Seventeen Independent Beverage Licensees Recognized As “Brown-Forman Retailers of the Year”

APRIL 5, 2019 – BETHESDA, MD – Seventeen independent beverage licensees from states across the country have been recognized as Brown-Forman Retailers of the Year. Nominated by their state licensed beverage associations for commitment to their state associations, dedication to the beverage alcohol industry and their success in business, these licensees were honored in a ceremony at the ABL Annual Meeting on March 25, 2019.

For more than two decades, the Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year awards have celebrated retail beverage licensees who engage in the responsible sale and service of beverage alcohol, are committed to their state beverage associations, and demonstrated excellence in innovative retailing. ABL congratulates all of the honored businesses and licensees for their outstanding and continued contributions to their state associations, the industry and their communities.

“America’s independent beer, wine and spirits retailers support a dynamic and exciting industry, while striving to both encourage and promote the responsible enjoyment of beverage alcohol by adult consumers,” said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich. “These retailers have gone above-and-beyond the call of duty in their businesses, their state beverage associations, and their communities with their commitment to outstanding beverage alcohol sales and service.”

The 2019 Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year awards were presented by Michael Rasp – Brown-Forman’s Nevada State Manager. Rasp, who also presented the awards at the ABL Honors Gala in 2017, thanked the independent beverage licensees for their contributions to the alcohol beverage industry – highlighting the important role that independent retailers play in the continued success of the industry.

The 2019 Brown-Forman Retailers of the Year Honorees include:

  • William Johnston III | Liquor Express & Craft Beer Store | Huntsville, Alabama
  • Grant McCabe & Scott McReynolds | Rounders | Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Dennis Dinsmore & Joe Henry | Wyatt’s Wet Goods | Longmont, Colorado
  • Mike Kelley | Beach Liquors & Wine Merchants | Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
  • Art Ohmer | Gilligan’s Party Beverage Center | Savannah, Georgia
  • Bruce J. Hampton | Dutch Hollow Barn | Belleville, Illinois
  • Todd Antz | Keg Liquors | Clarksville, Indiana
  • Eric Hall & James Fogle | Mammoth Liquors | Campbellsville, Kentucky
  • Michael Ball | Silver Run Liquors | Westminster, Maryland
  • Gary Rogow | ABC Liquors | California, Maryland
  • Harry Patel | Heller’s Liquor Mart | Chelsea, Massachusetts
  • Mertice Marottek | Buckhorn Bar | Poplar, Montana
  • Angelo Marracino | Clarence Liquor Mart | Clarence, New York
  • Josh & Morgan Hammond | Buster’s Liquors & Wines | Memphis, Tennessee
  • Ervin Lee | L & M Retail Ventures, LLC | Dallas, Texas
  • Jerry Day | Second Shot Saloon | Fennimore, Wisconsin
  • Van Galloway | El Marko Lanes | Casper, Wyoming


American Beverage Licensees is the preeminent national trade association for beverage alcohol retailers.  Direct retail beverage alcohol sales in the United States generate more than a 2.03 million well-paying jobs.  ABL’s thousands of on-premise and off-premise licensee members are independent and often family-owned establishments.  The beverage retailing industry pays over $27.9 billion in federal taxes and $20.0 billion in state and local taxes.  To learn more about ABL, visit
About Brown-Forman: For more than 145 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach, The GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,600 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit Brown-Forman reminds you to please drink responsibly.