About Us

Founded in August 1938 by the late Fate D. Leebern, Georgia Crown Distributing Company is a family-owned business. First known as Columbus Wine Company Distributors, the company unloaded the first carload of legal liquor in Columbus following the end of Prohibition.

Four generations of Leeberns have formed the leadership of Georgia Crown: Fate D. Leebern, Donald Leebern, Sr., Donald M. Leebern, Jr. and Don Leebern III. Following the death of Fate D. Leebern in 1946, Donald Leebern, Sr. took command until 1957 when Donald M. Leebern, Jr. took over. In September 1987, the fourth generation, Don Leebern III joined the company. Don Leebern III is the current President of Georgia Crown and Don Leebern, Jr. is the CEO.

Georgia Crown Distributing Co. is a full service beverage distributor with wholesale operations in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, selling imported and domestic spirits, wines, beers and specialty products. In 1990, Georgia Crown entered the home and office bottled water business with its new division, Poland Spring Water Distributing Company. One year later, it opened its first bottling plant that produced bottled water from its spring in Dahlonega, Georgia. The home and office water division is now named Melwood Springs, with the bottling facility located in Blue Ridge, Georgia.

Georgia Crown's corporate office is located in McDonough, Georgia, centralizing all corporate sales direction, administration, information systems and accounting functions. Centralization of these functions has proven beneficial both to Georgia Crown, its suppliers and customers. For almost 80 years, Georgia Crown has been growing, changing and diversifying. Georgia Crown is rooted in the past, with a bright and challenging vision for the future.

Our Leadership - Alabama

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Jerry McManus

Vice President - Sales and Marketing

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John M. Tanzine, III

Executive Vice President - General Counsel and Secretary

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Orlene Bovaird

Vice President - Finance

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Greg Rains

Vice President - Sales

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John Little

Vice President - Pricing & Procurement

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Cort Centanni

Vice President - Trade Marketing

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Dan Kelly

Vice President - National Accounts

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Alan Walker

Vice President - Information Technology

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Mary Beth Gibbon

Vice President - Human Resources

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Melanie Corley

Director of Operations

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Jim Walters

Director of Trade Marketing - Specialty & Marketing Services

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Pat Hiley

Director of Trade Marketing - Wine

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Carey Cooper

Director of Trade Marketing - Wine

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Tom McKibbin

Director of Trade Marketing - Wine

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Justin Wesley

Director of Trade Marketing - Wine

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Lamar Daniels

Director of Trade Marketing - Beer

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Casey Stephens

Marketing Manager

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Shel Davis

General Sales Manager Birmingham Division

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Arie Gurevitch

General Sales Manager Mobile Division

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Ronald Hartsfield

General Sales Manager Montgomery Division

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Shane Heinemann

Off Premise Sales Manager Birmingham/Gadsden/Anniston

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James Price

Off Premise Sales Manager Birmingham/Tuscaloosa

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Rod Tulloss

On Premise Sales Manager Birmingham/Tuscaloosa

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Scott Anderson

Sales Manager - Huntsville

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Jeff Burkhalter

Operations Manager

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Tina Ezelle

Office Manager

WENTE LEGACY VI 2013 TOP DISTRIBUTOR

Wente Legacy VI 2013 Top Distributor

YELLOW TAIL 10 YEAR OUTSTANDING PARTNERSHIP

Yellow Tail 10 Year Outstanding Partnership

National Chairman’s Award from Deutsch Family of Wines