America’s more than 3,000 independent beer distribution facilities employ 135,000 men and women in communities across the country. The NBWA Employee Spotlight program highlights standout beer distribution employees and showcases their achievements.

It is often noted that many beer distribution companies are family-owned and –operated, and many of these businesses operate as an extended ‘family,’ with employees who have worked in the business for 10, 15, 20 years and more. NBWA’s Employee Spotlight Program recognizes these standout employees who are the face of the American beer industry in their communities.

Employee Spotlight


Winder Fuentes Laya

Frank Beer Distributors, Inc.
Middleton, Wisconsin
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Years of Service

3 Years

Current Position

Delivery Driver

First Job at the Company

Delivery Helper

Management Quote

“Winder is hardworking and dedicated to ensuring that beer gets to the customers when they need it, the product is rotated and stored how the customer wants it. With his enthusiasm and big smile, he is always willing to take extra steps to help his customers be successful. Over the last three years, the company has received many compliments and praise for his performance from customers and the people he works with. Winder moved from Caracas, Venezuela, to the U.S. in 2011 to attend college on a baseball scholarship and is proud to have become a naturalized U.S. citizen on September 22, 2016. Winder is a true professional, whose kindness and devotion to his family, customers and Frank Beverage Group make him an inspiration to all who know him."

- Kyle Hunter, Delivery Driver Supervisor

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Carl Marvin

Skyland Distributing Company
Asheville, North Carolina
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Years of Service

32 Years

Current Position

Trade Development Manager

First Job at the Company

Route Delivery Driver

Management Quote

“Carl has seen a lot over the last 32 years in the beer distribution business and has been a positive influence to a lot of people along the way. Starting out on a route truck delivering beer, getting promoted to sales representative and eventually sales manager are a testament to Carl's hard work and dedication to the industry. I have been very impressed with Carl's always positive and upbeat attitude that is infectious to his coworkers and customers. We are very proud to have Carl as a part of our team and a part of our community.”

- Brian Eddington, General Manager

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Todd Wolfe

Brewery Products Co.
York, Pennsylvania
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Years of Service

3 Years at Brewery Products Co., 18 Years in the Business

Current Position

Operations Manager

First Job at the Company

Delivery Driver

Management Quote

“Todd's character and work ethic are just a few great attributes he offers the company. This is why we knew he would succeed in his new position of operations manager. His service to our country in the Navy is just one of his many accomplishments.”
- Derek Siegel, Vice President

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Greg Rosenberg

Eastown Distributors Company
Highland Park, Michigan
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Years of Service

22 Years

Current Position

Pre-sell Delivery Driver

Management Quote

"Greg Rosenberg has been a beer delivery driver for over 22 years, and each holiday season he delivers more than beer. For the past five years, Greg has played Santa Claus and brought joy and presents to over 150 children at St. Vincent and Sarah Fisher Center, an after-school program that Eastown Distributors Company sponsors. This year Eastown raised over $10,000 for the center. Santa Greg personally raised money throughout the year by cooking and selling Polish dinners and chili and gave all the proceeds to help buy the presents for the children. This year Greg was moved by a young girl who wanted nothing for Christmas for herself. She just wanted Santa to bring her sick dog a bed so the dog could sleep in her room next to her. Greg was going to buy a dog bed and bring it to her the next day, but the center went out and bought the dog bed and gift wrapped it 'Special Delivery' from Santa. Greg’s kindness and dedication has touched many children as well as the customers to whom he delivers product.”
- Paul J. Quasarano, President

Employee Spotlight


Kim Weigel

W&L Sales Co., Inc.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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Years of Service

22 Years

Current Position

Sales Manager

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

“Kim is a consummate professional. Providing our customers with profitable reasons to partner with us and our brands is in her DNA. She receives tremendous respect from all who work with her. Kim started as a merchandiser, was quickly promoted to sales rep, became a sales manager in 2004 and has added value to our organization for over 20 years. Her husband and her two wonderful grandsons are the love of her life. In addition, she enjoys her dogs, being outdoors, gardening, fishing and baking. Kim also volunteers at the local Animal Rescue and does other charitable work.”
- David Rose, President/GM

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Jenny Snow

Eagle Beverage
Frontenac, Kansas
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Years of Service

16 Years

Current Position

Office Manager

First Job at the Company

Administrative Assistant

Management Quote

“Jenny is a wonderful employee and an even better person. She has been the cornerstone of our business, always the consummate professional. She is truly an exceptional team member who is prompt, courteous, self-motivated, highly talented and makes our entire team better. We are blessed to have her on our team!”

- Steve Beykirch, President

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Carol Holley Hobbs

Lawrence Distributing Company
Danville, Virginia
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Years of Service

20 Years

Current Position

Human Resources Director

First Job at the Company

Administrative Assistant

Management Quote

“Carol is the kind of person who GETS THE JOB DONE. She is bright, talented, and knowledgeable about our company, staff members, products, customers, and market. She is the go-to person who has the information we need or knows how to get it in a quick, efficient manner. She is hardworking and devoted to excellence in the role she plays at our company. Best of all, she is warm and friendly and helpful, and that makes the workday better for everyone who interacts with her. Lawrence Distributing Company is blessed to have her on staff.”

- Linda Lawrence Dalton, President

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Stella Deleon

Reed Beverage Company
Abilene, Texas
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Years of Service

17 Years

Current Position

Office & Accounts Receivable Manager

First Job at the Company

Receptionist

Management Quote

”Stella has been with our company since 1999, she has seen and dealt with a lot of changes over the past 17 years. She started as a part-time receptionist and we were immediately impressed with her personality and work ethic. But it was her willingness, ideas and ability to learn that has given her the opportunity to take on additional roles within the company - from checking in drivers at the end of the day, to learning how to operate and eventually heading up and running our creative and sign department. While Stella is still taking care of things in our office, she also takes care of our entire customer and supplier accounts receivable department. She has proven time and time again that there’s nothing that she can’t or is not willing to do for our company. She also does all of these things with a great attitude, integrity and pride. Thanks, Stella for all you do now and all you have done for Reed Beverage Abilene over the years, and here’s to your continued success in the years to come."

- Charles Hughes, President

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Gail (Ed) Totman

Flint Hills Beverage
Osage City, Kansas
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Years of Service

41 Years

Current Position

Operations Manager

First Job at the Company

Route Salesman

Management Quote

"Ed has been a 41-year dedicated employee and will retire this year as operations manager for the last 30 years. As operations manager, he oversees all building, vehicle and equipment maintenance, property/health/disability insurance administration and inventory management. His excellent sales forecasts of Anheuser-Busch InBev products has kept us and our customers in stock with fewer out of stocks. In fact, he has been the #1 sales forecaster in Kansas for over 28 years!”
- Casey Mussatto, Owner/General Manager

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Kevin Pomorski

Ludington Beverage
Ludington, Michigan
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Years of Service

1 Year

Current Position

Warehouse Employee & Relief Driver

First Job at the Company

Warehouse Nighttime Loader

Management Quote

“Kevin is newer to the company, but he has been eager to learn anything that is put in front of him and resourceful in bringing new and fresh ideas to the team! He did such a wonderful job pulling orders and loading trucks that he was able to move up to our lead daytime warehouse employee and relief driver. Kevin is a positive, self-motivated and energetic person who is making a great impact within our business.”

- Willie Reed, President

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Davis Sandahl

Centennial Distributing
Hayden, Idaho
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Years of Service

3 years

Current Position

Pricing Coordinator

First Job at the Company

Administrative Assistant

Management Quote

“Davis has shown a specific attention to detail that will shine through in her new role of pricing coordinator. She displays tremendous customer service attributes and is a wonderful person. Her hard work and dedication to helping us grow is an example to all our employees. Davis is a great asset to our team, and we look forward to her success in her new role.”

- Mike Nyquist, Vice President of Sales

Employee Spotlight


Sharon Miller

Wright Beverage Distributing
Rochester, New York
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Years of Service

13 Years

Current Position

Customer Service/Accounts Receivable Rep

First Job at the Company

Office Clerk

Management Quote

“Sharon's dedication to customer service and continued positivity only begin to touch on her work ethic and what makes her an extremely valuable employee. Being a frontline WBD ambassador, she always has the best interests of the company at heart, whether it is bringing issues to management's attention or simply offering to help another employee with a project.”
- Chris Rogers, Rochester Office Manager

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Dan Hayes

Brewers Distributing Co.
Peoria, Illinois
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Years of Service

14 Years

Current Position

Director of Operations

First Job at the Company

Warehouse Relief Driver

Management Quote

“From the time he started, Dan has sought out opportunities for advancement. When opportunities presented themselves, Dan worked hard to develop the necessary skills required of the position. He strives to be a leader not only of the Operations Department but company-wide. He’s a member of the Strategic Planning Committee and founder of our employee engagement group - Brewers In Motion. Dan is one of the top forecasters of the AB-InBev wholesaler network and is always looking for ways to do things more efficiently and safely.”

- Robert Personett, CFO

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Barb Savage

Doll Distributing
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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Years of Service

30 Years

Current Position

Office Administrator

First Job at the Company

She’s done it all: HR, Inventory, Payroll, Pricing, Promos

Management Quote

“Barb is truly a one-of-a-kind employee, who is always willing to help anyone. Over her 30 years with Doll Distributing, she has worn many hats, including HR, payroll, inventory, pricing and promos. She always has a smile on her face and a positive attitude, and we are proud to have her on our team!”

