Southern-Odom Joint Venture to Expand Pacific Northwest Management Team-Appointment of John Klein to EVP-Wine & Spirits
Seattle, WA, November 8, 2010 – Southern-Odom/Spirits West (Southern-Odom) of the Pacific Northwest—a joint venture of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern) and the Odom Corporation—is pleased to welcome John Klein to its management team as Southern-Odom’s Executive Vice President-Wine & Spirits.

Southern’s President & Chief Operating Officer Wayne Chaplin commented, “We are excited and honored to have John on the Southern-Odom leadership team. He brings eight years of experience in the Pacific Northwest marketplace, and has a collaborative leadership style that will blend with his colleagues at Southern-Odom.”

John Odom, President of the Odom Corporation, added, “We look forward to leveraging John’s vast industry experience and competent leadership as he oversees our wine and spirits business throughout the Pacific Northwest. I am confident that his talents will complement well the already outstanding team of professionals we have in place at Southern-Odom.”
Expressing his excitement on the appointment, Klein said, “I am thrilled to join Southern-Odom. John Odom, Dick Barkett, Adam Hilpert, Jim Allen, Mike McLaughlin and our entire Pacific Northwest organization are true leaders in the wine and spirits industry. I am honored to be part of their team.”

This appointment is effective immediately, with Klein reporting directly to Southern-Odom COO Dick Barkett and working in conjunction with Southern’s Executive Vice President-General Manager Brad Vassar on supplier relations and go-to-market strategy.
About Southern Wine & Spirits of America

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor with operations in 33 markets. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia—as well as the additional seven states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Utah through the Southern-Odom/Spirits West partnership. In addition, Southern has a presence in Maryland and the District of Columbia through a joint venture with F.P. Winner Wine & Spirits as well as a joint venture operation in Minnesota with J.J. Taylor Distributing Company. Southern also holds operating licenses and permits in Nebraska and Texas. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 11,000 team members. For more information contact: www.southernwine.com.

The Odom Corporation The Odom Corporation (Odom) is one of the Northwest's leading beverage distributors of foreign and domestic beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks, including Coca-Cola of Alaska. Odom is a second generation family business founded in 1934 -- equally owned by John, Bill and Jim Odom and proudly celebrated its 75th year anniversary in 2009. The Company employs over 1,600 associates who sell and distribute more than 20 million cases annually. For more information about Odom, please visit www.odomcorp.com.

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