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RNDC’s Alan Dreeben Honored With WSWA’s Lifetime Leadership Award

April 24, 2017

Republic National Distributing Co. (RNDC) partner Alan Dreeben, a force within the middle tier for decades, has been honored with the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America’s (WSWA) Lifetime Leadership Award. The Lifetime Leadership Award recognizes a wholesaler whose career has been marked by exemplary contributions to the beverage industry, the WSWA and his community.

“I’m honored to have been selected by my peers in this great industry to receive this recognition,” Dreeben told SND. “Everyone who is anyone had someone help them get there. All of my associates at RNDC are largely responsible for my award.”

Dreeben has spent more than 50 years in the drinks industry, and is known for being among the second tier’s leading pioneers in creating the U.S. premium wine market. He began his career with E.&J. Gallo in Los Angeles in 1966, reporting directly to founder Ernest Gallo. Later, he transitioned to the wholesaler tier, rising to become vice chairman and director of Block Distributing, based in San Antonio, Texas. Following the merger of Block and Republic, Dreeben took on his current position, culminating in his role as partner of RNDC. Since then, he has helped build RNDC into the second-largest U.S. wholesaler of wine and spirits, with operations in 23 states and projected 2017 revenues of nearly $7.5 billion.

While he’s been instrumental in driving RNDC to ever greater heights, Dreeben has also been a strong advocate for the middle tier as a whole through his work with the WSWA, where he has served as chairman, vice chairman and PAC chairman among other duties. He is also a major donor to the WSWA Educational Foundation.

Calling Dreeben “an industry giant,” WSWA president and CEO Craig Wolf lauded the veteran wholesale executive’s “long history of supporting charities, individuals and community organizations with his time, money and leadership.”

In the community at large, Dreeben is active in a wide range of business and philanthropic capacities. He serves as an Advisory Director at Cullen Frost Bank; on the Board of Directors of Camber Energy; on the Advisory Board of San Antonio Capital; and on the Executive Committee of the Texas Business Leadership Council. His extensive contributions to education include service as a Foundation Director and past regent and chairman with the Texas State University System, and as a member of the Executive Committee of the University of Texas/Texas System Chancellor’s Council. —Daniel Marsteller

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