SWS Names Tom Collins VP, GM for South Carolina

For Immediate Release                                                                                  Brad Vassar
                                                                      Executive Vice President & General Manager
                                                                             Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.                    
                                                                                                                  Tel: 305 625-4171

SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS OF AMERICA, INC. NAMES TOM COLLINS AS VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL MANAGER FOR SOUTH CAROLINA

DON RICHARD’S NEW ROLE AT COMPANY TO INVOLVE KEY CORPORATE TASKS GOING FORWARD

     Miami – January 17, 2006 – Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the country’s largest wine and spirits distributor with operations in 21 states, including one pending acquisition in a control state market, today announced the appointment of Tom Collins as Vice President, General Manager for the Company’s operations in South Carolina, according to Brad Vassar, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
     According to Mr. Vassar, Mr. Collins’s appointment was effective January 1, 2006; he also noted that Mr. Don Richard will assume, under the leadership of Mr. Collins, a range of new in-market responsibilities including the continuation of Southern Wine & Spirits of South Carolina’s local charitable-, community- and industry-related activities involving multiple organizations and beneficiaries including The School of Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management at the University of South Carolina and Trident Technical College.
      Mr. Vassar said, “Given the importance of our growing South Carolina operations, we know that Tom’s experience, people skills and professionalism will assure all our supplier partners and our on- and off-premise customers that there will be strong continuity in our ongoing efforts to maintain our tradition of offering outstanding service, now and going forward.”
     Mr. Wayne E. Chaplin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, added: “On behalf of the entire Southern Wine & Spirits of America organization, I want to sincerely thank Don Richard for all his valuable contributions to the growth and development of our South Carolina business since its establishment now almost 14 years ago.”
     Noting Mr. Collins’s impressive record of achievement, Mr. Vassar said, “Tom has more than 30 years of experience that he has brought to our organization. We look forward to Tom making important contributions to our existing South Carolina business and his working closely with all our supplier partners and our customers across the state.” 
     Prior to joining Southern Wine & Spirits of South Carolina., Mr. Collins served as an Executive of a local wholesale alcoholic distributor in South Carolina, and before that with McKesson Corp. as its Regional Vice President in its wine and spirits division. Mr. Collins is a graduate of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, with a B.A. in Business Administration.
     Mr. Collins said: “I am excited about the new opportunity to be leading this fine organization.  I very much look forward to working closely with all the Southern Wine & Spirits Executives and Team Members in South Carolina as well as interacting with all of our Supplier and Customer partners.”
     Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor, with current operations in 21 states, including one pending acquisition in a control state market. The multi-state distributor currently operates in:  Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia as well as, pending  closure of transaction, in Mississippi. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 10,000 team members.


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