Mark Sachs will replace Driben on the Board of Directors.
Grand Prairie, Texas, 31. December 2020. – Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC), a distributor of premium wines and spirits in North America, today announced that its partner Alan Driben will officially step down from the board at the end of 2020. His son-in-law, Mark Sachs, will take his place on the board on 1 January 2021.
I’m proud of everything we’ve achieved at the RNDC, says Driben. We have become a national energy company and remain committed to our suppliers, customers and partners. During this time we have maintained a family atmosphere and continue to grow as a national distributor of choice.
Dreeben recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award and was named market leader in the Watch Market Leader of the Year category.
He started his career in 1966 in the Gallo factory. He participated in an innovative management training program and reported directly to Ernest Gallo, the founder of the company. He returns to San Antonio where he takes responsibility for Block’s wine program and directs its growth. Dreeben is responsible for the certification of the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) in the United States.
Driben has played an important role in the growth of the NDCN for almost two decades. He was vice president and director of the Distribution Block and continued to fulfill that role after the merger with the Republic, culminating in his current position as partner in the NDCN.
Alan’s contributions to the industry are unparalleled, says Tom Cole, President and CEO. I have known him and his wife Barbara all my career and he has had a great influence on me from the beginning. I wish him good luck with his retirement and thank him for his help in putting the NDCN on a path of accelerated growth. Alan will be missed in this role and we are happy to welcome Mark to the Board of Directors.
Sachs has been a sales and marketing professional for 25 years. He focused on brand building, marketing strategy and business planning. He spent the first ten years of his career in advertising – producing national campaigns for some of the world’s best-known brands. In 2005, he joined a wine and spirits company formerly known as Block Distributing. During Republic Beverage’s growth and transition to the Republic National Distribution Company (RNDC), Sachs has managed and led numerous strategic sales, marketing and organisational development initiatives.
Sachs has worked at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – North Texas and the Emanu-El Temple. He has also been involved with the Dallas Rising School, Folds of Honor and the American Cancer Society, where he has enthusiastically devoted his time and energy to supporting his community and beyond. Sachs graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and received his MBA from Southern Methodist University. He lives in Dallas with his wife Paige and their three children.
About the National Sales Company
RNDC, a premium distributor in North America, is present in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. The Young’s Market Company, an NNDC partner, distributes selected wines, spirits and beverages in the western United States, including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Visit www.rndc-usa.com, www.youngsmarket.com or contact Mir Smith, Vice President of Corporate Communications, at [protected by email].