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Mr. Michael S. Ogurek

Owner & President

In 1988, Michael graduated from the University of Detroit with degrees in Liberal Arts & Business. Prior….He was taught by the Catholic Nuns in Grade School, the Christian Brothers at his High School, Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, Michigan & finally the Jesuits Priests at the University of Detroit…to say the least he experienced a lot of different views and opinions…

In 1991, Michael was accepted into the Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery – “Sales & Marketing Development Program” which at the time was the largest winery in the world. In 1992, Michael was accepted into the J. Lewis Cooper Wine & Spirits Co. in Detroit, Michigan. During the following several years, he enjoyed many positions within the distributor. To name a few: Sales Manager, Brand Manager, District Manager, Market Manager, Key Account Manager, Sales Rep, E & J Gallo Merchandiser, Assistant Sales Manager & then again as Key Account Manager in 1999.

In early 2000, Michael accepted a position within the Kevin D. Chaney, Co. “Wine Brokers” Marketing Firm in Cincinnati as a Regional Sales Manager & Key Chain Account Mgr. In 2002, Michael was promoted to Vice President of Sales. Michael worked with the firm until early April 2019 when, Michael achieved the opportunity to purchase the 40 year old Wine Marketing Company in these Midwest United States.

Michael is proud of his 30 years in the wine industry developing his knowledge and is honored & humbled to have worked “for or with” the E & J Gallo Family, the Castello Banfi family, The Freixenet USA & Ferrer Family, The Schmitt Sohne Winery, The San Francisco Wine Exchange, Allied Domeq, Bacardi Imports, Brown Forman, to name a few international & National wine companies.

Michael’s true passion is visiting all areas of the world that love food & grow grapes, when not traveling for work, his passion is being at home, collecting Antiques, enjoying American & European History and most importantly spending time with his family, Ranay his best friend, Chloe his beautiful daughter & his infamous buddy “Bentley” the Silver lab!

As of April 8th, 2019 Michael is the New Owner & President of MO Cellar Selections, LLC – Wine Brokers

A Special Thank You!

“Even in today’s world, there are still those that understand the true meaning behind…”It’s a Wonderful Life”… Mike & Dawn you will always be the “New” Wine Brokers most trusted & true friends! Thank you so very much!”

Mr. Anthony “Tony” DeYoung

President of Sales

Anthony has 30 years in the Adult Beverage/ Hospitality Industry at all three tiers (Retailer, Wholesaler and Supplier). In his Fourteen years with the Charmer Sunbelt Group, ten years with White Rock and Heaven Hill he has worked on brands such as Crown Royal, Makers Mark, Jack Daniel’s, Grey Goose Vodka, Pinnacle Vodka, Deep Eddy Vodka and most recently launched Three Chord Bourbon. Anthony is a Senior Executive with extensive leadership experience at the national level. Results-driven professional, with over 24 years of outside B2B sales experience in tangible and intangible products, managing 105 single territories with $1.5 M+ in annual revenue and sales teams delivering 1.8M cases, totaling, $170M in revenue for private and Fortune 200 companies.

He offers proven abilities in defining and implementing effective corporate business strategies that are focused on consistent organizational improvements to maximize profits, drive sales, and reduce costs. Use Process Maps and Root Cause Analysis to validate/ support Fit Gap Analysis and Project Management. Specialties: Brand development, budgeting, financial analysis, sales and profit forecasting, business development, account management, territory growth and development, project management, coaching, training, merchandising, networking, performance management, retail, sales presentations and closing techniques, team building and organizational leadership.

Anthony lives in Buffalo, New York and has raised two outstanding boys that have won athletic national titles at the high school and collegiate levels. Both college graduates, with honors, their early developed of community leadership skills is a product of Anthony’s dedication to hard work to achieve his goals. As a former All American football player himself, there is no quit in these guys!

Mr. Aaron Cherny

Vice President of Sales Director of Pacific Division

Aaron M Cherny, our Vice President of Sales –Director of Pacific Division, has had a varied career and unique path that has led him from Mergers & Acquisitions to Automotive to Spirits and finally to Napa Valley and the wine business. Upon graduating from Indiana University, he joined the prestigious M&A advisory, Duff & Phelps, based in their Chicago office.After 6 years in professional services, he followed his passion for cars and racing joining the Corporate Development team at TRW Automotive, a Tier 1 auto supplier, based in Detroit.While at TRW he worked on many international transactions that reshaped the company and the overall industry.

