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Quintessential Wines Makes Additional Investments in Talent


The company’s recent growth includes eight team members who join in marketing and management roles

NAPA, CA (September 16, 2020) — Wine importing, marketing and sales company Quintessential has added six additional team members to support sales and marketing efforts within the organization. This announcement is the second of its kind in the last month, with the company continuing to invest in talent to support its growing portfolio. Bill O’Neill, Terri Richie, Bill Ballentine, Raquel Royers, Rachel Dimattia, Justin Matthews, Timothy Gordon and Edward Blakely have all have recently joined the growing organization to support new acquisitions and the company’s expansive portfolio of family-owned wines.

Bill O’Neill has joined as Tri-State Director and will be overseeing sales and operations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Bill began his career on-premise as a sommelier and bar manager for an independent restaurant group in New York. Over the last thirty years, his accomplishments have been numerous and include being named an Executive Board Member of the New York Alliance of Fine Wine Wholesalers.

Adding to an impressive resume of key and national account management, Terri Richie will further her career with Quintessential as the East Coast Chain Manager, based in Florida. Terri will be overseeing multi-unit accounts for the company, from Maine to Miami.

Veteran wine professional Bill Ballentine joins the group as Central Chain Manager, based in Texas. With nearly four decades of experience in the industry, he brings his expertise to Quintessential to oversee some of the largest wine retailers in the country.

Bringing her digital marketing savvy to the team is Raquel Royers, CSW, CSS, who joins Quintessential as Marketing Director. With extensive experience in social media and digital content management, Raquel joins the marketing team to oversee consumer-centric campaigns. Also entering the marketing team is Rachel Dimattia as Marketing Associate.

In addition, three area managers have been appointed to the Quintessential sales teams:

  • Justin Matthews, Central and North Florida District Manager
  • Edward Blakely, Southern Florida District Manager
  • Timothy Gordon, Illinois District Manager

“As we all adapt to our new reality, we are delighted to welcome this highly talented group of individuals to the team,” commented Dennis Kreps, who owns Quintessential with his father Stephen D. Kreps. “The investments we’re making today will help us position our organization for future growth as our industry rebounds from the impacts of Covid-19.”

For more information on Quintessential, visit www.quintessentialwines.com or call (707) 226-8300.

About Quintessential Wines:

Founded in 2002 by father and son, Stephen D. and Dennis Kreps, Quintessential is a family-owned-and-operated import, marketing and sales company headquartered in Napa, California. It is dedicated exclusively to representing other multi-generational, family-owned-and-operated producers who have the same passion for winemaking that Quintessential has for strategically marketing and selling those wines. These producers, from top wine regions around the world, create wines that offer the best, most authentic expression of the grapes from their respective vineyards. For more information, please visit http://www.quintessentialwines.com.

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