Area Sales Manager – Florida
Growing up near Atlantic City, the restaurant and hospitality business has always been an integral part of my life. My parents would split their time working in the casinos while cooking in the family’s restaurants. Being raised in an Italian household you learn very early on that the secret to a good life are quality ingredients, a relentless work ethic while surrounding yourself with passionate people.
While studying Business Marketing at Stockton College, I had the great opportunity to work and manage one of the top farm-to-table, fine dining restaurants in Southern NJ, Steve & Cookies By The Bay. With wines spanning the globe and a reserve list that made the casinos envious, I was surrounded by quality family-owned labels and became immediately hooked, curious to taste and learn more. It was in those four years that I quickly realized I found my calling.
I found my way into wine sales through a customer at the restaurant who happened to work for a wine distributor. Recognizing I had an appreciation for wine and the families that make them, he approached me with an opportunity that would change the course of my life forever. After taking a quick soul-searching trip backpacking through 6 countries in Central America, I followed my passion that started my 21-year career in this industry.
I was hired at Winebow in 2000, where I spent 11 years as a sales rep honing my street skills, learning wine regions, meeting winemakers and learning from some of the best suppliers and restauranteurs in the business. I soaked in all the knowledge and experience I could get my hands on. Traveling to France and Italy would change everything I thought I knew and humbled me down to the basics.
After Winebow I moved onto Vias Wine Imports, where I spent 4 years covering half of NJ representing some of the most influential brands from the historic regions of Italy. This opportunity led me to Frederick Wildman & Sons as NJ District Manager and most recently to Paso Robles working for Austin Hope as Hope Family Wines Market and Regional Manager covering NJ, NY, DE, DC and MD.
I am thrilled to be starting the next chapter of my career at Folio Fine Wine Partners as Area Manager of FL representing these iconic families and the wines they craft.
When I am not working, I love cooking for family and friends, fishing, golfing and soaking up the sun with my amazing partner Miriam and our three beautiful children.