Kay Olsen - Marketing Team Leader

Kay has worked for 16 years distilled spirits sales, marketing, and distribution in many areas including strategic planning, pricing, and logistics. She also has her MBA from University of Connecticut. Kay has managed brands including Smirnoff, Popov Vodka, Black Velvet Canadian Whiskey, Almaden Vineyards and Jose Cuervo tequila and its super premium portfolio, which she created and introduced.

Over the last decade, Kay and her team have consulted and assisted brands in their effort to gain entry into the US market as well as Duty Free and other markets. If you are a distributor interested in a specific State or exclusive territory please contact Kay Olsen at:

kolsen@kahakai-tiki-rum.com
Kahakai Tiki Rum Marketing Group
45 Crocus Lane
Avon, CT.  06001
Ph. 860-404-1776
Fax: 860-404-1777

Marketing Team Members

Bob Syner - Duty Free / Export
He too has worked with Kay for many years with his own Duty Free / Export company called Specialty Brands. In addition, Bob’s background was in sales for Mondavi wines.

Scott Pugh
His expertise is brown goods as he worked for many years with Ancient Age both domestically and abroad and has numerous contacts.

Joe Uvino - EAST
Joe’s background includes many years at Allied Distributors in New Jersey. In addition, Joe has his own company called Vinotech with people on the street in New York.

Mike Simmons - CONTROL
Mike is head of the Control Division. He is intimately knowledgeable on control states, their quirks and the various state regulations. He has a huge network of brokers and sales people in this area.

John Halbach - CENTRAL
John has worked his whole life in the spirits and wines business out of Texas. He has worked at both the distributor level and the retail level.

Rich Naegeli – WEST
Rich has worked for both distributors and then out on his own with R&R. His territory is the west as this area is his expertise.

Tom Steele – SOUTH, NEW ENGLAND & CANADA
Tom has 36 years in the Liquor and Wine business and is a former Heublein, Allied Domecq, Sidney Frank, and Constellation broker. He has 6 years as Brand manager/Regional manager specializing in AV Imports.

States Name Phone Email
Connecticut
New York
New Jersey
Pennsylvania
Delaware
Maryland
Washington DC
Georgia
Florida
Phil Paonessa 203-790-9463 Ppaonessa190@aol.com
California Russ Barkelew 562-884-0821 russ@russcomarketing.com
Kentucky Scott Pugh 859-433-0801 scott.pugh@hotmail.com
Arizona
New Mexico
Nevada
Colorado
Hawaii
Rich Naegeli 602-570-8499 liquorich@cox.net
Wisconsin
Michigan
Minnesota
Iowa
Ohio
Illinois
North Dakota
South Dakota Nebraska
Mike Simmons 715-376-2643 mdsthink@aol.com
Alabama
Mississippi
New Hampshire
Maine
Tennessee
Oklahoma
Tom Steele 205-394-3281 tom@triplecrownbrokerage.com
Georgia
Florida
Tennessee
South Carolina
Harry Petrides 770-653-4620 harry@grapestograin.com
Texas Garry Wilhite 972-235-3255 garrywilhite@sbcglobal.net
Oregon
Washington
Mark Turner 503-780-3772 roundeem@gmail.com
Duty Free Bob Syner 954-722-0222 info@specialtybrands.net