Olinger Distributing Co. has appointed a new vice president of sales and marketing for wine. Company president Jim Oliver yesterday named Bill Stevens as the new VP, effective from 1 May. Stevens will report directly to Oliver in his new role.

Stevens has been in the wine industry for 13 years, working in both the supplier and distributor tiers. Since 2000, he has been the area sales manager for the Robert Mondavi Winery for the Northeast region, after having served as Robert Mondavi's area chain sales manager for the Midwest. Before that, Stevens worked in sales for Heidelberg Distributing in Cincinnati. He started his career at the Gallo Sales Company in California.

Olinger Distributing Company is an Indiana-based 50-50 joint venture between Glazer's Distributors and the Danny Romano family. Olinger employs more than 350 sales and service professionals.

Glazer's, currently operating in 11 states, is one of the US's largest wholesale distributors of wine, spirits, and malt beverage products.