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New England’s Horizon Beverage Group reorganizes its senior management team

Horizon Beverage Group is pleased to announce upcoming senior management changes. Effective March 11th, 2013 an Executive Committee will be created to assume all top line managerial responsibilities across the five state New England region. Jim Tsiumis, Senior Vice President, has been added to the Executive Committee and will spearhead corporate strategy. In addition, a Sales Operating Group will be created to manage day-to-day sales operations for all Core Business Units. The Sales Operating Group will report directly to the Executive Committee.

The newly created Sales Operating Group consists of eight executives each responsible for a specific core area of the business. Joe Bramanti has been promoted to President, Premium CBU. Jim Merrill has been promoted to President, Coastal CBU. Steve Ziner has been promoted to President, Wine CBU. Angelo Collins has been promoted to President, Rhode Island CBU. Joe LaRocca has been promoted to President, Control State CBU. Seth Kurlinski has been promoted to General Manager of the Alliance Business Group. Jim Hogan, Vice President, will continue to oversee the growing National Account universe across the region. Bill Ehrhardt, Vice President, will continue to oversee the independent regional account business.

“We are extremely pleased to make these organizational changes as we continue to reinforce our sales capabilities, providing industry leading service to our retail customers across the region” says Robert Epstein, Co-Chairman, Horizon Beverage Group. “This structure better aligns our organization with our supplier partners, allows for a quicker decision making process and more clearly defines corporate governance.”

“It is a talented group of people that will raise our level of sales capabilities and lead our company into the future,” adds Jim Rubenstein, Co-Chairman Horizon Beverage Group. “As we move into our 4th generation of family ownership, this structure establishes distinct lines of authority and integrates long term future growth plans with bolt-on flexibility allowing us to adapt to a rapidly changing industry.”

Source: Horizon Beverage Group