Spirits Industry Stalwart Joins Punzone
March 04, 2013 (PRLEAP.COM) Lifestyle NewsMarch 4, 2013, New York, NY – Punzoné ®, the first line of Italian ultra-premium imported organic vodka spirits in the U.S., announced that Steven Klauber has joined the company as Managing Director. Formerly a senior executive at William Grant & Sons, Klauber brings decades of experience in the spirits industry to Punzoné.
Klauber will collaborate with founder and CEO, Frank Guerrera on business and organizational development and financial management to help bring the new brand into the next phase of expansion. At William Grant & Sons, Klauber served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President. He was a member of the senior team responsible for the growth and development of brands such as Glenfiddich and Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, Frangelico, and Hendricks Gin, to name a few.
"I am delighted to play a role in the growth of Punzoné as it advances into the dynamic organization needed to service the drinks industry," said Steven Klauber. "Bringing this product to the U.S. market has been no small feat and from the get-go, I was impressed by the care taken in developing and producing these hand crafted products. The importance of quality, tradition and heritage is essential in today's market and Punzoné embodies these attributes like no other. Its high quality ingredients and precision artistry by Italian master distillers underscore its mission to deliver depth of flavor, dual levels of organic certification and well-appointed packaging to the consumer."
"We are very excited to welcome Steven into the Punzoné management team. His experience is in a class of its own and he truly understands the vision of the company. Together, we plan to grow the organization while preserving the integrity of the brand," said Frank Guerrera, CEO and Founder of Punzoné, Inc.
Punzoné, which means 'punch' in Italian, made its debut in New York City and New Jersey in July 2012 and has been making great strides. It was single handedly brought to market by Frank Guerrera, a New York based Italian-American entrepreneur whose vision to create an all organic and pure line of Italian vodka was brought to life by his intense passion. Punzoné, is comprised of three organic beverages: Punzoné Vodka and two Ready-to-Drink vodka cocktails: Punzoné Originale and Punzoné Lemoncino. Punzoné is imported directly from Piemonte, Italy's preeminent food and wine geography and all products are USDA Organic and EU Organic certified.
In only a few short months, Punzoné has made significant headway. It can be found in hundreds of on and off premise locations throughout New York and New Jersey including Whole Foods, Stew Leonard's, Nello and Valbella. In October 2012, Punzoné was the first ultra-premium vodka and organic product to receive the prestigious Five Star Diamond Award by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.
About Punzoné, Inc.
Based in New York City, Punzoné, Inc. owns, produces and markets a line of products under the name Punzoné which launched in July 2012. More information can be found at www.punzone.com. Punzone can also be followed on Twitter @punzone and Facebook at www.facebook.com/punzonevodka.