Chicago-based craft and specialty import beer distributor Louis Glunz Beer announced today three changes to its front office.
Owner Jack Glunz (above, right), after 67 years in the business, will step into the position of CEO while promoting his son, Jerry Glunz (above, left), to president.
Additionally, Ignacio G. Gonzales “JR” was named as the new general manager.
Said Jerry in a press release, “I am honored to be given this opportunity to carry on the winning tradition that we have enjoyed at Louis Glunz Beer Inc., and I look forward to introducing a lot of great beers to our friends in the Chicagoland area as well as throughout the country as the exclusive importer of Hirter, Haacht, and Stiegl.”
Over the past 32 years, Jerry has learned the business from the ground up, the company says, working on trucks and in the Glunz warehouse throughout high school and college. Upon graduating from Loras College with a business degree, he worked in sales as a merchandiser, sales rep, brand manager and finally the sales manager before his most recent role as general manager.
While serving as president, CEO Jack brought “growth, portfolio diversification, and incredible success to Louis Glunz Beer,” the company says. “Jack will continue to be active in the business, helping advise and guide the next generations and assisting in the growth and expansion of Glunz in the present and future years to come.”
Assuming the role of general manager, Gonzales brings 20 years of experience with Heritage Wine Cellars. “Through his strategic planning, intra-department team development, results-driven style, and hands-on approach, he took the company from $6 million in sales and 24 employees to $83 million in sales and 160 employees,” his new employer says in a press release.
Founded in 1888, Louis Glunz Beer of Lincolnwood, IL, distributes beers from more than 190 breweries around the globe.