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    La Vergne, Tennessee, July 31, 2018 — DBI Beverage Inc., corporate parent of a consolidated group comprising one of the largest beverage distributors in California and in the country, has named Paul M. Schmitt as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2019. Schmitt is presently the company’s Chief Operating Officer. He will succeed Mark D. Ramer on January 1, who will remain as Chief Strategy Officer and a member of the DBI Board of Directors. David B. Ingram continues as Chairman. Schmitt, a 24 year beer industry veteran, has been Chief Operating Officer of the DBI companies since July of 2016. During the four years prior to his tenure at DBI, Schmitt served as Senior Director of Sales and Marketing at Coors Distributing Company (CDC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of MillerCoors LLC in Denver. Schmitt’s prior industry experience also includes four years as General Manager of the Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming Management Unit of MillerCoors and, prior to formation of the MillerCoors joint venture, various positions of increasing responsibility at Coors Brewing Company. Schmitt started his beverage career with Pepsi. “Paul Schmitt’s leadership of DBI’s sales, marketing, business development, and supplier relationships has prepared him well for taking on the CEO position,” said David Ingram. “Since joining DBI two years ago, Paul has been a key part of restructuring DBI’s go-to-market strategies and improving product profitability. We look forward to maintaining this momentum under Paul’s leadership starting in 2019.” Ramer has been with the DBI companies since their inception in 2002, serving […]

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    La Vergne, Tennessee, September 20, 2018 – David B. Ingram, owner of Ingram Entertainment Holdings Inc. and DBI Beverage Inc. announced today his $100,000 gift to the American Red Cross Hurricane Florence Relief Fund to help the victims of the hurricane disaster.  This gift is being made from the David Ingram Advised Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Ingram Entertainment Inc. is the leading national distributor of home entertainment products, including DVDs, Blu-ray, video game hardware and software, audiobooks, and accessories.  The company operates from 10 sales and distribution facilities located throughout the United States.  DBI Beverage Inc. is one of the leading beverage distributors in the country.  The company operates distributorships in nine California markets:  Chico, Modesto, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, Stockton, San Jose, Truckee, and Ukiah.  These distributorships supply thousands of retail accounts with a wide variety of domestic, craft and import beers, specialty waters, energy drinks and soft drinks.

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    LA VERGNE, Tenn., July 9, 2012 – Robert W. Webb has been promoted to president and chief executive officer at Ingram Entertainment, and Robert A. Geistman has been promoted to executive vice president of sales and marketing. David B. Ingram remains as chairman of Ingram Entertainment. W. Donnie Daniel, who previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for the company, has been elected vice chairman. Ingram Entertainment Inc., with 2011 revenues over $549 million, is the leading national distributor of home entertainment products, including DVDs, Blu-ray, video game hardware and software, audiobooks and accessories. Among the company’s 10,000 accounts are big retail chains like Kroger, Safeway and Toys R Us. “Webb and Geistman have demonstrated strong leadership in our company and within our industry. Both promotions are part of our long-term succession plan to retain and cultivate top talent,” said Ingram. “Although I will continue to be involved with Ingram Entertainment, I will depend on these two leaders to manage the company.” Webb most recently held the position of executive vice president, purchasing and operations. He joined Ingram in 1987 as product manager. In 1988, he was promoted to director of purchasing and a year later to vice president of purchasing. When Ingram acquired Commtron Corp. in 1992, Webb assumed the position of vice president of field operations, where he was responsible for the management of branch sales and operations. In 1994, Webb became senior vice president of purchasing and operations. A board member of the National Association […]

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     LA VERGNE, TN – David B. Ingram, owner of Ingram Entertainment Holdings Inc. and DBI Beverage Inc. announced today his $100,000 gift to the American Red Cross Philippines Relief Fund to help the victims of the Philippines typhoon disaster.  This gift is being made from the David Ingram Advised Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.  Ingram Entertainment Inc. is the leading national distributor of home entertainment products, including DVDs, Blu-ray, video game hardware and software, audiobooks, and accessories.  The company operates from 11 sales and distribution facilities located throughout the United States.  DBI Beverage Inc. is one of the leading beverage distributors in the country.  The company operates distributorships in eight California markets:  Chico, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, Stockton, San Jose, Truckee, and Ukiah.  These distributorships supply thousands of retail accounts with a wide variety of domestic, craft and import beers, specialty waters, energy drinks and soft drinks. Contact:  Pam Garrison at (615) 287-4042  