After his time in Detroit, he pursued an opportunity with Beam Suntory as a manager for the company’s International Strategy.He worked on projects from China to Eastern Europe to Latin America managing global distribution strategy and new product introductions.

After a major corporate restructuring at Suntory, Aaron took his severance check and headed out West to try and break into the wine industry.He got in on the very ground floor as a seasonal harvest intern with the storied Sonoma Valley institution, Roche Family Winery. This led to many connections that Aaron used to launch his own consultancy advising on sales & distribution, wine production, estate/brand creation and vineyard/brand sales & acquisitions.His clients have included: Mayacamas Vineyards, Davis Estates, Bonny Doon Vineyard, HuneeusVintners (Quintessa, Faust, Flowers), Fortis Label Solutions, Restoration Hardware –Yountville and Quince/Verjus.

All this while launching his own wine label with his best friend Randal, Source & Sink Wines.Based in Sonoma Valley, S&S farms their own vineyards and pays tribute to the wine styles of Old pre-prohibition California.
Aaron resides in downtown Napa but you will usually find him at the winery, a client’s office or at one of the vineyards that Source & Sink farms in Sonoma Valley.

Ms. Susan Hayes

Vice President of Sales Pacific Northwest
“Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington State”

MO Cellars is pleased to have Susan Hayes join our team on the Pacific Coast. You may remember her as Sue Schubert –long time Wine and Spirits Buyer for Costco. We are pleased that Sue has decided to come out of retirement to be our V.P. of Sales in the Pacific Northwest. Sue’s buying career expands decades and has allowed her to travel the world, meet notable personalities in the wine and spirits industry and study with experts; including earning her W.S.E.T. Certificate.

Sue has worked with Distributors and buying offices throughout the United States -her industry experience is without reproach and truly invaluable. Sue is passionate about friends, travel, art and especially food, wine and spirits. Upon leaving the corporate world, while vacationing in Hawaii, Sue met a local artist who was conducting painting classes on the Island of Kona.

She joined the class and soon the painting hobby ignited anew passion within. Sue has started her own business painting pet portraits. These commissioned portraits have been purchased all over the USA and as far as the UK. Susan lives in Washington State with her companion Rick. They enjoy boating the beautiful Washington lakes, traveling to Mexico and Europe and most of all spending time with their seven grown children, and five grandkids.

Mr. Ken Dobias

Senior Director of Strategic Accounts USA National Sales

Ken graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, shortly after he found his place on the west coast in sunny California and found his career in the adult beverage industry.

In 1988, Ken began working with Southern Wine & Spirits in the Chain Division. Moving throughout the company, through various positions, Ken found himself on the supplier side of the business. First, with Schieffelin & Somerset selling to grocery and club accounts across Southern California. His next adventure came five years later, Ken joined Humphrey & Brown where he continued to work with chain accounts in Southern California.

In 2001, he joined Freixenetas the Southwestern Region Manager where he gained valuable knowledge for working in both the on-premise and independent off-premise, as well as continuing to oversee the grocery and club accounts. Ken finally returned to his roots of Amherst, Ohio where he managed the Central USA as Director od Sales for National Accounts.

Ken currently resides in Amherst, Ohio with his wife and soulmate, Joey. Their combined family consists of 6 daughters and 7 grandchildren. They enjoy spending time with all of them, swimming in the pool or just enjoying the outdoors. Ken and Joey have enjoyed traveling to Europe, especially Spain, and warmer weather destinations in the USA. They are excited to watch their children and grandchildren grow and succeed in life.

Mr. Carl Folkman

Director of Regional Sales Atlantic Division “Florida & Georgia”

Carl is our Director of Regional Sales –Atlantic Division “Florida & Georgia”. Based out of Florida, Carl brings his expertise in Distributor sales and On & Off Premise sales in these important states.

