DBI Beverage Inc. announces promotion of Mark D. Ramer to Chief Executive Officer and retirement of Jeffrey D. Skinner, effective February 1, 2016

La Vergne, Tennessee, December 9, 2015  — DBI Beverage Inc., corporate parent of a consolidated group comprising one of the largest beverage distributors in California and one of the largest of its kind in the country, has named Mark D. Ramer as Chief Executive Officer, effective February 1, 2016.  Ramer is presently the company’s Chief Operating Officer.  He will succeed Jeffrey D. Skinner, who plans to retire on January 31.  David B. Ingram continues as Chairman.

 Ramer has been with the DBI companies since their inception in 2002, serving first as Chief Information Officer (CIO), then Senior Vice President of Operations, before his promotion to Chief Operating Officer in October of this year.  In those roles Ramer has been instrumental in the growth of DBI, the deployment of new technologies, the oversight of many expansion projects, and the improvement in overall business operations.  In addition to his DBI duties, from 1993 to 2008 Ramer also held the CIO position at DBI’s sister company, Ingram Entertainment Inc.  Prior to that Ramer acquired relevant experience in a variety of companies and capacities that included eight years in wholesale distribution consulting with Arthur Andersen (now Accenture).  Ramer holds a B.S. in Construction Management from Purdue University and a master’s degree from Purdue’s Kannert School of Management.

“Mark has been key to the rapid and profitable growth of the DBI Beverage group over its entire history, deeply involved in all of our strategic initiatives.  Although we will miss Jeff Skinner, we are confident that our momentum will continue under Mark’s proven leadership,” said David Ingram.

DBI Beverage Inc. and Ingram Entertainment Inc. are both owned by David Ingram and headquartered in La Vergne, Tennessee, outside of Nashville.  Ingram founded DBI Beverage in 2002.  Since then, its subsidiaries have acquired distributorships in nine California markets:  Chico, Modesto, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Jose, Truckee, and Ukiah.  The DBI Beverage group anticipates on an annualized basis approximately $615 million in total revenues and distribution of approximately 30 million cases of beverage product.  More information, including supplier and brand information, is available at www.dbibeverage.com.