LANSING – Members of the Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association have elected Kevin Sullivan, vice presidentat Alliance Beverage Distributing in Grand Rapids, as chairman of the organization at its annual summer meeting. Sullivan will serve as chair until 2017. The election for new board leaders was held Wednesday, July 29.
“I’m honored to serve an association representing businesses that are creating jobs and helping other small businesses, like craft brewers, local wineries and local retailers, compete, grow and thrive on a level playing field,” Sullivan said. “Michigan’s beer and wine distributors have deep roots in our communities across Michigan and I’m excited to help us continue this commitment. As chair, I look forward to supporting the excellent work our members have done in implementing cutting edge technology and best practices so we can deliver a wide range of quality products to consumers.”
Sullivan was the board vice chairman before his election. He has served on the board for six years.
Alliance Beverage Distributing is the largest complete beverage distributor in the western half of Michigan. Formed in early 2013, Alliance’s network stretches from the Michigan-Indiana state line to Manistee County and eastward through Mt. Pleasant and Lansing. Distributing MillerCoors, craft beers and a wide range of additional products, Alliance employs more than 300 people.
The new vice chair of the board is Joe Fabiano, president of Fabiano Brothers Inc., a beer, wine and beverage distributor that serves a 22-county region stretching from the Bay area and central Michigan to northern and northwest Michigan.
The new treasurer is Brien Fox, president and CEO of Grand Rapids-based Henry A. Fox Sales Co. “Thanks to Michigan’s small, independent and family owned beer distributors, our state is now the fifth-largest beer producer in the nation, with more than 180 small brewers and brew pubs,” Fox said. “Michigan is poised to keep growing and launch even more new breweries, wineries and small businesses, through a system that promotes fairness and a level playing field.
” The MB&WWA represents more than 50 beer and wine distributorships throughout Michigan. The MB&WWA is recognized as one of the strongest business trade associations in the state and also one of the most progressive state trade associations in the beverage alcohol industry.