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People News Recap from 4/23-5/6

Date: 05/06/13

Wine industry people on the move from April 23 to May 6

Michelle Berger Promoted to Director of DTC Sales at Inman Family Wines

Berger joined the Inman Family Wines team in January 2012 as direct-to-consumer operations manager. In her new position, Berger will manage all direct-to-consumer sales, with a focus on client loyalty and retention. More...

Inman Family Wine Hires Mike Sai as Marketing Director

Sai previously served as marketing manager for Benchmark Wine Group, where he managed the development of a new consumer website and company-wide rebrand, and reinvented the company's e-mail and digital marketing strategies. More...

Rudd Oakville Estate Selects Frederick Ammons to Serve as Winemaker

Frederick will fulfill his new role as of August 1, 2013. He brings 15 years of winemaking experience in both France and California, including positions at The Napa Valley Reserve, Opus One Winery and Seavey Vineyard. More...

Michael Borboa Named Head Winemaker at Oak Ridge Winery

Borboa comes from the Lodi-based Kautz Family Bear Creek Winery where he was export winemaker for eight years. At the Oak Ridge winemaking department he will continue to nurture and expand the already successful brands such as OZV. More...

JC Cellars adds National Director of Sales and Marketing

JC Cellars announced the promotion of Bryan Maxson to national director of sales and marketing. Maxson has held a variety of roles with JC Cellars; most recently as distributor relations manager.  More...

Rory Sheehe Named Assistant Winemaker at JC Cellars

JC Cellars announced that Rory Sheehe has joined their team as assistant winemaker. In this position, Sheehe will be providing direct winemaking support to Jeff Cohn, winemaker, president of JC Cellars. More...

DSWE Names Rick Caudle Divisional Vice President of Sales

Rick Caudle, who joined DSWE in Jan. 2013, brings over three decades’ experience to this position from all levels of the industry. Beginning as a clerk in retail sales in Athens, Georgia, he was quickly promoted to manager. More...

Gerry Keogh Joins Domaine Select Wine Estates

Keogh was named a divisional vice presidnet of sales. Keogh joined DSWE in January 2013 and brings with him nearly 20 years of successful experience in the U.S. wine and spirits industry. More...

DSWE Appoints Joseph LoSardo to Executive Vice President of Business Development & Operations

He works closely with ownership and the executive team to develop, implement and maintain sales strategies, operations and efficiencies across the company.  More...

Universal Packaging Announces Senior Management Changes

President Mac McLellan will retire on Dec. 31, 2013. His successor, current vice president of sales and marketing, Steve Pelkey, will become the CEO immediately and will assume the role of president at the end of the year. More...

Franciscan Estate Winery Names Marla Carroll Winemaker

Marla Carroll has been named winemaker at Franciscan Estate Winery. She joins director of winemaking Janet Myers and winemaker Jay Turnipseed to round out the Franciscan winemaking team. More...

Penner-Ash Wine Cellars Appoints Jane Box as Direct Sales & Marketing Manager

Box will be playing an integral role in positioning the Penner-Ash brand, with an emphasis on direct-to-consumer sales. Jane brings many years of experience and success in the hospitality, fine wine, and culinary world to Penner-Ash. More...

Don Sebastiani & Sons Hires New Director of Winemaking Rob McNeill

This is a newly-created position for the Sonoma Valley-based company. He will oversee a talented team that is led by winemakers Greg Kitchens and Gloria Mercado-Martin. McNeill's singular focus will be to make world-class wines. More...

Schrader Cellars Hires Brand Director, Ed Maass

Maass will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the business, and all aspects of the sales and marketing for Schrader Cellars and related entities including Aston Estate, Double Diamond and Vieux-Os. More...

Tamarack Cellars Hires New Marketing Director

Tamarack Cellars of Walla Walla, Washington, has hired Katie Sadler as its marketing director, with responsibility for Tamarack’s wine club program as well as all public relations, customer relations, marketing and events. More...

Mike Wlodarczyk Newest Pro Refrigeration, Inc. Hire

Pro Refrigeration, Inc. introduced Mike Wlodarczyk as the newest member of their technical sales team, covering the Western region. He brings over 36 years of knowledge and skills. More...

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