Yanina Barros works in Mendoza and manages our South American logistics. She is in continuous contact with all the wineries and oversees their orders and consolidations. Yanina is our boots-on-the-ground to ensure outstanding quality control. Yanina has worked in logistics for over ten years, mainly in the wine industry.
- Yanina Barros
Agente de Representación, Logistics
- Michele Burger
Distributor Operations Senior Specialist
Michele, a native of Northern California with over 35 years in the wine business, has been in Sales, Operations and Customer Service. As one of the original employees of Central Coast Wine Company (now Henry Wine Group), Australian Wine Producer Penfolds (US Operations Office) and Epic Wines, she has extensive experience in building a solid operation and connections with her customers. Michele lives on the Monterey Peninsula in California with her husband.
- Alejandro Darago
Agente de Representación, Mendoza
Alejandro, an Argentine industry insider and the former Sommelier of the Alvear Palace Hotel (the highest-ranked hotel in South America), forms the heart of our Argentine selection team. Ale lives in Mendoza where he oversees winery relations, customer visits, quality control, and our logistics. Ale co-founded Vino del Sol in 2004.
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- David Festenstein
Director of Retail Chain & Midwest Sales
David is a passionate sales leader with over 25 years of experience in the alcohol beverage industry across wholesale, retail and supplier channels. For the last 15 years, David has focused on selling highly-acclaimed, world-class wines where he successfully generated new business in both National & Regional Off-Premise chains. David lives in his home town of Chicago where he is huge sports fan and enjoys spending time with his family, friends and his Westie named Joey.
- Matt Hedges
Matt fell in love with wine while studying abroad in Argentina, and started Vino del Sol as a result. Matt, a National Merit Scholar, received his MBA from Ole Miss, who honored him with their Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. Matt handles Vino del Sol’s administration, finance, IT, and marketing. He is a proud recipient of Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 Tastemaker award.
Read how Vino del Sol began.
- Mark Hirsekorn
Southeast Sales Manager
Mark Hirsekorn grew up in Houston and developed his passion for wine in 2001 when he began working in a fine dining restaurant during college. During this time he realized that he wanted to have a career in the wine industry. Mark spent many years in distribution in Florida with Stacole Fine Wines. He now lives in Orlando with his girlfriend and 2 dogs where they enjoy spending their free time on the lake.
- Clarilea Hyde
Clarilea is a Louisiana native with a natural fondness of wine and spirits. She moved to Texas in 1994 to continue her education and develop her career. With 20 years experience in a Controller role Clarilea brings a vast knowledge of industries including distribution, advertising, rental and manufacturing. In her recreational time she enjoys exploring the Caribbean, 5k runs and boot camps. Clarilea has two children attending college and resides in Arlington, Texas with her husband and younger daughter.
- Kevin Millman
EVP National Director of Sales
Kevin is a tenacious sales manager who enjoys nothing more than being out on the street in the middle of the action. Kevin came to Vino del Sol from Winebow & Billington Imports where he was an integrate part in building the Argentine and Chilean segment into the powerhouse it is today. Prior to the supplier side of the business, Kevin spent many years working in wholesale calling on all channels of trade. Kevin lives with his wife and daughter in Atlanta.
- Margie Molina
Accounting Specialist & Sales Support
Margie has 10 years in the wine and spirits importing business. She comes with an Accounting and HR Management background. She is the mother of 2, Pablo 19 who is attending college in Tulsa, OK and Madi’s 8. As a family they enjoy camping, swimming and traveling. She also enjoys a glass of Red wine.
- Lauren Patricio
Marketing Operations Specialist
Lauren was destined to work in the wine industry. At an early age she started accompanying her father to work at Epic Wines and learned her way around the business. While attending college she worked in all aspects of operations and was mentored by some of the best in the business. Her attention to detail and critical thinking eventually led her to become the director of the marketing department. Lauren lives in La Selva Beach, California.
- Marc Pearlman
West Coast Divisional Sales Manager
An avid wine enthusiast from for over twenty years, Marc has spent the past decade in distribution working in the Pacific Northwest. He comes to us in 2015 from his most recent role as VP of Corporate Sales at Vehrs Distributing in Washington and Oregon. Originally from Boston, he is now calls Seattle his home.
- Rich Potenza
South Central Sales Manager
Rich began his career in the wine industry over 20 years ago, working for an East Coast distributor before relocating to Southern California. He held positions as a restaurant and hotel wine buyer, as well as the general manager for two of the largest retail wine stores in San Diego. In 2006, Rich joined Epic Wines where he was one of the top-selling sales representatives for VDS wines in California. In 2013 he moved to Texas and became Vino del Sol’s Texas Field Manager.
- Kent Smith
California & Arizona Brand Manager
With many years of retail and restaurant experience under his belt, Kent moved to the distribution side of the wine business in 1997 with Epic Wines. He first worked in the California market before becoming Epic’s Western Regional Manager. Kent has represented Vino del Sol wines since 2005. Kent lives in San Diego and Arizona.
- Scott Thomasen
VP Sales: Mountain West, Air, Seas, & Export Markets
Scott Thomasen has worked in the wine industry for over twenty five years in roles ranging from vineyard management to warehousing to retail/wholesale sales. During this time, Scott completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees, with emphasis on the international wine industry. Scott previously represented Vino del Sol while working for Epic Wines. Employed by Vino del Sol since 2010, Scott and his family relocated to Denver. Scott is also in charge of air, cruise, and international sales.
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- Lisa Villavaso
Lisa is originally from Kansas but has been a resident of McKinney, Texas for several years. Lisa is a huge wine fan. Her favorite white wine is Sauvignon Blanc with a big fondness of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc’s (Marlborough Region). Her favorite red wines to enjoy are Malbecs and Cabernet Sauvignon.
- Bobby Wallace
North East/Mid Atlantic Sales Manager
Bobby has spent over 20 years in the food & wine industry, buying in both the On- and Off-Premise channels to then selling the Luxury portfolio for Treasury Wine Estates and then managing a distributor sales team in Manhattan NY for Empire Merchants. His most recent position was as a Division Manager in the North East and Mid Atlantic for Palm Bay International. Bobby lives in CT with his wife Denise and their two loud but loveable children.
- Brett Wells
VP Purchasing & Sales Support
Brett’s passion for all things food and wine started at a young age and eventually led him to become a classically trained chef at Le Cordon Bleu. Brett is a certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers with over 20 years in the wine industry. Prior to joining the Vino del Sol family, Brett was the Wine Buyer for BevMo! where he developed and managed the company’s private label brands. Brett lives with his wife and daughter in Idaho.
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- Carolyn Wildman
Director of Strategic Accounts
Carolyn is results driven wine sales professional with over 16 years’ experience in the industry. She is done it all from selling on premise with SGWS, trade development and control market management with Diageo, distributor management with Deutsch Family Wine & Spirts and most recently, Strategic Accounts Lead for Treasury Wine Estates. Carolyn thrives in a team environment where she collaborates to deliver wins for the team! Carolyn is based outside Philadelphia PA with her husband, Ed and daughter, Francesca.