November 2019 | 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 who were featured in October:
October 4 – Gabriel Mahaffey, Kentucky Sales Professional
October 11 – Brian Cohen, Columbus Sales Professional
October 18 – Kelly Steigerwalt, Cleveland Sales Professional
October 25 – John Gertz, Ohio Valley Sales Professional
→ Congrats to all the teams handling Mark Anthony brands! We celebrated selling two million cases for the 2019 year in early October!
→ Congratulations to René Carter, Director of Information Technology, and Holly Hoffman, Assistant Director, for being honored as “Tech Power Players for the Class of 2019” by Technology First in Dayton. ComSpark, who gives out the award and has magazine publications throughout the country, selected them for the honor. An awards ceremony was held on September 25 at the Dayton Club.
RENÉ (THIRD FROM LEFT) AND HOLLY (NEXT TO RENÉ ON THE RIGHT) WITH TEAM MEMBERS WHO SALUTED THEM AT THE AWARDS CEREMONY: ROB SCHIFER (DAYTON), VICTORIA BORK (COLUMBUS), RENÉ AND HOLLY, MATT CLARK (TOLEDO), KEITH PERSON (DAYTON), JACQUE ROSZMAN (DAYTON), SUNNI RICHTER (OHIO VALLEY), CODY WICKS (DAYTON) AND ROBERT CORBEIL (OHIO VALLEY).
→ The 2019 Great American Beer Festival was held October 2-4, in Denver, Colorado. Heidelberg was well represented with Chris Emmons, Director of Craft, Seth Bullock, Ohio Valley District Sales Manager Craft Beer, Kevin Murray, Dayton Beer Brand Manager, Mike Vander Woude, Director of Corporate Communications and Seth Holston, Video Production Specialist all in attendance.
In addition to attending “opening night” of the festival on Thursday, October 2, the group also made visits to supplier partners Breckenridge Brewery, Funkwerks and one of the company’s newest brewery acquisitions Odd13 Brewing. Make sure to check out future episodes of “Talking Beer” to find out the latest from these supplier partners!
Congratulations to our supplier partners that won medals at the 2019 GABF!
Gold (Specialty Beer)
Odd Side Ales – Rye Hipster Brunch Stout
Silver (English Style Summer Ale)
Rhinegeist – Quid
Bronze (American Style Cream Ale)
Ballast Point – Gold Style
Bronze (German Style Dopplebock or Eisbock)
Devil’s Backbone – Els Vienne
THE SUPPLY CHAIN TEAM HELD ITS BI-ANNUAL MEETING IN DAYTON ON SEPTEMBER 16, AND AFTER THE WORK WAS DONE THEY ENJOYED DINNER AT TROLL PUB AND HOPPED ON THE LOCAL PEDAL WAGON.
Buzz From Ohio Valley
→ Lauren Riegel, Ohio Valley sales professional, was promoted to District Manager in the wine division in May.
Buzz From Toledo
→ Jim Cameron, VP Sales & Marketing, served up chicken and ribs at the University of Toledo October 5 Homecoming tailgating festivities. His sister Julie assisted him and was quoted in a tailgate story in ToledoBlade.com. Jim is a former UT football player and coach.
Buzz from Cincinnati
TEAM BUDWEISER SUPPORTED THE 15TH ANNUAL MARTY BRENNAMAN GOLF CLASSIC AT BELTERRA CASINO ON SEPTEMBER 23. LEFT-TO-RIGHT ARE MARKETING MANAGER LYNDSEY LONGSHORE, GENERAL MANAGER TOBY COSTON, JIM MOEHRING (OWNER, HOLY GRAIL) AND GSM DAN O’HARA.
→ Foodandwine.com recently conducted a survey of NFL stadiums to see how many different selections of wine and beer each one offered. Seattle came in first place with 139 selections, followed by New Orleans (81), Atlanta (77), Dallas (68) and Cincinnati (66). We’re proud to say that Heidelberg’s portfolio is strong, with more than dozen wineries represented (Woodbridge Chardonnay is a big seller along with seven other Woodbridge selections) and 15 breweries (Bud Light leads in sales). Congrats!
→ The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden opened a local craft beer garden in October called Hops, which will overlook a new walkabout for kangaroos and other animal habitats. The beer selections also will feature a rotating tap of Goose Island, Breckenridge, Elysian and Golden Road.
Buzz From Lorain
→ Several wine sales professionals took an educational trip to the Biltmore Winery in Asheville, North Carolina in September. A special thank you to Michelle Krumpleman, Biltmore representative, who was an amazing hostess!
LEFT-TO-RIGHT: SALES PROFESSIONALS COURTNEY RICE AND STACY GOCKSTETTER; ON-PREMISE WINE MANAGER LORI WEST; A FRIEND ON THE TRIP; AND SALES PROFESSIONALS SHARON GILLES, MARK MOYSI AND KRIS GOCHNAUER.
