Who We Are

With roots extending before Prohibition, RNDC is one of the nation’s leading wholesale beverage alcohol distributors.

We serve as a brand-building and product expert liaison between suppliers and those who sell or serve alcoholic beverages. Customer service, product expertise and executional excellence are the hallmarks of our enduring success. By closely monitoring evolving market trends, we understand the unique needs of our customers and consumers.

Our knowledge in the process and craft of alcoholic beverage production fuels our passion for the art of selling lifestyle products.

With roots extending before Prohibition, RNDC is one of the nation’s leading wholesale beverage alcohol distributors.

We serve as a brand-building and product expert liaison between suppliers and those who sell or serve alcoholic beverages. Customer service, product expertise and executional excellence are the hallmarks of our enduring success. By closely monitoring evolving market trends, we understand the unique needs of our customers and consumers.

Our knowledge in the process and craft of alcoholic beverage production fuels our passion for the art of selling lifestyle products.

With high-energy professionals who genuinely enjoy their jobs,
RNDC believes if it's fun, we're doing it right!

OUR VISION

To be the national distributor of choice of beverage alcohol producers who value the three-tier system

To build branded products and profitability for all parties involved

To serve the needs of our Associates, suppliers, customers and community

Tom Cole

President and Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Cole has served as the President of Republic National Distributing Company since its creation in 2006, helping the business grow to be the nation’s second largest distributor of wines and spirits with sales of approximately $6.5 billion.

Tom has been in the wine and spirits industry for over 30 years. He launched his career with Duval Spirits Company in Florida in 1981 and was named President of Magnolia Marketing Company in 1991. He has continued in the chief executive position through several expansions, culminating in the merger of Republic Beverage Company with National Distributing Company.

He is currently on the board of directors of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America and its Government Affairs Committee. He is a Keeper of the Quaich, an international community of members recognized for their outstanding commitment to Scotch Whisky, and a member of Chevalier de Tastevin, an exclusive club for Burgundy wine enthusiasts.

Active in his local business and civic communities, he sits on the New Orleans Business Council, is a director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Council and serves on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans World Trade Center.

A New Orleans resident for the last 24 years, Tom is originally from Mt. Vernon, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Miami, Florida. He and his wife, Debbie, recently celebrated their 35th anniversary. They have a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.

What contributes to your many “happy hours” at RNDC?

There is no question that the one things I love most about RNDC is the people! Our Associates energize me and help make my job fun. As I have the opportunity to travel across all of our markets from Colorado to D.C. and Michigan to Miami, it never ceases to amaze me that the energy and enthusiasm of our team, their desire to win, their passion to serve our customers, their willingness to work untold hours help make RNDC not only successful but the best wine and spirits wholesaler in America! A huge thank you to every one of our team members, and best wishes for Happy Holidays and the New Year.

Robert Hendrickson

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Robert (Bob) Hendrickson is currently the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Republic National Distributing Company, a position he assumed in 2009 after serving as the President, Western States. As a seasoned beverage industry executive, Bob Hendrickson possesses more than 30 years of wine and spirits industry knowledge.

Bob has been a part of RNDC since the beginning when, in 1997, the former Tarrant Company and the former Julius Schepps Company were merged to create Republic Beverage Company, which later merged with the National Distributing Company in 2006 to form RNDC.

Prior to Republic, Bob served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Julius Schepps, where he spent 10 years of his career. He launched his career in the wine and spirits industry with the E&J Gallo Winery in Los Angeles, honing his sales and marketing skills for four years.

Bob currently sits on the board of directors for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from San Diego State University. While attending college, he met his wife Mary Lou with whom he has two children, Lauren and Wesley.

What has been the trademark of your success at RNDC?

To me, the trademark of my success here at RNDC has been the people I work with. You spend more time with the people you work with in this business than you do your family, and surrounding yourself with fun, positive associates who want to win as much as I do makes it all worthwhile. I really don’t look at this as a job. I’m having too much fun to call it work!

