April 10, 2017

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alcoholic Beverage Control Board

Neil Graff New COO For ABC Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           CONTACT:  Dean R. Argo
                                                                                                                         (334) 213-6330


Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Administrator Mac Gipson announced today that Neil Graff, a longtime spirits industry professional, is assuming the position of chief operations officer for the Product Management Division. Graff began his new duties today, Monday, April 10, 2017.

“We are delighted to have someone with Neil’s experience and knowledge lead Product Management,” stated Gipson. “Neil posessess strong leadership skills, has an extensive background in product and category management, and built healthy relationships with manufacturers and distributors around the globe. We are happy to welcome him aboard.”

Graff comes to the ABC Board from Southern Wine & Spirits, based in Pennsylvania, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of the firm’s American Liberty Division. Prior to that, he managed teams for Pernod Ricard, Jim Beam, and E&J Gallo. Graff is a graduate of Auburn University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations.

As chief operations officer, Graff will be responsible for planning and directing the purchasing, in-transportation, warehousing, distribution and wholesale/retail sales operations of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.  He will oversee the planning and directing of the major programs of Stores Operations and Sales and Products Division. Additionally, he’ll direct programs for merchandising, sales, purchasing, budgeting, scheduling, staffing, and overall operations.

Longtime ABC Product/Stores General Manager Randall Smith has announced his anticipated retirement. Consequently, the merit classification and position has recently been retitled as ABC Chief Operations Officer to more adequately describe its responsibilities. 


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