Andy Harman & Mary Barranco Promoted to Lead Enhanced Efforts of Core Management Leadership & Selling Programs and Companywide Execution Capabilities

October 13, 2011, Miami, Florida - Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern), the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor with operations in 35 states, announces the promotions of Andrew Harman to Senior Vice President-Organizational Development and Mary Barranco to Vice President-National Director of Training. These appointments recognize Harman and Barranco’s leadership in significantly expanding Southern’s capabilities in the employee development and talent management areas. Concurrent with these promotions, Southern is presently rolling out new web-based components of Southern Wine & Spirits University (SWS-U).

“At Southern, we have always believed that our employees are our most valuable asset,” says Wayne Chaplin, Southern’s President & Chief Operating Officer. “The recruiting, development and performance management of our employees are important distinguishing, competitive advantages for Southern,” Chaplin added, “Andy and Mary have been instrumental in developing the needed skills of our people going back to the 2007 establishment of SWS-U, Southern’s proprietary training and development program. Since that time, SWS-U has been responsible for delivering sales and managerial skills programs to thousands of Southern employees in virtually all markets and functional areas—and more training tools are on the way.”

Most recently under Harman and Barranco’s leadership, Southern has introduced a new web-based Learning Management System (LMS) that is poised to deliver expanded content via sophisticated e-learning tools. This system will enable Southern’s 11,000 employees to both self-register for and administer appropriate courses as well as be counseled and directed to specific, relevant programs by in-market trainers and managers. The LMS will link employee development with Southern’s Performance Appraisal System and, in the near future, to the company’s leadership development and succession planning processes as well.

Promoted to Senior Vice President-Organizational Development, Harman will continue his responsibilities for overseeing SWS-U’s ongoing enhancements while he also pursues long-term, enterprise-wide, employee-development initiatives. Commenting on Harman’s appointment, Executive Vice President-General Manager Brad Vassar said, “Andy has demonstrated an exceptional ability to successfully identify, communicate and execute companywide employee development objectives. He will continue to work with Southern’s GMs and corporate leadership to accelerate our plans to be best in class in all areas of talent management—and will continue to work collaboratively with Southern suppliers to ensure the integration of supplier sales and marketing programs with the SWS-U curriculum.” Prior to joining Southern in 2004 as Vice President-Organizational Development, Harman had a long career in the wine and spirits industry having worked for over 30 years at The Seagram Company. There, he had a broad range of accountabilities in Sales, Marketing and Strategic Planning, reaching the position of Chief Officer-Global Customer Development.

Mary Barranco, a nine year Southern employee, who has been working with Harman as the National Director of Training for the past 18 months, has been promoted to Vice President-National Director of Training with increased responsibility for company-wide curriculum and capability development. Harman commented, “Mary has been leading SWS-U’s training initiatives after serving as the Director of Training & Recruiting for Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois and Kentucky. She is a consummate professional who will be responsible for assuring the disciplined execution, quality, and consistency of core programs across all markets.”

Reporting to Mary Barranco will be two new regional training managers. Robert O. Busch has joined Southern as an Eastern Regional Manager of Training. Busch has a long history in the beverage industry and he will be responsible for assisting with curriculum development and in-market training for all programs in a number of eastern states.

Simultaneously, Southern is proud to announce the promotion of Christopher D. DePersio to Western Regional Manager of Training. DePersio has most recently been a District Manager in Nevada, and he has been with Southern for six years following more than ten years’ experience in the industry.

These appointments were effective September, 2011.

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