Brad Vassar, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. (Southern[1]) the countrys leading wine and spirits distributor announced today that Marriott International, one of the worlds leading hotel groups, has honored Michael Wanamaker, Southerns Vice President, Hotels and Resorts, with its 2013 Global Innovation Award. Attended by more than 100 food and beverage industry leaders, Marriott International held the annual award ceremony at its yearly Global Beverage conference in Orlando at the Gaylord Hotel in May.

Vassar said, On behalf of Southern and our entire National Accounts Team, we congratulate Michael on this great honor. It is one more instance of the focus, dedication and execution that our National Account team and our local people in the field bring to our hospitality customers across all of our markets of operation. We are all deeply appreciative of this recognition from Marriott International and its entire Food and Beverage Team.

The Marriott Food and Beverage Team headed up by Wolfgang Lindlbauer, Senior Vice President, Food and Beverage, Lou Trope Vice President, Restaurants and Bars, and Dan Hoffman, Director, Equipment and Beverage Specifications presented the 2013 Global Innovation Award to Wanamaker in recognition of Southern Wine & Spirits of America for its outstanding contributions to global beverage development.

Lou Trope commenting on behalf of Marriott said, Mike Wanamaker and the team at Southern Wine & Spirits truly understand what it means to be a great business partner. Through detailed business reviews to intensive collaboration sessions with their top mixologists, they are always helping us push to the next level.

Southerns Senior Vice President, Director of National AccountsOn-Sale Ken Kribel added, We are extremely proud of Michael for receiving this prestigious award from such an esteemed hotel customer and partner. Marriott International has one of the most innovative beverage programs, and we are extremely pleased to be a part of it.

Wanamaker concluded: Receiving the Commitment to Excellence award from Marriott International is truly a great honor. Working closely with Marriott in support of all their many beverage programs, we at Southern continue to focus on helping to drive excellence across their training and service standards. Marriotts professional business approach to their beverage program and their ability to utilize Southerns service tools including mixology, data capture and beverage training on a unit-by-unit basis are what make Marriotts programs among the most successful in the Industry.

About Marriott

As Marriott International has grown to be a leading lodging company with more than 3,700 properties in 74 countries and territories worldwide, we remain grounded in a set of core values: put people first, pursue excellence, embrace change, act with integrity and serve our world. For more information, see:[2]

About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc.

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nations largest wine and spirits distributor and broker with operations in 35 markets. The multi-state distributor currently operates in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wyoming. In addition, Southern operates in Minnesota through a joint venture with J.J. Taylor Distributing Company. Southern also holds operating licenses and permits in Nebraska and Texas. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs nearly 14,500 team members. Southern urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information about Southern and its responsible consumption program, see:[3].

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