President, Managing Director of Southern Wine & Spirits of New Mexico."
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation's largest wine and spirits distributor, with operations in 12 states, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 8,000 team members.