Leadership - Lipman Brothers

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Lipman Leadership Team

ROBERT S. LIPMAN

ROBERT S. LIPMAN

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

RSL Holdings

Robert has worked in this family business since 1973, after graduating from the University of Kentucky. In 1988, Robert purchased Lipman Brothers, Inc., from his family members to become the company’s sole owner. In 1995, he founded R.S. Lipman to expand into the non-alcoholic and beer sectors of the beverage industry. In 2017, Robert formed RSL Holdings, a parent company for Lipman Brothers LLC (distributor), R.S. Lipman Company (supplier) and R.S. Lipman Brewing Company (breweries). With Robert at the helm, RSL Holdings operates nationwide as well as internationally.

Robert’s career spans over 45 years in the beverage industry, and he is a former chairman and president of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). In April of 2008, Robert was honored by WSWA with the Lifetime Achievement Award. He presently serves on the boards of WSWA, SunTrust Bank (Nashville), Integrative Healing Technology (IHT) (Co-Chairman), MACMAC Marketplace, iControl Data and Nashville Polo Club (President). In 2014, he was inducted into the University of Kentucky Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, where he is a current member of the Dean’s National Strategy Council. Robert is a lifetime member of the UK Alumni Association. In 2001, he created the Research Fund for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in the UK Department of Psychology. More recently, he has established the Robert S. Lipman Graduate Fellowships in History and Psychology to enhance recruitment of top graduate students to the University. Additionally, Robert is affiliated with numerous civic organizations in the Nashville area. He was honored by CommunityNashville as a 2008 Human Relations Award recipient. 

LOWELL GOLDMAN

LOWELL GOLDMAN

President & Chief Operating Officer (COO)

RSL Holdings

As President & COO of RSL Holdings, Lowell is responsible for the successful execution of the respective mission statements of the operating entities under RSL Holdings: Lipman Brothers, R.S. Lipman Company, and R.S. Lipman Brewing Company. While working closely with Robert Lipman, the Lipman team managers, suppliers and customers, Lowell’s focus is on the ongoing growth in the markets Lipman serves. Lowell joined Lipman in 2012 as the Director of Operations. He served in the U.S. Army from 2000-2008, achieving the rank of Captain with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. A graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Lowell also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

JOE STARNES

JOE STARNES

Vice President

RSL Holdings

As Vice President, Joe assists with operations of the companies in the RSL Holdings portfolio: Lipman Brothers, R.S. Lipman Company, and R.S. Lipman Brewing Company. Previously, Joe was commissioned into the U.S. Marine Corps in 2006 where he achieved the rank of Captain. He served as a UH-1 Huey Pilot with Marine Light Attack Squadrons and as a Forward Air Controller with Marine Infantry. A graduate of Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Joe also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Union College. Joe resides in Brentwood with his wife, Jessie, and their twins, Cora and Carson. 

GREG NAISER

GREG NAISER

Executive Vice President of Sales

Lipman Brothers

With more than 35 years in the beverage alcohol industry, Greg holds the position of Executive Vice President of Sales for Lipman Brothers. He oversees Lipman Brothers’ sales force in all verticals: spirits, wines, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and cigars. Prior to joining Lipman’s management team in 1997, Greg spent 13 years in supplier positions with Brown-Forman, Glenmore Distilleries and United Distillers. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Management from Centre College of Kentucky. 

Bob Wanucha

Bob Wanucha

Vice President of Wine Sales

Lipman Brothers

As Vice President of Wine Sales for Lipman Brothers, Bob is responsible for wine sales in all channels: On-premise, Off-premise, and Grocery. Bob has more than 25 years of beverage industry experience. After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree (Marketing) from The Ohio State University, Bob joined the Management Development Program with E&J Gallo Winery. Bob spent 21 years with Diageo in key sales leadership roles. He managed the wine portfolio in a variety of assignments including: Northern California Grocery Chains, Midwest Region States, Michigan and Indiana. The balance of his 9 years with Diageo included Director level roles in Ohio and West Virginia and a variety of sales support roles including Trade Marketing, Training and Compliance & Ethics. Bob resides in Nashville, TN with his wife, three children and their dog, Teddy.

