Delphine Gardére, CEO of The Oldest Haitian Rum Distillery: Rhum Barbancourt
Delphine Gardére is the CEO of the iconic Haitian rum distillery, Rhum Barbancourt. It is both the oldest and biggest rum exporter of Haiti. Rhum Barbancourt was founded on March 18, 1862 by Dupré Barbancourt who used the Charente method of double distillation that was usually reserved for creating Cognac for his rum. This allowed him to create a rum of unique quality, with flavors combining authenticity and refinement.
Delphine joined Rhum Barbancourt in 2016 as an Export Distribution Manager. A year later, she rose to the position of Managing Director, and now, she serves as the company CEO.
Maggie Henriquez: CEO of Krug on Amplifying Attitude
Maggie Henriquez is President and CEO of the illustrious champagne house, Krug. The House of Krug is at the very top of the Champagne industry. It is the house that has created Prestige Champagnes since 1843.
Before becoming the President and CEO of Krug, Maggie was the President of the Association of Manufacturers in Venezuela, Mexico, and actively participated in the transformation of the Argentinean wine industry.
For 28 years out of her 40 years in the industry, Maggie has led many multinational or global companies. She is renowned for developing and implementing strategies to manage companies in difficult contexts and circumstances and have executed these in her capacity as CEO and/or President of different companies in Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina, and now, France.
Juliana Colangelo: Creative Pivots & Integrated Communication
Juliana Colangelo is the Vice President, California, for Colangelo & Partners. Colangelo & Partners is an integrated communications firm that propels a brand story across the modern media landscape for beverage alcohol brands seeking to grow their business in the US and beyond.
Sales Rep Series | Boulder, CO: Liz Willette Danneels @ Natural Wine Co.
Liz Willette Danneels is the Sales Manager and Sale Boulder at the Natural Wine Company, Colorado’s leading distributor of fine wine made naturally.
Prior to moving to Boulder a few years ago, Liz was a partner in Grand Cru Selections based in New York, an incredible importer of old world wines.
Sales Rep Series | Dallas, TX: Kyle Groombridge @ Victory Wine Group
Kyle Groombridge is the Dallas Key Account holder for the Victory Wine Group. Before joining Victory Wine Group, Kyle worked for Total Wine & More, where he grew from a Wine Sales Associate to become a Wine Manager in under five years.
Sales Rep Series | Miami, FL: Erin Jolley @ Progress Wine Group
Erin Jolley is the Florida Sales Representative for the Progress Wine Group, a company that’s committed to thoughtfully servicing their customers, while building a family of inspired producers of wines and spirits-collaborating with both innovators and icons. They pursue sustainability for both the planet and their company, while simultaneously setting aside notions resistant to progress.Erin is in charge of Progress Wine Group’s South Florida markets of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Boca Raton.
Erin has opened markets for wine and spirit producers in California, Colorado, Washington DC, and Australia. She is also a Master of Wine, the most respected title in the world of wine. She is also a Stage 2 candidate and a Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) educator. She loves Chenin Blanc, Sam Cooke, and Murakami
Sales Rep Series | Portland, OR: Bonnie Crocker @ PDX Wines
Bonnie Crocker is the Sales Representative of PDX Wine in Portland, Oregon. PDX Wine is a wine importing and distribution company based in the State of Oregon. They represent some of this country’s top importers of fine, European wine, including Louis/Dressner, De Maison Selections, Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants, José Pastor Selections, Marc De Grazia, PortoVino, and many more.
Sales Rep Series | New Jersey: Eva Zorad @ Bonhomie Wine Imports
Eva Zorad is the New Jersey Sales Representative and National Sales Liaison of BonHomie Wine Imports, a company who is passionate about people and their stories. They work with wine makers with smaller estates of about 8-hectares who have generations of experience and knowledge in traditional wine making partnered with the newest innovations, and who offer impeccable wine.
Eva was also the co-founder of September Wines & Spirits and worked there for eight years. Eva moved to West Orange, New Jersey, where she connected with BonHomie and is now in charge of their New Jersey portfolio.
Sales Rep Series | Los Angeles: Marisa Brown @ Nomadic Distribution
Marisa Brown is the Los Angeles Sales Representative at Nomadic Distribution LLC, an import and distribution company that brings in bottles of alcoholic beverages from the coast of Morocco to the backcountry of San Diego, to the hills of France, and the heel of the boot.
Marisa is also a Certified Sommelier who is driven by bringing enjoyment to hospitality. Through several years of experience in the many aspects of hospitality, she has developed the skills of interpersonal communication, strong leadership, multitasking, organization, personnel relations, and crisis management.