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Miller Family Wine Company, a Division of The Thornhill Companies, Welcomes Key Industry Sales Leaders to Team

Posted on April 14, 2019

Santa Maria, CA – Miller Family Wine Company, the newest division of the industry-leading Thornhill Companies, is pleased to announce the addition of key industry sales leaders to the team as part of the company’s strategic growth plan over the next three years.

Justin Taliaferro, National Sales Manager for Miller Family Wine Company, announced the creation of a new national sales team under his leadership. With the addition of four industry veterans, who each offer valuable skill sets and a high level of experience in sales and distribution, Taliaferro is positioning Miller Family Wine Co. to achieve its three-year growth plan.

New team members include Lanay Jacobs, Director of On-Premise and Commercial Strategy, whose past experience has led to working with leading beverage companies such as Bacardi; Jon Smalley, Midwest Region Sales Manager, who brings strong distribution management skills and over two decades of experience in both Beer and Wine; Kaila Debesse, South Central Region Sales Manager, who has maintained key relationships throughout her time in both the distributor and supplier communities overseeing both On and Off Premise business; and Janet Hammer, Region Manager Pacific Northwest who brings strong Control Label capabilities with great experience in companies like O’Neill Vintners. They join existing industry professionals Wes Hagen, Brand Manager and Brandt Grandy, Plains Region Manager, to represent Miller Family Wine Company’s national sales team. “When we welcomed Justin as our National Sales Manager at the end of last year, part of his role included strategic business development, including growing a sales team to support the company’s current three year plan,” says Nicholas Miller, Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We believe that Justin has assembled the best people to represent our brands and expand our distributor network across the nation, and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the team.”

“Our new sales team brings a tremendous amount of sales management, distributor experience, and account relationships to the Miller Family Wine Company, and we feel strongly that these diverse backgrounds with shared strengths will position us to deliver against the company ambitions” shares Taliaferro. “We trust that each individual will be a significant asset as we achieve our overarching plans to grow as a company.”

About Miller Family Wine Company

Miller Family Wine Company is a new entity that falls under Thornhill Companies and includes the management of French Camp Vineyard in Paso Robles, acclaimed national wine brands including J. Wilkes, Ballard Lane, Barrel Burner, and Smashberry, Control Label brands with prominent retailers across the U.S., and the leading regional winery facilities of Central Coast Wine Services and Paso Robles Wine Services.

For more information on Miller Family Wine Company, please visit www.millerfamilywinecompany.com.

Region: Central Coast
Job Function: Sales/Marketing

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