Nicholas Mehall

Chief Financial Officer

Nicholas Mehall CPA, AICPA is Chief Financial Officer of Republic National Distributing Company and member of the company’s Operating Committee. Based out of Atlanta, Nick is responsible for the company’s financial planning and reporting, funding and risk management.

Prior to joining RNDC, Nick served five years with Diageo North America, Inc., where he held a number of progressive leadership roles in Controllership and Commercial Finance. As SVP of finance for Diageo’s U.S. Spirits and Canada business, he was responsible for full financial delivery, allocation of resources across price, trade investment, and brand marketing for over 100+ brands

From 2002 to 2011, Nick spent 10 years with KPMG, LLP in Cleveland, London and the New York City area. He held a number of leadership roles in the audit practice in both the U.S. and U.K. where he led financial statement audits and advisory projects.


Nick earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio in 2002 and 2004, respectively. Since 2012, he has served on the Board of Directors for the Junior Achievement Chapter of Southwest Connecticut, an organization educating and empowering young people to own their economic success.

Alan Dreeben


Alan Dreeben has accumulated nearly 50 years of industry experience and has been a vital part of RNDC’s growth trajectory for nearly two decades. He served as vice chairman and director of Block Distributing and continued in this role after the merger with Republic – culminating in his current position as a partner of RNDC.

Alan began his career trajectory in 1966, working for the Gallo Winery. He was part of a pioneering leadership training program and reported directly to Ernest Gallo, the company’s founder. He returned to San Antonio, he assumed leadership of Block’s wine program and spearheaded its growth.

Currently, Alan is an Advisory Director of the North American division of the Institute of Masters of Wine, a member of the Wine Market Council’s executive committee – of which he is a past chairman – and the Wine Advisory Committee of the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Deeply committed to his community, Alan is a member at large and sits on the executive committee of the United Way and has previously contributed to a long list of civic organizations including the American Cancer Society, Any Baby Can, the Hospice of San Antonio, Los Compadres, the Golden Manor Home of Aged, and several others. He has also served as Division Chairman of the Jewish Social Service Federation and the Director of Education for Temple Beth-El.

Alan completed his undergraduate education in business at the University of Texas at Austin and received his executive MBA from Harvard University. He and his wife Barbara have three children.

Brand Questions FPO

My first year in the industry was 1966, and I spent that time in Los Angeles working for Gallo. I was one of the first to go through their training program under the leadership of the person who created Proctor and Gamble’s program. Every 90 days I flew to Modesto and spent the weekend with Ernest Gallo to discuss what I was doing. When I returned to San Antonio in 1967, I was put in charge of Block’s wine program (which had done total revenue of $250,000 in 1966). The rest is history.

Chris Carlos


Chris Carlos, a Partner at RNDC, has earned 30 years of industry experience since joining the National Distributing Company – his family’s business – in 1985.

He began his career as a merchandiser in Jacksonville, Florida, and gained a holistic understanding of the company’s operations as he worked in many of their facilities throughout the country. Chris helped NDC expand into South Carolina, where he built the local business from the ground up. He launched NDC’s beer division in Atlanta and has served as the company’s Executive Vice President of Georgia.

Dedicated to his family and community, Chris has previously served on the Board of Directors for the March of Dimes and committees for organizations including Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Hospital and Murphy’s Heart.

His other civic and philanthropic efforts include support of Emory University’s Carlos Museum – which houses an art collection that includes a global collection of ancient objects and was named after Chris’s father – and other local nonprofits including The Atlanta Ballet and Atlanta Zoo.

Chris is the son of Michael C. Carlos, former Chairman and CEO of NDC, and Thalia N. Carlos. An Atlanta native, Chris attended Woodward Academy prior to attending the University of Florida.

Eddie Block


Eddie Block is a partner at RNDC with over 50 years in the wine and spirits industry. Prior to the formation of RNDC, Eddie served as vice-chairman of Republic Beverage Company. He moved into the position after the company merged with Block Distributing Company, founded in San Antonio by Eddie’s father in 1939, of which Eddie served as president.

Eddie began his career in Denver at Franchise Liquors, a subsidiary of Block, before returning to San Antonio to work directly for Block. He served as the company’s president for 17 years.