- Tami Doll, Owner

Employee Spotlight


Shawn Knoche

Frank Beer Distributors, Inc.
Middleton, Wisconsin
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Years of Service

12 Years

Current Position

Brand Manager

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

“Shawn is a Certified Cicerone and possesses extensive knowledge of the beer industry and craft beer products in particular. He is viewed as an expert by our customers and suppliers. His passion for beer is always visible; he developed and conducts internal Beer Knowledge training programs and retailer education sessions. He has progressed through sales and sales management roles in the company and developed strong customer and supplier relationships. Frank Beer Distributors is proud to have Shawn representing our company and beer products.”

- Hugh McLaughlin, Vice President, Sales

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Mike Cox

The House of LaRose, Inc.
Brecksville, Ohio
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Years of Service

19 Years

Current Position

Bulk Route Driver

Management Quote

“Mike started as a relief driver in the Delivery Department at The House of LaRose in 1997. During his 19 years of service, Mike has performed work on every type of delivery truck. He currently makes bulk deliveries and also trains our new drivers. Our customers have complimented him numerous times on his politeness, thoroughness and willingness to take care of their needs. Mike is a great employee and always goes well beyond the duties of a delivery driver.”

  - Dave Bittner, Delivery Manager

Employee Spotlight


Ron Wenzel

West Side Beer Distributing
Romulus, Michigan
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Years of Service

31 Years

Current Position

Operations Manager

First Job at the Company

Facility Maintenance

Management Quote

“Ron is a consummate team player and selfless individual. His expertise expands beyond the scope of his title. His technical knowledge within the delivery, warehouse, facilities and warehouse management system is paramount in driving efficiency and productivity throughout the entire West Side Beer organization. No single employee embodies our core values of leadership, integrity, mutual respect, pride with humility and continuous improvement more so than Ron. We thank Ron for his years of service, daily contributions and commitment to excellence.”
- Rob Moore, VP - Human Resources

Employee Spotlight


Josh Porter

Pine State Beverage Co.
Gardiner, Maine
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Years of Service

13 Years

Current Position

Beer Convenience Store Sales Representative, Level 2 Certified Cicerone

First Job at the Company

Beer Merchandiser

Management Quote

“Josh Porter has shown the passion and desire to be successful in the beer industry. He complements his vast product knowledge with a competitive drive that is a benefit to both Pine State and, more importantly, a benefit to his customers. Josh recently became a Certified Cicerone, which gave him the opportunity to showcase his talents. Entering the business as a merchandiser and growing to his current route has allowed Josh to grow and learn all aspects of the beer business.”
- Joey Waraskevich, Craft Beer Director

Employee Spotlight


Sherry Stillson

Standard Sales Company
Odessa, Texas
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Years of Service

35 Years

Current Position

Office and Human Resource Manager

First Job at the Company

Administrative Assistant

Management Quote

“Sherry came to Standard Sales Company in 1981 and, over the years, she has worked for five branch managers. Each one of them would tell you they could not have been as successful if it were not for Sherry’s help and commitment to the company. Her experience and responsibilities have included accounts payable/receivables, driver check-in, daily deposits, daily sales posting, inventory, payroll, human resources, workers comp claims management, unemployment claims, new hire in-processing, safety team coordinator, janitor, painter and interior designer. Her attitude, work ethic, integrity and desire to do the very best job possible are why Sherry was awarded the 2016 Presidential Award of Excellence. She truly loves Standard Sales Company, her coworkers, her friends and family."

- Sean Moore, Branch Manager

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Lucinda Thomas

Eastown Distributors Company
Highland Park, Michigan
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Years of Service

20 Years

Current Position

Receptionist/Office Administrator Clerk

First Job at the Company

Part-Time Data Entry Clerk

Management Quote

“Lucinda is a hardworking and dedicated employee. She is willing to take on any task or project you throw at her. She has backed up the entire office staff and helps out wherever she is needed. We have received numerous compliments over the past 20 years on her excellent customer service and positive attitude. Lucinda’s kindness and dedication has touched everyone she comes into contact with. She is a true professional and gets the job done.”
- Paul J. Quasarano, President

Employee Spotlight


Aaron LaFrance

F.E.B. Distributing Co., Inc.
Gulfport, Mississippi
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Years of Service

3 Years

Current Position

Craft Brand Manager - Certified Cicerone

Management Quote

“His knowledge of craft beer and his constant eagerness to learn more impressed me from day one. He is currently the only Certified Cicerone in Mississippi employed by a beer distributor. He has great relationships throughout our market, and our customers trust him 100% when it comes to making good beer decisions. Aaron has proved to be a quality asset to our sales team here at F.E.B.”
- F. Ryland Bertucci, Director of Sales and Marketing

Employee Spotlight


Jonathan Meadows

Comer Distributing Co., Inc.
Rock Hill, South Carolina
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Years of Service

2 Years

Current Position

Warehouse

Management Quote

“Jon started with us having no warehouse experience in the beverage industry. He has become one of our best employees in the warehouse in a short period of time due to his dedication, enthusiasm and reliability. We have had constant change in operations and technology since Jon started, and he has rolled with that change embracing our new procedures. We are very fortunate to have Jon on our team working with other warehouse personnel helping them to learn and grow with us.”

- Chip Comer, President

Employee Spotlight


David Powers

Brown Distributing Company
Austin, Texas
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Years of Service

26 Years

Current Position

Warehouse Manager

First Job at the Company

Warehouse Stocker

Management Quote

“David's dedication to Brown Distributing and his ability to handle the stress of today’s modern warehouse operations place him at the top of the ladder. He embraces new technology and eagerly searches for new and more efficient methods of running our warehouse. He works side by side with his staff, but he also understands the importance of working with all our departments to help them meet their goals. He is truly a pleasure to work with, and we are fortunate to have him on Team Brown.”

- Brad Card, Operations Manager

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Brandon Caron

Bellavance Beverage Company
Nashua, New Hampshire
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Years of Service

8 Years

Current Position

Delivery Driver

First Job at the Company

Delivery Helper

Management Quote

“Brandon has always had the desire to be the best. His passion and loyalty is second to none. Brandon's day does not end when the clock strikes a certain time; it ends when all the work scheduled is done. Quite simply put – most employees will see a piece of paper on the floor and pick it up; Brandon will sweep the entire facility.”

- Dave Burke, Operations Manager

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Jerry Rutkey

High Country Beverage
Loveland, Colorado
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Years of Service

11 Years

Current Position

On-Premise Sales Rep

First Job at the Company

Route Salesman

Management Quote

“Jerry is a dedicated employee that always has a smile on his face. He has held several positions in operations and sales in his time here. Jerry takes great pride in his customer service, his quality at retail, and leaves his personal signature in all of his accounts. He is a great example for our employees and understands what it takes to be successful in our business.”

- Steve Nichols, President

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Randy Cristales

Wright Beverage Distributing
Rochester, New York
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Years of Service

9 Years

Current Position

Day Warehouse Crew

First Job at the Company

Night Crew Loader

Management Quote

“Randy is driven daily to be the best. He always communicates to management on possible issues with inventory and code dates. Randy always takes extra time to clean his section and is a safety ambassador for the warehouse.”

- Dean Kendall, Operations Director

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Wayne Perrin

AlaBev
Birmingham, Alabama
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Years of Service

42 Years

Current Position

Purchasing Manager

Management Quote

“Wayne has been with AlaBev for 42 years, ever-evolving and moving forward with the times. He has directly seen and felt the graduation of the industry through his position as purchasing manager, making his knowledge invaluable to our team. He started his position when the warehouse was managing just one supplier with four SKUS (Schlitz Six-Pack) and now manages over 1,000 SKUs. Wayne stands out in the company, and we are thankful to work with him.”

- Harry Kampakis, President and CEO

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Josh Nickerson

Pine State Beverage Co.
Gardiner, Maine
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Years of Service

3 Years

Current Position

Creative Marketing Specialist

Management Quote

“Josh works with the latest graphic design software to create posters, banners, brochures and walk-in cooler wraps. On any given day, he spends his day not only designing, but producing, printing and putting out last-minute fires. Josh is a machine. The speed he gets the work done is amazing. The beer sales guys love him and he does whatever it takes to get the job done. He is someone you can rely on and don’t need to micromanage.”

– Jay Sylvanowicz, Creative Marketing Manager

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Chris Giuliano

Burke Distributing Corporation
Randolph, Massachusetts
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Years of Service

39 Years

Current Position

Driver

Management Quote

“Chris has been a member of the Burke Distributing family for almost 40 years. We are lucky to have such an experienced driver on our delivery team, who has been able to evolve and adjust to the changes that come with this ever-changing industry! He’s seen us grow as a business, move offices and add new accounts and brands to our portfolio. His hard work and continued dedication to helping us live our mission is an example to employees in his department and other departments.”

- Austin Burke, Operations Manager

Employee Spotlight


Larry D. Blow

Coastal Beverage Company, Inc.
Farmville, North Carolina
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Years of Service

9 Years

Current Position

Warehouse Team Member

First Job at the Company

Forklift Driver

Management Quote

“What makes Larry Blow special? I have never heard him say ‘that's not my job.’ He ignores job descriptions. Larry always thinks on his feet and adapts quickly to moving priorities. He does whatever it takes, regardless of role or position, to get things done for his teammates and our customers."
- Aaron Miko, Operations Manager

Employee Spotlight


Steve Holtsclaw

Del Papa Distributing Company
Texas City, Texas
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Years of Service

5 Years

Current Position

Information Technology Manager

First Job at the Company

Network Technician

Management Quote

“Steve puts his service to fellow employees above his own needs. Everyone in our company with few exceptions uses technology every day in the performance of their job. Steve and his team work 24/7 when necessary to make certain our technology works when we need it.”

