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Sales Team

Our sales team members have an average of 25 years of industry experience that gives us a competitive edge. We are able to increase a winery’s presence throughout the US by calling upon our extensive network with distributors, importers and retailers. We have the type of relationships that not only get us a meeting, but also a sale.

Having worked in all tiers of the distribution system, we know there is still work to be done after a sale is made. Our sales team works to foster and maintain successful relationships with buyers by collaborating with them and working with them in the market. This not only helps keep focus on our brands, but also strengthens our relationships with key accounts.

 

Gordon PalmateerGORDON PALMATEER – PRESIDENT

Gordon has a reputation as a highly innovative and strategic thinker with a comprehensive understanding of the wine business and extensive industry connections. His vast experience allows him to understand both trade and consumer marketing, develop strategic marketing programs for new and established brands, move seamlessly between international and domestic markets, and guide foreign companies into the American marketplace. This knowledge also provides him the rare ability to help clients adapt to an ever-changing marketplace. He is a results-oriented, accomplished professional with a proven track record for senior winery management and marketing premium wines.

Over the last 25 years, Gordon has held senior management roles at some of the top companies in the wine industry—both suppliers and distributors—including: Director of Marketing, Sales, Public Relations, and Hospitality of Jordan Vineyard & Winery; National Sales Director of Maisons Marques & Domaines, USA; Wine Director of Milton S. Kronheim Co. (aka R.N.D.C.), Washington, D.C.; and Regional Manager of The Seagram Classics Wine Company.

Gordon holds a Master in Business Administration and completed the Executive Wine Program at University of California, Davis.

 

Tatyana ZickoTATYANA ZICKO – CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

Tatyana develops and oversees the execution of marketing programs and helps clients navigate the complexities of compliance. She has extensive experience providing marketing strategy and support to wineries and consumer packaged goods companies. She has held marketing roles at Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery and Cline Cellars and has developed promotional programs for clients such as Levi Strauss and Walt Disney Records.

Tatyana holds a Master in Business Administration and completed the O.I.V. Wine Marketing Program at University of California, Davis.

 

DAVID MAIB – DIRECTOR, WESTERN U.S.

David, based in Houston, has 25 years of directing sales and brand development for several family-owned wineries including Bodegas Faustino, Seghesio, Catena, Allegrini and the Yalumba Winery. He attributes his success to the strong relationships he has built at all levels of the three-tier system. His ability to anticipate and manage change in a rapidly evolving, fragmented and highly competitive industry enables him to create effective strategic plans, pricing and programming that work in the real world.

 

WALTER SELIGMAN – DIRECTOR, EASTERN U.S.

Located in North Central Virginia, Walter has been involved in the wine industry sales and marketing for 35 years. His experience has taken him through each tier of the three-tier system. He worked six years as a retailer in Jacksonville, Florida, and in Washington, D.C. He then built up supplier experience with the iconic Wente and Martini families, and finally moved on to the corporate life with Heublein Fine Wine Group and Allied Domecq Wines. He has represented a diverse portfolio selling wine from twelve countries on five continents. He continues to have great passion for the wine industry and most importantly for the honorable people who are involved in it.

 

RICK TARKIN – NORTHEAST SALES MANAGER

Rick, based in New York, has more than 20 years of experience selling wine and is based near New York City. He is an expert in all three channels of distribution, having held sales management sales roles at companies such as E & J Gallo Winery, Sebastiani Vineyards and Winery, and Charmer Industries. This experience enables Rick to develop sales programs that are effective and supported by all channels.

 

ADRIENNE HILL – ROCKY MOUNTAIN SALES MANAGER

Adrienne, based in Denver, has more than 20 years of experience in the wine and beverage industry. Her previous roles included Sales Representative for Southern Wine and Spirits of Hawaii, Southwest Regional Manager for The Republic of Tea, National Sales Manager of Numi Organic Tea and President of Abel Brokers. Adrienne’s strong relationships with key trade accounts and distributors throughout Colorado are key factor to her strong sales.

 

CHRIS HAROZA – NORTH CENTRAL SALES MANAGER

In his 20 years working on the supply-side of the US wine business, Chris has forged a reputation as a brand-builder. Based in Minneapolis, his specialty is working with new wineries and brands to develop sales and marketing plans, and then putting those plans into motion. He has worked with multiple imported wine brands while at companies like Santa Rita, where he served a director of global marketing and introduced Terra Andina, growing the brand to 100,000+ cases in the US.

 

LISA OLSEN – NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SALES MANAGER

Lisa, based in Northern California, brings more than 30 years of both national and market-based sales and management experience. She has successfully represented a broad range of quality wineries with sincere passion and enthusiasm. For the majority of her career, Lisa was on the Sales Management teams of Allied Domecq Wines and Robert Hall Winery. Most recently she covered the Northern California Region for Navarro Vineyards and Pennyroyal Farms. She places great value on developing and maintaining key relationships at all levels of the business. It brings her tremendous joy to introduce great wines to wonderful people.

 

BOB MAZZOLA – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SALES MANAGER

Bob, based in Southern California, has 20 years of experience in the wine industry. Most recently, Bob served as Western Regional Sales Manager for a large wine consortium. Previously, Bob was National Sales Manager for Summers Estate Wines, a boutique, family-owned winery, and held various sales positions for the distributor Classic Wines of California. Bob is known for his commitment to developing his sales portfolio while working alongside distributors and retailers.

