Wineries

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The Professional Diver | CEO / Founder | Yoav Gilat Yoav launched Cannonball Wines with 20 + years of diverse experience in consumer goods & beverages. Born and raised in Israel, Yoav moved to the UK in 1994 & studied Law at University of Kent. Following graduation, Yoav practiced law for three years before moving on to Tymco Beer Ltd., where he managed business development for brands including; Red Bull, Corona, Beringer, Masi, Fonseca, Planeta & others. Yoav then pursued his MBA at Columbia Business School & Haas School of Business/Berkeley & further deepened his industry experience by providing strategy & marketing services to Constellation with their brands; Blackstone Winery & The Campari Group - SKYY Vodka. Today, Yoav oversees all day-to-day operations as well as the company’s distributor & international sales networks in over 60 markets. True to the Cannonball spirit, Yoav is a professional scuba diver & Cabernet is his “go-to” varietal.


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The Wizard of Winemaking | Winemaker / co-Founder | Dennis Hill Dennis holds 40+ years of winemaking expertise, he mastered his talent at wineries of all sizes; Seghesio, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Hayman & Hill & was the magic behind the wildly successful Blackstone Merlot. Aside from being our Wizard of Winemaking, Dennis is a true Sonoma County man & enjoys hunting the deepest corners of the area for mushrooms. When he is not perfecting our wines, he enjoys sipping a good Riesling.


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The Batsman | Chairman | Lawrence Seeff  Lawrence holds 20+ years of experience leading privately held, billion-dollar firms in the global real estate & financial sectors. He is a tremendous asset in advising both business & financial affairs for the Company. Lawrence always aspires to the highest level of achievement; he was a former South African first-class cricketer & has climbed 5 of the 7 world’s highest peaks. Naturally Pinotage, the signature grape of South Africa, is Lawrence’s favorite.


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The One and Only | Director of Marketing | Kelley Deal Kelley brings 20+ years of diversified wine industry experience to the Team. She began her career at De Loach Vineyards, where she acquired 7 years of sales & marketing experience. Kelley spent the next 13 years in key marketing roles throughout the industry: online with wine.com, print & media at Wine Country Living Magazine & consulting for digital wine marketing company, Vintank. Food, wine & a good laugh are some of Kelley’s favorite things & it is a rare moment that she would pass on a glass of chilled Sauvignon Blanc!


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The Mighty Minnie Mouse | Controller | Mimi Skinner Mimi brings 15+ plus years of accounting & finance experience. She has a strong history of performing her magic of making sense of numbers for ‘spirited’ beverages; prior to joining Share a Splash Wine Co., Mimi was an Accountant for Pelican Brewing Company & Pelican Pub & Restaurant. She enjoys cooking for family & friends, hiking, traveling & enjoying it all with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.


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The Scrapper 2.0 | Marketing & Operations Manager | Nick Pearl Nick came to the Team from Silicon Valley, where he was a key member of Oracle’s Customer Experience Applications Team. Prior to Oracle, Nick worked in Paso Robles, CA for both Peachy Canyon Winery & Kenneth Volk Vineyards, assisting in many capacities from tasting room to cellar to operations. Nick has a degree in Agriculture Business from California Polytechnic State University & he loves sports, traveling, cooking & running. He enjoys a nice Petite Sirah, or GSM blend if he is choosing a wine for the dinner table.


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Yoda | Vice President of Sales | Western U.S. | Gil Watkins Gil brings 25+ years to the sales force. He established himself as one of the most successful wine sales professionals in California while representing top producers such as: Ridge, ZD, Bonny Doon, Graham's Port & Stag's Leap Wine Cellars. Gil brings a wealth of experience, key trade contacts & invaluable insights to our team; he is a vital component in driving sales & channel relationships. Playing music with the Watkins Band & a glass of Pinot Noir make Gil a happy man!


