MIAMI & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (“Southern Glazer’s”)—the largest North American wine and spirits distribution company —announced today that its CEO, Wayne Chaplin, has been recognized as the Wine Star Award Person of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Each year, Wine Enthusiast honors the individuals and companies that have made outstanding achievements over the past year in the wine and beverage world. The winners are featured in the Wine Enthusiast’s special “Best of Year” issue, and will be honored at a black-tie gala in Miami on Monday, January 30, 2017, for the first time in the event’s history at Nobu Eden Roc.
Mr. Chaplin was selected for leading his team to forge the historic and influential combination of the number one and the fourth largest distributors in North America: Southern Wine & Spirits and Glazer’s. Creating the first national footprint for a beverage alcohol distribution network, the Company’s reach encompasses 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean.
Commenting on the award, Chaplin said, “While I’m incredibly honored to be recognized, I’m really accepting this award on behalf of all of the talented, hardworking people at Southern Glazer’s who are dedicated to delivering exceptional service and valuable insights for our suppliers and customers."
Chaplin joined the Company in 1984, starting at the bottom. Under the guiding hand of his father, Harvey R. Chaplin, Chairman of Southern Glazer’s, he learned the basics, from operations, delivery and sales, to the ins-and-outs of marketing to retailers and restaurateurs. Early in his career he witnessed the trend of consolidation among all tiers of the alcoholic beverage industry and recognized that Southern could add more value to its suppliers and customers if it could increase its footprint to be more national. Southern’s expansion into multiple states in the 1990s and 2000s led to rapid growth and expansion for the Company. During this expansion period, Chaplin quickly advanced to senior management positions of increasing responsibility.
By 2014, he was named President and Chief Executive Officer. Upon completion of the combination of Southern and Glazer’s in July of 2016, he was named to his current role as Chief Executive Officer of Southern Glazer’s. Today, Wayne’s vision for Southern Glazer’s is to be the world’s preeminent selling, logistics, and data insights company for alcoholic beverages. Southern Glazer’s is also committed to building on its multigenerational heritage, where team members treat each other with respect, and where integrity, intellect and ingenuity guide the Company’s decisions and its relationships with suppliers, customers and employees.
About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers.