We are the legislative advocate for our members.

That means we have an active presence at the state house and educate policymakers on key issues; serve as a collaborative forum for South Carolina’s wine and spirits wholesalers; and work — often philanthropically — to promote the safe, legal and moderate consumption of wine and spirits across our state.

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ASSOCIATION STAFF


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Elizabeth Herlong Brogdon, Esq.

Executive Director

Elizabeth knows the value of advocacy. In her role leading the nonprofit association, she oversees legislative strategy, coordinates legislative efforts, works closely with state regulatory agencies (primarily South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and South Carolina Department of Revenue), and provides legal advice to the association’s wholesale members.

She previously served as chief counsel to the South Carolina Judicial Merit Selection Commission and as staff attorney to the South Carolina Senate. Prior to her work with the state, Elizabeth spent almost 20 years in private practice at Nexsen Pruet and Nelson Mullins, focused primarily on appellate litigation. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Robert F. Chapman on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Elizabeth has a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

 

EBrogdon@wswa-sc.com

803.724.6591 office

803.413.2273 cell

 

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Nicki Priester

Operations Manager and Legislative Liaison

Prior to joining the association, Nicki served as scheduler in the Office of Governor Nikki R. Haley. Recognized as an exceptional young leader, Nicki received the Order of the Palmetto in January 2017 and was named Hammond School’s 2017 Young Alumni of the Year. She volunteers with the Junior League of Columbia and is the Kappa Delta Sorority chapter advisory board chairman. Nicki received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina and was inducted into the university’s Hall of Leaders in 2012.

 

NPriester@wswa-sc.com

803.724.6590 office

803.920.3983 cell

 

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Joe Berry Jr.

Executive Director Emeritus

Retired in 2016 from a 61-year law career, including two years as a judge advocate in the U.S. Air Force, Joe represented the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association of SC and its predecessor (S.C. Liquor Wholesalers) for 39 years. A former special judge and associate municipal judge, he has served on the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline for the South Carolina Supreme Court. Joe was active in numerous civic and charitable organizations throughout his career and was honored in 2017 for his community and state contributions with the Order of the Palmetto. He has served on the College of Charleston Board of Trustees for more than 25 years, currently as chairman emeritus. In recognition of his service, a College of Charleston residence hall was named in his honor. Joe has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina and his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

 

jberry@crawfordvk.com

803.779.2650

 
 

BOARD MEMBERS


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Peter Fawcett

President

Peter has served as president and chief executive officer of RNDC of South Carolina since the company’s inception 10 years ago. Prior to that, he spent 26 years as president of the Capital Group of SC. While managing the Capital Group, Peter dealt with all types of beverages including, beer, wine, liquor and soft drinks. He began his career with the E&J Gallo Winery in California. Peter is active in the Columbia-area community, serving on several business and charitable boards. A graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in business, he also earned an M.B.A. in marketing. 

 

peter.fawcett@rndc-usa.com

803.739.0188

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Sean O’Connor

Vice-President

Sean is president of Breakthru Beverage South Carolina and a 30-year veteran of the beverage alcohol industry. Prior to joining Breakthru Beverage, he spent 24 years with Brown-Forman in a variety of sales, marketing and executive leadership roles. Sean served as both senior vice president and national sales director for North America at Brown-Forman. He is a board member at Cardinal Newman School in Columbia, as well as president of the booster club. A graduate of Marietta College in Ohio, Sean also earned a Certificate in Management from the John D. Anderson School of Business at the University of California.

 

STOConnor@Breakthrubev.com

803.337.5309

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Steve Baker

Secretary/Treasurer

Steve is the executive vice president and general sales manager at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of South Carolina. Since joining the company in 1993, he has held various managerial positions with responsibilities in Hilton Head, Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Columbia before his current role with responsibility for all sales teams. He began his career in the wine and spirits industry in 1975 at a package store in Charleston and later joined Pearlstine Distributors where he spent 10 years as a sales representative in the Charleston market. Steve is a graduate of the College of Charleston.

 

steveb@sgws.com

803.391.4373

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Bill Campion

board member

Bill is executive vice president of Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) of South Carolina. In this role, he oversees sales and operations for the state. Bill played a significant part in RNDC’s purchase of the Goldring Wine and Spirits Company in 2008 and was subsequently appointed vice president of RNDC Pensacola the same year.  Prior to RNDC, he spent a decade with N. Goldring Corporation, managing the on-premise wine and spirits division and ultimately serving as its vice president of sales. Bill has an associate's degree from Pensacola State College.

 

bill.campion@rndc-usa.com

803.936.3503

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