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JVS Imports was founded almost two decades ago. Sam Filmus and his family began importing and distributing wines from Eastern Europe, and then the business grew in two important directions. The first was the development of JVS as an importer with a national network of distributors for its products, and the second was the growth of JVS as a wholesaler in California. Staying true to its roots, JVS offers a wide assortment of beers and wines from Eastern Europe, but Mr. Filmus and his lifelong friend and Partner Vladimir Zhoglo have also cultivated a large (and growing!) portfolio that includes brandy, mezcal, vodka, scotch, rum, as well as popular American Craft Spirits.

Sam Filmus

Sam Filmus

President

Sam’s career in the beverage industry began two decades ago when he founded JVS. His dream was to bring a taste of his heritage to the United States in the form of wines indigenous to Eastern Europe. There lie the roots of JVS’ portfolio– his dream came alive but he did not stop there. JVS expanded to include every beverage category, and Sam is especially passionate about whisky, which he imports through his other company, ImpEx Beverages. Sam excels at building relationships with partners of all backgrounds in the industry, cultivating a community of enthusiasts and mutual support. Sam is a notorious workaholic, but on the rare occasion that he has a weekend, he enjoys relaxing with his wife, kids, and (believe it or not!) grandkids, as well as spending time outdoors with his Golden Retriever, Skylar.

Val Zhoglo

Val Zhoglo

Vice President

Val has been a part of JVS since 1999. It’s hard to believe that at one point, he couldn’t tell the difference between a bourbon and a scotch because having paid his dues in the industry, Val has become an expert on wines, beers and spirits. When his mind isn’t on fine wines and spirits, he’s thinking about the next improvement he wants to make to his backyard, his next motorcycle road trip, or planning his upcoming motorcycle road trip or sailing adventure. Some of his favorite destinations have been in Mexico, Australia, the Caribbean, the Polynesian Islands and Desolation Sound in Canada.

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