MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Brad Vassar, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern) — the nation’s leading wine and spirits distributor with operations in 35 states — announced today the appointment of Andrew Gergel as Vice President, General Manager for the Maryland and Washington, D.C. divisions; effective immediately. In his new position, Gergel will report to Vassar.
Gergel joined Southern in 2004 in the New York market as District Sales Manager, winning multiple company and supplier awards during his service there until 2010. Later that year, Gergel moved to Maryland and served as the division’s District Manager On-Premise, until 2012, when he was promoted to Division Director, On-Premise. As an accomplished professional with experience in sales, marketing, account development and a proven record for building a strong rapport with suppliers and customers, he was appointed Vice President, General Sales Manager for the Maryland and Washington, D.C. markets in 2014.
Noting the importance of this appointment, Vassar said, “With Andrew’s background and experience, we are confident his leadership skills will ensure a strong, energetic and sustained focus on managing our business in these two competitive markets. We know that Andrew and his entire team will continue forging close partnerships with our suppliers in the market.”
Commenting on his new responsibilities, Gergel noted, “I appreciate the confidence that Southern senior leadership has in me and I am very excited to tackle this challenge as the next step in my career. My values are aligned with Southern — and recognizing that our people are our greatest asset, I plan to grow the Maryland and Washington, D.C. markets in the ‘Southern Way’ to become yet another success story.”
Gergel attended the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Towson University in Towson, Maryland.
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, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, 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. Southern also holds operating licenses and permits in Nebraska and Texas. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 14,000 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.