For Immediate Release
Contact: Brad Vassar
Executive Vice President, General Manager
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
Telephone: (305) 625-4171
SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS OF SOUTH CAROLINA AWARDED 2006 HOSPITALITY SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR BY HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH CAROLINA
MIAMI - January 30, 2007 – Brad Vassar, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the leading nationally recognized wine and spirits distributor in the United States known for its historic commitment to delivering the highest standards of customer service, creative marketing programs and partnerships, announced today that the Company’s South Carolina Division was named 2006 Hospitality Supplier of the year by the Hospitality Association of South Carolina.
Mr. Tom Sponseller, President and CEO of the Hospitality Association of South Carolina said, “Southern Wine of Spirits South Carolina is always there in supporting the community and our industry. From being involved in our organization on the local
and state levels, Southern shows its commitment to making sure the hospitality industry
of this state is the best it can be.” Mr. Sponselller added, “The award is a simple way of saying thank you for being one of the best in the business and making South Carolina a better place.” Tom Collins, Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of South Carolina has been invited to accept the award on behalf of the entire Southern team, said Mr. Sponseller.
Mr. Vassar said, “On behalf of Wayne E. Chaplin, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Harvey R. Chaplin, our Chairman and CEO, all of us at Southern Wine & Spirits of America congratulate Tom and the entire South Carolina team of Southern Wine & Spirits, we are all extremely proud of your ongoing efforts to raise the level of
professionalism and community service across the entire South Carolina hospitality industry.”
Mr. Collins said, “We are extremely honored and excited to be recognized by our industry peers; this is a great vote of confidence in our continuing efforts to bring the highest levels of professional service, education and focus to our work with the entire hospitality industry across South Carolina. I want to particularly thank Tom Sponseller and all the members of the Hospitality Association of South Carolina for giving our company this distinguished honor.”
The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 26 at the Embassy Suites
Hotel in Columbia, South Carolina.
About the Hospitality Association of South Carolina:
The Hospitality Association of South Carolina is the state's trade association for the lodging and foodservice industry and was formed in 1993 by the South Carolina Hotel & Motel and the South Carolina Restaurant Associations, our membership divisions. The two non-profit associations date back to 1947 and 1950 respectively. For more information, log onto: www.schospitality.org
About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.:
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor with a tradition of delivering the highest levels of service excellence since 1968, currently conducts business in 27 states. The Company operates in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Mississippi,
New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. The Company has a strategic partnership with Alaska Distributors Co. of Seattle, Washington, called Southern Wine/Spirits West, a joint venture that has wine and spirits brokerage operations across the Northwest Control States of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 10,000 team members. For more information, please log on to: