MSA 2015 - 2016 Elections

Michigan Spirits Association Announces 2015 - 2016 Board of Directors

Keith Keeler of Northville, MI has been elected President of the Michigan Spirits Association (MSA) at its recent board meeting in Novi. Keeler is currently the Great Lakes Regional Director for Bacardi USA (which, along with Bacardi, also owns Grey Goose, Bombay Gins, Dewar’s, Martini, and other renowned spirit brands) and has served the MSA in various capacities including Vice-President and Director.

Other officers elected to serve on the MSA Board of Directors for 2015 - 16 include:

Tony Mitchell of Redford will serve as Vice-President. He is the Regional Customer Account Manager for Brown-Forman.

Brian Pizzuti of Howell will serve as Secretary/Treasurer. He is the Vice President of Sales for Republic National Distributing Company of MI (RNDC) which is located in Brownstown, MI.

Bill Kalin of Commerce will serve as Immediate Past-President. He is the State Manager for The Patron Spirits Company.

George Zrinyi of Commerce will serve as Director. He is the Michigan State Manager for Beam Suntory, Inc.

Sam Awdish of Novi will serve as Director. He is General Manager for Veritas Distributors, Inc.

Jacqueline Fonti of Livonia will serve as Director. She is Michigan State Manager for Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc.

Alternate Directors also include Conrad Haremza of Commerce from Proximo Spirits, Kevin Wood of Northville from William Grant & Sons, David McNabb of Birmingham from Diageo, Kevin Williams of Plymouth from Pernod Ricard and David Gingras of Commerce from Moet Hennessey USA.

Established in 1967, the MSA represents the vendors, suppliers and distributors of distilled spirit products in Michigan. The MSA partners with the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to ensure that quality products are available to meet consumer demand across the state.

Members of the MSA provide tens of thousands of jobs for Michigan residents and generate over $300 million annually in spirits revenue, making the spirits industry one of the state’s largest revenue sources. In fact, the MSA members represent more than 74 percent of the more than 7.1 million cases of spirits sold to the state each year.

For decades, the MSA and its members have been on the forefront of promoting the responsible consumption of distilled spirits. In addition, the MSA supports the prevention of underage drinking by advocating for vigilant enforcement of state law and strict penalties for violations.