President, Midwest Region
David Lockie serves as President Midwest of Breakthru Beverage Group, leading the company’s operations in Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. In this role, he drives the regional strategy and aligns priorities with the company’s corporate and strategic vision.
David is a seasoned leader with nearly 32 years of industry experience. Most recently, he was Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Wirtz Beverage Illinois and Minnesota. There he successfully led sales strategies including planning, implementation, measurement and supplier acquisition, and was also responsible for the company’s joint venture in Iowa.
Prior to joining Wirtz Beverage, David served as President of Glazer’s Illinois, managing the company’s portfolio on a statewide basis. His experience also includes a tenure as President of Johnson Brothers of Illinois. David is a seasoned integration and change management leader.
He began his career with Romano Brothers, eventually transitioning to E&J Gallo Winery. At Gallo, David was the Midwest and Mid-Central Division manager of the company, overseeing execution of Gallo’s retail programming and brand standards in each of the respective regions.
David is a graduate of DePauw University.
Vice President Sales, Wisconsin
As Vice President of Sales, Nate Phippen oversees all sales and marketing efforts for Breakthru Beverage Wisconsin the Wirtz Family’s first wholesale wine and spirits company purchased by Arthur Wirtz in 1945.
As a 20-year veteran of the beverage business, Nate previously worked as a Vice President of Sales at Wirtz Beverage Illinois. There, he led multiple selling divisions through new route to market strategies and was responsible for their consistent performance and marked growth.
He majored in Economics at Northern Illinois University, where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.