DALLAS, TX – October 31, 2013Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) Control States President Sim Byrd today announced his retirement from the Company effective January 1, 2014.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Troy University, Sim began a successful 38-year career in the beverage alcohol industry. While Sim started out as a Sales Representative for a local wholesale beer and wine operation in Montgomery, Ala., he quickly progressed to the roles of Sales Manager, General Manager and, eventually, Chief Operating Officer. Sim later became President of MBC United, a brokerage operation serving nine states.

After joining RNDC, Sim secured a key leadership role as President of the RNDC Control States. According to Sim, “This has been a wonderful ride. I am proud to have spent my entire business career in the Beverage Industry. I have met so many wonderful people that have greatly impacted my life and career. I want to thank the ownership and senior management of the entire RNDC family for the opportunity to work for such a great company.”

“Sim has brought such value to RNDC with his strong knowledge of the control states trade practices,” states RNDC Executive Vice President Bob Hendrickson. “More importantly, Sim’s ability to forge meaningful relationships with our customers has resulted in improved market share and positioned RNDC to be the distributor of choice in the control states. His enthusiasm and passion for the industry will be missed and remembered as a strong legacy for the teams who have worked with him.”

After retirement from his current role, Sim will remain with RNDC in a formal knowledge transfer program to ensure successful continuity of business practices and market relationships. He will be responsible for supporting the new Control States President, Joe Gigliotti, as he transitions to his new role. RNDC wishes Sim the best of luck and success in his future endeavors. His leadership contributions are deeply appreciated and respected.