Almost seven decades … that’s how long A. Gaudio & Sons had been serving the area. After such a length of involvement with area communities and businesses, it was painful for Steve Gaudio to make the decision to sell back in November of 2016. But, he did. Gaudio sold the family business to a new family – the Riesenbeck family – with the hopes and intent that the Riesenbecks continued quality service to the area. Now, nine months later, it still seems like a good choice, as the now named Golden Eagle Distributing lives up to the standards of the Gaudio name of past.
Golden Eagle Distributing, under the ownership of Rich Riesenbeck, has transitioned smoothly, with 16 employees and a local warehouse that ensures domestic, imported, craft beer and more make the way throughout our central Illinois communities.
Golden Eagle Distributing is not a multi-generation distributor. However, it has been in the beer business since 1982, with its home base in Hannibal, Missouri. Like the Gaudio family before, Riesenbeck also has a strong sense of the need for community involvement and has done much for the growth of the city of Hannibal.
Golden Eagle Distributing Sales Manager Mickey Marks said, “This was a fantastic choice. Their company culture is similar to ours and they approach the market as we did. This was a positive change for us.”
The local office in Jacksonville is run by branch manager Bill Hannant (I know many locals might think of local family business, Bill’s West State Tavern, but that Bill Hannant and this Bill Hannant merely share a name.). Golden Eagle’s Hannant has been in the beer business for thirty years and also is a lifelong friend of Mickey Marks, further endorsing that the current team will continue to bring quality products, along with solid friendships, into our community.
Golden Eagle Distributing Company now operates in four locations: Hannibal and Kirksville, Missouri, and Ottumwa and Burlington, Iowa. From these locations, Golden Eagle employs 110 people and distributes to 36 counties.
Golden Eagle Distributing is a distributor of Anheuser-Busch products.