Republic National Distributing Company has announced that Partner Alan Dreeben has officially stepped down from his role as board member.
Dreeben’s son-in-law, Marc Sachs, will take his place on the board beginning Jan. 1, 2021.
“I am proud of all we accomplished at RNDC,” Dreeben says. “We became a national powerhouse while maintaining our commitment to our suppliers, customers and associates. Through it all, we maintained the family-focused environment and continue to grow to be the national distributor of choice.”
Dreeben began his career path in 1966, working for the Gallo Winery. He was part of a pioneering leadership training program and reported directly to Ernest Gallo, the company’s founder. He returned to San Antonio, where he assumed leadership of Block’s wine program and spearheaded its growth.
Dreeben is responsible for bringing the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) certification to the United States, the company says.
Dreeben has been a part of RNDC’s growth for nearly two decades. He served as vice-chairman and director of Block Distributing and continued in this role after the merger with Republic — culminating in his current position as a partner of RNDC.
“Alan’s contributions to the industry are unsurpassed,” RNDC President and CEO Tom Cole says. “I have known him and his wife Barbara my entire career and he made a significant impact on me from the beginning. I wish him well in his retirement and thank him for helping put RNDC on an accelerated growth trajectory. Alan will be missed in this role and we are pleased to welcome Marc to the board.”
Sachs is a 25-year sales and marketing professional. His focus has been on brand building, marketing strategy and commercial planning. He spent the first 10 years of his career in advertising — producing national campaigns for some of the world’s largest brands. In 2005, he joined the wine and spirits company formerly known as Block Distributing. Through its growth and transition from Republic Beverage to Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), Sachs managed and led multiple sales, marketing, and organizational development strategic initiatives.
Sachs has served on boards for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation- North Texas and Temple Emanu-El. He has also been involved in The Rise School of Dallas, Folds of Honor, and the American Cancer Society where he has passionately contributed time and energy to supporting his community and beyond.
Sachs is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University. He resides in Dallas with his wife, Paige, and their three children.