In addition to serving on the boards of industry organizations such as Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America and the Licensed Beverage Distributors of Texas, Eddie also commits his time to better the general business community of San Antonio as a member of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the areas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Eddie is well-respected in the beverage industry and has received the American Beverage Licensees’ Top Shelf Award – considered the highest honor presented by America’s beer, wine and spirits retailers and presented to those who have demonstrated professional excellence in the industry and while positively impacting their communities.

A previous board member of San Antonio’s Jewish Federation, he is currently on its investment committee. Eddie has participated with the University of Oklahoma Foundation, the United Way, the McNay Art Museum, the University of Texas Health Science Center, the Cancer Therapy and Research Center of San Antonio, among others.

Jay Davis


As the Chairman and CEO of National Distributing Company and a partner at RNDC, Jay Davis has expanded the distributorship his father co-founded in 1942.

He has spent 44 years contributing to RNDC in a variety of roles that span virtually every department of the company, including supporting the executive vice president of Consolidated Distributing Company as an administrative assistant and serving as the national sales manager of all NDC markets.

Jay is deeply entrenched in Atlanta’s business community and the beverage industry. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He is a past president of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Georgia and presently sits on the organization’s board of directors. He previously served on the board of directors for Acuity Brands, Inc.

A passionate supporter of education initiatives, Jay sits on the Terry College Dean’s Advisory Council and the board of trustees for the University of Georgia Foundation. Additionally, Jay is a co-founder and a lifetime Board of Trustees member of the Davis Academy, one of Atlanta’s premier reform Jewish day schools.

Jay and his wife Ann Leffler Davis, who also graduated from the University of Georgia, have two children and are proud grandparents of three.

Jerry Rosenberg


Jerry Rosenberg is a vice chairman of National Distributing Company and partner of RNDC. With over 50 years in the industry, Jerry joined NDC in 1965 as a member of the Atlanta sales team. He then moved to South Florida, where he earned management experience in operations and sales, culminating in his role as National Sales Manager.

Well-connected in the beverage industry, Jerry is a member of Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America as well as its Georgia chapter.

In addition to his role at NDC/RNDC, Jerry is committed to advancing education efforts, particularly in the Jewish community. He, along with fellow RNDC partner Jay Davis, is a co-founder of Atlanta’s Alfred and Adele Davis Academy, a leading reform Jewish day school. Jerry is also co-founder and board member of the AMIT (Americans for Israel and Torah) Community School Program, which serves children with special learning needs in the Jewish Dayschools of Atlanta, and is a board member of The Schenk School, which serves children with learning and dyslexia-related differences.

Jerry currently serves on the board of The William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, where he is the immediate past president. Since 2004, Jerry has been active in the American-Israeli Political Action Committee and is the past co-chair of the Major Atlanta Event for the organization. He also previously served as the co-chair of the Capital Campaign for the Greater Atlanta Jewish Federation.

In Florida, Jerry served as a board member of the Miami Jewish Federation and the University of Miami’s School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Emory University’s dental program.

He is married to Dulcy Davis Rosenberg and the father of three children. He and his wife share five grandchildren.

John Carlos


An Atlanta Native, John A. Carlos followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, Chris A. Carlos, and father, Andrew C. Carlos, by joining National Distributing Co. in 1977 after graduating from Emory University. As a third generation principal of the company, he began as a salesman in Jacksonville, Fla., and then ran several branch operations in Florida and Georgia for the next 17 years. In 1992, he returned to Atlanta to assume a corporate position.

In 1996, John grew his leadership within the company as the EVP and COO, where he was instrumental in expanding NDC into South Carolina, Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. Upon the merger of NDC and RDC in 2007, John became President and COO of Legacy NDC, while also assuming the role of Partner at RNDC.

John is actively involved in Atlanta’s business and civic communities, having served on the boards of Georgia State University and Nioxin Corporation. Currently, he is a trustee on the Shepherd Center Foundation board, as well as a board member for the MS Society. John also serves on the boards of RNDC and NDC.

