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People News Recap from 6/11-6/24

Date: 06/25/13

Wine industry people on the move from June 11 to June 24

WineDirect Announces Promotion of Karin Ballestrazze to VP, Client Services

Karin Ballestrazze has been appointed vice president, client services. Since joining WineDirect in 2009, Ballestrazze has excelled in a variety of roles within the client services department, most recently as senior director of client services.  More...

Grgich Hills Estate Hires Michael Eckstein as Associate Winemaker

Eckstein was winemaker at Franciscan Oakville Estate for six years after gaining extensive experience in producing fine wines at Domaine Chandon, Rudd Vineyards and Winery and Robert Mondavi Winery. More...

Chappellet Vineyard Appoints Master Sommelier Jay James as Director of Sales and Marketing

In this role, James will oversee both wholesale and retail sales for the three brands in the Chappellet Family of Wines portfolio. More...

Quintessential Adds Olivia Tornick to NY Office

In addition to handling all administrative duties for the New York office, she will work with the Eastern regional VP, local Eastern region salespeople and brokers, and others to ensure that orders are fulfilled and special requests handled. More...

Quintessential Hires Matt Dufors For Merchandising Team

The native Californian has spent the past five years working for Southern Wine & Spirits and Young’s Market. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, and a business minor. More...

Marian Koepke Joins Quintessential in Napa Headquarters

She will take over the distributor order desk, which includes receiving, processing and shipping orders from all over the country, with the exception of California. Koepke comes to Quintessential from More...

Dan Clifford Added To Quintessential's California Sales Team

Clifford comes to Quintessential more than 15 years’ experience in the wine and spirits industry, from management positions in restaurants, country clubs and cultural institutions. More...

Doug Griswold Joins Quintessential's Sale Team in San Francisco

Douglas H. Griswold has returned to Quintessential to manage off- and on-premise sales in the “city by the bay” after a three-year hiatus. Griswold first worked with the company as San Francisco sales representative from 2007 through 2009.  More...

Quintessential Hires Cinese Stuart For Southern California Sales

She has also worked in sales and management positions at a number of financial institutions. Cinese carries a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater and dance performance, from Chapman University. More...

Quintessential Promotes Brandon Lee in California

Lee is responsible for the five-person sales team that covers Northern California for Quintessential, helping them increase sales for the many family-owned wineries from California and all over the world that are on the company’s roster. More...

Quintessential Promotes Jill Stacey to Top Sales Position

Stacey will handle the Western region. She joined the company in 2009, managing and overseeing sales in Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and the Pacific Northwest as an assistant sales manager. More...

Dianna Michneiwicz Promoted to Sales For Quintessential

She joins Quintessential’s growing New York sales team, with responsibility for supporting the distributor’s salesforce on Long Island and handling all sales and promotional activities. More...

Quintessential Hires B.J. Valencia For Top Sales Position

As vice president, sales for the Eastern U.S., he will be responsible for managing the company’s sales personnel and brokers, interfacing with distributor management and creating sales plans and projections in several states. More...

Ron Janowczyk Joins Charles Smith Wines as Director of Sales

He will be responsible for the sales organization, brand-positioning strategies and will manage the advancement of the wholesaler network for all brands, including Kendall Jackson, La Crema, Four Vines and Mark West. More...

Michael Mestas Promoted to Purple Wine Company Executive Team

Michael Mestas has been promoted to vice president, national sales manager. He will work closely with senior management while continuing his role as manager of the sales team, leading the day-to-day sales and distribution efforts from Dallas. More...

WineDirect Hires New Vice President of Operations

Phil Littleton will assume responsibility for all fulfillment operations of the company, including expansion of both its Maple Heights, OH and American Canyon, CA facilities to meet the growing volume of DTC shipments by WineDirect customers. More...

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