Meet Our Experts

With years of experience both inside and outside the beverage alcohol industry,
our experts (and contributors!) are here to share their knowledge to help your business flourish.
 

Kate Palmer

Kate Palmer

AVP of Craft Spirits and Head of Origin Beverage

Kate's been a professional of the beverage alcohol industry in New England for over 15 years. As the AVP of Craft Spirits for Horizon Beverage, she oversees development of all artisinal brands.

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Bryan Benedict

Bryan Benedict

Brand Development Manager for Beer Services

A Brand Development Manager with more than 5 years of experience, Bryan Benedict worked in sales for Goose Island, Craft Brewers Alliance, and The Foodery before joining the Horizon team.

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Ciro Pirone

Ciro Pirone

Director of Italian Wine

A graduate of the Istituto Alberghiero of Salerno, Italy, Ciro developed an incredible passion for wine, food and culture while traveling & working in Italy, England & the US.

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Jonah Selaya-Mendez

Jonah Selaya-Mendez

Hotels Key Accounts Manager

Jonah has cultivated our beverage program partnerships with New England’s top hotels & resorts for 6-years now. His previous 15-years of management at Starwood & Marriott spans the globe.

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Jeff Iovino

Jeff Iovino

Director of Sales for Trellis Fine Wines

Jeff leads the team tasked with launching independent luxury wine brands in MA. He spent 15 plus years at highly acclaimed Boston restaurants creating and running their wine & beverage programs.

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Joe LaRocca

Joe LaRocca

President of Horizon’s Control States

Prior to joining Horizon in 2008, this industry veteran spent 3-years as GM of Southern Wine & Spirits, 10-years as United Beverages' President, and 7-years as a Colbath & Associates partner.

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Dan Aronovitz

Dan Aronovitz

Inventory Control Manager

With 5+ years management experience, Dan has worked for Horizon Beverage, Target, & Payless Shoe Source. He excels at analyzing inventory & developing controls to optimize warehouse performance.

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Glenn Lawler

Glenn Lawler

Director of New Business Development

An industry veteran with many years of restaurant and retail experience.

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Tom Roche

Tom Roche

AVP of National Account & Category Management

Tom began his adventure at Horizon as a beer merchandiser, then sales representative, and ultimately transitioned to sales management.

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Horizon Contributors

Horizon Contributors

We're proud to share insights from employees, supplier partners, retail & restaurant customers alike.

Horizon Contributors are important members of our extended team, sharing decades of alcohol beverage industry experience to help your business succeed.

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