- William Falkenhagen, EVP/CFO

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Oytun Tutuncu

Pepin Distributing Company
Tampa, Florida
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Years of Service

4 Years

Current Position

Interactive Marketing Manager

First Job at the Company

College Intern

Management Quote

“Oytun’s creativity elevated our social and consumer interactive engagement to the highest level within our industry. Recently, he developed and implemented our Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Playoff strategies, which resulted in more than 8 million impressions across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Oytun is a critical asset for our marketing efforts.”

- Bill Gieseking, Director of Marketing

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Joe Jurgens

7G Distributing
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Years of Service

9

Current Position

Full-Time Merchandiser

Management Quote

“Joe was a part-time merchandiser for 8 years before coming on full time. He did everything that was asked of him and more, including long days during busy home Iowa football games. When Joe was in need of a full-time job, we offered him the full-time position and his excellent performance and attitude continued. We receive rave reviews from the accounts Joe services. He takes a lot of pride in his work and spends the time in each of his accounts to make sure that our products are out and ready to be sold. Joe is truly an asset to 7G Distributing!” - Mike Tisinger, Sales Support Manager

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Wes Raynor

Matesich Distributing
Newark, Ohio
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Years of Service

37

Current Position

Vice President/Key Accounts Manager

First Job at the Company

Salesman

Management Quote

“Wes Raynor has been a valued associate during his career. He has grown with the company, not only in position but also in the respect he receives from his fellow associates by being a person who has the knowledge to share but also – and maybe more importantly – a personality with which people identify as being comfortable to have a conversation. I also admire Wes for the respect he has garnered from both supplier representatives and the retailers with whom he has had the opportunity to work over the years.” - Jim Matesich, CEO and President

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Leo Longoria

L & F Distributors
Harlingen, Texas
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Years of Service

37 Years

Current Position

Training Manager

First Job at the Company

Driver

Management Quote

“Leo has been a role model in Harlingen due to his hard work and commitment to the company. His dedication to bettering others and the experiences he shares are key to building a successful team. It is rare to see an employee stay with a company for 37 years, and we appreciate his loyalty!”

- Dion Ruiz, Sales Manager, Harlingen

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Buck Wilkerson

Blue Ridge Beverage Company, Inc.
Lynchburg, Virginia
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Years of Service

50 Years

Current Position

Account Manager

First Job at the Company

Route Salesman

Management Quote

“Buck is adored by his customers, and many of them have worked with Buck as their representative for their (or their parents’) entire working careers. He embodies what is great about the beer business, long-standing personal relationships.”  

- General Manager Bob Verbeke

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Dan Iverson

Craig Stein Beverage
Boise, Idaho
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Years of Service

36 Years

Current Position

Quality Assurance Manager

First Job at the Company

Driver Sales On-Premise Draught

Management Quote

“Dan is responsible for driving quality throughout our system, and he lives our quality standards every day. He works with our warehouse and operations team on rotation and package integrity, and he is responsible for driving the quality training in our sales team. This position reports directly to the VP/general manager in order to not be influenced by operations or sales. Quality is one of the three core values of our mission statement, and Dan represents this value every day in his dealings with our retailers and consumers. I am delighted to have such a passionate individual lead our quality initiatives.”

 - Scott Norell, Vice President/General Manager

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Tim Sweeney

Andrews Distributing Company
Dallas, Texas
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Years of Service

14 Years

Current Position

Beer Experience Ambassador

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

“Tim is a great example of an Andrews servant leader when it comes to his role within our company. Whether it is educating our team members, our retailers or their customers about beer, Tim is always smiling, willing and able. He is our ambassador in the true sense of the word.”

- Jim Campbell, Vice President Organizational Learning

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Mark Schmitz

Beer Capitol Distributing
Sussex, Wisconsin
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Years of Service

36 Years

Current Position

VP of Inventory and Quality Control

First Job at the Company

Driver/Sales

Management Quote

“Mark is our longest tenured employee at the company. He is a true example of what any company wants out of its employees – smart, dedicated, with a company-first mindset and a wealth of knowledge. Mark is a pillar of our organization, and Beer Capitol is truly blessed to have him with us.”

   - Chad Paulson, Human Resources Manager

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Steve Scharfenberg

G & M Distributors
Galesburg, Illinois
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Years of Service

29 Years

Current Position

Company Mechanic

Management Quote

“Steve can be relied upon to give 100 percent at all times. His continuous dedication makes G & M a better place. There is no mechanical challenge too large or small for Steve to tackle.”

- President Adam Vitale

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James Myers

AlaBev
Birmingham, Alabama
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Years of Service

33 Years

Current Position

Warehouse Quality Control

Management Quote

“James Myers has been a friendly staple in the warehouse for 33 years. He is one of AlaBev’s most valued employees and consistently goes above and beyond what is required. We are proud of James and the example that he sets because his work ethic, teamwork and dedication is infectious.”

- Harry Kampakis, President and CEO

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Ed Gillen

Dana Distributors
Goshen, New York
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Years of Service

41 Years

Current Position

Driver

First Job at the Company

Helper

Management Quote

“Ed Gillen doesn’t just deliver beer. Eddie builds customer relationships every day. He has been building relationships for 40 years! He also helps train new drivers and is a trusted voice to ownership regarding safety in the workplace.”

- Fred Dana, President

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Juan Sanchez

Triangle Distributing Co.
Santa Fe Springs, CA
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Years of Service

9 Years

Current Position

Constellation Brands Trade Activation Coordinator

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

“Since his first days at Triangle as a merchandiser, Juan has been recognized by his peers, his customers and his team leaders as a developing leader. Both managers and customers think of him as wise beyond his years. He foresees opportunities and issues before they materialize, allowing himself to be proactive rather than reactive. He inspires others around him to succeed.”

- Peter Heimark, President

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Karen Clark

Lake Beverage Corporation
Rochester, New York
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Years of Service

26 Years

Current Position

Comptroller

First Job at the Company

Accounts Payable Clerk

Management Quote

“Karen Clark balances more than just books here at Lake Beverage. Her extra effort, dedication, insights and opinions are all extremely valuable to the successful undertakings of this organization. Twenty-six years ago, Karen found her niche in our accounting department, where she has been able to nurture her love of numbers, problem solving and team building. In addition to having a successful working career, along with raising a family, Karen has been a professional body builder for the past 12 years. Since she joined Lake Beverage, her loyalty, determination and personal triumphs have been an inspiration to all who have come in contact with her. Today, as Lake Beverage comptroller, Karen directs the financial activities of the organization, as well as her staff, with integrity and a commitment to quality second to none."

- Bernie Schroeder, President

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Lisa Gebhart-Bell

Gretz Beer Company
Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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Years of Service

28

Current Position

Routing Manager, Operations

First Job at the Company

Receptionist

Management Quote

“Lisa’s dedication to impeccable customer service has been unwavering for 28 years. Lisa epitomizes why our retailers love dealing with the Gretz Beer Company. She is passionate about her ‘extended family’ … our retailers!! I think every employee enjoys seeing Lisa’s warm smile and positive attitude every day!”

- President Mike Gretz

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Rick Solchenberger

Goldring Gulf Distributing, LLC
Milton, Florida
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Years of Service

20 Years

Current Position

On Premise Area Sales Manager

First Job at the Company

Line Technician

Management Quote

“Rick has worked in the on premise his entire career and has loved his job since the very beginning. During his time at Goldring Gulf, he has won the prestigious First and Ten MillerCoors Incentive four out of the five years it was implemented. He is also very proud to be the second recipient of Goldring Gulf’s Clyde Lovejoy Award given annually by General Manager Mike Johnson. Rick is the most high-energy, self-motivated employee. He is emotionally dedicated to WIN with his team every day.”

- Brian Illian, On Premise Director

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Josh Baggett

Favorite Brands
Houston, Texas
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Years of Service

5 Years

Current Position

Sales Rep

First Job at the Company

Driver

Management Quote

“Josh Baggett has been with Favorite Brands since our inception in 2011. Josh began his career as a driver and has worked his way up to a sales rep position. When it comes to craft beer knowledge, Josh is an expert. In recognition of Josh selling more Clown Shoes Beer than any other rep in the nation, Clown Shoes Brewing created a beer for the Texas market called ‘Josh the Revelator.’”

- Peter Avinger, General Manager

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Patrick Kearns

La Crosse Beverage, LLC
Onalaska, Wisconsin
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Years of Service

5 Years

Current Position

Special Events & Draft Technician

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

“Patrick has been a team player since his very first day at La Crosse Beverage. He has worked as a merchandiser and driver, and he is now part of our draft team. Patrick has excelled in learning new skills and taking those out into the market. His passion for beer is prevalent, and he is dedicated to taking that knowledge to the consumer. We at La Crosse Beverage are grateful to have someone with so much beer passion on our team and dedication to this company. Patrick’s can-do attitude sets the bar high for his fellow co-workers, and we appreciate all he has to contribute.”

   - Dan Graziano, General Sales Manager

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Jake Siegel

Faust Distributing Company
Houston, Texas
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Years of Service

8 Years

Current Position

Craft Brand Manager

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

“Jake was willing to do whatever it took to learn the business from the ground up. He merchandised for a year, then spent time in the category management and pricing departments. During those early years, Jake developed an interest in craft beer. When the opportunity to get into the craft side of the business occurred, Jake jumped at the chance. He has led the Faust Craft Beer Team ever since. Jake has done an excellent job growing our craft business and has built excellent relationships with all of our craft breweries and retailers. Jake is a leader and the ‘go-to guy’ for craft in our territory. We are fortunate to have him as a key part of the Faust Management Team.”

