The team at Empire Merchants LLC brings the insight and strategies that come from decades of experience in fine wine and spirits.
President/Chief Executive Officer
John is a 25-year industry veteran, having started his career as a supplier with Brown-Forman, where he held merchandising, marketing and sales positions before moving to Schieffelin & Somerset in 1994. He spent eight years with Schieffelin & Somerset in a variety of senior roles, most recently as vice president of sales and marketing for the Northeast region. John became general manager of Atlantic Wines & Spirits at Peerless Importers in October 2002 and remained in this position through the Peerless and Charmer consolidation in 2007. He has served as executive general manager, building and leading the Atlantic Division at Empire Merchants, Metro, for the past decade prior to being appointed as CEO of Empire Merchants North LLC in April 2015 and CEO of Empire Merchants LLC in September of 2016. John is a graduate of Harvard University and is married (Ellen) with four children (Liam, Mae, Gwyn, and Tanner).
Terrence A. Arlotta
Chief Financial Officer
Terrence A. Arlotta is the Chief Financial Officer at Empire Merchants LLC. He holds both a B.S. and a M.B.A. in Accounting from St. John's University in New York. Terry joined Peerless Importers in 1974 as an Assistant Controller for the company, and in 1980 became the Controller for the company. In 1984, he was promoted again to CFO of Peerless Importers. Terry’s 30-plus years of experience in both accounting and operations in the wine and spirits industry is a valuable asset to Empire’s executive committee.
Chief Operating Officer
Tony Magliocco is Empire Merchants LLC's Chief Operating Officer. Tony led the effort to consolidate Empire’s multiple warehouses with the implementation of a software system and a process-improvement plan that enables Empire to ship over 8.5 million cases annually. Prior to joining Empire, Tony was the Executive Vice President of Peerless Importers (1999-2007) and is a third-generation family member. At Peerless, Tony led sales and operations, implemented a state-of-the-art carton sortation system and an Oracle ERP system, and was instrumental in the consolidation at Peerless of several global wine and spirit suppliers. Prior to his role as Executive Vice President of Peerless Importers, Tony was an investment banker at Furman Selz LLC and Bear, Stearns & Co., specializing in mergers and acquisitions, as well as debt and equity financings. Tony received a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from New York University.
David C. Drucker
Vice President, Sales
David Drucker is the Vice President, Sales, and a member of the Executive Committee. David obtained a B.S. degree from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University, with a concentration in beverage management and finance. After Cornell, David obtained his J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law. After practicing corporate law at Dickstein Shapiro LLP, he moved to Sidney Frank Importing Company as legal counsel. In 2006, David transitioned to the business side as a fourth-generation family member of Charmer Industries, Inc., and joined Premier Beverage of Florida, where he gained sales and marketing experience. In February 2007, David returned to New York to join Empire Merchants LLC, where he was instrumental in establishing the new sales structure.
Stephen E. Meresman
Stephen E. Meresman is the Corporate Secretary for Empire Merchants LLC and is a member of the executive committee. Steve was the Chief Financial Officer of Charmer Industries from 1988 to 2006. In addition to his Charmer experience, he has served other companies in various financial positions. Steve is a certified public accountant in New York and has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business from New York University.