April 2020 | Biz Buzz
BUZZ FROM CORPORATE
→ Every Friday we salute an Associate who demonstrates our core values by posting his or her photo and background on Heidelberg’s social media channels Facebook and Twitter. Congratulations to these Associates, featured in March:
March 6: Ben Lewis, Driver – Toledo
March 13: Gary Johnson, Non-Union Warehouse – Cincinnati
March 20: Jessica Kyer, Corporate Accounts Receivable – Dayton
March 27: Staci Testa, Admin Manager – Youngstown
→ Brent Wagener has joined Dan Greathouse in managing the growing portfolio of brands at Heidelberg Vineyards. Brent is responsible for sales in Dayton, Columbus, Lorain and Toledo in addition to managing several suppliers and product status updates. Besides growing our import business, he and Dan are busy calling on key accounts across the country and seeking wholesaler partners for Bordeaux wines. Brent’s new title is corporate Vice President of Sales reporting to Pat O’Sullivan; he formerly was VP/General Manager for Wine Trends.
BUZZ FROM KENTUCKY
→ Heidelberg Kentucky is now distributing Gravely’s canned beer. The craft brewery partnered with Taft’s Brewery in Cincinnati to produce the packaged beer.
BUZZ FROM DAYTON
→ The Dayton Anheuser-Busch Sales team celebrated back-to-back AOE Gold accomplishments with a bowling party on February 27. The AOE (Ambassadors of Excellence) program is a yearly award given to the top Anheuser-Busch wholesalers in the nation, with the Gold level being the top status.
TEAM DAYTON CELEBRATES GOLD!
BUZZ FROM CLEVELAND
→ We welcome receptionist Connie Harget to the ROAR ON reporting team! And many thanks to “retiring” contributor Marie Hemlinger, Administrative Manager, who served in this role for many years.
RETIRED ROUTER AL KUCINSKI, A 20+ YEAR ASSOCIATE,
TREATS THE CLEVELAND OFFICE EACH YEAR ON FAT TUESDAY
BY BRINGING IN DELICIOUS PACZKIS! HE NEVER FORGETS HIS
FORMER CO-WORKERS AND THEIR NEED FOR SWEET TREATS
ON THE FIRST DAY OF MARDI GRAS. THANKS, AL!
BUZZ FROM LORAIN
→ Sales professional Courtney Rice was photographed for a story in the Lorain Morning Journal when she was consulting with new restaurant customer Dodie’s Dockside. The restaurant is part of the new Ariel on Broadway Hotel and Event Center which is expected to open this spring.
A NIGHT OF COMEDY CALLED “LEAP INTO LAUGHTER” WAS HELD
AT THE HISTORIC MARION PALACE THEATER ON LEAP YEAR NIGHT. DISTRICT MANAGER PAUL KANZ (LEFT) AND SALES PROFESSIONAL
NATE LOVELY SERVED 12 DIFFERENT WINES RANGING FROM FUN
WINES TO MEIOMI PINOT NOIR AND KIM CRAWFORD SAUVIGNON BLANC.
SALES PROFESSIONA COURNTEY RICE (RIGHT) WITH TWO CONSUMERS AT A WENTE WINE TASTING AND DINNER. THE EVENT WAS CONDUCTED BY COURTNEY AND SALES PROFESSIONAL VAL THAYER AT THE SENIOR LIVING FACILITY VINEYARD VILLAGE IN
PORT CLINTON. RETAILER 1812 RESTAURANT SPONSORED THE EVENT.
BUZZ FROM COLUMBUS
→ Constellation Brands, best known for the nation’s top two imports, Corona Extra and Modelo Especial, announced that Heidelberg Columbus Beer Division was awarded the brand’s Gold Crown-Tier Three Award. Columbus competed with 13 other distributors in the Central Business Unit, including River City in Louisville, Kentucky and Beer Capitol in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Constellation Brands Gold Crown regional award is presented to Gold Network partners who achieve the highest-level attainment of their volume and distribution goals. There also is a national winner chosen from those regional winners by Constellation’s sales leadership team for having represented top performance among that elite group.
TAKING HOME THE GOLD: TEAM COLUMBUS RECENTLY RECEIVED THE
GOLD CROWN REGIONAL FIRST PLACE TROPHY AT CONSTELLATION
BEER’S GOLD NETWORK SUMMIT IN LAS VEGAS.
→ Team Columbus celebrated its milestone of selling one million cases of Constellation Beer Brands with everyone receiving a zip-front jacket.
GODFRED ADJEI AND ALEX OBERLIN
TERESA HOLOBAUGH, DERRICK ROBSON, AND LISA FUNK
OHIO SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES LARRY HOUSEHOLDER SHARED
THIS POST TO SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER SIGNING THE COVID 19 EMERGENCY RESPONSE BILL.
THE TRUCK IN THE BACKGROUND IS DRIVEN BY DAVE UPPERMAN, A 30 YEAR HEIDELBERG EMPLOYEE!
BUZZ FROM CINCINNATI
→ Congratulations to Maria Hintz, who retires April 1 after 21 years at Heidelberg. Maria started out as purchaser of wines and more recently has worked in the pricing department, updating and adding item information.
BUZZ FROM YOUNGSTOWN
→ James Harmon, Day Warehouse Manager, retired on March 13 after working at Heidelberg since 2009. Congratulations!
BUZZ FROM WINE TRENDS
→ Welcome Bill Gardlock to the company. He is the new Regional Sales Manager in Cleveland for Wine Trends.
→ Wine Trends recently launched wines from Arietta, a luxury producer from Napa Valley.