- Rick Forcier, General Manager

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Chuck Nicholson

Craig Stein Beverage Company
Boise, Idaho
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Years of Service

36 Years

Current Position

Key Account Manager

First Job at the Company

Mowed the front lawn, then moved into the warehouse

Management Quote

“As our key account manager responsible for calling on our local chain buyers and category managers, Chuck is a consummate professional who has built lasting relationships with our key retailers for decades. He is entrenched with their businesses and their families. As a native of the Treasure Valley, he is passionate about beer. He is our Coors Banquet ambassador and has been for years. Chuck continues to drive our growth at retail. We are extremely thankful to have Chuck on our team.”

   - Scott Norell, Vice President/General Manager

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Ciaran Ganly

Seaboard Products
Danvers, Massachusetts
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Years of Service

20 Years

Current Position

Sales Manager – Successor Manager

First Job at the Company

Eagle Brand Snacks Sales

Management Quote

“Ciaran immigrated to the U.S. in 1995 from Ireland and a month later was hired to sell Eagle Brand Snacks at Seaboard. Since then, Ciaran has done almost every job in the company. He leads by example and has mentored many at Seaboard using his vast knowledge of the industry, wit, positive attitude and dedication to his heritage, family and job. Everyone (almost) likes to hear Ciaran tell a story over a pint, whether it’s about Teddy Roosevelt, U.S. politics or his children. His stories are always colorful and keep you smiling to the end.”

- Ted Landers, General Manager

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Jim Rogers

AlaBev
Birmingham, Alabama
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Years of Service

50 Years

Current Position

Quality Control

First Job at the Company

Sales

Management Quote

“It is not often that you find someone like Jim Rogers. He has been an instrumental part of AlaBev's growth for 50 years. No other man has the experience to handle quality control like Jim. His leadership, loyalty and relentless dedication are unparalleled.”

- Harry Kampakis, President and CEO

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Brad Lucas

Atlas Sales, Inc.
Battle Creek, Michigan
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Years of Service

2 Years

Current Position

Night Shift Leadman

First Job at the Company

Warehouse Loader

Management Quote

“Brad Lucas is a great employee with a great attitude. As a shift lead on the loading crew, he works hard to ensure that orders get loaded correctly and in a timely manner. Brad also is a reigning champion of Atlas Sales Paddle Battle, a company ping pong tournament.”
- Brad Gwathney, Operations Manager

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Tracy Byrne

LaMonica Beverages
Rockford, Illinois
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Years of Service

14 Years

Current Position

Account Manager

First Job at the Company

Customer Service Representative (Driver’s Helper)

Management Quote

“Tracy has a competitive spirit second to none. He is a great team player and takes a lot of pride in his work. He sees things from both sides of the fence, meaning drivers and sales side. This enables him to work well as a team with the driver salesmen, which in turn makes the selling process a whole lot easier.”

- Toby Rudsinski, Team Leader

“Tracy is the most complete account manager in both the on premise and off premise as far as execution goes. He is more than willing to get things to his accounts whenever needed.”

- Darren Smith, Operations Manager

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Larry Trolin

Carlson Distributing
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Years of Service

18 Years

Current Position

Operations Manager

First Job at the Company

Distribution Driver

Management Quote

“Larry has made an impact in many areas, but one in particular I would like to share. He researched and implemented a recycling program that is a triple win. It will reduce our annual waste pickup expense, generate income through recycling all of our cardboard and plastic, and make a favorable impact on our environment due to the reduced waste going to landfills and now being recycled. Larry is an exceptional person, exceptional employee and an asset to our team.”
- Keith A. Jeffrey, General Manager

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Clint Garbers

7G Distributing
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Years of Service

20 Years

Current Position

Delivery Manager

First Job at the Company

Warehouse

Management Quote

“Clint had been attempting to take a week of vacation for several weeks, but he kept having to push back his vacation due to a shortage among drivers. When he finally had the opportunity to take a week off, someone called in sick. When I had to call Clint to see if he could cover a route, his response was, ‘Yep, I'll do it. It needs to be done and I'll do whatever it takes.’ Clint always does ‘whatever it takes’ to get the job done, even when he is on vacation and it’s his 20th wedding anniversary. All I can say is that Clint has definitely earned it!”
- Paul Schultz, Delivery Manager

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John Odermott

Briggs Distributing Company, Inc.
Billings, Montana
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Years of Service

8 Years

Current Position

Accountant

Management Quote

“I have never met anyone with the organizational skills that John Odermott has – he amazes me every single day! His work load is crazy, but he never bats an eye when somebody has to interrupt with a question. He is always willing to help whoever needs it. His knowledge of our business and how it runs is extraordinary and a huge asset to everyone that works here!”

-Jennifer Kallem, Office Manager

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TJ Escalera

Alford Distributing
Imperial, California
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Years of Service

38

Current Position

Sales Manager

First Job at the Company

Draft Driver Sales

Management Quote

“TJ is like family, not only to us but to his community. He has played an important role in growing our business and expanding our community outreach. His reputation precedes him; wherever you go, they know TJ’s name. We appreciate his commitment to excellent, quality customer service.”

-Cherie Alford Eyer, President

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Hunter Harrington

LaGrange Grocery Co.
LaGrange, Georgia
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Years of Service

3 Years

Current Position

Delivery Driver

First Job at the Company

Part-time Warehouseman

Management Quote

“Hunter is a man on the move. He started out building orders in the LaGrange Grocery warehouse, and he quickly distinguished himself as one of the fastest pickers we have seen. After he won our weekly warehouse incentive for several months straight, Hunter was hired full-time and promoted to delivery merchandiser. Within a year of becoming a merchandiser, Hunter earned a Commercial Driver’s License and was promoted to delivery driver. This is an impressive start to what we hope will be a great career with LaGrange Grocery.”

- Al Zachry, President

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Janet Waller

G & M Distributors
Galesburg, Illinois
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Years of Service

24 Years

Current Position

Pricing Administrator

First Job at the Company

Secretary

Management Quote

“For almost 25 years, Janet has been relentlessly dedicated to G & M. She has great pride in her position, and it is evidenced through her quality of work. Janet’s attention to detail is an example to other team members.”

- President Adam Vitale

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Tom Cardoza

Columbia Distributing
Portland, Oregon
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Years of Service

31 Years

Current Position

Warehouse Manager

First Job at the Company

Strip Crew (unloading route trucks at the end of the day) and Weekend Truck Washer

Management Quote

“Four facilities. 200-plus teammates. Zero day-shift accidents in two years! Tom has created a culture of safety, quality and productivity that’s not only set the gold standard for this organization but is a model for the industry as a whole. Tom’s preached and they’ve practiced. He’s shown leadership and they’ve followed suit. Tom’s dedication to his job and the safety of others is a stellar example for any employee regardless of title and role. Columbia Distributing is honored to have Tom as a leader!”

  - Mark Walen, President – Oregon Business Unit

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Sam Snyder

The Odom Corporation
Anchorage, Alaska
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Years of Service

20+ Years

Current Position

Day Warehouseman

First Job at the Company

Night Crew Picker

Management Quote

“Sam is a longstanding member of the warehouse crew. His experience and reliability make him a tremendously valuable asset to the entire organization. Sam continues to excel at his position and his work ethic is unrivaled, which is why we're pleased to recognize him as an outstanding member of the operations team.” 
- Eric Schulenberg, Odom Anchorage Operations Manager

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Ralph Richards

National Distributors
South Portland, Maine
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Years of Service

32 Years

Current Position

Day Warehouse Associate

Management Quote

“Ralph is a dedicated and valued employee who consistently goes above and beyond what is required of his position. He provides the highest level of customer service each and every day. He has a great sense of humor and the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face. We appreciate his positive outlook and his commitment to National Distributors.”

- Lisa Erskine, Human Resources Manager

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Tim Streit

J. J. Taylor Distributing Company of Minnesota, Inc.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Years of Service

20 Years

Current Position

Draft Technician

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

"If you’re searching for the definition of superior customer service, follow Tim around for a day. Tim’s positivity, enthusiasm and can’t say no attitude makes him one of the best in the business. Tim is looked upon by our retailer partners as a trusted beer advisor and an expert in our business.”

- Mike Bamonti, President and General Manager

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Steven Proctor Jr.

Pine State Beverage Co.
Gardiner, Maine
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Years of Service

8 Years

Current Position

Beverage Stocker

First Job at the Company

Night Shift Selector

Management Quote

“Steve has been with Pine State Beverage for eight years and can perform almost any task within the warehouse. He began his career as a selector on night shift, picking and filling orders, building pallets and loading trucks. After a successful tour on the night shift, Steve moved to day shift and continued to learn all aspects of our operations. He is a team player with a terrific attitude, willing to help wherever needed, and his extensive knowledge makes him a great asset to our team.”

- Director of Beverage Operations Steve Alberti

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Mike Kopp

Hayden Beverage Company
Boise, Idaho
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Years of Service

35 Years

Current Position

VP Beer Sales

First Job at the Company

Driver/Merchandiser

Management Quote

“Through the years, Mike has sold or delivered beer in several geographic areas and worked his way up through the ranks to sales supervisor, beer division manager and his current role as VP of Beer/NA Sales in 2011. Mike’s vision and hard work have been instrumental in building a strong beer portfolio that has kept Hayden Beverage beer division relevant without the benefit of SAB’s or ABI’s major domestic brands. Over Mike’s tenure, he has launched brands such as Sierra Nevada, Boston Beer, Deschutes, New Belgium and newer brands like Hop Valley and Sockeye.”