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 2, 2014 – Ingram Entertainment Inc. (www.ingramentertainment.com), the leading national distributor of home entertainment products, announced today that a subsidiary has purchased substantially all the assets of V.P.D. IV, Inc., a national home entertainment products distributor based in Folsom, California.  The transaction is effective June 30, 2014. David Ingram, Chairman of Ingram Entertainment, said structural changes in the DVD home entertainment marketplace led to a deal with VPD. “Acquiring the assets of VPD will enhance our financial performance by enabling us to process more units through a combined fewer locations.  Those efficiencies will better position us to work with our suppliers to provide our retailers with the products they need for their businesses.  We believe physical home entertainment media has a solid future, and we look forward to the opportunities ahead.  I am excited for our suppliers, customers, and associates,” said Ingram. Bob Webb, Ingram Entertainment’s President & CEO, noted that “VPD has been a significant contributor to the home entertainment products distribution business for many years.  We at Ingram Entertainment look forward in particular to increasing our sales of products to “rentailer” customers, as this segment represents a significant portion of VPD’s business that will be transferred to Ingram Entertainment.”  Webb also expressed appreciation to all the personnel at both Ingram Entertainment and VPD who assisted in the purchase and will be assisting in the transition. Both Webb and Ingram stressed that Ingram will be working to make the switch for customers from VPD to Ingram […]

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    Ceres, California, June 20, 2015 – In a joint news release, beverage wholesalers DBI Beverage Inc. (DBI) and Valley Wide Beverage Company (Valley Wide) are pleased to announce their separate acquisitions of product distribution rights and related assets of Cencal Beverage Co., LLC (Cencal), located in Ceres, California. Together, the assets acquired represent substantially all of Cencal’s beverage distribution rights and related assets. Other terms of the asset purchases, which closed yesterday, were not disclosed. DBI’s purchase is expected to add 2.2 million product cases to DBI’s existing annual beverage sales, while Valley Wide anticipates its transaction will increase its annual volume by 600,000 cases. Both DBI and Valley Wide plan to continue to provide all former Cencal customers in these newly acquired territories with the pre-acquisition Cencal portfolio of brands and products. DBI will service customers in its new territory out of the location in Ceres used by Cencal immediately prior to these purchases, while Valley Wide will service customers in its newly acquired territory from Valley Wide’s current distribution facility in Fresno, California. “Cencal Beverage Co. has been a successful distributorship in a growing market with exceptional associates and products,” said David Ingram, DBI’s Chairman, and Lou Amendola, Valley Wide President, in a joint statement. “We welcome them to our respective corporate families and look forward to the continued growth these acquisitions will bring to each separate company.” DBI and affiliates also have California beer distribution operations in Stockton, Chico, Napa, Sacramento, San Jose, San Francisco, Truckee and […]

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    SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, November 4, 2015 –Beverage wholesalers, DBI Beverage San Jose (DBI) and M.E. Fox & Company, Inc., (M. E. Fox), announced today that DBI has purchased select beverage distribution rights and related assets of M.E. Fox.  Twenty-six suppliers, totaling 1.7 million product cases, were added to DBI’s portfolio including Constellation, Sierra Nevada, Heineken USA, Boston Beer and Diageo-Guinness.  Following the transaction, DBI’s San Jose’s operations will distribute approximately 6 million cases of beverages annually. The Fox Family’s legacy in the U.S. beer industry dates back to the founding of the Fox Deluxe Brewing Company out of Chicago in 1933.  Michael E. Fox Sr.’s father, J. Raymond Fox, worked for several breweries after leaving Fox Deluxe ultimately retiring as Vice President, GM of the Hamm’s Breweries in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  Michael E. Fox Sr. and his wife, Mary Ellen, founded H&B Beer Sales (Hamm’s & Budweiser) in 1965, eventually changing the name of the company to M.E. Fox & Company, Inc. reflecting their shared initials.  Chairwoman Mary Ellen Fox’s father, James Croke, was General Counsel of the Schlitz Brewery in Milwaukee and was the chief negotiator for all the Milwaukee breweries during the Great Brewery Strike of 1954.  Michael and Mary Ellen’s six children have all either currently or previously worked in the family business. Terence Fox, President of M.E. Fox, has been named Vice President and General Manager of DBI Beverage San Jose and will oversee the combined operations.  Dennis Fox and Catherine Fox have also […]

