Leadership

 

Mike Howard

President
 

Mike has a 26 year career leading organizations through complex start-up, turnaround and high-growth cycles. Prior to Southwest Spirits and Wines, Mike was an executive in startups and large public companies such as, TY KU LLC, Glazer’s Distributors, Abby Lane and Allied Domecq. His background is Unique in that his experience includes leadership positions in both the distributor tier and the supplier tier.  He has a Successful history for pooling resources to build solutions-focused cultures that develop brands.

 
 
 
 
 

JOHN FORTMAN

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
 
 

John is an experienced executive with more than 30 years of solid progressive experience within manufacturing operations management. Since joining the Southwest team, John has Reorganized and then stabilized business resulting in growing top line sales immensely by redirecting company goals and creating a clear plan to execute. Prior to Southwest Distillery, John was Director of operations for Power Packaging Inc. and Owner/general manager of Typographic printing Co. John has a Strong history of identifying operational problems, developing and implementing strategic plans to increase production, efficiency and profits.