About Us

We started our company in 2010, as a result of a master’s degree thesis project and a group of really dedicated people who share our vision. We are still family owned and operated, and try to always keep our family feel.

Our culture is less “corporate” and more creative. Our building walls are brightly colored, windows are tilted on angle, and we have an air conditioned warehouse for our employees. We cook lunch for everyone every day with our full-time cook, have massage days, and celebrate our successes. In short, we have personality, and it shows not only in our brands, and our building, but also our people.

Our brands are a reflection of our personality. We wanted first and foremost high quality, exceptional style with our bottles and labels, offered at a reasonable and fair price. We create great tasting brands. Our brands have a story behind them based on where we have lived and people who have transformed our lives. We hope you join our journey to these places and share our vision.

Owners

MK4Merrilee Kick created the BuzzBallz concept and founded the company in Carrollton, Texas with the goal to revolutionize the world of mixed drinks. She had the idea to make new, unbreakable containers so she invented the first plastic beverage ‘can’ sold in the USA. Her thought was to create a product that was safe for all activities like the beach, pool, camping, or tailgating with drinks prepared like you would make them at home with real juice and natural ingredients. She wanted customers to be able to purchase ‘by the drink’ and mix and match flavors without being forced to buy a 4 or 6-pack. Lastly, she wanted a good, strong drink that isn’t watered down-one strong enough to put you in the party spirit. In 2016, she transformed the company to complement the ready-to- drink part of the business. Southern Champion has a broader scope and utilizes the talents and equipment to create spirit and wine lines with a focus on premium brands with exceptional style.

Alex1Alex, part owner and founder, helped design the BuzzBallz concept. He has been involved in the company since its conception by assisting in the development of flavors and marketing strategies. He oversees all aspects of the business and is involved in many of the day-to day operations of the company. Alex works at the BuzzBallz headquarters in Carrollton, TX and is always looking for new ventures and business partners.

Andrew1Andrew, part owner and founder, helped develop many of the flavors and contributed to the revolutionary way BuzzBallz separates itself from the rest of its competitors. He has been involved in every aspect of the company, offering him valuable experience on how to adapt in new or unknown work environments. Andrew has taken this experience and applied it to his position as a sales representative within the company. He also works extensively with product development and brainstorming new ideas that could possibly transform the alcohol industry.

Our Team

President/CEO
Merrilee Kick
kick@southern-champion.com

Vice Presidents
Alex Kick
alexkick@southern-champion.com
Andrew Kick
andrewkick@southern-champion.com
California

Shipping/Receiving/POS
Tina Roosmalen
tina.roosmalen@southern-champion.com
Main Office: 972-242-3777

Plant Manager
Cheo Cavil
cheo.cavil@southern-champion.com
Main Office: 972-242-3777

Legal Counsel
Charles Irvin
charles.irvin@southern-champion.com
Main Office: 972-242-3777

Billing/Invoicing
admin@southern-champion.com
Main Office: 972-242-3777

Sales Team

Blair Casey,  VP Sales/Marketing
blair.casey@southern-champion.com

Phil Musser, Director of Sales

phil.musser@southern-champion.com
Kentucky, Kansas, Nebraska

Whitney Elliott, National Accounts Manager
whitney.elliott@southern-champion.com
Arkansas

Meagen Howard,  Off-Premise Sales Manager
meagen.howard@southern-champion.com

Bradley Cooper, Brand Development Manager
brad.cooper@southern-champion.com
Pricing, Incentives, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin

Stuart Freiner, International Sales
stuart.freiner@southern-champion.com
International, Bermuda, Texas, Colorado

Darren Summers, Sales Manager
darren.summers@southern-champion.com
Louisiana, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Hawaii

Darolyn Skelton, Sales Manager< darolyn.skelton@southern-champion.com
New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana

Nanci McCook, Sales Manager
nanci@southern-champion.com
Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Utah

 

 

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Dedicated to the Icy winters of Sweden where vodka is King. Lift your spirits and raise your glass to the new King of Vodka! XIII Kings Vodka is the Smoothest Vodka on the Market.

8x Distilled. 5x Filtered. 13x Perfected.
Alc. By Vol. 40% (80 proof)

2016 GOLD MEDAL WINNER
Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America
2016 GOLD MEDAL WINNER
Seattle International Spirits Awards
2016 SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Los Angeles International Spirits Competition

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This bottle was crafted to capture the essence of the Rocky Mountains. Bold flavors of Rocky Mountain juniper and pine, finished with hints of lemon & orange peel, lime, black currant (Cassis), anise & coriander. Blended to make the best gin on the market. Andrew John’s Gin is the smoothest gin on the market.

8x Distilled * 5x Filtered
Distilled from Corn * Gluten Free * Kosher
Alc. By Vol. 40% (80 proof)

2016 GOLD MEDAL WINNER
Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
2016 SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America

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Bask in the flavor of luscious vanilla, with notes of oak and spice to trail on the savory finish. Pelican Harbor Rum is Unsurpassed Quality & Flavor. The Best Tasting Rum on the Market.

Gluten Free * Kosher
Alc. By Vol. 40% (80 proof)

PELICAN HARBOR RUM

2016 DOUBLE-GOLD, BEST IN CLASS MEDAL WINNER

Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America
2016 DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNER
Seattle International Spirits Awards
2016 GOLD MEDAL WINNER
Los Angeles International Spirits Competition


PELICAN HARBOR BLACK RUM

2016 GOLD MEDAL WINNER
Seattle International Spirits Award
2016 SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America
2016 SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Los Angeles International Spirits Competition

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After carefully maturing in wooden casks, we go barrel by barrel, selecting the best tasting bourbons to create a whiskey with rich flavors of smoked maple, vanilla, nutmeg, oak, and malted barley with hints of rye from American’s proudest whiskey making regions: Kentucky and Tennessee. Crooked Fox Blended Bourbon Whiskey is the Best in Class!

BLENDED BOURBON WHISKEY
Alc. By Vol. 40% (80 proof)

2016 GOLD MEDAL WINNER
Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of America
2016 SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
2016 SILVER MEDAL WINNER – PACKAGING DESIGN
Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
2016 SILVER MEDAL WINNER
Seattle International Spirits Awards

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Our Closet Freak White Wine is a lightly golden California Moscato with aromas of freshly whipped cotton candy, creme bruelee and floral jasmine.

Alc. 13% by Vol.
Vinted and Bottled by Kick Family Estates
San Lucas, California

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  • 15-20% Alcohol by volume (depending on the state)
  • Less sugar than other major brands
  • Contains no high fructose corn syrup
  • Made using 100% juice and Vodka, Rum or Tequila

Plastic container perfect for the beach, camping, pool, tailgating, picnics, Jacuzzi!
All products are Kosher Certified
Containers are made with 100% recyclable materials!

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  • 15% – 17% Alcohol by volume (depending on the state)
  • Less sugar than other major brands
  • Contains no high fructose corn syrup
  • Made using 100% juice and orange wine

Plastic container perfect for the beach, camping, pool, tailgating, picnics, Jacuzzi!
All products are Kosher Certified
Containers are made with 100% recyclable materials!

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  • Our first ever “Ready-to-Shoot” bar shots
  • Includes shot glass
  • Comes in 5 different flavors made with 8 X distilled vodka or real Mexican tequila.
  • 750ml, 30% ABV (60 proof)

Plastic container perfect for the beach, camping, pool, tailgating, picnics, Jacuzzi!
All products are Kosher Certified
Containers are made with 100% recyclable materials!

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