CHARLES BADER

CHARLES BADER

Director of Spirits Sales — Retail

Lipman Brothers

With more than 40 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry, Chuck holds the position of Director of Sales – Spirits for Lipman Brothers. He came to Lipman in 2011 with the acquisition of the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Co., where he was Director of Spirit Sales and Retail Sales Manager for 7 years. Prior to that he held many sales and marketing positions for the Joseph E. Seagram Corp. He has covered the Southeast, Midwest, Northeast and New England markets. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army [R] and is currently an Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Chuck holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. He and his family have lived in Nashville since 1987.

CHARLIE JACKSON

CHARLIE JACKSON

Director of On-Premise Sales — Spirits and Wine

Lipman Brothers

Charlie joined the Lipman management team in 1998. He has more than 30 years of on-premise experience in the food and beverage industry, including previous management roles at Rosie O Grady’s (Orlando), Cheyenne Saloon (Orlando), Wildhorse Saloon (Nashville), Gaylord Opryland Hotel (Nashville). In his position as Director of Sales – On-Premise for Lipman Brothers, Charlie is responsible for on-premise operations for Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga. Charlie graduated from Radford University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. He resides with his wife and three children in Hendersonville, TN.

CLARK CALVERT

CLARK CALVERT

Director of Sales – Beer and NA Beverages

Lipman Brothers

A native of Franklin, TN, Clark joined the Lipman team in 2014. With more than 20 years experience in the beer industry, Clark’s responsibilities include management of the beer and non-alcoholic beverage divisions for Lipman Brothers. Previously, he served as the Craft and Import Beer Manager at Ajax Turner Company (Anheuser-Busch) in Nashville, TN. Clark earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and Marketing from Birmingham-Southern College, where he was a 4-year collegiate soccer athlete.

PAT KERRIGAN

PAT KERRIGAN

Wine Business Director – Hermitage Avenue Wine Business Unit

Lipman Brothers

Pat serves as the single point of contact for the Hermitage Avenue Wine Business Unit, where he is responsible for all sales related functions. Pat originally joined Lipman Brothers in 1985 and worked in many capacities including wine sales manager before leaving to join Pacific Southern Wine Company in 1999 as regional sales manager, covering the southeast United States for multiple wineries. After 12 years of working as a supplier, he rejoined Lipman Brothers as Director of Sales in October of 2010. Pat attended Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN.

Kyle Langford

Kyle Langford

Wine Business Director – Skyline Wine Business Unit

Lipman Brothers

Kyle serves as the single point of contact for the Skyline Wine Business Unit, where he is responsible for all sales related functions. He has worked on the distribution side of the business for more than 13 years. He was employed by Alliance Beverage/Charmer Sunbelt where he held positions as Fine Wine Sales Representative and Fine Wine Manager. He joined Lipman Brothers in 2013 and previously held positions as On-Premise Spirits Manager, On-Premise Team Leader and On-Premise Wine Portfolio Manager. Under his leadership, the Lipman on-premise team was honored earlier this year as the top performing sales team in the country for Jack Daniels and played a key role in Lipman receiving the Founder’s Award for Bacardi. 

Nick Lacasella

Nick Lacasella

Wine Business Director – Great Circle Wine Business Unit

Lipman Brothers

Nick serves as the single point of contact for the Great Circle Wine Business Unit, where he is responsible for all sales related functions. Nick joined the Lipman Brothers team in May 2017 as Director of Sales – Independent Wine Retail after five years on the supplier side of the business with Pasternak Wine Imports, Zonin USA, and Arel Group. Nick has more than 25 years of experience in the industry, with 20 years specifically dedicated to distributing, primarily at Southern Wine & Spirits. Nick and his family live in Franklin, TN.

Dave Bidelman

Dave Bidelman

Director of Estate Wine Sales

Lipman Brothers

As Director of Estate Wine Sales for Lipman Brothers, Dave serves as the single contact for wine estate suppliers. He is responsible for the discovery, development and building of new wine brands and wineries in the retail and on-premise channels for all markets. Dave joined Lipman Brothers in 2001 and previously held positions as Craft & Estate Wine Sales Manager and On-Premise Wine Sales Manager. He completed Level 1 with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is a Certified Sherry Wine Specialist. Dave resides in Nashville, TN.

