Southern Wine & Spirits of New England Appoints Mark J. Simmons Vice President – General Manager, Wine
Simmons Will Report to Randy Barnhart, Vice President – General Manager of Southern’s New England Division


CONCORD, N.H.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Randy Barnhart, Vice President – General Manager, Southern Wine & Spirits of New England — a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the country’s largest wine and spirits distributor — today announced Mark J. Simmons’ promotion to Vice President – General Manager - Wine for Southern Wine & Spirits of New England. The appointment is effective immediately.

Simmons joined the Southern team in 2005, and initially managed the wine portfolios for Diageo Château and Estates Wines and Moët Hennessy USA across Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Last year, his responsibilities were expanded to include oversight of Diageo’s on premise business as well. Commenting on Simmons’ appointment, Barnhart said, “During his tenure with Southern, Mark has had a positive impact on his portfolios and has been a key influencer on our overall business. I am confident that he will continue to add value as he advances our mutual business interests across our entire wine portfolio in New England.”

Prior to joining Southern in 2005, Simmons was Regional Manager for The Robert Mondavi Company in New England for four years. Simmons began his career in the beverage alcohol business as a Sales Representative for the Martignetti Companies in New Hampshire. In 1991, Mr. Simmons earned a BS in Business Management from Keene State College.

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 the following markets: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. 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 12,500 team members.

Southern urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information about Southern and its responsible consumption program, see: http://www.southernwine.com.
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