MIAMI and DALLAS, May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the preparations to launch Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits, LLC ("Southern Glazer's"), Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. ("Southern") and Glazer's, Inc. ("Glazer's") today announced that Scott Oppenheimer has been named Regional President for the Control States and Canada. This appointment will be effective on closing, which is expected to be July 1, 2016.
Oppenheimer joins the team with more than 25 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry. Most recently, Scott served as Senior Vice President, Control States and Military, for Moet Hennessy USA. Prior to that, he has held various sales, marketing and leadership roles at Millennium Import Company, Gilbey of Canada, Heublein and E & J Gallo Winery.
Oppenheimer will report directly to Southern Glazer's future Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Brad Vassar. "We are excited that Scott will be among our group of highly experienced and talented commercial leaders at Southern Glazer's," said Vassar. "With Scott joining our team, we look forward to the leadership he will bring to the Control States as well as further expanding our presence in Canada."
In this role, Oppenheimer will lead the alcoholic beverage Control States—Alabama, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Montgomery County in Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming—as well as Canada.
Peter Hickey, Executive Vice President, General Manager - SWS Control States, will be assisting Oppenheimer during the transition, and has decided to leave the company effective December 31, 2016. Hickey, who has been with Southern Wine & Spirits since 2006, after stints with Whitbread North America, Jim Beam Brands and Allied Domecq, has managed the expansion of the SWS control state business from one state, Pennsylvania, to the current operation in all 17 control markets. During the transition, Hickey will continue to directly manage the U.S. control business.
Hickey said, "I appreciate the opportunity Southern has given me over the last decade. This has been the most fulfilling period of my career. I wish Scott Oppenheimer the best as he takes over this business."
"We appreciate the great work Peter has done for Southern establishing and leading our control division across the U.S. over the last decade," commented Wayne E. Chaplin, Southern's Chief Executive Officer and President. "All of us here at Southern wish him well in his future endeavors," added Chaplin.
Doug Wieland, Senior Vice President General Manager for Glazer's of Canada, will report to Oppenheimer, effective July 1, 2016. Wieland has 28 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry. He started his career with the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Since that time, he has led multiple teams across sales and marketing functions throughout Canada. He spent five years as Vice President, Sales, with Select Wines and Spirits. Wieland joined Glazer's in 2015 as Vice President, Sales and Marketing.
Scott and his family will reside in Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation's largest wine and spirits distributor and broker with operations in 38 markets. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 14,500 team members. Southern urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve and enjoy its products responsibly.
For more information about Southern and its responsible consumption program, see: http://www.southernwine.com.
About Glazer's, Inc.
Glazer's, one of the country's largest privately held companies, currently operates in 15 states, Canada and the Caribbean, and is one of the nation's largest distributors of wine, spirits and malt beverage products. The company has operations in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Canada, and the US Virgin Islands. The third-generation family business was founded in Dallas in 1933. For more information, please visit our website at www.glazers.com.
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