Industry Affiliations

“Any question we’ve ever had for Southco, if they didn’t know the answer they found out for us. That goes from products and services they provide to technology. They are a vast resource with so many people so well in tune within our industry.”

Southco Distributing Company ensures its clients are prepared to succeed through memberships in numerous associations within our industry. These affiliations offer various forums that bring together other convenience distributors and our trading partners, allowing us to share and discuss the latest trends and strategies.

Southco was awarded CSS Distributor of the Year from Golbon in 2012 and the  NCPCM’s Dean Cline Vendor of the Year in 2015. Serving as a member of WAM since 1996, we were awarded Best Promotional Performance in 2008 and Outstanding Service Award in 2012.

Sherwin Herring, CEO, has served as Past Chairman of the AWMA, Past President of NC/VA Wholesale & Distributors Association, and Past President of the SAWD, as well as served on various committees and boards of each of these organizations. He was the 2008 SAWD Recipient of the Career Achievement Award which demonstrates extensive commitment to service and achievement in the industry.

Sonny Wooten, President, has served as Past President of NC/VA Wholesale & Distributors Association. Chris Wise Vice-President CFO, Buddy Davis General Manager, and April Garver Executive Vice President have all served on the board of the SLD, Southern Leadership Division of the SAWD.


To grow with our customers and vendors by offering unparalleled service, profitable solutions, and professional relationships while creating an atmosphere for our employees that encourages teamwork and dedication.

WAM – Wholesalers And Manufacturers
WAM is classified as a national account by manufacturers, ranking us among their top 3 in the c-store channel. The WAM distributors represent the very best: 25 distributors with $6.2 billion in sales and 490 sales reps, servicing 19,000 c-stores. 80% of the convenience stores our distributors service are independents or small chains, providing our manufacturers with access to this difficult to reach segment.

CDA-Convenience Distribution Association

Foodservice Marketing Group 

NACS-National Association of Convenience Stores

NCPCM-North Carolina Petroleum & Convenience Marketers

NC/VA Wholesale & Distributors Association

SAWD-Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors

SCACS -South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores 

SLD-Southern Leadership Division of the Southern Association of Wholesale Distributors 

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