MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern), the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor with operations in 35 states, announces two divisional executive promotions. In the Southern Wine & Spirits of New York (SWS-NY) division, Executive Vice President- General Manager Larry Goodrich has appointed Matt Munn as Senior Vice President-General Manager of Wine. In Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada (SWS-NV), Senior Managing Director Larry Ruvo has selected Ian Staller as Munn’s successor as Senior Vice President-General Sales Manager for Spirits.
“I am very gratified to see Matt assume the senior wine role for our New York division from his executive role in Nevada, and equally pleased to see Ian transition across functions from his current Finance, Trade Development and Marketing roles into Matt’s Sales and Marketing spirits role.”
Commenting on these promotions, Southern’s Executive Vice President-General Manager Brad Vassar said, “One of the greatest and most strategic strengths of Southern is our depth of executive talent. We are fortunate to be able to draw on talent wherever it may be across our broad footprint and bring it to where it is needed most.” Vassar continued, “I am very gratified to see Matt assume the senior wine role for our New York division from his executive role in Nevada, and equally pleased to see Ian transition across functions from his current Finance, Trade Development and Marketing roles into Matt’s Sales and Marketing spirits role.”
Building on Vassar’s comments, Larry Ruvo added, “Watching Matt evolve and grow his leadership skills through the years—in arguably the country’s most unique wine and spirits market in Nevada—prepares him well for this exciting new role in New York. We wish him well!” Ruvo concluded, “We are thrilled to have an executive of Ian’s caliber to succeed Matt. Ian brings a wealth of experience, dedication and poise to this very important position.”
Munn joined SWS-NV in 2003 as the Vice President for On-Premise Spirits. He was promoted in 2006 to the Senior Vice President-Wine Division and then again in 2009 into his current position as the head of the Spirits Division. Prior to his tenure at SWS-NV, Munn worked for Schieffelin & Somerset (now Moët Hennessy USA), PepsiCo and E&J Gallo Winery. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science & Finance from Arizona State University, and is married with three sons.
Speaking from the perspective of the SWS-NY division, Larry Goodrich contributed, “I am pleased to augment my executive team in New York with Matt. He has well-honed supplier and customer relationship skills as well as natural leadership capabilities. He will be a valuable addition to our Wine Division.” Goodrich continued, “We also give our heartfelt thanks to Matt’s predecessor, Brett Dunne, for his service to the Company in New York and Florida. We wish him much success in his future pursuits.”
Both appointments will be effective January 1, 2013.
About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.
Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor and broker with operations in 35 markets. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. In addition, Southern has a presence in Maryland and the District of Columbia through a joint venture with F.P. Winner Wine & Spirits as well as a joint venture in Minnesota with J.J. Taylor Distributing Company. Southern also holds operating licenses and permits in Nebraska and Texas. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 12,500 team members. Southern urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information about Southern and its responsible consumption program, see: http://www.southernwine.com.