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.
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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, 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 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.
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 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.
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.