Southern Wine & Spirits Announces Appointment of Kirt Clemens as Senior Vice-President of North American Spirits & Wine’s Eastern Division
Appointment Complements North American Spirits & Wine Leadership Team

August 3, 2011, Miami, Florida - Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern), the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor with operations in 35 states, today announced the appointment of Kirt Clemens to Senior Vice President- Eastern Region, North American Spirits & Wine Brokerage division (NASW).

According to Robert Swartz, Executive Vice President and General Manager of NASW, “Kirt brings 23 years of beverage industry experience to his new position, specializing in supplier operations and strategic planning. Prior to joining Southern, he worked with Diageo throughout Florida where he built strategic alliances with major off-premise accounts. Most recently, Clemens worked for Southern’s Mid-Atlantic Division in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he served as Vice President-General Sales Manager for the past five years.” In this role, Clemens directed development of the regional strategy for market coverage re-organization and contributed to the overall success of the Mid-Atlantic Division’s sales.

“On behalf of the entire Southern organization, I want to congratulate Kirt on his new role,” commented Brad Vassar. “His appointment completes a very capable team of executives who will bring added strength, focus and experience to our new NASW Brokerage division, serving Diageo and Moët Hennessy across 18 control state markets.”

Clemens role will report to Bob Swartz and was effective August 1, 2011. A search is underway for Clemens successor in North Carolina.

About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor and broker with operations in 35 markets. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, 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, see:

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