Although Carl graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Political Science and Pre Law, He began working in the field of his passion at McKesson Wine & Spirits right out of college in Ft Lauderdale. It was here that Carl learned the basics of how distributors work and through the watchful eyes of the E & J Gallo Winery, was moved to work for Grantham Distributing based out of Orlando. Carl was quickly promoted to a district manager position while at Grantham after only a year and then was asked to be part of the E & J Gallo sales team for the vintage division. It was here that Carl mastered handling multiple distributors in Florida at one time and also be respondent to the everyday requests of such a large company as Gallo.

In the early 1990’s the winery decided to combine multiple state divisions and Carl decided to try a new direction which was as On Premise Manager for Premier Beverage Company in Jacksonville, Florida . This competed his experience to be able to master both an On and Off Premise salesforce and coordinate distribution channels. Two years later, Carl was offered a position as state manager for Wine & Spirits Associates which was a major brokerage company based out of Atlanta. This brokerage house represented some large brands like Absolut, Ketel One, Wilson Daniels, and Cabo Wabo-just to name a few. Within two years of accepting this poison, Carl bought the owner out in 1998 and took possession of the suppliers and their respective brands to what is now known as Florida Wine & Spirits today which now represents some of the top and exciting wine and spirit brands available in the Southeastern markets.

Carl lives in Crystal Beach, Florida with his wife Ellen and his two sons Ethan and Alex. They share their house located across the Gulf of Mexico with four cats.

Mr. Brian Canning

Director of Portfolio Development Atlantic Division

Brian is one of the three co-founders of Three Chord Bourbon. He was a driving force to take the company from idea to branding to product and multiple state distribution in a short time.

Brian has more than 25 years of experience in helping to develop and execute successful advertising and sales promotional campaigns in a wide variety of industries including Food (Frito-Lay, Heinz, Kraft), Nutritional Supplements (Natrol, TrimSpa, Prolab) Automobile, (Hyundai, Lincoln Mercury) and Spirits (Skyy, Corona).

He has been recognized nationally for excellence in advertising, production, and public awareness with Addy and Telly awards.  In addition, he has worked to create or co create successful social issue campaigns to impact education, the environment and mental health.  He has served on the boards of the Los Angeles County American Lung Association, Emmis Broadcasting’s Knowledge is Power Foundation and is a co founder of the National Resources Defense Council with colleagues from the Entertainment and technology industries.

His expertise in creative marketing and promotion, and development of creative sales opportunities benefiting retailer, distribution partners, suppliers and the ultimate consumer as well as community impact makes Brian a most welcome addition to the MO Cellars team.

Mr. Justin Koochof

Sales Director – Portfolio Development Division
(Pacific Northwest Division)

Justin is a young professional who graduated from Seattle University with two degrees both in Marketing andSupply Chain Management and Spanish Literature. Justin being nearly three years of experience in Beer, Wine, and Spirit buying with Costco’s International Division; his passion for Merchandising Strategy has brought his many successes in his career.

Being a first-generation college graduate, Justin is also involved with a few non-profits and cohorts supporting those communities. When he is not working or volunteering, he enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with his Basset Hound, Nora, candle-making, and cooking.

Justin speaks Spanish and English fluently, with conversational fluency in Armenian and Farsi, as well. Justin brings excitement and vigor to all projects he works on, both wine and benign!

Mr. Jeff Stevens

Sales Director –Portfolio Development Division (Central Division)

It’s not often that our humble marketing firm crosses paths with master entrepreneurs, Jeff Stevens is exactly that type of individual.

Jeff grew up in Grand Haven, Michigan and graduated from Grand Valley State University with a degree in finance. He began working at Chase Bank as a “Relationship Banker” but realized soon after the passing of his father, he had a burning passion in him that he had to follow.

In February 2020,  Jeff founded Serpentes Vodka. Since creating the brand, he has spent a lot of time establishing relationships with various Suppliers and Distributors as well as large retailers such as Meijer and Total Wine.

Outside of his passion for the spirit industry, Jeff resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is a true outdoorsman. He loves to golf, hike, and travel around the country. He continues his collection of old vinyl’s that his dad enjoyed.

Please welcome this terrific sales executive, who is now part of our Portfolio Development Division!