   - Andy Mitchell, Executive VP Sales

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Tina Knox

Clare Rose, Inc.
Melville, New York
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Years of Service

3 Years

Current Position

Warehouse Administrative Assistant

Management Quote

“Tina is a dedicated and hardworking employee that goes out of her way to find solutions in every situation that comes her way. Tina’s collaborative approach with fellow employees is the driver of her success and popularity within the organization. She possesses a ‘can do’ attitude and takes great pride in her work product. We are extremely lucky to have Tina working here at Clare Rose.”

- Rob Passi, General Manager

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Zach Powell

Craft Beer Guild Distributing Rhode Island
Cranston, Rhode Island
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Years of Service

1 Year

Current Position

Warehouse Supervisor

First Job at the Company

Driver

Management Quote

“Zach continually uses what he has learned with his six years in the U.S. Army, such as problem solving, flexibility, a positive attitude and his exceptionally strong leadership skills. Zach can be presented a challenge and I am confident that he will be able to come up with a solution that will work for everyone involved. Zach’s work ethic is infectious to everyone around him.”

- Dave Cummings, Market Manager

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Mark McNally

Eagle Sales of the Black Hills, Inc.
Rapid City, South Dakota
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Years of Service

36 Years

Current Position

Operations Manager

First Job at the Company

Part-time Warehouse Help

Management Quote

“Mark is the go-to person for every aspect of our operation, from warehouse to delivery, sales and admin. His background as an engineer really helps us in analytical data crunching. Plus, having risen through the sales department, he has a great working relationship with our employees and customers.”

   - Tom Helland, President

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Marilyn Palmer

Casper Beverage
Casper, Wyoming
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Years of Service

35 Years

Current Position

Office Manager

Management Quote

“As Casper Beverage’s office manager, Marilyn has been a smiling ray of sunshine for all the employees of Casper Beverage. She picks up their spirit after hard days out on the route. Many customers have commented after calling our office that ‘nobody can be that cheerful all the time.’ We’re so thankful to have her on our staff for all these years.”

   - Keith Thomson Owner/Manager

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Diane Carroll

H&H Distributing
Grand Island, Nebraska
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Years of Service

34 Years

Current Position

Controller

First Job at the Company

Sales Posting Clerk

Management Quote

“Diane has grown with our business over the years, becoming one of our most valued and dedicated employees. Diane has the respect of our management team as a positive and knowledgeable leader.”

   - Harry Hoch, Jr., President

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Nick Williams

Triple Crown Beverage Group
Huntington, West Virginia
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Years of Service

10 Years

Current Position

General Manager

First Job at the Company

Delivery Helper

Management Quote

“Nick is so smart and talented that we are fortunate he decided to leave behind the political world for the beer distribution industry. In his 10 years with us, he’s proven to be a valuable part of our company because he is instrumental in every aspect of the business. He has taken the reigns growing our existing brands while bringing in new brands, helping grow the craft beer industry in West Virginia. He’s such a respected leader that everyone here is proud to be part of this team.”

   - Casey Hill, Owner

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Tom Turcotte

DeCrescente Distributing Co., Inc.
Mechanicville, New York
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Years of Service

27 Years

Current Position

Vice President of Operations

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

“Tom is an integral part of our business and our culture. In addition to his top performance in his role as VP, he excels in the people skills that drive our company’s culture. For 11 years, he has organized our Children’s Holiday Party, dressing up as Santa and helping to spread holiday cheer with the other Employee Activity Committee members as they visit area nursing homes, hospitals and children’s centers. Also a chef extraordinaire, he shows his appreciation for our night workers as he hosts team cookouts and pasta dinners, doing all the cooking and grilling duties. I can count on Tom to wear many hats in our company, and I’m proud to work with him and have him as a key member of our DeCrescente team.”
   - C.J. DeCrescente, President

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Steve Merrell

Eagle Distributing Company
Knoxville, Tennessee
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Years of Service

33 Years

Current Position

Sales and Marketing Director

First Job at the Company

Extra Help for 1982 World’s Fair

Management Quote

“The word ‘problem’ does not exist in this man’s vocabulary, only ‘opportunities’… opportunities for ways to improve an existing situation.”

   - Bob Winkel, General Manager

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Erin Hollenback

Central States Beverage Company
Kansas City, Kansas
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Years of Service

3 Years

Current Position

Sales Representative

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

“Erin demonstrates professionalism and passion in all that she does when servicing the needs of our retail partners in her territory. She consistently strives to provide retail customers with the information they need to make responsible purchasing decisions on the beers within our portfolio. Her commitment to our customers’ business has been evident since day one, and she continues to demonstrate a passion for the beer business by expanding her knowledge and understanding of the brewers we have the privilege to represent. Erin completed the level 2 certification of the Cicerone program to become a Certified Cicerone. We could not be happier to have such a committed team member.”
   - John Kane, VP/General Manager

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Wes Flanders

Farrell Distributing Corporation
Rutland, Vermont
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Years of Service

20 Years

Current Position

Delivery Manager

First Job at the Company

Night Crew

Management Quote

“In 20 years, Wes has held various positions in both operations and sales. This perspective has afforded Wes the unique opportunity to view customer service from different angles. He frequently pulls from these experiences in a way that makes us a better organization in the eyes of our retailers. Wes can be counted on in any situation and always acts as an ambassador for our industry. His devotion to the business is not unlike his devotion as a family man with a wife and four daughters. We are lucky to have Wes on our team.”
  - Todd Bouton, General Manager

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Natascha Hampton

Bob Hall, LLC
Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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Years of Service

9 Years

Current Position

Customer Care Specialist

First Job at the Company

Check-In Clerk

Management Quote

“Natascha Hampton is a friend to many in our organization, an excellent teammate and a great role model. She is always seeking opportunities to learn new skills and take on additional responsibilities. She exudes friendliness to customers and co-workers and enthusiastically jumps in to help everyone that seeks her help with special projects. In our organization, we frequently challenge our team to be ‘difference makers.’ Natascha personifies that spirit. No need to ask her twice, she always finds away to get things done.”
- Eric Best, General Manager/Partner

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Chris Cory

Eagle Distributing of Shreveport
Shreveport, Louisiana
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Years of Service

5 Years

Current Position

Sales Execution Coordinator

First Job at the Company

Relief Salesman

Management Quote

“Chris is appreciated by the Eagle Distributing events staff as he readily volunteers to help out after hours at our many community events. He is a family guy but a fun loving guy, too. He is always willing to set up his sound system and act as a DJ at various events. In his ‘spare’ time, he is active with the local Elks Lodge. Chris also donates his time and resources to the two local charities that Eagle Distributing supports. We are proud to have Chris on our team.”

- Brad Nichols, President

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Michelle Graef

Cavalier Distributing
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Years of Service

4 Years

Current Position

Brand Manager/Corporate Sales Trainer

First Job at the Company

Sales Representative

Management Quote

“Michelle Graef is one of Cavalier’s model employees. She is a champion of craft beer, managing 25+ brands for our company and overseeing the sales training for Cavalier Florida, Indiana and Ohio. She radiates positivity and exudes high energy to all her colleagues. We are thankful to have Michelle on our team, not only because of her loyalty to craft beer, but because of her ability to strengthen our sales force and build up our brands.”

- George Fisher, Founder/Owner

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Darren Aguinaldo

Paradise Beverages, Inc.
Maui, Hawaii
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Years of Service

8 Years

Current Position

Driver/Warehouse

Management Quote

“Darren has never hesitated to ‘do the right thing.’ An incident involving three children in a run-away car that he stopped from rolling into traffic is just another example of Darren’s selfless nature. He sets a great example and is really appreciated for his efforts.”

- Aaron Burkert, Maui Branch Manager

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Fred Delaney

LaGrange Grocery Co.
LaGrange, Georgia
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Years of Service

27

Current Position

Warehouseman

First Job at the Company

Driver

Management Quote

“Fred Delaney is the heart and soul of the LaGrange Grocery warehouse. He comes in every day at 4:30 a.m. to open the warehouse, load kegs and unload delivery trucks. Fred possesses boundless energy and strength, but he is particularly known for his skill with the forklift. We are thankful to have Fred on our team.”
- Al Zachry, President

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Thomas Szuszalski

Favorite Brands
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Years of Service

5 Years

Current Position

Warehouse Manager

Management Quote

“Thomas originally hails from Chicago but now considers himself a native New Mexican. He was the first man hired by Favorite Brands when we opened our doors for business in 2010. Since that day, Thomas has helped keep all facets of this operation running smoothly. I applaud his incredible work ethic and dedication to this operation. He performs at a high level every day and encourages the rest of the team to do the same.”

- Mark deVesty, General Manager

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Edward Fiske Sr.

F & F Distributors, Inc.
New London, Connecticut
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Years of Service

19 Years in Beer Industry

Current Position

General Manager

Management Quote

“Edward first moved to Connecticut from New York back in July 2005. He was my distributor sales manager for MillerCoors from 2005 to 2010. He spent the last four years at Craft Brew Alliance as a sales director for the Northeast Division. This is Edward’s 19th year working in the beer industry serving both the wholesale and supply side. I am very excited to have him on board to lead F & F Distributors to the next level within the beer industry.”

  - Eric Filardi, President of F & F Distributors

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Troy Watson

General Distributors, Inc.
Oregon City, Oregon
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Years of Service

11 Years

Current Position

Assistant Operations Manager

First Job at the Company

Merchandising Supervisor

Management Quote

“As the assistant operations and quality assurance manager, Troy works diligently to train and coach our team of route account specialists to ensure we have fresh product in the market. In his 11 years with General, Troy has taken on more responsibility for the overall operations which has made him invaluable to our company. Thanks, Troy, for all you do at General Distributors.”

