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Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits Hires Jon Tepper As Executive Vice President Of Sales And Commercial Strategy

Posted on November 07, 2018

Stamford, CT – November 7, 2018 - Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits, a leading importer and marketer of award-winning wines and spirits from around the world, is pleased to announce that Jon Tepper will join the company as Executive Vice President of Sales and Commercial Strategy, beginning December 3. This newly-created role will lead the company’s distributor management, field sales force, training department & on-premise national accounts as well as be a thought leader on the company’s sales strategy. 

This is the latest strategic move for Deutsch Family, a company that has experienced rapid growth, adding 100 new roles and doubling its profits in the past five years.

In this role, Tepper will be a member of the company’s Senior Leadership Team and report to Tom Steffanci, President, Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. Reporting directly to Tepper will be Ryan Rowder, SVP Sales; Jeff Corbett, SVP Sales; Tony Kalich, SVP Distributor Relations and Training; Joe Wiza, VP Commercial Planning and Execution; and Eric Lake, VP National Accounts – On Premise. Tepper’s full organization will comprise 118 employees.

“We continue to experience a steep growth trajectory, but to maintain that we need to continually up our game and enhance our sales execution, and we’re confident that Jon Tepper can lead that effort,” said Steffanci. “Jon has a track record of balancing outstanding results with a true focus on developing people and teams, a highly valued balance in our family company.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits team,” said Tepper. “Their track record of success and the focus on a high-performance culture, brand-building, and talent development all done with a long-term vision is something I can’t wait to be part of.”

Tepper brings more than two decades of sales experience in the beverage alcohol industry, nearly 15 of them in Executive sales roles at Diageo. Most recently he was the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Diageo’s Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits Division.

About Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits

Initially called W.J. Deutsch & Sons Ltd., the company was founded in 1981 by Chairman Bill Deutsch to market quality wines produced by prestigious families from major wine regions of the world. In 2009, it announced the expansion of the award-winning company to include a Spirits Portfolio. Today the company is renowned for its brand-building prowess and its ability to meet the needs of the modern consumer. Bill's son Peter Deutsch is CEO; thus two generations of the Deutsch family work side by side in their continuous quest to build strong brands and relationships throughout the wine and spirits industry.

The portfolio includes award-winning wines from Australia: [ yellow tail ], [ yellow tail ] Bubbles, Peter Lehmann, Peter Lehmann Clancy's; California: Bellacosa; Eppa SupraFruta Sangria, Girard Winery, Joseph Carr, Josh Cellars, Josh Cellars Reserve, Kunde Family Estate, Layer Cake; The Calling; France: Andre Lurton, Cave de Lugny, Fleurs de Prairie, Hob Nob Vineyards, Sauvion et Fils; Washington: Skyfall; Italy: Barone Fini, Villa Pozzi; New Zealand: The Crossings; Portugal: Quinta Do Vale Meao; Spain: Mar De Frades, Cruz de Alba, Ramon Bilbao; Argentina: Clos de los Siete; Ruta 22; and award-winning spirits: Redemption Whiskey, Bib & Tucker Bourbon, Masterson's Rye and Luksusowa Vodka.


Job Function: Sales/Marketing

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