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The Wine Stud | Director of Sales | Midwestern U.S. | Will Fuhrman Will brings 12+ years of fine wine experience to the Team. Born & raised in Paris, he launched his career as Product Manager for Chateauonline.com. Will then progressed to the supplier side as Brand Ambassador for Champagne Laurent-Perrier/Spain. He moved up to National Manager for Vila Viniteca, then relocated to Chicago as Brand Ambassador for Paul Jaboulet Aîneé. Prior to joining the Team, he spent 4 years as the Fine Wine Manager for Palm Bay International. He holds his Master of Wines & Spirits (CIVS), WSET Certification Level 3. Will is an avid skier & his favorite wine is a Pinot Noir from Burgundy.


Photo of Lynn Mahlebjian The Queen | Director of Sales | Northeastern U.S. | Lynn Mahlebjian Lynn came to the Team from Purple Wine Company, where she managed the Mid-Atlantic region for 7 years. Prior to Purple Wine Co., Lynn made a significant mark within industry leaders with her roles at Constellation, Trinchero, Benziger & Gallo. Lynn has a Culinary Arts/Food Service Management degree from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI, a great asset in developing her strong foothold in the on-premise world. She loves cooking, traveling & theater arts, both as a patron & a performer. Lynn loves all wines but has a great passion for Sauvignon Blanc!
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The Cowgirl Jessie | Director of Sales | Southwestern U.S. | Sara Zeigler Sara started her career in 1981 as proprietor of her own restaurant, Sara Beth's, in Paris, Texas. Following that she was the wine buyer for a 3-store chain & then moved to the distributor side as a Sales Representative & then Area Manager for RNDC. Prior to joining the Team, Sara worked for 11 years on the supplier side as a Regional Manager with Robert Oatley Vineyards, Rutz Cellars & Blends Vineyards. Sara likes to work out, is an avid swimmer & her favorite wine is Pinot Noir.


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The Seeker | Director of Sales | Southeastern U.S. | Chrissy Beresford Chrissy brings 8+ years of experience in distributor management & sales to the Team. Previously, she made her mark as Trinchero Family Estates Portfolio Manager for Young’s Market Company of Arizona & Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida. Chrissy holds a Certified Specialist of Wine & also level 1 Sommelier Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. You may find her traveling, doing yoga or hiking & she is absolutely fascinated by the grape variety Chenin Blanc.


The Cosmo | Canada/Int’l Sales Director | Chantal Landreville Chantal brings with her 10 + years of successfully driving sales for some of the most prominent brands in the wine industry. Her years at Treasury Wine Estates & Wagner Family of Wines confirmed her ability to deliver results by building and leading peak performance sales teams. Originally based out of Montreal, Chantal got her start with LCC/Clos des Vignes Wine & Spirits, where she honed her skills & established strong industry alliances. With an affinity for travel, a love of tennis & the joy of friendships, it is a rare moment that doesn’t find Chantal with a big smile on her face & a big bold glass of red wine in her hand!


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The Hashtag | So. California Sales Manager | Nicole Lartigau Nicole has been a part of the wine world since birth, as her family has had a long heritage in the wine business. Being raised in the industry inspired Nicole to pursue a career in wine. After graduating Hofstra University, she dove right into sales at Sherry Lehmann Wine & Spirits in NYC, where she was quickly schooled on the customer experience & sales. Nicole then headed to Bordeaux, where she worked the 2015 harvest at Château Ausone in Saint- Émilion. Following the harvest, she held an internship with the International Sales & Marketing team at Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac. Nicole has an infectious sense of adventure and loves to travel the world, preferably with a glass of Rosé and beautiful view in sight!


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The Colonel | Production Manager | Lynne Chao Lynne came to the Team with 35+ years of impressive production & lab experience from wineries of all sizes; Far Niente, Cameron Hughes, Golden State Vintners & Rack & Riddle. Lynn enjoys foraging for wild mushrooms & her favorite wine is a skin fermented Gewürztraminer or Riesling.


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Operations Assistant | Megan Holst Megan came to Share a Splash Wine Co. from California's Central Coast, where she spent the last 6 years working for Sextant Wines in Edna Valley and Paso Robles.  Her interest in the wine business began when she was as a teenager...when she would spend time driving family around wine tasting in the Paso Robles area. Realizing that wine makes for a good time, it seemed a natural fit to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she gained a degree in Wine & Viticulture with a concentration in Wine Business. Megan loves baking, watching the sunset over the ocean, and will never turn down a glass of Syrah!