Bob Furgala

Bob Furgala

Director of Purchasing

Lipman Brothers

As Director of Purchasing for Lipman Brothers, Bob is responsible for developing and executing the strategic vision of an integrated purchasing and procurement organization. Bob joined Lipman Brothers in 2018 after previously working for Mast-Jagermeister US, where he held various Director roles in accounting, logistics and operations. Bob holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from State University of New York at Brockport, and currently resides in Spring Hill, TN with his wife and three daughters.

BLAKE WYLIE

BLAKE WYLIE

Director of Information Technologies

Lipman Brothers

With more than 20 years of experience in the IT field, Blake oversees the Information Technologies Department including networks, systems, internal development, and server environments. Blake received his degree from the University of North Alabama College of Business. He and his wife reside in Franklin, TN with their two children.

Paul Grand

Paul Grand

Director of Education

Lipman Brothers

Paul is a seasoned veteran in the wine, spirits and beer industry with more than 40 years of experience. In the role of Director of Sales & Product Education, Paul is responsible for coordinating on-premise national account wine and spirit placements between suppliers and the Lipman sales team. In addition, he conducts wine, spirits and beer staff training for on-premise and independent retail accounts. A respected blogger and featured employee in “Behind the Scenes with Lipman Brothers,” Paul also creates educational and sales materials featuring Lipman products for sales training and accounts. A graduate of Hofstra University, Paul earned an Introductory Sommelier Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Fun fact: Paul got his start in the industry as bartender and manager at two legendary Nashville establishments: Exit/Inn and the Gold Rush.

Mary-Beth Army

Mary-Beth Army

Director of Financial Operations

Lipman Brothers

With more than 35 years in the finance industry, Mary-Beth brought her accounting prowess to Lipman Brothers in 2015. She is in charge of all financial operations related to RSL Holdings, including Lipman Brothers, R.S. Lipman Company, and R.S. Lipman Brewing Company. Mary-Beth earned her B.S.B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Accounting from Western New England University, and is an active CPA in both Tennessee and North Carolina. Mary-Beth resides in Brentwood, TN.

James Wallace

James Wallace

Operations Manager

Lipman Brothers

Since joining Lipman Brothers in 2012, James (better known as “Top”) has worked his way up from Warehouse Management System Project Manager, to Operations Day Manager, to Operations Manager. Top has more than 30 years of experience in the industry, which began with a B.S. Degree in Business Management from Columbia Southern. James is in charge of the overall operations for Lipman Brothers in Nashville and East Tennessee, providing guidance, mentoring, and coaching for more than 125 team members. He served 21 years in the U.S. Army, deploying to Iraq 3 times and to Afghanistan twice. James lives with his wife Jamie, also a veteran of the Iraq War, in Clarksville; not far from their daughter Alexandra, son James, and their two grandchildren.

Bethany Underwood

Bethany Underwood

Community Relations & Special Events Coordinator

Lipman Brothers

Bethany joined the Lipman Brothers team in 1998 as the Sales and Marketing Coordinator. Since then, she has been instrumental in planning and activating product contributions to hundreds of charitable partners and consumer community events, including Taste of Music City, Steeplechase, and Wine on the River. Bethany works directly with event planners and community volunteers in Nashville, Knoxville, Chattanooga and the Tri-Cities to help raise millions of dollars, while keeping Lipman Brothers’ portfolio of products in the forefront for consumers. Bethany lives in Lebanon, TN, with her husband Kenneth and son McKenzie.

Lora Price

Lora Price

Director of Human Resources

Lipman Brothers

Lora joined the Lipman Brothers tam in 2017, bringing more than 27 years of expertise in Human Resources. Lora oversees all aspects of the Human Resources department, including employee relations, operations, compensation, benefits, counseling and recruitment. She has a B.A. in Spanish, another in HR Management, and attended U.C. Santa Barbara and University of California San Diego. Lora joined Lipman Brothers after 12 years working in Napa Valley for iconic wine properties like Harlan Estates, Mumm Napa Valley, Chappellet, and Duckhorn Wine Co. Along with her built-in education in the fine wine business, Lora spent several years working in the beauty industry for Revlon. While living in California, Lora was a leader in the Women for WineSense non-profit. She lives in Franklin with her husband Lew, daughter Ciandra, and beloved pets.