Banfi Vintners, America’s leading importer of fine wine, has appointed wholesale industry veteran Charles Andrews to the newly created position of General Manager. In his new capacity he will be overseeing sales, marketing and public relations. Mr. Andrews will report directly to Banfi’s Executive Committee, consisting of Co-CEOs James Mariani and Cristina Mariani-May, whose mutual grandfather founded Banfi in 1919, and COO Marc Goodrich.
“We are very proud Charlie will join Banfi Vintners in its 92nd year as the country’s oldest continuous importer of wines, and directly participate in continuance of positive business development”, said James Mariani.
Mr. Andrews brings with him over 37 years of wholesale industry management experience. He comes to Banfi from Republic National Distributing Company, a wine and spirits wholesaler and distributor which he joined as president in 2003 when it was known as National Distributing Company. He was part of the transition team that oversaw NDC’s 2007 merger with Republic Distributing Company and subsequently became its Regional President and Operating Committee Member. He began his career in 1973 at McKesson Wine & Spirits, and later helped lead the privatization of McKesson and its development into Sunbelt Beverage, which he served as President/CEO from 1988 to 1997. After departing Sunbelt he served as President and CEO of Young’s Market Company from 1997 to 2003.
Banfi Vintners was founded in New York in 1919 by John F. Mariani, Sr., and has ranked as America’s leading wine marketer for more than three decades. Now in its 3rd generation of family ownership and management, Banfi also owns the award winning Castello Banfi vineyard estate in Montalcino, Tuscany, the first winery in the world to be awarded international recognition for exceptional environmental, ethical and social responsibility (ISO 14001 and SA8000) as well as customer satisfaction (ISO 9001:2000). In addition to the wines of Castello Banfi and its sister estate in Piedmont, Vigne Regali, Banfi Vintners imports the wines of Placido, Cecchi, Sartori, Riunite, Bolla, Fontana Candida, Cella and Florio of Italy; Concha y Toro, Walnut Crest and Viñedos Organicos Emiliana of Chile; Trivento of Argentina; and Chateau Tanunda of Australia.
The appointment is effective June 6, 2011.