Area Sales Manager, Southwest and Partner
I grew up in Central Florida and moved to Dallas to attend the University of North Texas. I waited tables in college and landed a job at a prestigious restaurant with a large wine program. I fell in love with wine quickly and became a bookworm for the subject. I worked my way up to wine buyer six months before graduation, and was struck with the opportunity for two internships: I had the option to follow my finance degree with an internship at a brokerage firm or follow my passion with an internship at Siduri Winery in Sonoma, California. I went for the Pinot, and haven’t regretted the decision for even a moment!
After Siduri, I moved to Los Angeles to become the Wine Director for the Water Grill, which earned a Michelin star during my tenure. I made the switch to sales working for Veritas Imports in So Cal and ultimately moved to the Estates Group as Import Specialist for the Los Angeles divisions, distributing the Folio Fine Wine Partners book. In 2013, I moved to Austin, TX to become the Territory Manager for Negociants USA. I joined Folio Fine Wine Partners in March 2016 as a Market Manager for the state of Texas.
In my free time I am currently studying with the Court of Master Sommeliers to pass the Master Sommelier examination. I love spending time with my wife and daughter outdoors, traveling, biking, and listening to music.