Purchased by the Stollers in 1993, Stoller Imports served the parent company well with direct imports from countries all over the world. Now doing business in over 40 states, our brands are being sold by the biggest and best retailers and on-premise establishments across the USA. The Marsalle Company has since changed its name to Stoller Imports, to reflect the traditions of excellence within the family-owned company. It is our goal to provide unique and profitable brands to our distributor partners and Control State jurisdictions, with the highest ethical standards in the industry.
Their knowledge of the “street” aspect of the liquor industry has brought a unique perspective to Stoller’s management style. They still interact daily with customers, always monitoring the pulse of the industry. This enables quick responses to an ever-changing climate. They work closely with their suppliers and distributors to create dynamic long term directions.
Today there are only a few urban importers with active executive managers that have actually built and continue to build their own story.
The three Stoller brothers started working in their father’s trucking business as teenagers. They learned the liquor industry from the shipping and customer service aspect first. As an opportunity arose to enter the distribution side of the market, Randy started Stoller Wholesale Wine & Spirits while Jay and Larry supported the trucking company. As the business grew, each brother became an equitable part of the company to further help develop the enterprise.
Robert Shea: Sales & Marketing Consultant
Joining Stoller Imports in March, 2012, Bob Shea is combining his successful team building experience with unparalleled industry knowledge to build a “best in class” national spirits and wine import company. With total support of the Stoller family, Bob is instilling a culture of transparency and accountability with Stoller’s supplier partners and our distributors/brokers in the US.
Bob has had a stellar career in the beverage alcohol business. After spending four years with the United States Air Force, he began with Heublein as the Chicago Metro Manager. He spent time in sales roles with Seagram’s, and moved into executive sales management with Hiram Walker where Bob rose up to become President before merging with Allied Domecq. His last role at Allied Domecq was National Sales Manager in 2000.
Bob decided to work for a very small but dynamic imported vodka brand in the early 2000’s called SVEDKA, as its first National Sales Manager. He led the efforts that brought the brand from zero to over 3 million cases a year, became the #3 selling vodka in the US, the #7 spirit brand overall, and earned Impact’s Hot Brand award for 8 consecutive years. Constellation Brands purchased SVEDKA in 2007, and Bob joined Constellation continuing to lead the sales force until 2012.
Bob lives in the Chicago area with his wife, and has two sons, and four grandchildren.
Howard Elkin: National Sales Manager
Howard spent 10 years as General Sales Manager with the Stoller’s wholesale operation in Illinois, leading a sales and support team of over 100 people. Prior to his time with Stoller, he was Sales Manager at Judge & Dolph (Breakthru Beverage) and worked for the Wirtz family for 20 years. Now as National Sales Manager for Stoller Imports, Howard brings over 30 years of knowledgeable industry experience to our organization and to our wholesale partners.
Adam Roper: Western Regional Sales Manager
Adam Roper joins us with a wealth of experience spanning over 18 years in the alcohol beverage industry. His most recent position as a Regional Sales Manager with Prestige Beverage Group, Adam was responsible for Southern California, Hawaii & Nevada. Adam supervised all channels of the company business managing an extensive portfolio with over 200 wine, spirit & beverage brands. Prior to working at Prestige, Adam was with Don Sebastiani & Sons where he was a Regional Sales Manager, Key Account Manager, & Chain Merchandising Manager for Southern California. Adam began his career on the wholesale distributor side in 1999 at Wine Warehouse in Southern California, having held positions as a Regional Manager as well as Division Training Manager.
Dan Freier, Central Regional Sales Manager
Dan Freier has over 31 years’ experience in the alcohol beverage industry. He got his start in the industry with the marketing research firm, Promotion Information Bureau, located in Connecticut as the Operations Manager. He subsequently worked for Jim Beam Brands for 10 years in the southwest, northeast and mid-Atlantic areas of the country. He had numerous sales positions including National Accounts Director and Sales Director. After his time at Jim Beam Brands, he spent 18 years with Constellation Brands as a Sales Director in the mid-west. The last two years he spent with Global Spirits US as the Divisional Sales Director in the mid-west, and then the National Sales Director for the northern part of the country. Dan has a proven track record of sales and marketing success with increasing levels of responsibility in every position throughout his career.
Murray Levesque, Eastern Regional Sales Manager
Stoller Imports hires industry veteran Murray Levesque
A native of New Zealand, Murray Levesque brings to his new role international expertise and training in the spirts and wine arena. He joins Stoller Imports after serving 16 years working for global spirit companies. Murray has spearheaded countless product launches, created global brand awareness, and he was responsible for tripling sales that ultimately led to the sale of two global companies. Murray’s 16 years of experience working with entrepreneurs, distributors, wineries, retail outlets and restaurants is going to be a tremendous benefit to both Stoller Imports and our wholesale partners.
Jonathan Schulze: National Accounts Manager
Jonathan has spent his entire career working in every tier of the three-tier system. Over 20 years of experience with great hospitality companies like Disney, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Planet Hollywood helped shape the background of understanding buyers today. These establishments drove him to grow his education in wine to becoming a second level Sommelier.
From this experience, he went to work for Southern Wine and Spirits as they opened the state on Minnesota. Jonathan had the opportunity to launch an On-Premise team. To complete the three-tier system, he went to work for A. Hardy USA growing quickly from a Regional Manager to becoming the National Sales Manager for the importer.
He joins the Stoller team focused on growing relationships with Stoller Imports and National Accounts.
Hector Calzada: California Market Manager
Hector has 21+ years’ experience in Sales and Management throughout California and Hawaii. Prior to joining Stoller Imports, he was a Sales Manager for an ultra premium tequila company and worked for a spirits and wine distributor in Southern CA. Hector has a proven track record of outstanding performance with start up suppliers to multi-state companies, and brings extensive expertise in navigating the emerging markets in California. He prides himself in building strong relationships with on and off premise customers in addition to distributor managers and sales people.
Hector resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Marcy and son Kevin.
Oscar Luna- Texas Market Manager
Oscar Luna has over 8 years’ experience in the alcohol beverage industry, having worked the distribution side with Houston Distributing Company and the suppliers side with MillerCoors. Before joining Stoller Imports, Oscar spent time with Lopez Negrete Communication where he handled the full 360 advertising platform for brands such as Walmart, Samsung and Fiat Chrysler. Oscar’s brand knowledge and expertise along with his advertising and marketing experience has made him a valuable asset to the Texas market.
Kristyn Schwiep, Brand Development
Kristyn Schwiep, after graduating from the University of Alabama, began her career in the beverage alcohol industry with Mike’s Hard Lemonade as a Key Account Representative responsible for the southeast US. After her time spent at Mike’s, Kristyn moved to Chicago to attend graduate school at DePaul University and received her master’s in communications. During her graduate program, Kristyn held many positions in the beverage industry, including marketing and communications internships with Lagunitas and Great Lakes Coca-Cola, as well as a position as a Brand Ambassador for STOLEN Rum and Tocayo Brewing Company. Kristyn brings great energy and enthusiasm to the Stoller Imports team.