Steve Power, Executive Vice President-General Manager, Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida (SWS-FL)--a division of Southern Wine & Spirits of America (Southern), Inc., the country's leading wine and spirits distributor--today announced that he has appointed Marty Durkin to the role of Vice President-Marketing & Sales Planning for SWS-FL. Durkin will succeed Art Friedman who will run the recently-restructured SWS-FL Retail Chain Division.
Commenting on the appointment, Power said, "Marty is a proven leader with a successful track record. I look forward to having Marty join the Florida team to continue to build on the changes and successes that we have achieved as our business continues to evolve in this wonderfully dynamic marketplace." Power added, "Marty will transition into his new role just as soon as his replacement is named."
Durkin brings to his new role 19 years of industry experience. He began his career at Barton Brands as a Regional Manager, joined Pernod Ricard in 2001 and was promoted to Vice President of Southeast Division, managing 10 States. In 2009, Durkin joined Southern as Vice President-Sales and Marketing, managing Pernod's national business for all Southern markets.
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.