Mr. Chad Feldman

Market Manager – Portfolio Development Division (Central Division)

Hospitality and a love of taking care of people began at an early age for Chad through his family’s company, Feldbro Meats, where he would follow is Dad to work on the weekends and learn the art of customer service and develop the ability to relate to anyone from anywhere always displaying respect first and foremost. At 16 years old he began his career as a valet at Ristorante D’Modesta in Southfield where he quickly moved from parking cars to mixing drinks, greeting guests, serving and eventually learning to cook while watching the kitchen produce phenomenal Italian cuisine.

From day 1 he never looked back and knew he had landed exactly where he was meant to be. He remained with D’Modesta for several years returning to work on breaks from college at Arizona State and Michigan State absorbing all he could about food, wine, spirits but most of all he focused on service where once again his ability to find common ground with people of any background carried him to Chicago to work with the legendary restaurant group Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises landing at Shaw’s Crab House and his love of wine and spirits was born. Immediately realizing how difficult and intimidating the world of wine is he began studying and tasting and testing and eventually training the service staff at all 3 restaurants within the Shaw’s division as he climbed the management ranks while also becoming the Wine Director for the division and a seat on the Corporate Beverage Committee. With wine sales alone surpassing the 8M level came the opportunity to travel wine country and see the evolution a grape in a field undertakes ending up in a bottle.

Spirits also played a major role with the rising popularity of Vodka and its importance in mixology then came the explosion of Bourbon and Tequila, so he decided to add spirits as well as beer to his continuing studies and research while doing plenty of tasting along the way. After 7 years with Shaw’s, he moved on to a variety of different concepts and consulting opportunities. He was invited to Augusta National Golf Club in 2013 to manage part of a brand-new VIP facility for the Master’s Tournament and returned each year until 2017. As the industry in the Detroit area had begun to grow so did his desire to return home to his family and friends in West Bloomfield and that became a reality in 2015 after 16 amazing years in Chicago. While he continued to run restaurants his love of wine and spirits increased and with a daughter and newfound family life, he knew an exit from the long hours and sacrifices of restaurants was on the horizon. Being the father and spouse, he expects of himself would not be possible without making a change and thus began the conversation that led him to KD Chaney, delayed by nearly 3 years due to the pandemic but he never wavered from his desire to be part of our company. Finally, that wait is over and he is proud and overly excited to begin this new chapter of his career.

Mr. Warren Diggs

Market Manager – Portfolio Development Division (Central Division)

MO Cellar Selections would like to welcome Mr. Warren Diggs to our Team. Warren was born, raised and still resides in Southeast Michigan. He attended College at Eastern Michigan and Wayne State Universities. For the past 15 years Warren has worked in Sales and Marketing within the Retail Industry.

Creating relationships in his accounts is the most important and rewarding part of Sales to him. Warren has also worked for the past 20 years at Knollwood Country Club in many capacities including Bartending which has only stoked his desire to pursue a career in Wine and Spirits. Wine, Spirits and Culinary are where his true passion lies. He is very excited to join our Team!

Away from work Warren loves to spend time with Family and Friends, Travel, enjoy Libations and eat foods from all different Cultures. He is an avid Golfer, playing some of the top Golf Courses in the United States (Pebble Beach, Whistling Straits, Bethpage-Black, The Ocean Course). Warren is also a lifelong Detroit Lions fan attending over 40 road games all over the Country.

Mrs. Shannon Bruehl

Market Manager Atlantic Division

Shannon is an important member of our Atlantic DivisionBased out of our North Carolina office, Shannon heads up the southern Eastern seaboard states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

With over 20 years of Sales and Sales Management experience, Shannon brings her passion for building and maintaining customer relationships to our wine sales team.

Shannon’s “Customer First” mentality leads to outstanding success in building and maintaining genuine relationships with key corporate decision makers. She has an excellent level of customer retention and loyalty and enjoys bringing others together and forming strategic alliances to serve our customer needs.

Shannon is no stranger to the wine and hospitality industry having grown up with family business connections in local Michigan restaurants. She has worked in several aspects of the wine industry over the years and is excited to continue with Wine Brokers; networking, building and strengthening relationships as well as New Business Development

Shannon is originally from Michigan, currently residing in Charlotte, NC for the past 7 years. Shannon loves the outdoors; enjoying her close proximity to the ocean and mountains which allows wonderful family time with her husband Ken, 14 year old son Devon and their famed English Bulldog “Stafford”!

