Summit Distributing is Missouri’s premier beer distributor and soon to be the ShowMe State’s largest provider. For over 20 years, we have committed our business to growth and exceeding customer expectations with a workplace culture focused on elevating our employees’ potential for success.
With over 2,000 SKUs ranging from economy to premium, our passion is exclusively focused on providing the best beer products to our customers, foregoing spirits altogether. With the broadest spectrum of quality beer brands in the state and industry leading productivity technology supported by a workforce dedicated to customer service and teamwork, we at Summit Distributing are proud and confident to consider ourselves beer specialists.
Tom Stillman is the Chairman and CEO of Summit Distributing. He entered the beer business in 1994 with the acquisition of a local wholesaler. Tom, a lifelong hockey fan, is also Chairman and Governor of the St. Louis Blues.
A former lawyer, from 1988 to 1993 he was with the U.S. Department of Commerce, in Washington, D.C., where he was Chief Counsel for Export Administration, responsible for legal aspects of national security-based controls on sensitive exports. Before that, from 1978 to 1988, he was with the New York law firm Dewey, Ballantine, Bushby, Palmer & Wood, working from the firm’s New York and Washington offices.
Stillman was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1978. He attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, where he played hockey and soccer before graduating in 1974.
He serves on the boards of the St. Louis Blues 14 Fund; Commerce Bank, St. Louis Region; the St. Louis Sports Commission; Logos School and the Nature Conservancy in Missouri.
Kim Barrow joined Summit Distributing in March, 2001 as General Manager after working a combined 16 years with Coca-Cola Enterprises and Frito-Lay, Inc. in a multitude of sales and management positions.
Currently, as President and Chief Operating Officer, Kim’s primary responsibilities include general management of sales & marketing, administration, operations & distribution, financial management, supplier & employee relations and strategic planning.
Kim earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A&M University – Commerce in Commerce, Texas and an executive master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
Kim serves on the MillerCoors Central Region Distributor Council, the National Distributor Council and has served as Chairman of the Missouri Beer Wholesalers Association.
John Hummel joined Summit Distributing in January, 1999 as Sales Manager after working a combined 12 years with Miller Brewing Company and the Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery in a multitude of sales and marketing positions.
As Executive Vice President & Chief Sales Officer, John’s primary responsibilities include chain account management, portfolio management, supplier relations and strategic planning.
John earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Business Administration from North Carolina State University.
John serves on the MillerCoors Walmart National Distributor Council, Pabst Brewing Company National Distributor Council, and both The Boston Beer Company and Heineken USA Regional Distributor Councils.
Brian Robinson joined Summit Distributing in October, 2007 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer after spending five years in consulting and 18 years in the beverage industry (Pepsi), plastics manufacturing, and printing, in a multitude of finance and management positions.
As Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Brian’s primary responsibilities include administrative team management, financial management, human resource management, information technology management and strategic planning.
Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from Southern Illinois University / CPA.
Bill joined Summit Distributing in February of 2007 as a delivery driver and has held multiple positions within the company, including Merchandising Manager, Warehouse Manager, Delivery Supervisor, and Distribution Manager. As Distribution Manager, Bill’s responsibilities included management of the delivery team, logistics planning, fleet and budgetary management.
As Vice President of Operations, Bill’s primary responsibilities include management of the facility, inventory and all employees involved with the day to day operations of Summit Distributing.
Bill earned his bachelor’s degree in Communications of Science from Truman State University.
Ernie joined Summit Distributing in July, 2018 as Vice President of Sales. Ernie has worked in the beverage industry for the last 23 years with Coca-Cola Enterprises, Red Bull distributing and Coca-Cola Bottling Coke Consolidated in a multitude of areas, including Illinois and Missouri. Ernie’s previous responsibilities have been Sales/Operations, Chain Development, Key Account Development, Senior Director of Operations covering 3 states, and Director of Retail Sales managing 4 facilities.
As Vice President of Sales, Ernie will be responsible for the entire sales team at Summit Distributing. His accountabilities will cover all channels and categories of our business concerning the successful implementation of all suppliers and customer interactions.
Ernie attended Texas Tech University (Business Management) and completed Leadership Academy at the McColl School of Business at Queens University of Charlotte. However, he believes that his true education has come from his mentors and colleagues he has worked with over his 23 year career.
John Griesedieck joined Summit Distributing in August, 1999 as an On-Premise Sales Manager after working a combined 10 years for Griesedieck Imports, a specialty beer and wine wholesaler, where he held a variety of roles including Beer Driver, Draft Technician, and Director of Beer Sales. John’s Great Grandfather, “Papa Joe” Griesedieck founded the Falstaff Brewing Company in St. Louis, Missouri.
Currently, as Business Development Manager, John’s primary responsibilities include primary contact for On-Premise chains and sport/entertainment venues, conducting monthly business reviews with key account management, manages distribution and sales goals, development and execution sales objectives, and coordinating key supplier/retailer promotions.
John attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and St. Louis University in Missouri. He is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server.