Meet the Team Florida

We are a professionally managed organization that strives to be “First Choice” in distributorships for our employees, customers and suppliers by building mutually beneficial relationships. We are very proud of our company and the people who work here. We know our most important asset is our people.

Florida Leadership

Pete Marer – President
Pete Marer joined J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. in 2001 in the Chain department and was promote to Vice President of Sales in 2004. In 2012, he was promoted to Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing and now serves as President / General Manager of J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. During his tenure he pursued and received his BA degree in Business Management from Eckerd College. Pete began his career in retail management and served in the U.S Army. He has 24 years of experience in the beer industry.

Frank Dunninger – Vice President of Sales - Tampa
Frank Dunninger, a graduate of York College, joined J.J. Taylor Distributing of Florida, Inc. in 2009 as Vice President of Sales for our Fort Myers Division. He was subsequently promoted to his current role as Vice President of Sales for Tampa. Frank has almost 30 years of experience in the beverage industry starting with the E&J Gallo Winery and previously worked for Crown Imports as the Regional Sales Director.

Chris Dayock – Vice President of Chain Sales
Chris Dayock joined J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. in 2002 as a Chain Account Manager. Chris was promoted to the Director of Chain Sales and further promoted to his current position as Vice President of Chain Sales. Before joining J.J. Taylor, Chris had over 20 years of management experience working as a Store Manager at Publix Supermarkets. Chris attended St. Petersburg College.

Chad McLaughlin – Vice President of Marketing
Chad McLaughlin, a graduate from Eastern Illinois University, joined J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. in 2000 as the Director of Marketing. He was promoted to his current position in 2008 as the Vice President of Marketing working with all three Florida Sales Centers. Before joining J.J. Taylor, Chad worked for Miller Brewing Company as the Marketing Manager for the state of Florida.

John Hudson – Senior Director of Sales and Operations – Treasure Coast
John Hudson joined J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida, Inc. in 2008. He was promoted to the Director of Sales for Treasure Coast in 2011 and in 2018 as Senior Director of Sales and Operations. John has over 30 years of experience in beer distribution industry, previously working as a Driver, Salesman, Sales Manager, Operations Manager, and General Manager. He attended the University of South Florida.

Frank Caputo – Senior Director of Operations – Fort Myers
Frank Caputo joined J.J. Taylor in 2004 offering over 25 years of experience in retail, sales and warehouse management. Frank earned his Associates Degree in Business Management with Specialization in Accounting from South Florida State College.

Michael Hampton – Senior Director of Operations - Tampa
Michael Hampton started at J.J. Taylor in 2001 as a Delivery Driver. Over the past almost 20 years, he has worked his way up gaining experience in both sales and operation as well as logistics in Tampa and Fort Myers. His well-rounded experience allows him to provide a customer focus while maintaining operating efficiencies.

Mercedes Forbes –Director of Human Resources – Fort Myers
Mercedes Forbes joined the J.J. Taylor organization in 2008 offering over 20 years of experience in Human Resources. Mercedes earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Sociology from the University of Colorado and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR, SHRM-SCP) and a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Suzanne Borgia –Director of Human Resources – Tampa
Suzanne Borgia joined the HR team at J.J. Taylor in 2005 bringing several years of retail management and customer service experience. While at J.J. Taylor she earned her SPHR and SHRM- CP certifications. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science from Florida State University.

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