Mr. Alberto Lataliste

Director of Portfolio Development-Pacific Division

Working with our Executive Sales team, Alberto will focus on Supplier and Wholesaler development in the Pacific Division. Alberto Latalisteis a Bilingual Senior Sales executive expert with over 18 years of experience in luxury wine sales and the restaurant business in the US.

Alberto has an extensive background in the production and development of wine including developing private label & control brands for national key accounts & distributors. He knows the nuances of the international wine business which will enrich our national presence in the wine and spirits industry.

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he moved to the US in 2001 where he co-founded Gaucho Imports, a premium wine import business based in San Francisco, CA.Alberto developed an Argentine, California, Spanish & Chilean wine portfolio with his partner and subsequently imported the wines into the US market. He then placed the wines into distribution working with distributors throughout the US and developed different sales and marketing programs to bring the wines into market.

Recently returning to his beloved Marin County in California. He now lives in Novato, CA with his treasured sons enjoying family time in the great outdoors.

Ms. Amanda Read

Director of Portfolio Development- Pacific Northwest

Amanda had a unique path that led her into the spirits industry that started heavily in the financial services industry. She held varied positions in the beginning of her career – everything from project management of a major credit card company to COO of a commodity brokerage.

In 2009, she decided to embrace her entrepreneurial spirit and combine her love for small business and true data in launching her own company Read Mobile Marketing. Read Mobile Marketing is a marketing agency that focuses on helping businesses meet people exactly where they are – on their phones. Combining the power of text message marketing, social media and digital marketing to give brands a competitive advantage.

It didn’t take long for Amanda to discover her passion for helping restaurants, bars, breweries, wineries and other alcohol related brands grow their businesses through her unique marketing strategies. In doing so not only has she been able to help thousands of clients, she has also been recognized twice as one of the top 40 marketers under 40 as well as one of the mobile marketing women to watch.

In 2020, realizing how her strategies could help spirits brands grow she decided to launch another division doing just that. She has been able to successfully help them harness the power of social media, text message and digital marketing to grow their brands.

While Amanda originally started her business in Oregon as a single mom of 5 kids, she now resides in Missoula, Montana with her partner Tim and their (combined!) 10 kids, 3 cats and 1 dog. She is also the author of Unapologetically ME – a guide to living your best life for moms who own businesses. In her free time, she enjoys anything outside from camping to hiking to having a drink on the patio and playing hockey.

Mr. Jerry Harrod

Market Manager Arkansas”

Jerry  Harrod graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1978 with a B.S.E. degree in education.  After teaching and Coaching for two years Jerry began his career in the wine and spirits business in the spring of 1978 with  Strauss Distributors, a Little Rock Arkansas based distributor. Starting out as a territory salesman Jerry moved to General Sales manager in January 1983 then eventually VP of Sales in 1991. Strauss Distributors became the premier wine distributor in Arkansas. In May 2005 Strauss Distributors sold to Glazers and consolidated with the other Glazer companies. Jerry joined Moon Distributors as VP of Sales  in February 2008 and will be retiring December 31st, 2019.

After forty one plus years in the Wine and Spirits business Jerry still has the desire to spend time in the markets  assisting suppliers in developing brands.

Jerry has been married to his wife Karen for 43 years. They have two children and four grandchildren. He enjoys spending his time gardening, cooking, fishing, hunting and special moments with his grandchildren.

Mr. Walter Seligman

National, Divisional, Regional Industry Executive & Consultant

Walter Seligman, Industry Expert and Direct “Consult” to the Wine Brokers Executive Team as it relates to the Eastern Seaboard from Maine to Florida.

Walter is a Wine Professional with more than 35 years experience in all tiers of the three-tier system. Having worked extensively in the restaurant industry early in his career, then in retail wine sales in Washington, D.C. and distributor management with Forman Bros. His first supplier position was helping to build Louis Martini and Wente wines, from there he helped build brands across the country such as Beaulieu Vineyards, Clos du Bois, William Hill, G.H. Mumm, Perrier Jouet, Atlas Peak, Campo Viejo, Rosenblum Cellars and most recently Hammeken Cellars, Spain.