 

STEVEN CHERNOFF – FLORIDA SALES MANAGER

Steven has over 30 years of experience in the beverage alcohol industry. Now based in Florida, Steven started his career in Chicago at Continental Distributing. He then spent four years as regional beverage manager for a drugstore chain covering eleven states. He moved on to corporate purchasing manager for the largest independent group in the US, the Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant Company, where he implemented its first successful corporate beverage program. Following that, he built expertise in brand management for Pacific Wine Company in Chicago and Southern Wine and Spirits in Illinois, then moved on to vice president and director of marketing at Distinctive Wine Company in Chicago. Steven is co- founder of Vault Spirit Brokerage based in Florida.

 

VERONICA CAMARAZA – FLORIDA SALES MANAGER

Veronica, known affectionately as “V”, has over 20 years of experience in development and marketing of consumer goods, with almost half of that in wine and spirits. Working with entrepreneurs, suppliers, and creative talent, she provided 360° brand services and business solutions as managing partner at Fluid Spirit Holdings. There, she led the implementation of Beam Suntory’s National Craft Whiskey Specialist sales and trade advocacy program and managed multiple Beam ambassadors for brands such as Courvoisier and Midori. Veronica also led strategic direction, packaging development, and/or marketing efforts for Huneeus Vintners (Veramonte Wines, Faust Wines), Don Sebastian & Sons (The Crusher Wines, Simple Life Wines), Afrohead Rum, Misunderstood Whiskey, and Clyde May’s Whiskey. In addition, she has launched several emerging and craft alcohol beverage brands in multiple U.S. markets and the Bahamas. She is a co-founder of Vault Spirits Brokerage.

 

STEVE EWING – SOUTH CENTRAL SALES MANAGER

Steve has more than 20 years in the wine and spirit industry on the sales side. He is based in Kansas City. His previous roles included Regional Sales Manager for Allied Domecq and Midwest Regional Manager for SpiriVin Group. As a wine broker, he has developed a strong foundation in distributor management, key-account development, and brand strategy.

 

JASON WILLEMS – SOUTH CENTRAL SALES MANAGER

Jason has more than 20 years of sales management experienced and is based in Arkansas. His previous roles included General Sales Manager for Glazer’s Distributors followed by senior-level positions at Infinity Worlds and Diamond Beverage Group. Jason has earned a reputation as a hardworking and highly intelligent wine industry executive.

 

JOHN DORMINEY– NORTH & SOUTH CAROLINA  SALES MANAGER

John, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, has over 25 years in the wine business.  He spent the last fourteen years as the national sales and marketing director for an import company, developing brands from concept to national retail placements. Prior to that, he owned a wine shop and then expanded a local wine distributor to a statewide operation.  He had his wine-epiphany moment as a young bartender at The Angus Barn, an early recipient of Wine Spectator’s Grand Award.  He often jokes that he hasn’t “worked” a day since then.

 

SHANNON HORTON – ARIZONA & NEVADA SALES MANAGER

Shannon has 23 years of experience in the alcohol beverage industry. Based in Arizona, Shannon has worked on both the distributor and supplier side. She served as state sales manager for The Gallo Winery, before moving to North American Breweries where she was the Area Manager of Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona. She was later promoted to a National Account Manager for 12 chains in the west. Shannon’s entrepreneurial spirit and excellence in sales lead her to start Corkscrew Brands, a distributor/supplier liaison company focused on introducing and growing brands throughout the Southwest region.

 

JOE DIMAGGIO – ILLINOIS & INDIANA SALES MANAGER

Joe has more than 30 years of experience in the the wine industry. Based in Northwest Indiana, he started his career working for on-premise and retail accounts before moving to the distributor side. Joe founded and operated his own distributing company, which he operated for 30 years. His strengths are developing brands and building creative sales programs.

 

PHIL TARTAGLIONE – PENNSYLVANIA & VERMONT SALES MANAGER

Phil, based in Southern NJ, has more than 30 years of experience in the wine industry. After working for distributors in Vermont, he entered the supply side, with The Brown Forman Company. Phil has since held regional sales positions with companies such as Campari USA, King Estate Winery and Chalone Wine Group. Phil’s specialty is bringing new brands to market and developing plans for their success. He is also known for his in-depth knowledge of wine having passed WSET 2 and WSET 3 with high honors.

 

BILL MORROW – NEW ENGLAND SALES MANAGER

Bill has 15 years of experience in fine wine sales. Based in Upstate New York, he started his career working in wholesale distribution and has held regional sales manager positions for prestigious supplier portfolios in Texas, Louisiana, and New England. Bill has developed strong relationships with distributors by being organized, responsive and supportive.

 

TODD PEDERSEN – OHIO, WISCONSIN & KENTUCKY SALES MANAGER

Todd, based in Wisconsin, has more than 20 years of experience in the wine industry. He began his career as a sales representative for Vintage Wine Distributor where he was eventually promoted to Sales Manager. He then worked as a regional manager for Dreyfus Ashby, followed by the Spire Collection and Europvin. Todd has honed his skill for building brands in the three-tier system by working for both a strong distributor and premium suppliers.

 

TY TAYLOR – MID ATLANTIC SALES MANAGER

Ty, based in Washington, DC, has extensive experience in all three channels of wine distribution. Most recently, Ty was the Mid Atlantic sales manager for Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery. Ty is known for growing sales by developing relationships with trade customers and providing them reliable support and knowledge.

 

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