Southern Wine & Spirits of America announces Chris Ferri as VP, General Sales Manager for company's Washington state operations

KIRKLAND, Washington , March 2, 2012 (press release) – John Klein, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America’s seven Pacific Northwest markets — all divisions of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the country’s leading wine and spirits distributor — announced today the appointment of Chris Ferri as Vice President, General Sales Manager for Southern’s State of Washington operation. The appointment is effective March 1, 2012.

“The privatization of the Washington spirits markets has led to an expansion of our range of industry-leading services to our customers and supplier partners. Chris is going to be a valuable and talented leader for our sales and marketing team here in Washington.”

Brad Vassar, Executive Vice President, General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., said, “Chris will bring great expertise and experience to his new position in Washington — and both John Klein and I are confident that Chris will do much to strengthen and lead our expanding presence in Washington.”

Klein added, “The privatization of the Washington spirits markets has led to an expansion of our range of industry-leading services to our customers and supplier partners. Chris is going to be a valuable and talented leader for our sales and marketing team here in Washington.”

Prior to his move to Washington, Ferri served as Vice President, Director of Off-Premise Merchandising, Southern Wine & Spirits of California, and before that served as Vice President, Director of the Constellation Brands Division, also at Southern Wine & Spirits of California. In addition, Ferri holds a Masters in Business Administration from University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Accounting from Norwich Military University, Northfield, Vermont.

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

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