Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits Announces Retirement of Tom Boyle

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Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits (Southern Glazer’s), the world’s preeminent distributor of beverage alcohol, announced the retirement of Tom Boyle, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Arizona, effective ­at the end of 2023.

“During his 40-year tenure, Tom has made a tremendous positive impact on the success of the Company, as well as the professional success of our employees,” said John Wittig, Chief Commercial Officer, Southern Glazer’s. “His best-in-class leadership has made him a role model in Arizona and beyond. We’ll miss him greatly and will forever appreciate his many contributions to the Company.”

“Tom’s exceptional dedication to fostering a workplace culture where authenticity thrives has been a true cornerstone of Arizona’s success,” commented Patrick Daul, President, West Region, Southern Glazer’s. “In addition to this, his commitment to innovation transformed the market into a hub for pioneering pilot programs, from industry-leading electric vehicle testing to the introduction of a unique convenience store concept. These contributions have positioned us at the forefront of progress, leaving an indelible mark for years to come.”

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The Stepping Stones to Success

In 1983, Boyle began his career in beverage alcohol as a salesperson for Southern Wine and Spirits in San Diego. After years of hard work expanding the Company’s supplier portfolio, Boyle was promoted to On-Premise Division Manager in 1989. Shortly after, Boyle led Southern Wine and Spirits in entering its fourth market in Arizona, where he served as Southern Arizona Branch Manager.

After helping lead significant growth for the business and working in roles of increasing responsibility, Boyle accepted the position of General Sales Manager of Arizona and spent the next 18 years working alongside Michael Jahn and the Arizona team to make Southern Wine and Spirits the number one distributor in Arizona. Upon Jahn’s retirement in 2019, Boyle stepped into his most recent role as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Arizona. 

“As Tom embarks on a new chapter in life, we express our deep appreciation for his service and wish him a retirement filled with much happiness and health,” said Wayne E. Chaplin, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Glazer’s. “His legacy will continue to inspire us, and his presence will be missed.”

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An announcement for Tom Boyle’s replacement will be forthcoming. Boyle will remain on the team to ensure a seamless transition and support the leader who will be replacing him.

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