  - John Kluken, Director of Operations

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Juan Arroyo

L & F Distributors
Laredo, Texas
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Years of Service

16

Current Position

General Manager, Laredo

First Job at the Company

Temporary Salesman for Spring Break

Management Quote

“Juan is an outstanding asset to L&F. His commitment to L&F and core values are unwavering. We appreciate his leadership and his focus on achieving company goals.”

- Vice President Steve LaMantia

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Peggy Keema

Blach Distributing Co.
Elko, Nevada
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Years of Service

33 Years

Current Position

Data Processing Manager

First Job at the Company

Receiving Clerk

Management Quote

“Through Peggy’s dedication and hard work, she has been a major contributor to the company’s expansion over 30 years. Her passion for excellence is an example to be followed.”

- President Patrick Blach

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Randy Pratt

Perry Distributors, Inc.
Hazard, Kentucky
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Years of Service

24 Years

Current Position

General Sales Manager

First Job at the Company

Driver-Salesman

Management Quote

"Randy got his feet wet in the beer business as a young man, starting as a (peddle) driver-salesman for our former Miller distributor, Manis Distributors, back in 1988. He hired on with Perry Distributors in 1991 as a driver-salesman and quickly showed his selling and personal communications skills to our retail partners and fellow employees. Through the years, he has held a number of positions – including team leader, key account manager and now general sales manager – excelling at each and setting a company standard for all that follow in his steps. His commitment to our retail partners, our company and our internal employees’ needs is evident in all aspects of his character. As in all smaller volume distributorships, everyone steps up to unexpected challenges sometimes unrelated to their current position. When these occasions occur, Randy can always be found at the front of the pack, without complaint. Our retailers know they can depend on him to be fair across the board on recommendations for brand resets and category selling advice so to grow the category and their store. He's a true friend to me and a valued asset to our company.”

- Co-owner and Operations Manager Bill Fields

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Adam Stephan and Mike Sowa

Town & Country Distributors
Itasca, Illinois
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Years of Service

22 years (10 and 12 years respectively)

Current Position

Craft Beer Manager; Director of Retail Development

Management Quote

“Mike Sowa, director of retail development, and Adam Stephan, craft beer manager, have played a significant role in the growth of craft beer sales at Town & Country Distributors. As Certified Cicerones® they are working with retailers through two new classes that focus on beer basics and allow for in-depth conversations about everything beer. These programs allow the retailer to assist their customer in making informed buying choices. Mike and Adam understand the value of education in our industry today. The training programs being offered through Town and Country Distributors create confidence for the distributor, retailer and consumer, and that confidence leads to selling more beer.”

- Jon Jahnke, General Manager

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Bob Wise and Terra Rockhold

Briggs Distributing Company, Inc.
Billings, Montana
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Years of Service

16 years (12 and 4 years respectively)

Current Position

Sales Representative; Craft Beer Sales Specialist

Management Quote

“I rode with Bob on his route for one full day and he has a great reputation in the market; he’s well liked and his attention to detail is very powerful. And to do this for so many years is quite impressive. I have much respect for Bob Wise.”
- Mike Ehlang, Warehouse Manager

“Terra has just achieved the distinguished title of Certified Cicerone® level two. Those who achieve this certification have a deep and well-rounded knowledge of beer and beer service as well as competence in assessing beer quality and identity by taste. She is one of six people certified in the state, and the only person in Billings!”
- John Salyer, Wine Sales Manager

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Christopher Waszeciak

Amoskeag Beverages
Bow, New Hampshire
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Years of Service

18 Years

Current Position

Warehouse Manager

First Job at the Company

Night Loader

Management Quote

“As our warehouse manager, Chris is key to having our entire operation run efficiently. Chris is a native of New Hampshire and is the first volunteer whenever we are doing something charitable. He’s helped out with the New Hampshire Food Bank as well as the New Hampshire Vets Hospital and The Boys & Girls Club of Manchester to name a few. We are certainly a better organization with him working here!” - Vice President/GM Ed Murphy

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Scott Dorr

National Distributors
South Portland, Maine
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Years of Service

32 Years

Current Position

Facilities Coordinator

Management Quote

“Scott plays a big role in keeping the facility clean and safe. He is the go-to guy for any small or big construction project. He is a master at decaling trucks and vans and does window decals for our customers. In the summer, Scott can be seen taking care of the grounds by mowing the lawn and cleaning out the flower beds. In the winter, he is the guy who plows our entire yard whenever it snows. Scott has a get-it-done attitude and is willing to help out anyone at any time. No job is too big or small. Scott is the glue that holds the operation together.”
- Sr. Operations Manager Eric Jondro

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Jody McCombs

Premium Beverage Sales
Springfield, Missouri
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Years of Service

35 Years

Current Position

Pre-Salesman

First Job at the Company

Warehouse

Management Quote

“Jody has demonstrated throughout his career his attention to detail, the ability to adapt and a very competitive spirit. He has built trust and friendship with his accounts over the years in each and every job he has held with Premium Beverage Sales. We are very grateful to have Jody on our team.” - Brian Gelner, Vice President

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Billy "Billy Bud" Bridgett

Rex Distributing Co., Inc.
Gulfport, Mississippi
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Years of Service

40 Years

Current Position

Area Sales Manager

First Job at the Company

Assistant on Route Truck

Management Quote

“From being a master display builder to brand builder to relationship builder, Billy is 100 percent at everything he does. A true beer man.”   - Dan Magruder, Owner

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Roger McLeroy

Capital Distributing, LLC
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Years of Service

42 Years

Current Position

Draft Tech – Service Manager

First Job at the Company

Area Supervisor – Keg Department

Management Quote

“Roger is a true inspiration as an employee. His compassionate demeanor and commitment to excellence is exemplified by the positive attitude and smile as he greets his fellow co-workers and our customers. Roger is the first individual who will take a new hire under his wing and ensure that they are fully knowledgeable on how our draft systems work so that they in turn can deliver better customer service at retail. Roger has been an instrumental part of the company’s growth over his 42-year career and has been a leader in several roles and positions within the Draft Department.”
- Gordon Green, General Manager

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Eric Kobus and Anthony Norkus

Louis Glunz Beer, Inc.
Lincolnwood, Illinois
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Current Position

Craft & Specialty Import Brand Managers

Management Quote

“As our company’s brand managers,Anthony & Eric are outstanding examples of what make Louis Glunz Beer, Inc. truly unique. As the face of our company in the media, they are the spokespeople educating the public on the trends, styles and many brands we represent. They are responsible for recruiting new breweries in addition to creating local strategies with our partners in sales, marketing and points of distribution. Their passion for this industry is evident in all they do!”
- Jerry Glunz, General Manager

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Larry Phillips

The Odom Corporation
Anchorage, Alaska
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Years of Service

27 Years

Current Position

Long Haul Driver

Management Quote

“Larry is an extremely reliable and dedicated employee. He has outstanding relationships with all his customers, who frequently comment on how much they appreciate him. He’s accrued almost 500 hours of sick time and almost never misses a day. Larry has even given up vacation days occasionally to help accommodate the department due to being short staffed. Larry shares his wealth of knowledge and experience with any and all who need the help. I am very fortunate to have Larry on my crew!” - Ed Shadow, Anchorage Delivery Manager

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Sara Becker

Hedinger Beverage Distributing Co., Inc.
Jasper, Indiana
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Years of Service

4

Current Position

Print Shop Manager

Management Quote

“As our company’s print shop manager, Sara Becker works hard behind-the-scenes to create signs, banners, posters and more. A native of Jasper, Indiana, she cares about our business and helps lead our company’s community involvement. We’re so thankful to have her on our team.” - Terra Bair, Office Manager

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Terry Hinton

Comer Distributing Co., Inc.
Rock Hill, SC
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Years of Service

13

Current Position

Senior Warehouseman

First Job at the Company

Warehouse Worker

Management Quote

“Terry has been one of our most dedicated and hardworking employees since he started with our company. He helps make our warehouse a better place and sets an example for others through his self-motivation, stability and reliability. We are very glad to have him on our team.”
- Chip Comer, President

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Jeff Simmons

Watkins Distributing
Idaho Falls, Idaho
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Years of Service

38 years in the beer distribution industry

Current Position

Sales Manager

First Job at the Company

Delivery Driver

Management Quote

“After a hugely successful high school football career, Jeff was hired as a delivery driver in Pocatello, Idaho. His energy and bar skills quickly catapulted him up the ranks to sales manager for Pocatello and the surrounding counties. Jeff dedicates his life to the success of the company. He averages 55 hours a week, and I can tell you that is not all sitting on a bar stool. He is available on weekends and nights for community and customer events and enjoys pleasing all of our customers.”
- Tony Watkins, Vice President

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Louis Bilodeau

Central Distibutors
Lewiston, Maine
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Years of Service

30 years

Current Position

Warehouse Manager

Management Quote

"Tough-as-nails is the best way to describe Louis. He is also one of the most loyal people in the history of Central, always looking out for the best interests of the company and its people. My first 'real work' experience as a teenager was actually working for Louis in the warehouse labeling wine bottles with 15-cent deposits. I've learned so much from Louis - he will be a hard guy to live without." - President & GM Michael Barriault

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Robin Sweeney

Burke Distributing Corporation
Randolph, MA
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Years of Service

