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Ryan Patrick Vineyards Hires National Brand Manager

Posted on December 11, 2012

Ryan Patrick Vineyards hired Clay Kriss as National Brand Manager to increase sales and distribution of the brand.

Kriss joins Ryan Patrick Vineyards after 18 years with Beringer Wine Estates and 30 years in the wine industry. He began his career in Napa and Sonoma Counties in the mid-eighties and moved to Seattle, Washington in 1989 to develop Northwest markets for Beringer. Clay has held multi-state supplier positions with both domestic and import wine companies, most recently as NW Region Manager at TGIC Importers in Seattle.

“We are thrilled with the experience Clay brings to Ryan Patrick Vineyards and look forward to seeing what he can do for us,” said Terry Flanagan, founder of Ryan Patrick Vineyards.

Kriss is responsible for increasing distribution and brand awareness of Ryan Patrick Vineyards. He will work in existing markets as well as develop new markets across the nation. His focus will be upper management, establishing goals with distributors as well as individual accounts and chain buyers.

“I’m excited to join the Ryan Patrick Vineyards team and be involved in the Washington Wine Industry.” Kriss said.

Kriss was born and raised in Ohio and attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He resides in Issaquah, Washington with his wife, Linda and their two Corgis.

To contact Clay Kriss, email him at clay@ryanpatrickvineyards.com or call (206) 369-5861.

Region: Washington
Job Function: Sales/Marketing

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