Meet the Team

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.

Senior Leadership

John J. Taylor, III – Chairman, President, and CEO

John Taylor began working for the company full-time upon graduation from Boston College in 1980. He has worked in all areas of the company including delivery, sales and administration. John became President of the company in 1988. Under his leadership, the company has experienced dramatic growth over the years. John has been an active member of both the national and state beer wholesaler’s associations as well as serving on a number of brewery wholesale advisory boards.

Henri J. DesPlaines - Executive Vice President and CFO

Hank DesPlaines is a CPA who joined the Taylor organization in 1985 after a 16-year career in public accounting. Hank also acted as General Manager of the Massachusetts distributorship until early 1989.

Jay A. Martin – Executive Vice President and COO

Jay Martin began with J.J. Taylor Distributing of Florida as Vice President Operations in 1997. He was promoted to President of the Florida Division in 2011; and to his current role in 2014. Jay has 30 years of beverage experience including time with Miller Brewing Company and others. Jay began his career retail store management in a major grocery chain.

Christopher Morton – President, J.J. Taylor Distributing of Minnesota

Chris Morton started at JJ Taylor in July of 2016 as President of the MN Division. He has 20yrs of experience in the beverage alcohol industry including roles as VP Sales Southern Wine and Spirts. Chris began his selling career as a route salesman for Wisconsin Distributing in 1998.

Peter Marer – President, J.J. Taylor Distributing of Florida

Pete Marer joined J.J. Taylor Distributing Florida in 2001 as Vice President of Sales for Tampa. In 2012, he was promoted to Sr. Vice President of Sales & Marketing; and to President in 2014. Pete began his career in retail management and served in the U.S Army. He has 22 years of experience in the beer industry.

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