35 years

Current Position

Credit Manager

First Job at the Company

Credit and Customer Service Representative

Management Quote

"Robin's passion is unrivaled in our company when it comes to her job! She not only controls our accounts receivable like it's her own, she also takes the time to make sure our staff is recognized during all the holidays (e.g. she makes sure everyone gets roses on Valentine's Day). We are so thankful to have her on our team." -President Bill Burke

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Joseph Morris

Gretz Beer Company
Norristown, PA
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Years of Service

17 years

Current Position

Director of Marketing

First Job at the Company

Sign Shop (one employee operation at the time)

Management Quote

"Joe has been instrumental in developing the merchandising and marketing programs in the Gretz territory that is universally praised as being one of the best in the nation. It has been great to see Joe transform our company from a one-man sign shop to a multi-media marketing organization that is dedicated to building brand equity for our suppliers!" -President Mike Gretz

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Vincente Rodriguez

Markstein Sales Company
Antioch, CA
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Years of Service

20 years

Current Position

Sales Representative

First Job at the Company

Service Representatives

Management Quote

"Vincente is one of our top salesmen servicing some of the highest volume general market accounts in the territory. He is respected by his team members and is dedicated to his job. Ask any of his clients and they will say, 'Vincente is by far our best salesmen. He provides top-notch service and without his knowledge of our market and the beer products he brings to us, our business would not be a success.'" -General Manager Jennifer Grant

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Bryan Leffler

G & M Distributors
Galesburg, IL
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Years of Service

10 years

Current Position

1st Shift Warehouse - Teamsters Local Union #627 Lead Man

First Job at the Company

2nd Shift Warehouse Team Member

Management Quote

"Reliable, trustworthy, and a great attitude are a few of Bryan's attributes. Each day presents Bryan with a different challenge. He is not afraid to tackle each challenge head on and complete it prior to ending his shift. Bryan can rally a team and produce a positive outcome. He is an asset to G&M's operations team." -President Adam Vitale

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Lee Blair

Blue Ridge Beverage Company, Inc.
Salem, VA
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Years of Service

32 years

Current Position

Human Resources Manager

First Job at the Company

Administrative Assistant

Management Quote

"Lee Blair has been in many ways, the heart and soul of Blue Ridge Beverage for many years. She not only has played an integral part in our growth and success over the years but, above all, she remains focused on the well-being of all those that work day-in and day-out for this company. Lee is a prime example of those individuals that make not only Blue Ridge Beverage great, but also the entire beer distribution industry." -President / CEO Bob Archer

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Kelly Dyar

Matesich Distribution
Newark, Ohio
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Years of Service

18 years

Current Position

Special Events / Marketing Outreach Coordinator

First Job at the Company

Executive Assistant / Consumer Awareness & Education Coordinator

Management Quote

"Kelly exhibits all the characteristics you wish to have in an associate: hardworking, detail-oriented, passionate and always willing to learn something new. She cares about our community and helps lead our company's charitable initiatives and community events. We're so thankful to have Kelly on our team." -Jim Matesich, CEO and President

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Joy Thompson

Lawrence Distributing Company
Danville, VA
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Years of Service

44 years

Current Position

Office Manager / Bookkeeper

First Job at the Company

Secretary

Management Quote

"As Lawrence Distributing Company's Office Manager and Bookkeeper, Joy works with great efficiency, accuracy, and attention to detail and therefore keeps our office running smoothly. A native and lifetime resident of the Danville area, she has strong roots in our community and in our company. We are very grateful to have had her on our team for 44 years now!" -LDCD Co-Owner, Linda Lawrence Dalton

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Paul Hammerschmidt

7G Distributing
Davenport, IA
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Years of Service

25 years

Current Position

Operations Manager - Davenport

First Job at the Company

Warehouse

Management Quote

"Paul is a true beer man and one of the most dedicated and hardworking individuals in our company. As our operations manager in Davenport, we rely on Paul each day to ensure that the beer continues to flow smoothly to our customers!" -Mason Lee, Vice President of Operations

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Paul Natysin

J. J. Taylor Distributing
Minneapolis, MN
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Years of Service

45 years

Current Position

Warehouse Worker

First Job at the Company

Driver

Management Quote

"Paul exemplifies what the beer distribution business is all about. This is a relationship business and Paul is an expert at building, maintaining and growing relationships with his retail partners, teammates, ownership and management. Paul is always a J. J. Taylor FIRST CHOICE team member." -Mike Bamonti, President and General Manager

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Jim Erickson

Golden Beverage Company
Ogden, Utah
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Years of Service

29 years

Current Position

Quality Control Manager

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

"Jim has held various sales and management positions over his career at Golden Beverage and is currently our quality control manager. Jim is extremely passionate about the company and our success. He has affectionately earned the nickname 'Bulldog' from everyone in our market because of his ability to always get the job done! We are extremely proud of Jim and are very fortunate to have him on our team!" -Vice President / General Manager Brett Brit

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Tom Miller

Beechwood Sales and Service
New Berlin, WI
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Years of Service

25 years

Current Position

On-premise Sales Manager

First Job at the Company

Account Sales Representative

Management Quote

"Tom joined Team Beechwood in 1989 as a front line sales representative. Today Tom leads a team of 30 of the best, most highly motivated on-premise sales professionals in the beverage industry. Tom's commitment to Beechwood and his team is best put in perspective by the Great Vince Lombardi... 'Winning is not a sometime thing, it is an all the time thing. You don't do things right once in a while... you do them right all the time'. Tom's desire to win and be the best in his field is evident in everything Tom does on a daily basis." -John Sheehan, Principal, Beechwood Sales and Service

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Gary Thibodeau

Maine Distributors
Bangor, Maine
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Years of Service

41 years

Current Position

Sales Supervisor

First Job at the Company

Delivery Driver

Management Quote

"It isn't often that a company can honor someone for over 40 years of dedication. We are proud of Gary's continued commitment to our company and customers. Gary has worked his way up the ladder from delivery driver, to sales, to sales supervisor." -President Scott Solman

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Vivian Leo

Supreme Beverage Company
Birmingham, Alabama
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Years of Service

29 years

Current Position

Special Events Coordinator

First Job at the Company

Assistant

Management Quote

"There isn't much that happens at Supreme that Vivian doesn't touch in some way regardless of her title or job description. Frankly, if she were to ever leave Supreme, it would take us months to figure out everything that she does. She is a huge part of the foundation of this company and the communities we support." -Michael Schilleci, Vice President / General Manager

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Connie Rowe

Koerner Distributor, Inc.
Carterville, IL
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Years of Service

7 years

Current Position

Office Manager

First Job at the Company

Administrative Assistant

Management Quote

"As the office manager for our Carterville branch, Connie has to perform many tasks, keeping all of the balls in the air. Her business acumen and common sense has helped set Koerner Distributor apart from our competitors, both in the retail market and in the community. We are very grateful to have her on our team." -Mark Jones, General Manager - Beer Division

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Pat Hodge

Markstein Beverage Co.
San Marcos, CA
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Years of Service

11+ years

Current Position

Inside Sales Representative

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

"Pat Hodge has become our tel-sell guru. He has more retail accounts than any sales rep in the company - yet, somehow, he maintains a personal relationship with each one of them. His customers rave about his positive attitude and kind-hearted nature. As a resident of Oceanside, he cares deeply about North San Diego County and is involved in supporting local charities. We're so thankful to have Pat on our team." -Kevin Luckey, Director of Brand Strategy

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Joe Theodore

Ritchie & Page Distributing Company
Robbinsville, NJ
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Years of Service

16 years

Current Position

Director pf Draft Services

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

"Joe always over delivers with the customer and his fellow employees. When you ask Joe to do a job, you know it will get done well and the customer will be happy. Joe is also the funniest guy in the company." -President Chris Natale

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Ken O'Byrne

Gretz Beer Company
Norristown, PA
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Years of Service

30 years

Current Position

Import and Craft Specialist at Temple University

First Job at the Company

Part-time as a Student at Temple University

Management Quote

"Ken was an integral part of the Gretz team that won the Craft Beer Distributor Recognition Award at the Great American Beer Festival in 2011. His passion and knowledge of the beer business is unsurpassed in the industry. His attainment of the Certified Cicerone certification has positioned him as one of the top craft consultants in the Philadelphia region." -President Mike Gretz

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Frankie Nester

Lawrence Distributing Company
Danville, VA
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Years of Service

32 years

Current Position

General Manager

First Job at the Company

Warehouse Worker

Management Quote

"Frankie has gained a wealth of experience in Route Sales and Delivery, as a Route Supervisor / Market Manager, and finally now as our General Manager. He is a great asset to the LDC team because of his wide range of experience and great public relations skills. He is very organized and efficient in running things inside our operation, but his winning personality makes him a good ambassador for our company when dealing with those in the community as well." -LDC Co-Owner Linda Lawrence Dalton

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Pam Stull

Craig Stein Beverage Company
Vancouver, Washington
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Years of Service

23 years

Current Position

Controller / HR

First Job at the Company

Receptionist

Management Quote

"Pam prides herself on knowing all 175 employees at our Washington facility by first name. Pam volunteers several hours a year to our community involvement programs, which include the Clark County Food Bank and Vancouver School Foundation. Last Christmas we raised over 5,000 pounds of food for the food bank. This last summer we sponsored a 'GoReady' fair to help kids be prepared to go back to school. There were over 1,000 school kids that attended. We got a local shoe store to donate 400 pairs of shoes along with all sorts of other supplies. This is a very typical story in the day of a beer distributorship." -CEO Craig Stein

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Adrian Pope

Gulf Distributing Company
Mobile, Alabama
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Years of Service

15 years

Current Position

Delivery Manager

First Job at the Company

Delivery Driver

Management Quote

"Adrian is a long-tenured GDC employee that demonstrates an extraordinary 'whatever it takes' attitude every single day. His work ethic, teamwork and passion for our company is infectious across all departments. He truly displays the values and principles of Gulf Distributing Company. Adrian is a role model, and we are honored to have him as part of our family and our commitment to excellence." -Domenic Olson, Managing Director and General Manager

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Bryan Wittig

Blue Ridge Beverage Company, Inc.
Waynesboro, VA
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Years of Service

17 years

Current Position

Supermarket Channel Manager

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

"Bryan's leadership in the grocery channel is uncontested. His relationships with retailers and his direct-reports is unmatched. He is the 'poster child' for a true 'street beer man.'"

