SOUTHERN GLAZER’S WINE & SPIRITS
Proud to partner with the Las Vegas community
Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Nevada (formerly Southern Wine & Spirits), the state’s leading beverage distribution company, has welcomed guests to UNLVino since its founding event in 1974 at Southern’s warehouse.
That original event was just a small wine tasting – an idea conceived by Senior Managing Director Larry Ruvo and former College of Hospitality Dean Jerome “Jerry” Vallen – but as UNLVino’s popularity grew, so too did its hosting venues. As years passed, Southern moved UNLVino to UNLV’s Thomas and Mack Center, and eventually expanded to numerous Las Vegas resorts.
Throughout the years, the organization’s efforts have earned the support of Nevada’s massive hospitality community, with hotels, restaurants, acclaimed chefs, beverage makers, mixologists, and an array of industry professionals joining the festivities as sponsors, participants, and host venues.
Entering its 44th year, UNLVino has raised millions of dollars in scholarships and become one of the city’s must-attend events.
LEADING THE TEAM
Senior Managing Director
Executive Vice President
Senior Director of Special Events & Marketing