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People News Recap from 4/16-4/22

Date: 04/22/13

Wine industry people on the move from April 16 to April 22

Kerin O'Keefe Named New Italian Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine

O'Keefe moved from the States to Italy in 1991 and has written regularly on Italian wine for Decanter, World of Fine Wine and on She is a former contributing editor for Wine News magazine. More...

Ken Meyerson Joins V2 Wine Group as Director of National Retail Accounts

Meyerson, whose 17-year industry background includes top sales roles with blue chip wine companies, will oversee all sales in the National Retail Account arena for V2 Wine Group’s expanding portfolio. More...

The Ranch Winery Announces Eric Holthouse as Director of Operations

Holthouse brings 33 years of leadership experience in the operations and
management of food, wine and spirits facilities to The Ranch Winery team. The Ranch Winery is a premier custom services winery located in St. Helena. More...

Agri-Valley Irrigation (Fresno-Bakersfield) Adds New Irrigation Specialist

Agri-Valley Irrigation, the precision-irrigation design-build firm in California has added Tom Reynolds to their engineering department. Reynolds brings over 30 years of agronomy and high-tech irrigation system design and system operation to AVI. More....

BNA Wine Group Adds Mark Castaldi as Chief Operating Officer

BNA Wine Group has hired Mark A. Castaldi as the company’s COO, with responsibility for full oversight of company operations, fiscal efficiencies, supply chain management, grower relations, grape procurement and other outside vendor contracts. More...

Chad Donegan New Central Region Sales Manager at OFFbeat Brands

OFFbeat Brands of Petaluma, California announced the appointment of three new sales executives. Chad Donegan has been hired as central region sales manager based in Louisville. More...

Aaron Fein Appointed VP Sales-West at OFFbeat Brands

Most recently with Heron Wines as national sales manager, Fein comes to OFFbeat Brands with over 20 years in wine sales management and marketing. Prior to Heron he was national sales manager for Wheelhouse Wine Cellars. More...

OFFbeat Brands Hires Keri Kennedy-Morgan as VP Sales-Northeast

Keri Kennedy-Morgan has been hired as vice president sales-Northeast based in New York. Over her 15 years in the industry Kennedy-Morgan has managed sales in two of the top ten wine and spirit markets in the U.S. More...

Mendocino Wine Company Names Verónica E. Portello as Western Division Manager

Prior to joining Mendocino Wine Company, Portello spent time at Freixenet as their west division sales manager, vice president of national accounts at Huneeus Vintners, and at Aveniu Brands as regional sales director. More...

A to Z Wineworks Appoints Shelli Brinson Fowler to Enhance Awareness

A to Z Wineworks appointed Shelli Brinson Fowler as vice-president of on-premise vational accounts/Southwest regional sales, based in Dallas, Texas. Most recently with King Estate, Fowler managed 13 states across the heartland.  More...

Anaba Wines Promotes Jennifer Marion to General Manager

Marion will continue to direct winemaking and vineyard operations at Anaba while taking an active role in developing and executing plans that will support Anaba Wines' continued growth in the direct to consumer and three-tier channels. More...

Vino del Sol Hires Two New Field Managers

Julie Gramazio will serve as Vino del Sol's Florida field manager. Based in Orlando, she will report to VDS Southeastern regional sales manager Kevin Millman. She comes to Vino del Sol from Prestige Imports. More...

Vino del Sol Hires Rich Potenza as Texas Field Manager

Rich Potenza will serve as Vino del Sol's Texas field manager. Potenza will assist VDS Western regional sales manager Kent Smith bolster sales in this vital market. He comes to Vino del Sol from Epic Wines. More...

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