In announcing these new appointments, Rivero concluded, “The proven track record of strategic leadership, supplier collaboration and strong business results of these two individuals will accelerate PWS’ transformation to the next level of world-class selling.”Aki Toumasis As Aki Toumasis assumes his role as Vice President, Inside Sales & Direct Marketing, Daul commented, “Aki started his career at Southern in 1996, and, for the past five years, he has been the Vice President, General Sales Manager for PWS of Southern California.” Daul continued, “Aki’s extensive industry experience along with his outstanding knowledge of the California marketplace will be a tremendous asset to our supplier partners in his leadership of the new Inside Sales and Direct Marketing Division.” These appointments are all effective March 1, 2013. About Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s 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 14,000 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: http://www.southernwine.com.