Global Wine Company, Inc. is the leading provider of e-commerce solutions for luxury and artisan wine club sourcing, sales and support. We enable our corporate partners to expand their brands into wine by offering a best-in-class wine club experience to affiliated consumers. Our team of experts curates top-quality wines from boutique estates around the world, selected for complexity, quality and value. Additionally, we handle all state compliance, website management, customer fulfillment and marketing support.
Tim Marson, MW
One of only 313 Masters of Wine in the world (becoming an MW in 2009), Tim has over sixteen years of buying, sales and management experience with world-renowned UK retailers, distributors and importers. He is also a highly sought-after wine judge and panel chair for top wine competitions. Having moved from his native England to California in 2011, he joined the Global Wine Co. sourcing team as Buyer in 2012.
To say Martin is obsessed with wine would be an understatement. Not only does he hold a Diploma of Wines & Spirits and is a Certified Sommelier and Certified Wine Educator, he is also currently enrolled in the Master of Wine program. Martin’s background is in wine shop sales and buying European wines for first-class airline programs and cruise lines.
As one of the most widely recognized and respected hospitality professionals in Napa Valley, Jen has over sixteen years in the restaurant industry, including a stint as Food & Beverage Director for celebrity chef Cindy Pawlcyn’s award-winning restaurant group. In 2012, Jen was honored by FOOD & WINE magazine as one of their Sommeliers of the Year.
Mark’s love for wine began in college where he started his first cellar in his dorm room closet. Later on, he tested his tasting chops in the California Wine Tasting Championships, winning eight of thirteen attempts. He was the first Sommelier of the famed Masa’s restaurant, where Wine Spectator magazine (1986) named his wine list “one of the best in the world.”
Do you ever wonder who crafts the beautiful poetry of the tasting notes included in each wine club shipment? That would be the handiwork of Mary Burnham, a wine writer with over a decade of experience in the industry. An East Coast native, Mary followed her passion for wine to California where she also serves as a tasting-panel judge and wine school course educator.
Kristen Decker, President
Kristen joined Global Wine Co., Inc. as President in 2011 and has served on the Board of Directors since that time. She was the controller of Peter Paul Wines. Previously she was also a founding member and the Chief Financial Officer of Headlands Asset Management and Paul Financial. Kristen managed all financial planning and reporting functions for the companies as well as legal, licensing, treasury, and human resources.
Kristen has more than 10 years in the wine industry, and over 20 years experience in finance, corporate strategic planning, and overseeing business operations. She received her MF from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, and BA in Business Management from Sonoma State University.
Deanna Moen, Marketing Director
Deanna brings more than 15 years of experience in building dynamic wine, food and consumer brands to Global Wine Co. Previously, Deanna led marketing for Treasury Wine Estates’ luxury Napa portfolio, which includes iconic estates such as Étude Vineyards and Stags’ Leap Winery. Equally at home in fast-paced startups and in global consumer goods companies such as Nestlé USA (where Deanna grew the PowerBar® franchise), Deanna received her MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School.
Aron Smetana, CIO
Aron draws on public and private sector experience in oversight of infrastructure and custom software development. He has supported groups ranging from e-commerce to an entire University campus with 20,000 users. During the dot.com era Aron worked in IT for bebe Stores, Inc. Recently he has worked on several initiatives to virtualize systems for lower environmental impact and systems flexibility. Aron holds his MBA from San Francisco State University and a BA from the University of Montana.
Donald Munro, VP Editorial
Donald is a founding member of Global Wine Company and serves as a Board Member. Before joining Global Wine Co, Donald spent 16 years with investment banks in New York, London and San Francisco, most recently as a Managing Director at Montgomery Securities and Bank of America Securities. Donald is involved with fund-raising and oversees our wine editorial process.
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