IT WAS A FUN MONDAY NIGHT BROWNS PARTY AT CLEATS ON OCTOBER 7, WHEN OUR LABATT/FIFCO REP HELPED WITH CONSUMER GIVE-AWAYS. THE ONLY “DOWNER” WAS THAT THE BROWNS DID NOT WIN THE GAME! LEFT-TO-RIGHT ARE ERIN KLEIN OF LABATT, PAM ASHLEY, BEER AND WINE SALES PROFESSIONAL, AND CHELSEA SIMON, ON PREMISE BEER SALES PROFESSIONAL.
“HOLLY,” LORAIN’S RESIDENT AND ORNERY “ELF ON THE SHELF,” AWOKE FROM HER SLUMBER TO HELP WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATE TED TILLER CHECK IN THE FIRST PALLET OF GREAT LAKES CHRISTMAS ALE IN EARLY OCTOBER.
SALES PROFESSIONAL MATT WEB ORCHESTRATED A FUN OKTOBERFEST EVENT AT MITCHELL’S ORCHARD IN ASHLAND ON OCTOBER 11. LEFT-TO-RIGHT ARE CHELSEA SIMON, ON-PREMISE SALES PROFESSIONAL, AUGGIE OF GREAT LAKES BREWING AND PAUL KANZ, SOUTHERN TERRITORY MANAGER.
→ Lorain held a photo pet contest for cats and dogs in October with 40 entries in the Funniest, Cutest and Most Loveable categories. The “parent” winners each received a 6-pack of 12 Dogs of Christmas!
THE CUTEST CAT WINNER WAS SKYLAR, OWNED BY WINE PURCHASER BETH LEPKOWSKI.
THE FUNNIEST DOG WAS CHLOE, OWNED BY DAY WAREHOUSE ASSOCIATE JESS WEISENBERGER.
Buzz From Columbus
CONGRATULATIONS TO COLUMBUS! WE HELD A “20/30 CELEBRATION” ON OCTOBER 18, EXACTLY 20 YEARS AFTER WE MOVED INTO OUR CURRENT FACILITY. AND 30 YEARS AGO (OCTOBER 16, 1989) HEIDELBERG COLUMBUS OPENED FOR BUSINESS. FITTING NICELY INTO THE PARTY WAS A GROUP OF PEOPLE WITH SIMILAR MILESTONE ANNIVERSARIES: DAVE UPPERMAN (30 YEARS); JASON SAYLER (20 YEARS); JOHN “JD” DONNELLY (30 YEARS); JOE LOWREY (30 YEARS); STU SOLLITTO (30 YEARS); AND GREG MAURER (25 YEARS).
→ Photo fun in Columbus! Associates who show up to work wearing the same color have some fun with “Kismet” (definition: when you encounter something by chance that seems like it was meant to be, then it could be kismet, your destiny).
JENNIFER RODNER AND LAUREN PIECZYNSKI, SALES PROFESSIONALS
COLOR KISMET WITH JOSH REED, DISTRICT MANAGER, AND BRENDA HUHN, ADMIN TEAM MEMBER
U.S. CONGRESSMAN STEVE STIVERS (CENTER) TOURED OUR COLUMBUS WAREHOUSE ON OCTOBER 8 WHEN HE AND HEIDELBERG MANAGERS DISCUSSED THE COMPANY’S ECONOMIC IMPACT ON CENTRAL OHIO.
Buzz From Wine Trends
→ Congratulations to Columbus Wine Trends sales professionals Scott Washburn and Caitlin Davis who recently accomplished the title of Certified Specialists of Wine.
Buzz From Cleveland
→ Heidelberg was recognized in September by Royal Docks as “helping expand the brand’s reach from Youngstown to Toledo, from Cleveland to Athens and from Columbus to Cincinnati” in an article in CantonRep.com.
THE CLEVELAND PORTFOLIO SHOW WAS HELD SEPTEMBER 23 AT THE HOLIDAY INN ROCKSIDE.
THE AKRON/CANTON PORTFOLIO SHOW WAS HELD ON SEPTEMBER 24 AT TODARO’S PARTY CENTER.
Buzz From Kentucky
LOUISVILLE SALES PROFESSIONALS KIAH BROWN (LEFT) AND HANNAH ARBAUGH (RIGHT) WITH LOUISVILLE AREA MANAGER STEPHANIE ADAMS (CENTER) AT HOLIDAY SHOW HELD OCTOBER 14 AT THE LOUISVILLE OLMSTED.
TEAM KENTUCKY AT THE RHINEGEIST BREWERY ON OCTOBER 11.
THE KENTUCKY ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM ENJOYED A TEAM OUTING AT KEENELAND ON OCTOBER 5. LEFT-TO-RIGHT: JACKSON CRISP, MONICA FURNISH, KATHARYN RIGG, DARLA SLONE, LAUREN BORZIE AND JERRY BORZIE.
ATTENDING THE OCTOBER 16 ROGUE TAP TAKEOVER AT WUNDERBAR IN COVINGTON ARE (LEFT-TO-RIGHT) FRIEND JESSICA SPEGTTI, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT KATHARYN RIGG, ROGUE REP RYAN WHITSON AND NORTHERN KENTUCKY SALES PROFESSIONAL STEVE HUNTER.