Board of Directors

The Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) and National Association of Beverage Importers (NABI) founded WSSA in 1976 to act as a shipping cooperative. As a not for profit trade association, WSSA has been able to combine the total volume of its member shipments to achieve preferential rates and service from each of its carriers and vendors.

The Board of Directors consists of major wholesalers and importers throughout the country. Their goal today is the same as it was in the beginning; combine the purchasing power of the industry to reduce import costs and achieve reliable service.

Chairman Emeritus

V. James Andretta, Jr.
Empire Merchants North, LLC
132 Flatbush Avenue
Kingston, NY 12402-1608


Louis Healey*
Allied Beverage Group
600 Washington Avenue
Carlstadt, NJ 07072

Vice President

Howard Jacobs*
R & R Marketing
Ten Patton Drive
West Caldwell, NJ 07006


Giovanni Chiarelli*
Albatrans, Inc.
149-10 183rd Street
Jamaica, NY 11413


Kim Gary
Alliance Beverage Distributing
650 36th Street S.E.
Wyoming, MI 49548


James Rubenstein
Horizon Beverage Group
80 Stockwell Drive
Avon, MA 02322


Robert Epsten
Major Brands, Inc.
550 E. 13th Street
N. Kansas City, MO 64116


Dina Opici*
Opici Wine Company of NJ
25 De Boer Drive
Glen Rock, NJ 07452


Kenneth J. Mancini
Rhode Island Distributing Co.
119 Hopkins Hill Road
West Greenwich, RI 02817


David J. Pardus*
Total Beverage Solution
1671 Belle Isle Ave., Ste. 125
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

*Member of Executive Committee