Santa Barbara, CA – Frank Grillo, a long-time wine industry veteran, has joined the Thornhill Companies as their Senior Director of Western Sales. For nearly 30 years, Grillo held a series of successful posts at Southern Wine & Spirits. Working within both the on- and off-premise sector, Grillo called on most major chain accounts at one time or another during his illustrious career there.
“Given Frank’s extensive past experience on the distribution side, we are very excited that he will now be our direct liaison with our distributor partners in the Western States,” says Thornhill Companies spokesperson, Nicholas Miller. Grillo will be responsible for planning goals, programming, and market work, among other responsibilities.
Joining Grillo will be Curtis Reis, who will maintain his residence in Missouri. Reis, too, is a highly-regarded wine industry veteran, whose career includes a ten-year run as a wine specialist for Safeway and Field Manager/Supplier for Billington.
“This is a great opportunity to work with the many talented people of the Thornhill Companies in the Midwest as their Regional Manager. I am very impressed with the Miller Family’s ability to grow, harvest, and produce such great quality wines at all levels. I’m looking forward to sharing these wonderful wines with the central United States,” adds Reis.