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Ann Evenson and Lindsay Senf

Beverage Wholesalers, Inc.
Fargo, North Dakota
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Years of Service

34 years (27 and 7 years respectively)

Current Position

Human Resources Manager; Accounts Payable/Office Admin

Management Quote

"Ann and Lindsay are mother and daughter. Ann has worked her way up through the office / administration to her current job as Manager of Human Resources. Ann has taken leadership roles not only in HR, but with our company's four safety programs. Lindsay came in to "interview" me in 2005 as part of a college course in human resource management and, two years later, in 2007, I interviewed her and she became our accounts payable / office admin employee. At a young age Lindsay has shown great strength in improving her overall job skills, organization, training new employees and staff support." -Vice President Donna Christianson

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Troy Conner

Carolina Premium Beverage
Concord, NC
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Years of Service

24 years

Current Position

On-premise Division Manager

First Job at the Company

Warehouse Loader

Management Quote

"Troy Conner has been both instrumental and invaluable to Carolina Premium Beverage's success over the years. Troy is the consummate manager who puts it all on the line every hour of every day, year in and year out. Through his diligence and daily actions, Troy has earned the utmost respect and admiration from our customers, suppliers and internal employees alike. He is the ultimate team player. Anyone who has ever had the opportunity to work with Troy considers themselves fortunate to have had the privilege to do so, and I am at the top of that list." -Rick Stell, Vice President

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J Yeagley

Golden Beverage Company
Ogden, Utah
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Years of Service

27 years

Current Position

Draft Manager

First Job at the Company

Warehouse

Management Quote

"J Yeagley runs the entire draft and special event business for Golden Beverage. He has become the premier draft expert in Utah! He has the reputation of always being able to fix anything when it comes to draft. I continually get phone calls and messages from our customers telling me what a great employee J is and how much they enjoy working with him. Golden Beverage is extremely fortunate to have J as one of our employees!" -Vice President / General Manager Brett Birt

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Mark Burgmaier

Kentucky Eagle, Inc.
Lexington, KY
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Years of Service

13+ years

Current Position

Fleet Manager

Management Quote

"Mark and his team are in charge of Kentucky Eagle's total fleet which consists of 140 trucks, trailers, vans, pick-ups and cars. He is very conscientious about keeping our fleet in top shape. In addition to his strong work ethic, the best thing about Mark is his positive attitude. He gets problems thrown at him constantly and he handles everything with a smile on his face and a wonderful attitude. It is a true comfort knowing that Mark is in charge of such an important part of our business. I know our people are riding in safe vehicles and that our products are being delivered on time and in good shape to all of our accounts. Kentucky Eagle is very blessed to have Mark on our team." -President Ann Bakhaus

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Jason Fore

Wayne Densch Inc.
Sanford, Florida
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Years of Service

18 years

Current Position

Retail Account Manager

First Job at the Company

Warehouseman 2

Management Quote

"Jason started his career at Wayne Densch in 1996 as a hand stacker in our warehouse and soon became a team leader in our warehouse. Four years later, he joined the Sales Department and in 2010 became a supervisor. Jason is proof of the opportunities available in our industry to talented, hardworking individuals. Jason is a family man with strong ties in our community, and everyone at Wayne Densch Inc. is proud to have him as part of our team." -John Williams, President and COO

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Larry Newport

Markstein Sales COmpany
Antioch, CA
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Years of Service

33 years

Current Position

Warehouse Receiver

Management Quote

"If you're walking through the warehouse, you will always find Larry atop his forklift or counting inventory on incoming loads, and you will always see a smile on Larry's face. A mentor to all, wonderful to be around, diligent in all of his job duties and always meticulous, not one case of beer will be miscounted on his shift. If given the chance, Larry would stay perched on his forklift 24/7 - he is incredibly dedicated to his job." -Laura Markstein, President, Markstein Sales Company

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Rick Manero

N.K.S. Distributors, Inc.
New Castle, Delaware
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Years of Service

19 years

Current Position

Inventory Manager

First Job at the Company

Inventory Programmer

Management Quote

"The challenges of the SKU explosion over the last decade has not deterred Rick from continuously providing accurate sales forecasts. Regular communication with sales and brand managers to achieve optimal inventory levels and monitoring code dates to minimize aging beer issues are a daily balancing act for him. Ensuring the timely arrival of shipments to maintain sales distribution and promoting retail customer service compliment the true industry professional that Rick is. We are grateful for the value and dedication that he adds to N.K.S. Distributors, Inc." -Robert Tigani, Sr., Owner

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Mary Adolphson

G & M Distributors
Galesburg, IL
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Years of Service

26 years

Current Position

Executive Assistant and Community Outreach Coordinator

First Job at the Company

Receptionist

Management Quote

"There is no challenge too small for Mary. She can take on and successfully complete any task assigned. Mary coordinates the company's efforts to combat underage drinking. She has served on various panels and helps organize free cab rides home on New Year's Eve. Additionally, Mary helps organize the company's donations to After Proms, Project Graduations and other community initiatives. Mary's thoroughness and attention to detail are exceptional. She is an important part of our gamily of employees." -President Adam Vitale

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Tom Harty

Atlas Sales, Inc.
Battle Creek, Michigan
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Years of Service

23 years

Current Position

Sales Manager

First Job at the Company

Merchandiser

Management Quote

"Tom is a classic example of company loyalty and great leadership. He joined Atlas Sales as a merchandiser when the company carried fewer than 10 brands. He worked his way up while helping to mold a business that now carries hundreds of SKUs. We are lucky to have Tom as our sales manager, a position that fits his talent for relating to people, including our team and our customers. We're also proud of his commitment to youth in our community as he has long been a high school basketball coach. We are very fortunate to have people like Tom at Atlas Sales." -Bud Dunn, Vice President

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Doug Williams

Crescent Crown Distributing
Mesa, AZ
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Years of Service

42 years

Current Position

Business Development Manager

First Job at the Company

Sales Trainee

Management Quote

"Doug's knowledge of the beer industry and his good business sense makes him an exceptional employee at Crescent Crown Distributing. He works diligently to ensure all internal control records are accurate, manages existing business accounts and secures that they stay healthy throughout the year. We are thankful for his loyalty, hard work and dedication." -Joe Cotroneo, EVP / General Manager

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Chad Anderson

American Eagle Distributing Co.
Loveland, CO
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Years of Service

13 years

Current Position

Sales Director of Specialty Brands

First Job at the Company

Warehouse Supervisor (A.M. Shift)

Management Quote

"After working his way up through the organization, Chad has been able to experience all sides of our business. He has worked in the warehouse, delivery, sales and is now the sales director of our Craft and Specialty Division. Chad has a wonderful personality; he is laid back and easy going, which allows him to work well with our employees, our accounts and all of our suppliers. Everything he does is very effective, yet he makes it seem so effortless. We love having Chad as part of our team!" -Jamie McCawley, General Manager

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Kelly McCallister

The Yahnis Company
Conway, South Carolina
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Years of Service

13 Years

Current Position

Inventory Manager

Management Quote

"After a distinguished 23 year career with Miller Brewing Company, Kelly joined The Yahnis Company in 2001 as inventory manager. His responsibilities encompass all aspects of inventory including forecasting, management, purchasing and logistics. Kelly has an infectious spirit which positively influences everyone in the organization. His impeccable character and commonsense solutions, as well as a keen a sense of humor, are a great asset to The Yahnis Company. Kelly enjoys riding horses and golf in his spare time." -Jimmy Yahnis, EVP / Owner

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Tommy Edwards

Premium Brands of Northwest Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Years of Service

29 Years

Current Position

District Manager

First Job at the Company

Warehouse/ Truck Loader

Management Quote

"Tommy sets the bar higher within our sales team. He is respected by both retailers and salesmen. Newer members of the sales team look to him for advice and leadership. His philosophy for success is simple, 'There are no shortcuts, just roll-up your sleeves and get it done'. We're so thankful to have him on our team." -Heath Sutherlin, General Manager

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Mike Dye

Matesich Distribution
Newark, Ohio
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Years of Service

28 years

Current Position

Driver / Salesman

First Job at the Company

Warehouse Associate

Management Quote

"Mike's experience has taken him through seven different countries. Over his years, Mike has received numerous Letters of Satisfaction from customers in his market. Mike always takes an extra step to give the customer the best possible service. Mike spends his off time riding his Harley Davidson and spending time with his two daughters and granddaughter." -Jim Matesich, CEO and President

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Kevin Koroulis

B & K Distributing, Inc.
Steamboat Springs, CO
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Years of Service

26 years

Current Position

Driver Supervisor / Management Team Member

First Job at the Company

Line Cleaner / Driver Helper

Management Quote

"Kevin's relentless approach to managing our driver / warehouse team is second to none. His commitment and passion for our company inspires me every day." -Chris J. Kaminski, President
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