Wayne Chaplin has led Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (SGWS), the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor, since 1994. His tenure, first as the company’s president and now as CEO, has spanned a two-decade-long relationship between FIU and SGWS, which hosts the annual Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival benefiting FIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.
The Festival grew out of a one-day celebration of wine and spirits hosted at the Biscayne Bay Campus called the Florida Extravaganza, which began in 1997. In 2002, the event officially became the South Beach Wine & Food Festival® and moved to Miami’s South Beach.
Today, the Festival is a five-day, star-studded gourmet gathering that attracts more than 65,000 guests from around the world and features events in Miami-Dade and… Read Full Article Here