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Albany Beverage Retailer Honored at American Beverage LicenseesAnnual Conference

Stefan Kalogridis of Colvin Wine Merchants in Albany is 2014 Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year


BETHESDA, MD – June 26, 2014Stefan Kalogridis, owner ofColvin Wine Merchants in Albany, New York, was recognized as a Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year at the American Beverage Licensees’Annual Conference, held in Washington, DC. The award was presented by Marc Satterthwaite, Brown-Forman’s Vice President & Director of Sales Operations for North America, and ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich.

“Thanks to the support of Brown-Forman, we’re able to honor the best bar, tavern and package store owners in America,” said Bodnovich. “Independent beverage licensees, both on- and off-premise, are where customers discover the brands they love in settings that foster a sense of community, responsibility and hospitality.”

Nominated byNew York State Liquor Store Association, Colvin Wine Merchants joins on- and off-premise beverage licensees from across the country who have demonstrated excellence in responsible and innovative sales and service of beverage alcohol. This is the twelfth consecutive year that Brown-Forman, a leading producer of some of America’s favorite distilled spirits brands, has sponsored the Retailer of the Year Awards at the ABL Annual Confernece.

"There are so many aspects of the retail beverage alcohol business that are considered when selecting these members for their awards: excellence in advocacy, responsible sales and service practices and their support of their state affiliate," said Bodnovich.

Beverage licensees, including those recognized with this year’s awards, are primarily small business owners who promote the safe sale of beverage alcohol. Direct retail alcohol sales create more than 1.4 million jobs throughout the country and generate billions in economic impact. ABL congratulates Colvin Wine Merchants and its proprietors for their outstanding contributions to the industry and their community.

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American Beverage Licensees is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers. Establishments that sell beverage alcohol in the United States employ as many as 1.4 million people with well-paying jobs. Its on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned operators. These small business owners are part of an industry that pays over $16.3 billion in federal taxes and $14.7 billion in state and local taxes. To learn more about ABL, visit