North Carolina-based Social House Vodka has confirmed the appointment of Marnina Queen as its vice president of sales.

Prior to joining Social House Vodka, Queen served as the chief executive officer of the New Hanover County Alcohol Beverage Control Board, where she oversaw the $48m company, led the charge for responsible alcohol training and actively contributed to the program evaluations to improve North Carolina’s system. She also held leadership roles with the Greensboro ABC Board and North Carolina ABC Commission.

Queen’s shift from a career with North Carolina’s ABC Boards to working for a local craft spirits company enables her to grow a brand in her home state. Social House Vodka is focused on supporting North Carolina, from revitalizing an old power plant for its Kinston distillery and employing community members, to utilizing the Black Creek Aquifer and sourcing products from local farmers.

“Marnina brings incredible energy to the team as a highly-regarded, dynamic force in the beverage industry. We are privileged to welcome such an effective leader aboard with a tremendous amount of experience in retail, sales and merchandising,” said Cary Joshi, president, Social House Vodka.

“Marnina will be an asset as we transform the way we do business at the distillery, particularly because of the new modernization bill that went into effect this month. In-house tastings, unlimited bottle sales and cocktail creations will bring retailers and consumers alike further into the Social House family fold.”

Social House Vodka recently welcomed additional key hires, including Master Distiller Grady Knight, a biochemist and chemical engineer responsible for distillery operations and product portfolio development, and Vice President of Research & Strategy Courtney Aiken, a craft spirits marketing expert leading brand development with consumer and trade insights.

Recently, Social House Vodka took home Gold for Best Beverage & Best Decorations at Epicurean Evening in Wilmington on Thursday, August 29th.

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