Sandy Muller’s ownership brings a rich, diverse professional background to her role as President at Muller, Inc.
Mrs. Muller has long worked in the food and beverage industries, beginning in 1970 with her tenure as Assistant Manager of Dugan’s, the largest restaurant in the northeast section of Philadelphia. In 1974 she moved to Washington, where she owned and managed her own restaurant called “Caesars.” Returning to Philadelphia in 1977, Mrs. Muller worked for two years as a troubleshooter for Local 301, the waiters and waitresses union. With her Dietician Degree she moved on to become employed at two of the region’s largest retirement communities, first as Dining Room Supervisor at Paul’s Run in Philadelphia from 1979 to 1984 and then as Dining Room Supervisor at Rydal Park in Jenkintown in 1985.
In 1987, Sandy married C. John Muller, President of Muller, Inc. This started her beer business career. In 1989, Mrs. Muller put her years of management and food and beverage experience to work in her own business, Lamb Beverage. Based in Chester County, Pennsylvania, Lamb Beverage sold a variety of beers, including Miller, Colt 45, Stroh’s and Pabst. Her success in this venture was nothing short of remarkable.
The company she acquired in 1989 had sold just 291,000 cases wholesale and 33,000 retail the previous year. When she sold the company six years later, in 1995, both figures had more than doubled, and the company sold 671,300 cases wholesale and 75,000 cases retail that year. Under Mrs. Muller’s leadership, Lamb Beverage’s work force grew and its combined office/retail/warehouse space more than doubled, from 15,800 square feet to 32,800 square feet. During this period, the company’s sales rose from $4 million to $9.1 million.
Throughout these many work experiences, Mrs. Muller has frequently returned to the classroom to acquire new skills. In addition to numerous programs offered by the National Restaurant Association, she has earned continuing education certificates from Pennsylvania State University in “Organization Function,” “The Pre-Employment Procedure,” and “Small Business Marketing and Advertising.” During her tenure as president and manager of Lamb Beverage, she took a number of courses offered by various breweries, including “Essentials of Sales Management” and “Selling and Merchandising Skills.” She has also taken a number of the National Beer Wholesalers Association’s seminars including “Do Something About Training Finally”, “Maximizing Your Political Effectiveness” and “Three Critical Factors in Succession Planning.”
In 1996 Sandy joined her husband’s company, Muller, Inc. in the new position as Trade Development Manager, serving as a liaison between Muller, Inc. and the company’s county suppliers. She has overseen gradual phasing out of the these county suppliers, bringing Muller, Inc. closer to its customers and enabling the company to work with those customers to increase sales through a more direct relationship. Mrs. Muller has also been involved in new business development. She was instrumental in the senior management personnel changes that occurred throughout the company in 1998. In addition, Sandy Muller took on the project of renovating the existing Muller, Inc. offices and built a new three-story, 7,500 square foot office building; following this project was the construction of a new 90,000 square foot climate controlled warehouse. The construction of this new facility enlarged Muller, Inc.’s warehouse space enormously and her ultimate goal of housing the entire company under one roof finally became a reality.
Mrs. Muller has steadily increased the size of Muller, Inc.’s middle management, sales force and customer service department. Continuing on with her goal to move the company forward, she has consolidated not only the Miller Brewing Company brands but all brands as well. Under Mrs. Muller’s guidance, senior management has continually advanced toward their goal of direct business. Philadelphia, the largest part of Muller, Inc.’s territory, was completed early in the year 2000.
As a result of her active involvement and leadership, the Miller Brewing Company brands as well as the total company have significantly grown at a steady pace. Mrs. Muller was the proud recipient of several awards: for both 2000 and 2001, the Miller Lite Largest Case Volume Increase Award and for 2002 and 2003, the Miller High Life Achievement Award. Assisted by her management staff, the company has again become a sound financial organization as we moved forward into the new millennium. Mrs. Muller is the president of the corporation and actively involved in the day to day operation of the business.
Along with her late husband, C. John Muller, Sandy donated more than $2 million dollars to Abington Memorial Hospital and the couple’s “Muller Foundation” has funded such projects as: the Josephine Muller auditorium/cafeteria at Abington Friends School and the Josephine Muller Residence for ALS Care at Chandler Hall. In the Fall of 2001, Sandy contributed $15,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and has made sizeable contributions during the year to the United German American Committee, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Police Foundation, the German Society, and the School District of Philadelphia where she helped inner city schools with their uniform programs.
In 2002 Sandy became more actively involved with the Philadelphia Police Foundation and served as a Board Member for a two year period. The Philadelphia Police Foundation works hard to support many noteworthy causes on behalf of the police such as bullet-proof vest utilization, and most importantly, the education of our police officers. In November, 2002, Sandy received the Greater Northeast Chamber of Commerce “Crystal Vision Award” for her outstanding support and work within the community.
Sandy is a member of the Pennsylvania Society and has also served on the Board of Directors of the Citizens Crime Commission and on the Board of Directors of the Irish Society. Sandy was honored by the Irish Society in January, 2003 as an outstanding leader in the community. Shortly after, in February, 2003 Sandy received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Entrepreneurship from the National Italian-American PAC organization. Sandy was a proud recipient of the 2004 Philadelphia NAACP Appreciation Award. This award recognizes individuals and corporations who extended themselves and their resources toward assisting the Philadelphia Branch of the NAACP. Also in 2004, Sandy was selected as one of 25 “Women of Distinction” based on her commitment to professional excellence and community involvement. This award was presented by the Philadelphia Business Journal and the National Association of Women Business Owners.
Mrs. Muller is a member of the Malt Beverage Distributors Association, the National Beer Wholesalers Association, and the Pennsylvania Beer Alliance. She also served on the national board of directors of the ALS Foundation.
Mrs. Muller continues her active involvement in the day to day operation of the business along with leading the company forward in the long term fulfillment of the company’s mission.