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Rutherford Wine Company Expands Sales Operation, Names Three New Team Members

Posted on June 03, 2021

Napa, California, June 3, 2021 – Rutherford Wine Company announced the appointments of three new sales team members, effective immediately. Joe Shyka has been named Director of Sales, National Accounts, while Janet Hammer and TJ Noxon will lead efforts as the Intermountain Regional Sales Manager and West Regional Sales Manager, respectively.

“I’m very excited to have these three industry veterans join our team,” said Rebecca Geschwender, VP of Sales, National Brands. “As we transition out of the pandemic and economies begin to re-open, having a strong salesforce is crucial for success; team members that share our vision and the values that have built this family-owned wine business makes us even stronger. We’ve made the right decision hiring Janet, Joe and TJ to fill these key roles.”

Shyka began his career selling wine at RNDC in TX.  He then spent 10 years at Diageo where he was a distributor manager, senior national account manager and trade marketing manager. Since then, he has held several executive roles and consulting for start-up innovative companies. “I’m very excited to join such a well-established family-owned winery with an amazing brand portfolio. The current team at RWC is a well-rounded group of motivated and experienced professionals. I’m lucky to join their team and excited about the future,” says Shyka.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Rutherford Wine Company team,” remarked Hammer. “I’ve sold these wines earlier in my career and am excited to sell them again and to expand their footprint in the intermountain states,” she continued. Hammer joins Rutherford Wine Company from Miller Family Wine Company where she managed the mountain states driving key business. Hammer brings over 20 years of wine business experience to RWC team.

Noxon is also no stranger to the industry having over a decade of experience with elevated positions at Southern Glazers. Most recently he served as the vice president of sales, Western division with Trinity Beverage Group. “I am thrilled that my next adventure in the wine industry will be representing Rutherford Wine Company in the West. I firmly believe in the quality, provenance, and continued innovation that this portfolio brings to the marketplace,” Noxon remarked.

About Rutherford Wine Company

Family owned and managed for three generations; Rutherford Wine Company is dedicated to the art of crafting fine wine. Based in Napa Valley’s renowned Rutherford appellation, their extensive portfolio includes Rutherford Ranch, Scott Family Estate, Predator Wines, Rhiannon Red Wine, Lander-Jenkins, Silver Buckle, Four Virtues Wines and Round Hill California wines. The range of brands showcases the diversity of California’s many appellations and the unique personality of each site. These acclaimed wines come from a family who is committed to sustainability, both at the winery and in the vineyard. The winery is certified as California Sustainable Winegrowing (CCSW) and the estate vineyards are a combination of sustainable, organic and fish friendly.

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Region: Napa & Sonoma
Job Function: Sales/Marketing

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