John and Elaine, a graduate of Agnes Scott and wife of 38 years, are active members of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation in Atlanta. The couple, who met while they were in college, share two daughters named Kari and Angela.

Dennis Bashuk

Vice President and Treasurer

Dennis Bashuk, a 26-year finance executive, is Vice President and Treasurer of Republic National Distributing Company. His responsibilities include banking relationships, financing, treasury, financial planning, M&A and associate retirement benefits. Dennis has been in the wine and spirits industry for 15 years having joined the company in 2004.

Prior to joining RNDC, Dennis held senior finance positions including, Director of Financial Planning at United Liquors and Vice President Finance at the Aviant Group, a Boeing subsidiary. While at Aviant, he was instrumental in a management buyout, operational and financial turnaround and the eventual sale of the company.

Dennis obtained an undergraduate degree from SUNY Binghamton University and an M.B.A. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Greg Bowdish

Vice President, National Accounts and Category Consulting

Greg Bowdish is Vice President, National Accounts and Category Consulting at Republic National Distributing Company.

A 30 year veteran of RNDC, Greg entered the beverage alcohol industry through the Gallo program with an East Texas distributor after graduating from the University of Texas in Austin. He ultimately transitioned to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to take an opportunity with Schepps Distributing Company.

In 1989 Schepps merged with Block Distributing Company at which time he relocated to San Antonio. After working various management positions for Block, Greg returned to the Dallas-Forth Worth in 2003 to work with a new state chain and marketing team.

Following the Republic Beverage Company and National Distributing Company merger in 2007, his role evolved into what it is today, VP of National Accounts and Category Consulting.

What do you love most about working at RNDC?

I default to one of Alan Dreeben’s better known sayings….A belief in ”rewarding failure before rewarding complacency” – it’s the idea that what I do might make a difference and that those around me are willing to take chances being better at something tomorrow than we might have been yesterday.

Scott Lammert

Senior Vice President, Supplier Business Development

Scott Lammert is Senior Vice President of Supplier Business Development at Republic National Distributing Company. In his role, Scott leads the team that manages RNDC’s largest spirits suppliers delivering value and benefits to key suppliers in all markets by improving communication and execution.

Scott has worked in the beverage alcohol industry for 27 years gaining experience in wine and spirits brand and sales management and executive branch management with a focus on operations and talent. He has worked in five different markets throughout Texas and Louisiana.

Outside of RNDC he works closely with numerous educational and non-profit organizations and charities including: University of Incarnate Word Development as a Board-Chair; San Antonio Children’s shelter as a Board Member; United Way as an Advisory Board member;, Houston’s Live Stock Show and Rodeo-Wine Committee; and St. Padre Pio Catholic Church on their Adult ajd Teen ACT’s team.

What is your favorite RNDC Core Value, and what does it mean to you?

Honesty: I was raised that your integrity is the most important thing that you possess. It is the foundation that your reputation is built on and defines who you are, it’s easy to lose and almost impossible to regain. In my current role I see how dealing with our suppliers in an honest and open fashion separates us from our competition, who may not always approach their supplier relationships in the same way.

Lorraine Luke

Vice President, Human Resources

Lorraine Luke is Vice President of Human Resources for Republic National Distributing Company. She joined the organization in 2005 and assumed the responsibility for developing human capital strategy for both the organization and HR.

In her role, she is responsible for the executive leadership of the company’s human capital practices with a focus on talent management and leadership development. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Team, executive sponsor for the RNDC Women’s Leadership Forum, Millennial Advisory Council and a key facilitator for the RNDC Senior Executive Leadership Forum.

An accomplished Human Resources Executive with over 22 years of progressive HR leadership and executive experience with privately-held to publicly-traded Fortune 200 companies, Lorraine is a subject matter expert in coaching, change leadership, strategic human capital practices, talent management, employment practices and organizational culture.

