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Alan Meltzer CEO Leadership Speaker Series


(202) 885-1918

Garland Knott
Kogod School of Business


Kogod School of Business Speaker Series

Fall 2015 Speaker

David Trone
Co-owner and President of Total Wine & More

Wednesday, November 18
4-6 p.m.
Kogod Student Lounge

Reception to immediately follow.

About the Speaker

David has been involved in the beer retail business since 1984 and the wine and spirits business since 1991, when he and his brother Robert opened two wine stores in Delaware. Over the years, the brothers added a greater selection of fine wine, spirits and beers and expanded into many other states. 

Total Wine & More is now the largest independent alcoholic beverage retailer in the country. The retail chain continues to expand at a rapid pace, projecting that by year-end Total Wine will have 130 stores across 18 states and sales surpassing $2 billion. Many consider the Trone brothers pioneers in developing the large scale independent alcoholic beverage business. One of the many challenges was managing the hundreds of thousands of unique supply chains, each with varying compliance rules. Because of the complex market and regulatory challenges, Total Wine found it necessary to develop its own enterprise resource planning (ERP) application in order to manage the considerable growth in regulatory and supply chain information that comes with each new store location. 

David oversees Marketing, Purchasing, e-Commerce, Government and Community Affairs, Finance and IT. He and Robert have traveled the world, working with producers to bring Total Wine & More the best selection at the lowest prices.

David graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree from Furman University, and received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.