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    La Vergne, Tennessee, December 9, 2015  — DBI Beverage Inc., corporate parent of a consolidated group comprising one of the largest beverage distributors in California and one of the largest of its kind in the country, has named Mark D. Ramer as Chief Executive Officer, effective February 1, 2016.  Ramer is presently the company’s Chief Operating Officer.  He will succeed Jeffrey D. Skinner, who plans to retire on January 31.  David B. Ingram continues as Chairman.  Ramer has been with the DBI companies since their inception in 2002, serving first as Chief Information Officer (CIO), then Senior Vice President of Operations, before his promotion to Chief Operating Officer in October of this year.  In those roles Ramer has been instrumental in the growth of DBI, the deployment of new technologies, the oversight of many expansion projects, and the improvement in overall business operations.  In addition to his DBI duties, from 1993 to 2008 Ramer also held the CIO position at DBI’s sister company, Ingram Entertainment Inc.  Prior to that Ramer acquired relevant experience in a variety of companies and capacities that included eight years in wholesale distribution consulting with Arthur Andersen (now Accenture).  Ramer holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Purdue University and a master’s degree from Purdue’s Kannert School of Management. “Mark has been key to the rapid and profitable growth of the DBI Beverage group over its entire history, deeply involved in all of our strategic initiatives.  Although we will miss Jeff Skinner, we are confident that […]

    The post DBI Beverage Inc. announces promotion of Mark D. Ramer to Chief Executive Officer and retirement of Jeffrey D. Skinner, effective February 1, 2016 appeared first on Ingram Entertainment Inc..


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    La Vergne, Tennessee, June 14, 2016 — DBI Beverage Inc., parent of a corporate group that on a consolidated basis comprises one of the largest beverage distributors in California and one of the nation’s largest distributors of its kind, has named Paul M. Schmitt as Chief Operating Officer, effective July 18, 2016. Schmitt will come to DBI Beverage from Coors Distributing Company (CDC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of MillerCoors LLC located in Denver, Colorado. He will relocate to California and be based in DBI Beverage’s West Sacramento, California facility, reporting to Mark D. Ramer, DBI Beverage’s Chief Executive Officer. At CDC, which generates $300 million annually in revenue, employs 361 people, and services approximately 4,600 retail customers in the Denver metro area, Schmitt currently serves as Senior Director of Sales and Marketing. In that role, Schmitt leads senior management teams in the areas of off-premise channel sales, on-premise channel sales, specialty markets and concessions sales, marketing, and business development. He also serves on the MillerCoors Central Region Distributor Business Council and the Central Region 3.2 Council. In those capacities Schmitt developed and led the first-ever Talent Exchange Program with MillerCoors and CDC and has been involved in providing insight on various projects for MillerCoors. Schmitt joined CDC in 2012 after serving as General Manager of the MillerCoors Colorado, Utah, Montana, and Wyoming Management Unit based in Denver, a position to which he was appointed in July 2008 as part of the MillerCoors joint venture integration process. During the eight years prior […]

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    La Vergne, Tennessee, August 29, 2017 – David B. Ingram, owner of Ingram Entertainment Holdings Inc. and DBI Beverage Inc. announced today his $100,000 gift to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to help the victims of the Houston, TX hurricane disaster. This gift is being made from the David Ingram Advised Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Ingram Entertainment Inc. is the leading national distributor of home entertainment products, including DVDs, Blu-ray, video game hardware and software, audiobooks, and accessories. The company operates from 10 sales and distribution facilities located throughout the United States. DBI Beverage Inc. is one of the leading beverage distributors in the country. The company operates distributorships in nine California markets: Chico, Modesto, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, Stockton, San Jose, Truckee, and Ukiah. These distributorships supply thousands of retail accounts with a wide variety of domestic, craft and import beers, specialty waters, energy drinks and soft drinks.

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