Walter lives in a rural part of Virginia with his wife Dawn. In his free time he enjoys hiking, fishing, swimming, and most of all spending time with his two grown children, and two young grandkids.

Mr. Robert Hourihan

Strategic Importer, Compliance & Logistics

Robert Hourihan is our preferred import partner. Based out of New York City and with his warehouse located in New Jersey provides Robert with excellent access and regular communication to the ports of New York and New Jersey.

Robert’s company, R&K Imports & Distributions has been successfully importing wines and spirits from all over the world for over a decade. Robert has worked in every aspect of the three-tier US system during his time in the U.S. giving him unique insight into everything involved from logistics to compliance. He began his wine journey working with a French winery who he represented in 34 states in the U.S.

After 4 years here, he moved on to create his own company bringing all the lessons he learned along the way with him. Robert is currently living in New York with his Fiancé Lauren and their adopted pets, Bran and Valentina.

Mr. Glynn Gutzeit

Director Spirits Portfolio Development & “Master of Spirits” Education

Wine Brokers would like to welcome another industry expert, Mr. Glynn Gutzeit. In addition to his four decades as a General Motors engineer – leading a team of engineers at the GM Proving Grounds in Milford – he has spent the past 40 years as a Bartender and leading expert of Liquor Management.

For the past 20 years, Glynn has conducted numerous spirits tasting programs at Michigan State University. Glynn has also provided his expertise to many high-end on-premise events at such distinguished locations as Five Lakes Grill and Portofino’s.

 Glynn has consulted for many Liquor distributors in the southeastern Michigan area on the adoption and sales of new liquor products. He has consulted with bar and restaurant owners on the opening and management of upscale properties. Finally, one of his larger accolades, Glynn created an industry manual on the mixing and presentation of cocktails.

 Glynn has lived in the Highland area for more than 20 years. He has been happily married to his wife Leslie for 30 years; the couple has one son, Scott.

Mr. Lee A. Hershey

Director of Wine Education

In the 1960’s, Lee Hershey belonged to a number of Food & Wine Clubs. He loved wine & it was his hobby…Lee graduated from Michigan State University with a Business Degree. Lee has managed a number of small business & owned a few during the years. Those years led Lee to managing a series of Wine & High end Liquor establishments in Metro Detroit, Michigan. Throughout these many years Lee found employment within three very well-known wholesaler’s in Michigan. During the 70’s & 80’s Lee Hershey represented wineries from all over the world inside the Wholesaler Distribution system. In the early 90’s Lee’s reputation as premier wine educator locally led him to a “Wine Consulting business” he started where he assisted very high end On & Off Premise accounts.

Lee Hershey had the honor of being an “Ambassador” for the famous Beaulieu Vineyard Winery (a 100 year Old Napa Valley property). During his role, he managed 8 wine events each week for 4 years. Lee has been honored over the years as the “Sommelier” at the Bay Harbor Yacht Club. Perhaps his most infamous and rewarding adventure has been the last 3o years as “Wine Education Director” at Schoolcraft Culinary College in Oakland County, Michigan.

Further, Lee enjoys his occasional glass of Scotch Whiskey. Lee is a “LIFELONG FELLOW” of the Academy of Malt Scotch Whiskey Society…

Finally, if you ever ask Lee how he is doing he will likely state “I am above average today and couldn’t be doing better”…Lee is a walking “Wine Encyclopedia” and his knowledge of the 3 Tier System and the Wine Industry is without reproach…
Wine Brokers is honored to say he is part of our team!
May God Bless Him!

Executive Administration & Marketing Team

Ms. Madison Workman

Executive Director of Administration

Madison has been involved with the restaurant business since high school and has even dabbled in fine dining, which is where she found her passion for wine and spirits. She loves traveling and finding new wineries and distilleries and learning the history behind them.

Madison grew up in South Lyon, Michigan along with her two younger brothers Roy and Jack. At a young age she discovered the game of hockey and quickly became infatuated with it, spending every second she could at the rink. She has traveled across the country following her dreams on the ice. Her coaches growing up helped instill a strong work ethic and sense of determination that she will never lose.

