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Market Watch Magazine Recognizes Southern Glazer’s Chairman as 2016 Industry Executive of the Year

Harvey Chaplin Honored for Leadership Role in Creating First Truly National Wine and Spirits Distribution Company

Tuesday, September 20, 2016 9:00 am EDT

.@sgwinespirits Chairman, Harvey Chaplin, recognized by @marketwatchmag as Industry Exec of the Year

MIAMI & DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (“Southern Glazer’s”)—the largest North American wine and spirits distribution company—today announced that its Chairman, Harvey Chaplin, has been recognized by Market Watch magazine as its 2016 Industry Executive of the Year.

Mr. Chaplin began his career in the wine and spirits industry while still in high school, working in the mail room at spirits marketer Schenley Industries in 1946. Over the course of 16 years, he worked his way up in the organization, eventually becoming a director of sales. In 1969, Mr. Chaplin joined Southern Wine & Spirits. Over the next four decades, he led the phenomenal growth of the Company by focusing on people, relationships and service. This year, the Company completed the successful combination with Glazer’s, making Southern Glazer’s the first truly national distribution business in the industry with a footprint that covers 45 U.S. markets, as well as Canada and the Caribbean.

In addition to his distinguished leadership in the beverage alcohol industry, Mr. Chaplin is known as a community advocate and philanthropist. His charitable support extends from local to international organizations and includes the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami, the Nor-Isle Optimist Club, and Temple Beth Shalom. The Chaplin Family was instrumental in the construction of the Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center at the Florida International University’s (FIU) Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management—the first beverage education center of its kind in the nation. FIU is also home to an endowment of the First Eminent Scholar Chair in Beverage Management Studies in the U.S. and the chair is named in honor of Harvey Chaplin.

Of his father’s recognition, Wayne Chaplin, CEO of Southern Glazer’s, says, “Even with the Company’s incredible growth and success, my father’s philosophy and vision has remained unchanged. No one cares more about our employees, suppliers and customers, and the communities where we live and work, than my dad. That is the foundation of his leadership approach and what has made Southern Glazer’s what it is today. He is not only a personal role model, but also a role model for the entire industry. I believe that is evident in this recognition.”

To read the complete Market Watch profile on Mr. Chaplin, visit

About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits

Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is North America’s largest wine and spirits distributor, and the preeminent data insights company for alcoholic beverages. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Caribbean, and employs more than 20,000 team members. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at



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