Robinson Cooper
Vice President / General Manager


Robinson Cooper graduated from Moravian College in 1989 and is a 22 year veteran of the wine and spirits industry. Mr. Cooper began his career as a merchandiser with Margolis Wines and Spirits in Pennsylvania. From there, he took a role with Bacardi and Brown Forman as a merchandiser in New Jersey. In 1995 he was promoted to District Manager with Bacardi where he spent 5 years in numerous roles with increasing responsibility, ultimately becoming Distributor Manager - Key Market.

In July of 2000, Rob Joined Seagram’s as a New Jersey State Manager. Shortly after, Seagram’s was sold to Allied Domecq. Rob took this opportunity to join Allied Domecq in New York where he was then promoted to Pennsylvania Territory Manager in 2002, and then on to Regional Marketing Director in Connecticut in 2004.
After the sale of Allied Domecq in part to Pernod Ricard, Diageo and Fortune Brands in 2005, Rob joined Beam Brands (Fortune Brands Spirits Division) as The Eastern Control Regional Marketing Director. He held this position until being recruited by SWS to run Southern Wine & Spirits of Ohio in January of 2008. Earlier this year, Rob was given the added responsibility of starting up the SWS of Iowa operation.

Under Rob’s tutelage, Southern Wine & Spirits has played a vital role in the expansion and success of the Liquor industry in Ohio. He is currently the President of the Ohio Spirits Association, a non-profit organization created to help promote the advancement of spirits legislation in Ohio.

Rob also plays a large role in Southern’s enthusiasm and support for many charitable organizations, including Down Syndrome Achieves, Autism Speaks, The Mid-Ohio Food bank, Caring & Sharing of Westerville as well as numerous Hospice and Children’s Organizations.

“I am thrilled and extremely honored to be part of this world-class organization and enjoy leading the Ohio and Iowa teams through all of the challenges and opportunities we face on a daily basis. In doing so, I maintain the single-minded goal of meeting and exceeding the expectations of all of our trading partners.”

Robinson currently resides with his wife and children in Dublin, Ohio. In his sparse free time, Rob enjoys golfing as well as being an avid runner; completing multiple full and half marathons.

 





Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 (Archive on Wednesday, October 31, 2012)
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