People: Eastside Distilling Inc (EAST.OQ)
19 Jul 2019
Mr. Robert Manfredonia serves as President of the company. He has over 25 years of experience helping liquor companies drive new business growth, distributor focus and forging strong relationships with external business partners. He started his career as a sales manager with Southern Wine & Spirits. He served as a logistics specialist in the United States Air Force from 1984 through 1989, serving in Asia and Europe. From 2012 through 2015, he was co-founder of Diamond Brands Inc., where he led the concept development, research and development, and bringing to market of a French sparkling wine. From 2007 through 2012, he was Western Division Director for Duvel Moortgat USA, where he had oversight of 6 breweries, 5 European, and U.S. management of 106 distributors. Prior to 2007, Mr. Manfredonia worked for Miller Brewing Company as a Division Director of International Brands. His oversight included 9 urban centers and 52 distributors with a fiscal 2006 revenue increase of 42%. Mr. Manfredonia joined Eastside from Russian Standard, where he was Vice President in charge of National Accounts. As Eastside’s Vice President of National Accounts, Mr. Manfredonia has until now been in charge of selling the Company’s Redneck Riviera Whiskey product to ‘big box’ retailers including Costco, Kroger, Albertsons, Walmart, CVS, Winn Dixie, Spec’s (Texas), Jewel Osco, ABC Liquors (Florida) and other significant accounts.
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