Eric Leckey, who has 20 years of wine & spirits industry experience, has been named to the role of Director of Spirits and Director of Sales at Favorite Brands, a Texas based Distributor and Wholesaler.
He is a Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist in Wine (CSW), Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS), WSET Level 3 and has industry experience in spirits and beer. Eric joins a team at Favorite Brands, looking to redefine value and selection in the wholesale and distribution business.
Eric has spent a majority of his career on the supplier side and distributor side, running regions in the west; Mainly; California, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, & Oregon.
Eric comes to Favorite Brands to reshape the sales force and to guide the Spirits division to the next level of success by developing brands and creating the best selections of craft spirits in Texas.
Favorite Brands was founded by the LaMantia Family. The LaMantia family has deep roots within the Texas business community. It began in 1978 when family patriarch, Joe LaMantia, Jr, purchased an Anheuser- Busch distributorship in McAllen, TX, L&F Distributors. With the help of his five children, Joe grew L&F to become the premier beer distributorship along the Texas and Mexico border. In 2011 the LaMantia’s purchased a wine, liquor, and beer distributorship creating Favorite Brands.
Favorite Brands has continued to grow at exponential rates, going from one warehouse in Dallas then into Houston, TX; Austin, TX; and Albuquerque, NM. Understanding the cutthroat business of the beer, wine and liquor industry, the LaMantia’s quickly recruited some of the best salesmen and managers in the business. The 200+ employees at Favorite Brands are arguably some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry.
Along with their knowledgeable employees, Favorite Brands prides itself with a unique and elite portfolio of some of the best craft and import beer, and boutique wine and liquors from all over the world.