December 2020 | Biz Buzz
BUZZ FROM CORPORATE
→ Congratulations to the follow Associates who spent a large amount of personal time taking virtual learning classes with VP of Fine Wine Sales & Education Mary Horn preparing for the Society of Wine Educators special designation exams. This group of Associates have passed their exams and have new designations to add to their titles!
Certified Specialists of Wine (CSW):
Ryan Livingston – Cleveland
Amanda Moss – Columbus
Joel Sandrey – Wine Trends Cleveland
Mike Turner – Wine Trends Columbus
Constance Wressle – Cleveland
Jodie Jones – Allied Wine
Kevin Mojzer – Wine Trends Columbus
Hannah Szabo – Wine Trends Cleveland
Erin Lax – Cleveland
Chris Venci – Wine Trends Columbus
Chris Engelman – Wine Trends Columbus
Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS):
Ken Archbold – Wine Trends Columbus
BUZZ FROM CINCINNATI
→ Bengals Defensive End, Sam Hubbard, is sponsored by Bud Light! Sam is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Moeller High School. He played three years at Ohio State before declaring for the NFL Draft. Sam was selected in third round (77th pick overall) of the 2018 draft. VP of Sales, Nick Ducey, invited him down to our offices to show our support. Who Dey!
FORMER MOELLER HIGH SCHOOL, OHIO STATE BUCKEYE,
AND CURRENT CINCINNATI BENGAL SAM HUBBARD’S
BUD LIGHT BILLBOARD IN CINCINNATI.
CINCINNATI BENGAL DEFENSIVE END SAM HUBBARD AND
VP OF SALES NICK DUCEY. SEE IF YOU CAN GUESS WHO’S WHO!
BUZZ FROM DAYTON
→ Employee Spotlights for November were 8-year Associate Christina White, graphic designer; 8-year Allied Wine Sales Pro, Jodi Jones; 6-year Sales Pro Beer, Holly Fritts and 5-year Market Manager, Beer Scott Heckman.
→ Welcome this trio of Associates to team Dayton! Both Lisa Krafft, driver check-in and Madalyn Myers, trainee/merchandiser, started with Heidelberg in September. Sales Support Associate, Steve Beall, started working in October.
→ Dayton Operations Managers took advantage of the nice weather on November 11 and grilled out burgers and hotdogs for all operations Associates and drivers to enjoy in a safe and socially distanced manner! Thanks to key managers who made this event happen: Terry Neece, operations manager, Dan Rich, south route supervisor, Rod Owens, north route supervisor, Tosha Sharp, operations admin and Ryan Moore, daytime operations manager.
NORTH ROUTE SUPERVISOR ROD OWENS MANS THE GRILL
COOKING BURGERS AND DOGS FOR OPS ASSOCIATES.
SOUTH ROUTE SUPERVISOR DAN RICH GRILLING UP BURGERS FOR AN OPERATIONS AND DRIVERS LUNCH ON NOVEMBER 11.
THE THREE NEWEST TRUCKS IN THE DAYTON FLEET CELEBRATING FIRST RESPONDERS, THE MILITARY AND THE CITY OF DAYTON.
BUZZ FROM COLUMBUS
→ On November 5, team Columbus sold its one millionth case of Mark Anthony Brands, led by White Claw! Back in 2005, team Columbus sold 88,600 cases of MAB. 15 years later it’s one million cases and counting! A big thanks to all the admin, ops and sales teams, this doesn’t happen without you! Thank you and congratulations!
→ Congratulations to a pair of Associates that went above and beyond and showed great teamwork in helping out with a delivery on an account that was having a re-opening celebration. Telephone Sales Associate Brenda Huhn submitted “High Fives” to both Driver Supervisor, Shaun McCleery and District Sales Manager, Wine, Scott McIntosh for showing off Heidelberg’s Core Values!
TEAM COLUMBUS WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP GET COSTCO
READY FOR THE HOLIDAYS! FRANK HESS, CHAIN DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, KEVIN GEHA, FIELD SALES MANAGER AND JUSTIN WISE, FIELD SALES MANAGER GETTING THE BUBBLY READY TO GO!
MERCHANDISER ALLIE PRYBELSKI AND SALES PROFESSIONAL EMILY HUGHES GETTING THE KROGER CANAL WINCHESTER STORE READY FOR THE BUSY HOLIDAY SEASON!
GREAT JOB BY SALES PROFESSIONAL KRIS MCKINNEY! SELLING IN THIS HUGE SHINER CHEER DISPLAY AT KROGER MARYSVILLE THIS DOESN’T HAPPEN WITHOUT TEAMWORK! THANKS TO JASON FALK, DISTRICT MANAGER, KELLEN MCMAHON, MERCHANDISER, WESLEY MARKWARD, MERCHANDISER, STEVEN LILLEY, CRAFT BRAND MANAGER AND SPECIAL THANKS TO DAN HOGAN FOR MAKING THE DELIVERY HAPPEN!
ANOTHER GREAT DISPLAY FOR TEAM COLUMBUS. SALES PROFESSIONAL PATRICK PHILLIPS AND DISTRICT MANAGER SCOTT MCINTOSH BUILT THIS GREAT DISPLAY AT KROGER PORTSMITH.
BUZZ FROM CLEVELAND
SALES PROFESSIONAL PJ PIAZZA AND DISTRICT MANAGER KEVIN FAIR SHOWED THEIR HOLIDAY SPIRIT WITH A CHRISTMAS TREE DISPLAY AT GIANT EAGLE MADE WITH 42 CASES OF KIM CRAWFORD & MEIOMI WINES!
BUZZ FROM LORAIN
BEER AND WINE TEAMING UP FOR A GREAT HOLIDAY DISPLAY AT MILLER’S NORWALK GROCERY! THIS AMAZING DISPLAY WAS CREATED BY BEER MERCHANDISER JUSTIN BARNES, BEER DISTRICT MANAGER BJ BROWN AND BEER SALES PRO ERIC BLANCHETTE. WINE SALES PRO DARREN DAVIS AND WINE DISTRICT MANAGER VAL THAYER ALSO PITCHED IN TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
SAY HELLO TO LORAIN’S ANNUAL TURKEY TRADITION. EVERY YEAR RECEPTIONIST SHEILA IWANEK CREATES A TURKEY FROM A PUMPKIN AND OLD NEW BELGIAN TAP HANDLE INSERTS!
BUZZ FROM OHIO VALLEY
→ Ohio Valley has won the Golden Bar Award from Diageo Beer Company. The award celebrates the best of the best for fiscal year performance and achievements. Wholesalers competed for the Golden Bar within several categories and this fiscal year, OV has won the crème of the crop the Executional Excellence Award!The Executional Excellence Award is given for outstanding work within the categories of: National Execution Plan, Overall Effective Placements Growth vs. the previous year, 5 Key Drive Window, SMASH Distribution, Seltzer Distribution and Display Performance.
Ohio Valley competed for the award with nine other distributors from California, Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, New York and Texas. Congratulations to Ohio Valley on this prestigious award and a job well done!
BUZZ FROM WINE TRENDS
→ Wine Trends supplier partner Michael David Winery has been named the 2020 American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
BUZZ FROM TOLEDO
GREAT LAKES CHRISTMAS ALE IS BACK! TOLEDO KICKED OFF CHRISTMAS ALE SEASON WITH AN IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY.
→ Congratulations are also in order to Team Toledo for being named as a finalist for the Golden Bar Award from Diageo Beer Company. Heidelberg Toledo was one of 10 finalists in contention for the Executional Excellence Award. Way to go!
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