Taking her love of hockey the extra step, Madison attended Davenport University where she played at the collegiate level while studying marketing. This is where she adopted her dog, Molson, and they have been inseparable ever since. Madison loves taking Molson on adventures and values the time she has with her friends and family.

Mrs. Nicole McAllister

Executive Assistant Administration and Marketing

Nicole is a born and raised Michigander. Born and living in the Upper Peninsula as a small child before her family relocated to Denver for a few years then eventually moving back to Michigan where she lived in the Southeast area, mainly in the Oakland County/Waterford area.

She spent some time at Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan Universities with a major in Elementary Education. She put her education on hold to start a family in which she spent her time raising three beautiful, smart, and talented daughters. After 15 years as a stay-at-home, Nicole re-entered the workforce by becoming a paraeducator for elementary aged children with emotional impairments.

She enjoys cheering on her daughters in their various soccer and dance events. Spending quality time with family and friends is important to her. Although Nicole considers herself a homebody, she does like to venture out to try new restaurants, shops, or traveling.

Nicole resides in Waterford with her family, 1 snake, 5 cats, and dog.

Ms. Lauren Lucia

Director of Social Media and Marketing

Lauren graduated from Oakland University with a degree in Finance and a minor in Economics. In college, she participated in the Business Scholars Program where she was selected to compete against other students in business competitions where she utilized her keen marketing strategies. Her passion and diverse skill set allows her to design and develop content driven to increase business for clients.

Lauren grew up in Metro Detroit with her two sisters – Alexandra and Julia. At a young age, she discovered her love for both volleyball and tennis which she continues to play to this day.
Lauren enjoys cooking & baking, family trips to Northern Michigan, and spending time with her family & friends. Her favorite dessert to make is her aunt Rosemary’s Pistachio Cake!

Mr. Steven Schwartz


Heading up our accounting department is Steven Schwartz. Steven graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI with a BA in Business and shortly thereafter returned to Walsh College In Troy, MI and obtained an MS in Finance. Steven has also completed an Associates Degree in Accounting at Oakland Community College.

Steven began his business career working in several banks and credit unions doing credit, billing and collection work in 2015 he became a Certified Pro Advisor with Intuit QuickBooks. His expertise includes:

  • Bank Reconciliations
  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • Invoicing and Billing

Steven is known for being organized, extremely communicative and detail-oriented. He enjoys swimming daily and Classical music concerts. Steven became a Certified Pro Advisor through the QuickBooks Training process in both Desktop and Cloud Accounting Online.

Wine Brokers is fortunate to have such an organized and detail orientated individual to head up our accounting department!

Mr. Paul Martinez

Wine Broker’s Graphic Art Designer

Paul Martinez is an expert Graphic Designer with over 20 years of expertise. After graduating from Michigan State University, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, he has worked in various capacities as a freelance graphic designer, and as an advertising/marketing designer for several well-known print advertising corporations.

His love of art and design does not stop at the workplace, as his hobbies include woodworking, an occasional scrimshaw project and getting lost in a meaningful book. An avid outdoorsman, he very much enjoys camping, kayaking and bike riding. Paul’s true passion is his wife Johannah and their two boys, Liam and Matéo.
Wine Broker’s enjoys working along side such a
talented designer and creative mind.

Chef Joe Olson

Director of Culinary Education

Joseph Madore-Olson has had a love of cooking for as long as he can remember. He started his passion at a local favorite steakhouse where he worked and developed his passion for food. He then attended culinary school at “The Culinary Institute of Arts, LeCordon Blue in Chicago”.  Joe has worked at many different venues, from the Bears Stadium, Michelin star restaurants, and top local restaurants. He enjoys private catering events for a wide variety of clientele.

Chef Joseph’s passion and expertise is food and beverage pairings. Chef cooked for events pairing with fine wines, craft beer, and spirits. His love of cooking and unique talent caught attention from local food critics and he was featured in Hour Detroit magazine.

When he isn’t cooking he enjoys spending time with his wife of 12 years and their 2 children. They try to spend as much time as possible up north enjoying being outdoors and riding ATVs. Joseph and his wife love to travel and search for the best food and wine to enjoy.

Wine Brokers is pleased to have Chef Joe as a part of our growing team to offer excellent adult beverages and education to our customers.