Southern Wine & Spirits of America Strengthens Operations in Pacific Northwest Markets
Gregg Risley Named Vice President, Operations - Pacific Northwest
Shawn Youmans Appointed Vice President, Operations - Oregon

January 29, 2013 - Miami, Florida: John Klein, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America’s seven Pacific Northwest markets (SWS-PNW)—divisions of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., (Southern), the country’s leading wine and spirits distributor—announced today the appointment of Gregg Risley as Vice President, Operations - SWS-PNW. Regarding the Company’s operations in Oregon, Klein also announced that Shawn Youmans has accepted the role of Vice President, Operations - Southern Wine & Spirits of Oregon. The appointments of both Risley and Youmans were effective January 20, 2013. Risley will report to Klein, and Youmans will report to Risley.

Commenting on these two important SWS-PNW appointments, Klein said, “As we continue to strengthen our operational reach and capabilities throughout the Pacific Northwest, Gregg will directly oversee all of our operations—including customer service, purchasing and facilities management. He will work closely with Southern’s Business Solutions Group and Supply Chain Management organizations, ensuring that the Pacific Northwest capitalizes on these important resources for efficiency and effectiveness across our company.” Risley previously served as Southern’s Vice President, Operations in Metro New York.

Klein continued, “We also look forward to Shawn raising the level of service excellence for all our customer and supplier partners in Oregon. Shawn oversaw the operations for the joint venture between Southern Wine & Spirits and the Odom Corporation in the Northwest—and will apply his vast knowledge to Oregon as we drive increasingly strong levels of service across the state.”

In related appointments concerning New York State, Southern’s Senior Vice-President, Supply Chain Officer Bobby Burg announced that Kevin Randall, currently serving as Vice President, Operations for the Upstate division of Southern Wine & Spirits of New York (SWS-NY), will assume Risley’s former position for the Metro New York market. Burg also noted that Amos Heaton has been named Vice President, Operations in SWS-NY Upstate to assume Randall’s former role. Both Randall and Heaton’s appointments are effective January 20, 2013 as well.

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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, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. 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 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:

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