July 2020 | Biz Buzz
→ One of the things that we talk about within the Heidelberg family is being able to showcase our Associates as being experts in their fields. During the COVID-19 crisis, we have gotten numerous opportunities to see that knowledge firsthand and were able to have a little fun within the process!
→ Lion’s Edge Graphic Designer Nicole Donahue hosted a “Print Edition” of Happy Hour Trivia on May 28 covering all aspects of the printing and graphic design world. Director of Revenue Management Tom McNally and Cincinnati Corporate Accounts Payable Team Lead Diane Ellison were the big winners of the event, that included the following “print edition” categories: What the Font?!, Paper Cut, Thanks a lot, Printer! Are You Sure That’s True?, and Whose Logo is it Anyway?
LION’S EDGE GRAPHIC DESIGNER NICOLE DONAHUE WAS THE QUIZ MASTER
FOR A HAPPY HOUR TRIVIA CONTEST ON MAY 28.
→ Beer was the topic for another round of “Thirst-Day” Happy Hour Trivia on June 11. Kentucky Special Events Manager Beer Dave Gausepohl asked the questions as Associates tried to come up with the correct responses to beer related trivia. Beer Dave asked questions about Water, Grains, Yeast and Hops and even had a special “12 Pack” of bonus round questions! Congratulations to Kentucky Beer Field Sales Manager Joe Hayden for being the champ!
BEER DAVE GAUSEPOHL, THE ALEX TREBEK OF BEER TRIVIA,
ASKS THE QUESTIONS DURING “THIRST-DAY” HAPPY HOUR TRIVIA.
→ The month of June opened up with a senior leadership Zoom call on June 1 featuring Dean Gregory from Montgomery Inn & The Boathouse. Dean talked to the team about his business during the Covid pandemic and shared some key points to his success with the team. His parents instilled a belief to Dean and his siblings of “no shortcuts ever, maintain quality and keep the personal touch.” Be persistent and build relationships and trust. Thanks to AB/In-Bev VP of Sales Nick Ducey for setting up the call with Dean!
DEAN GREGORY FROM MONTGOMERY INN & THE BOATHOUSE
SPOKE WITH OUR SENIOR LEADERSHIP TEAM VIA ZOOM ON JUNE 1.
→ Wine Trends is excited to take on the representation of Toad Hollow, the brand is moving over from Heidelberg.
→ In July Wine Trends is also launching a portfolio of Greek wines brought to us by Winebow Craft + Estate. Click here to view the PDFs.
→ June 13 was National Rosé Day and Fine Wine Specialist Amy Congrove and Rocky River WineBar had a kickoff event for Maison AIX, which hails from Provence, France. Cleveland was the only city in the state to have a 15L bottle!
I’LL HAVE WHAT SHE’S HAVING! FINE WINE SPECIALIST AMY CONGROVE
POURS SOME SAMPLES FROM A 15L BOTTLE OF MAISION AIX ROSE!
SOME MOTIVATIONAL (AND AESTHETIC) ARTWORK FOUND ITS WAY INTO
THE CLEVELAND OFFICE. THANKS TO GENERAL MANAGER – ADMINISTRATION
TRUDY SARAZ-MARVIN FOR PLACING THIS FOR ALL TO SEE!
→ Alyssa Cherico began her new position as a spirits key account representative on June 1. She was previous working on Tracy Eilers’ team as a fine wine sales professional.
→ Employee Spotlights for June were 11-year Associate James Griffin, Forklift Operator; Josh Lyttle, 3-year Class A Swing Driver and Todd Bales, Order Processor, who started with the company in December of 2019.
ANOTHER GREAT COLUMBUS DISPLAY! THIS ONE FROM WINE SALES PROS
NICK VITULLO AND BRANDON PURDUM FEATURING FEDERALIST CABERNET
AND THE EXTREMELY POPULAR SKINNY FREEZERS!
BEER SALES PRO DERRICK JOHNSON AND HIS TEAM BUILT A PONTOON DISPLAY
AT WALMART CANAL WINCHESTER TO CELEBRATE SUMMER WITH OVER 150 CASES
OF MIKES HARD LEMONADE.
→ Joe Materni was promoted to beer district manager earlier this year. Joe began working for Heidelberg as a sales pro in Toledo in 2012 and transferred to Columbus in January of 2014. Congrats Joe!
MEIOMI IS THE PREFERRED WINE OF THE PGA’S MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT.
HOSTED ANNUALLY AT MURFIELD VILLAGE GOLF CLUB IN DUBLIN. THE TOURNAMENT
FOUNDED AND HOSTED BY GOLF LEGEND JACK NICKLAUS WILL TAKE PLACE THIS
YEAR JULY 14-19.
KENTUCKY SENIOR MANAGEMENT ENJOYED A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN HEBRON DURING
THEIR “SOCIALLY DISTANCED” MANAGEMENT MEETING WITH DAVE AND MARY ANN DUDON.
→ Welcome to Marc Flauto to the Sales Division with Team Youngstown! Marc came to us with many years of experience with Sparkle Markets and Giant Eagle. Let’s all welcome Marc with a Virtual High Five!!!
→ Team Lorain was treated to a free lunch complements of one of their great customers, “Huggy’s Social House” in Vermilion. They are a loyal Heidelberg customer and wanted to thank us for all we do for them and show their gratitude to us for using them for take-out lunches during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DORIS JURECKO PAYROLL/HR ADMIN, LIZ SMITH ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE AND
RONDA BULLINS ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER ENJOY LUNCH FROM HUGGY’S!
OPERATIONS CREW BEN COLBY, LOGAN CONNEY AND JONAH STANLEY,
GET READY TO DIG IN TO THEIR FREE LUNCH!
SALES PRO COURTNEY RICE GOT SOME HEIDELBERG PRODUCTS IN THE “HAPPY SUMMER”
DISPLAY AT AN AREA RITE AID LOCATION. IF YOU’RE PICKING UP CHARCOAL AND CHIPS,
YOU DEFINITELY NEED SOME CORONA, CUERVO AND BAREFOOT!
→ Hard Seltzer is better than salad! Team Lorain placed some creative displays for White Claw in our local Giant Eagle stores. Since the salad bars were closed due to COVID-19, some very appealing White Claw took over the vacant space. District Beer Manager John Oswalt and his crew got creative.
WHITE CLAW DISPLAY FROM SALES PRO STEVE GEYER.
WHITE CLAW DISPLAY FROM SALES PRO MIKE ROSSO.
WHITE CLAW DISPLAY FROM SALES PRO GEORGE HENRY.
WINE TRENDS SALES PRO WHITNEY DEJOHN (MIDDLE) AND
HEIDELBERG WINE SALES PRO COURTNEY RICE (RIGHT)
DELIVER A WELCOME BACK WINE PACKAGE TO OUR CUSTOMER
AT ERIE STEAK AND SEAFOOD.
→ Wine District Manager Amy Mathias was shopping at a local convenience store and was behind a customer who was trying to purchase one of the staples of the Toledo portfolio, Labatt Blue. was having difficulty getting her new debit card to work to complete her purchase. The customer, when Amy offered to pay for her beer, mentioning she was a proud employee of the company that distributes the product.
The customer was appreciative and initially declined saying she would go home, get some money and return to complete her purchase. Amy would not take no for an answer, insisting that the customer stay and accept her offer. The customer was appreciative of Amy’s kindness and sent in a message of gratitude to Wine GSM Ryan Montrie, which also included her story of “paying it forward” to another patron who was short of funds for a purchase. Way to “Be The Roar!,” Amy!
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