For Immediate Release Contact: Lee F. Hager
Executive Vice President, Secretary & Chief
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
Telephone: (305) 625-4171
SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS OF AMERICA, INC. CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS CORPORATE HUMAN RESOURCES TEAM
Jeanette Paige Appointed Vice President, Human Resources
MIAMI, September 29, 2006 – Lee F. Hager, Executive Vice President, Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the country’s largest wine and spirits distributor with operations in 26 states, today announced an additional senior Human Resource appointment.
In his announcement, Mr. Hager noted the Company continues its efforts to reinforce the growth of the strategic Human Resources function within the organization. To that purpose, the Company is pleased to announce that Jeanette Paige has been promoted to the newly-created position of Vice President, Human Resources.
Mr. Hager noted, “With Jeanette’s inclusion in the executive human resources leadership team, Southern Wine & Spirits demonstrates its continued commitment to innovation and reaffirms the importance of skillfully handling the management of our human resources.”
Mr. Hager added: “Jeanette’s expertise includes labor relations, HR staff development, and the development and execution of talent management programs, all of which foster and further promote Southern’s employee-focused culture, which has resulted in Southern’s ability to attract and retain valuable employees across the country.”
Mr. Hager said, “Since joining Southern Wine & Spirits’ Northern California operations 18 years ago, Jeanette has demonstrated a continued commitment to excellence while still managing growth at an unbelievable rate. Her experience and talent ensures she will be a valuable contributor to our new Human Resources team. We will specifically rely on her expertise in the areas of labor relations and her ability to develop and foster relationships with union leadership representatives.”
Michael Head, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, stated, “ I am excited about the major contribution that Jeanette will make in developing a world-class Human Resources team within Southern Wine & Spirits. Jeanette will work very closely with Mark Krauss, recently appointed Vice President of Corporate Human Resources Policy, to establish the contemporary human resources programs that will sustain and enhance Southern Wine’s strategic growth and the career opportunities of our employees.”
Ms. Paige said, “I am delighted to embark on the new challenges and exciting opportunities associated with my new role. I feel strongly about Southern Wine & Spirits’ mission and commitment to people resources and look forward to working with Michael Head and Mark Krauss to expand and grow our best practices and industry leading initiatives.”
Ms. Paige graduated from St. Mary’s College and earned her MBA from California State University, Hayward, California.
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor, with operations in 26 states. The company currently operates in: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 10,000 team members.