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Jackson Family Wines Partners with Republic National Distributing Company on Accelerate Program to Foster More Diversity and Career Opportunities Among Sales Teams


SANTA ROSA, Calif., January 24, 2022 –With its commitment to cultivate a culture that supports diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI) in the workplace and throughout the wine industry, Jackson Family Wines is proud to partner with Republic National Distributing Company (RNDC) on its Accelerate Program in key markets across the U.S.  

As part of its Rooted for Good: Roadmap to 2030 climate action and social corporate responsibility initiative launched in August 2021, Jackson Family Wines has committed to growing and supporting talent from groups currently underrepresented in roles at every level in the wine and spirits industry: Black, African American, Hispanic, Latino and Latina, Indigenous, Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Asian and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+; as well as other underrepresented groups.  This program is open to all individuals with a demonstrated commitment to diversity. 

Jackson Family Wines has partnered with Republic National Distributing Company to create the Accelerate Program that will provide an opportunity for a diverse group of participants to receive a comprehensive sales training and an immersive wine education through a structured path, including ongoing trainings, structured onboarding, transition plans, performance reviews and mentorship.  Upon successful completion of the Accelerate Program, individuals will have earned on the job experiences and knowledge to continue to be leaders in the wine industry and advance their career opportunities.

“Republic National Distributing Company is a valued sales and distribution partner for us and we’re proud to collaborate with them on this important initiative to bring more diversity within the sales ranks and provide career training and advancement opportunities for all groups that have been historically underrepresented in our industry,” said Bill O’Connor, Executive Vice President of Sales at Jackson Family Wines.  

Bob Hendrickson, RNDC Chief Operating Officer said, “RNDC has long recognized the need for underrepresented talent in our industry and we are proud to take these intentional steps to build a diverse pipeline. By partnering with Jackson Family Wines in this inaugural program, we are creating models and processes that introduce the beverage alcohol industry to those who may not know the incredible career opportunities available to them.”

The Accelerate Program will be conducted in three phases:

  • Phase 1: Participants will experience life as an RNDC Wine Sales Representative.
  • Phase 2: Participants will build on the foundation and dive deeper into sales distribution by working as a Wine Specialist.
  • Phase 3: Participants will expand their understanding and expertise on wine sales and broaden their development to include people management while also focusing on their individual career path objectives.

Click here to learn more about how to apply for this opportunity to join the exciting wine and spirits industry.  Deadline to apply is Midnight PST, February 25th, 2022.  Interviews will be held March 1, 2022 to March 11, 2022.

About Jackson Family Wines

Jackson Family Wines is a family-owned, vineyard-based company with a penchant for exploration. Founder Jess Jackson placed his faith in farming and a meticulous expression of wine with his first landscape-changing vintage in 1982, an ethos that chairman Barbara Banke, the Jackson family, and our employees continue to uphold to this day. The Jackson family’s collection of 40 wineries spans significant winegrowing regions, from California, Oregon, France, and Italy in the northern hemisphere, to Australia, Chile and South Africa in the southern half of the globe. Vineyard ownership and sustainable practices remain key to consistent quality and artisan winemaking underscores a steadfast commitment to making wines of character and integrity.  Jackson Family Wines is an Equal Opportunity employer.  For more information about Jackson Family Wines, please visit www.jacksonfamilywines.com

About Republic National Distributing Company

As a top beverage alcohol distributor in the nation, RNDC’s national reach helps suppliers by building strategic relationships with on- and off-premise customers to elevate their brands and reach their target consumers. RNDC currently operates in the District of Columbia and 37 states across the United States, with the expected addition of the New York market in 2022.  RNDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. To learn more, visit www.rndc-usa.com or contact Reace Smith, Vice President, Corporate Communications at [email protected]

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