August 25, 2015 – George F. McCarthy has been elected Chairman of Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ (www.skyranchfoundation.org). Mr. McCarthy has been the Chairman of the Board of Corby Spirit and Wine Limited since 1999 and a director since 1993. He was President of The Americas, Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine (ADSW) from 1995 to 2000 and President of North America (of ADSW) from 1993 to 1995. Prior to 1993 he was President of Joseph E. Seagram & Sons Limited, Canada and President of Seagram Far East from 1988 to 1991. Before joining Seagram, Mr. McCarthy served in various executive positions with The Pillsbury Company and also held various sales and marketing positions with Heublein Inc. and E & J Gallo Winery.
Joining the Foundation as Director is Donald G. Pydo, Vice President, Governmental Affairs & Public Policy, Wirtz Beverage Group & Wirtz Corporation. As Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Public Policy for Wirtz Beverage Group and Wirtz Corporation, a leading alcohol beverage distributor, Don is responsible for building and executing the company’s political, legislative and regulatory platform nationally.
Ralph Aguera of Brown-Forman (retired) continues as President and is joined by Executive Committee members Barry Becton of DIAGEO, John Bodnovich of American Beverage Licensees, Mike Donohoe of Jim Beam Distilling (retired), Peggy Donovan of Wirtz Beverage Group (retired), Bill Slone of Beverage Media, George Suttles of U.S. Trust Bank of America and Dori Bryant of Glorious Spirits.
About Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ and Sky Ranch For Boys ®
Since 2011, the Foundation ℠ has awarded $1,107.394 in grants to organizations providing support for at-risk youth. Formed in 1961 and building on more than 50 years of tradition, Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is a tax-exempt charitable organization committed to identifying and offering grants to efficient and effective programs focused on improving the quality of help available to these youth.
Sky Ranch Foundation ℠ is governed by a board of directors comprised mainly of active and retired members of the beverage alcohol industry. The Foundation’s ℠ funds have come largely from individuals and companies associated with the beer, wine and spirits industries and reflects the industry’s great concern and commitment for at-risk youth. www.skyranchfoundation.org ℠