Prior to RNDC, Lorraine was with YUM Brands for 20 years in a variety of progressive roles in Operations, Finance, and Human Resources. While at YUM, she was recognized for building teams, developing talent and attaining positive and sustainable business results. Early in her career, she was the Controller for Garland Enterprises in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Lorraine is a member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Internal Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Women of the Vine Symposium, and Association for Talent Development (TD). She also has her certifications as a DDI Global Facilitator and a 360 assessment coach from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). She holds a business degree from Western International University and a degree in Religion from the American Military University.

In addition to her executive role at RNDC, she is a member of the auxiliary police force for the City of Keller, Texas and the past Vice President for the Board of Directors for the Keller Citizens Police Academy.

Darrell Riekena

Chief Information Officer

Darrell Riekena is Chief Information Officer of Republic National Distributing Company. In his role Darrell is responsible for the company’s overall technology strategy and all Corporate IT projects and initiatives.

An accomplished I.T. leader with more than 25 years of experience, Darrell came to RNDC in 2016 from National DCP. LLC, the $2 billion supply chain cooperative serving the franchisees of Dunkin’ Donuts. There he led major change management initiatives and orchestrated I.T. organizational transformations to increase capacity, improve delivery and drive efficiencies.

Riekena’s experience spans consumer-facing, multichannel companies with retail, grocery, healthcare, global supply chain, and manufacturing capabilities. His history of successful global technology and business leadership roles includes key positions at Target Corporation, Kroger Company, LimitedBrands Inc., and JCPenney Company.

Riekena is a member of the Verizon Cloud Technology Council and SAP Retail and Wholesale Advisory Council. He previously served on the National Retail Federation’s Association for Retail Technology Standards and Motorola’s Retail Mobility Advisory Council.

Darrell holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

H. Alan Rosenberg

Vice President, Legal and General Counsel

H. Alan Rosenberg, Esq. is Vice President, Legal and General Counsel of Republic National Distributing Company. Based out of Atlanta, Alan is responsible for leading, coordinating and executing all RNDC legal matters, initiatives and strategies.

Alan has practiced law for more than 23 years, during which time he has successfully led and directed the creation and development of numerous corporate legal departments at a variety of large multinational and national corporations within a multitude of highly regulated industries.

Alan began his career in private practice as an attorney with the law firm of Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers LLC in Atlanta, GA, where he practiced in the area of litigation. He also held progressive leadership positions during his career with NDCHealth Corporation, Wolters Kluwer Health and The Grady Health System.

Prior to joining RNDC Alan served as the Vice President, Legal & General Counsel, Americas and Global Chief Privacy Officer for Recall Corporation, a global leader in the information management industry. Previous to his tenure with Recall, Alan served as the Vice President, Investigations & Incident Response for LexisNexis, and, before its acquisition by LexisNexis, as ChoicePoint’s Vice President, Privacy, Ethics & Compliance & Assistant General Counsel. In these roles he led policy, compliance, privacy and audit teams for both companies.

Alan received his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations, from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989, and his Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law in 1993.

Steve Feldman

Vice President, Operations

Steve Feldman is vice president of operations at Republic National Distributing Company. In his role, Steve leads the team that manages all of RNDC’s operations, including warehouse, shipping and distribution functions.

Steve has been with the company for more than 30 years having started his career as a management trainee in Tampa after graduating from Auburn University in 1984. From there, he transitioned to operations manager in Sarasota, FL through 1987. He then relocated back to Tampa where he served as operations manager before being promoted to director of operations for Tampa in 1989. In 1992, Steve moved to Atlanta to assume the role of assistant director of operations for the enterprise. In 1999 he was promoted to the leadership role of vice president of operations for the company.

Doing the right thing has always been a guiding principle for Steve and a trademark for his career. Steve resides in Atlanta where he serves on the executive committee and board of directors for the Atlanta Humane Society. He and his wife Rhonda have three children and are proud grandparents of four grandchildren.

RNDC is one of the nation’s leading wholesale beverage alcohol distributors, specializing in wine and spirits. As the preferred partner for alcohol producers who value the three-tier system, RNDC creates branded products and productivity for all parties involved. RNDC serves as a product liaison between suppliers and those who sell alcoholic beverages – defined by its impeccable customer service, unrivaled expertise in beverage education, and a broad product portfolio.
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