May 2013
Southern Wine & Spirits of New York has promoted
Larry O’Rourke
to new roles. Danzi is now VP/
General Sales Manager for the Marquee division for New York
State. Danzi has over 20 years of industry experience, and joined
Southern in 2004 as a sales manager for the Off-Premise Spir-
its division. He participates in many charitable events and has
coordinated the annual New York Blood Drive for the past four
years. Larry O’Rourke has been promoted to the role of VP/
General Sales Manager—Wine, Metro New York Division. He
has more than 28 years experience in the industry and joined
Southern in 2004 as sales manager for the Off-Premise Wine
division. In 2007, O’Rourke was awarded the Wayne E. Chaplin
President’s Award for his achievements.
Tony Truzzolini
, previously in the role of General Sales
Manager Southern at Beam Inc., is now Senior Vice Presi-
dent Sales at Southern Wine
& Spirits of America. In this
role, he is working exclu-
sively on behalf of Beam and
its portfolio. He reports to
Brad Vassar, Executive VP/
General Manager and is re-
sponsible for driving growth
of the Beam portfolio.
Beam Inc. has made key leadership appointments in the gen-
eral sales manager ranks of its commercial team for the North
America region.
Steve Bjeldanes
has been named General
Sales Manager Southern Region, driving sales growth in the 14
states in which Southern Wine & Spirits is Beam’s distributor
partner in Open States.
He also retains responsibility for national accounts. Bjel-
danes spent five years as General Sales Manager for Control
States, Beam Canada and National Accounts.
Julious Grant
joins Beam as General Sales Manager Beam Canada and Con-
trol States. He has 20 years spirits industry experience, most
recently serving as President/Managing Director of Bacardi/
Brown-Forman House for the UK and Ireland.
Diageo North America has made changes to its leadership team.
Tom Looney
, formerly Chief Commercial Officer, has been
named President for Diageo-Guinness USA, replacing Sheila
Stanziale who has left the company.
Jeff Ivey
has been promoted
to Looney’s vacated position. Ivey was formerly Diageo NA’s SVP
of route-to-market strategy.
Brown-Forman Corporation
recently announced the retire-
ment of Tommy Beam, SVP and
General Manager of Jack Dan-
iel’s Production Operations in
Lynchburg, TN this July. Brown-
Forman has named
Larry Combs
as his successor. Combs joined
Brown-Forman in 1992 and
most recently led B-F’s Technical
Services Group, also guiding Eu-
ropean Operations and External Manufacturing Operations globally.
In addition to his new role, Combs will continue to oversee external
manufacturing operations.
Robert Danzi
Tony Truzzolino
Steve Bjeldanes
Julious Grant
Tom Looney
Jeff Ivey
Larry Combs
Larry O'Rourke
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