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William A. Goldring

William A. Goldring

William A. Goldring

Chairman, Audubon Nature Institute Foundation

William Goldring, patriarch of the Goldring family, is the third-generation to lead the family in the beverage alcohol business. The company’s origin in beverage alcohol began in 1898 in Pensacola, Florida, founded by Newman Goldring, Bill’s grandfather. Bill currently serves as Chairman of both the Sazerac Company (America’s largest distiller) and Crescent Crown Distributing, (the nation’s second largest beer wholesaler). Sazerac owns and manufactures nearly 200 brands of spirits sold throughout the country and internationally, with a special focus on vodka products and high quality, award-winning bourbons.  Bill has dedicated his entire career to the beverage alcohol business, where he has spent over 45 years.

Below is a list of the companies and organizations with which Bill is or has been affiliated, as well as a list of awards he has received.

Chairman of:

  • Sazerac Company, Inc.
  • Crescent Crown Distributing Company
  • Spar Advertising
  • Board of Directors of the Audubon Institute Foundation
  • Ogden Museum of Southern Art (past chairman)
  • Goldring Family Foundation
  • Woldenberg Foundation

Member of:

  • Touro Infirmary Board of Directors
  • Tulane University Board of Administrators
  • Tulane University Business School Council
  • New Orleans Business Council Board of Directors
  • Anti-Defamation League Board of Directors
  • Temple Sinai Board of Directors
  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry
  • National Beer Wholesalers Association
  • Isidore Newman School (past director)
  • New Orleans Chamber of Commerce (past director)
  • World Trade Center (past director)

President of Howard Tilton Memorial Library Association

Recipient of:

  • Tulane University Paul Tulane Society Award
  • Tulane University A. B. Freeman School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Tulane University’s Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Tulane University Dermott McGlinchey Lifetime Achievement Award
  • City of New Orleans Mayor’s Medal of Honor
  • Association of Fund Raising Professionals
  • Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year Award
  • Gambit Weekly’s “New Orleanian of the Year” Award
  • Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Award
  • New Orleans Hilton Walk of Fame Award
  • Norman M. Lipman Award
  • Spirit of Mount Vernon Award
  • Louisiana Governor’s Arts Award
  • St. Charles Avenue Magazine “Activist of the Year” Award
  • New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation Award
  • United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Award
  • Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Times-Picayune Loving Cup Award
  • Ella Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award

Date/Place of Birth:  1/24/43 New Orleans, Louisiana

Children:  Jeffrey Goldring, Diane Franco and Marc Goldring

Grandchildren: Stephen Goldring, Zachary Goldring, Eli Franco, Maggie Goldring and Ashton Goldring

Mailing address: Audubon Nature Institute 6500 Magazine St. New Orleans, LA 70118
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