Our Team

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  • Ronnie Sanders

    President

    Email: ronnie@vsimports.com

    Ronnie Sanders' gifted palate and visionary spirit has made Vine Street Imports a flourishing presence, since its debut in 1999. Sanders, born and raised in South Jersey, acquired a passion for fine wine at a young age. Although Sanders' love for wine was apparent early, his career in wine importing was not immediate.

    Sanders attended the University of Hartford in Connecticut, completing his studies with a Bachelor of Arts in business. Upon graduating, he worked with Materials International, a family-owned textile importing company. In the mid 1990s Sanders began exporting California wines, and ambitiously formed Far East Wine Traders, exporting wines to numerous regions of Asia where he purchased fabric, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia.

    While exporting wines from the United States, Sanders' dream of importing rare wines became a reality through a newly formed partnership with Michael Twelftree of Two Hands Wines in Australia. Their collaboration was a leisure pursuit until Sanders began working for Vine Street Imports. His goal of importing and distributing wines from the emerging regions of Washington State, New Zealand, and Australia, was the driving force behind creating the Vine Street Imports brand.

    Much of Sanders' expertise is attributed to his dedicated travels all over the world and his commitment to discovering the finest wines. His ventures have included trips to Italy, France, India, Australia, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Malaysia and the entire United States. Sanders both conceived and launched a private wine label known as the Lost Highway Project, with Parker scores ranging from 93-96. When selecting which wines to carry on this label, Sanders considers maturation and blending as well as the discovery of the finest wines for the connoisseur, expert enthusiast and novice

  • Lori Sanders

    Chief Financial and Operating Officer

    Email: lori@vsimports.com

    Lori Sanders has spent her career in finance and business management. It was that experience, coupled with entrepreneurial desire, that led her to the helm of finance and operations for Vine Street Imports.

    Upon graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics, Lori began her career in finance at the First Pennsylvania Bank in the Corporate Banking department. She worked as a commercial officer, facilitating the financing of healthcare companies in the region. Gaining experience and knowledge of the investment-banking arena, she moved on to work in the Corporate Finance department at CoreStates. It was at CoreStates that Lori confirmed her skills as a financial expert and as a proficient writer. She authored and produced an internal weekly financial newsletter for all CoreStates employees.

    In 1994, Lori, along with her brother Ronnie, joined forces to run their family-owned textile business, Materials International. During her 10-year tenure, Lori managed the daily financial operations of the company and negotiated an $18 million financing deal. In addition to negotiating investment and financial transactions, she supervised yearly sales of over $50 million for Materials International.

    In 2003, Lori Sanders continued the business relationship with her brother in an emergent company, Vine Street Imports. Since that time VSI has grown into a nationally known and recognized force in the US wine market. VSI's success began by discovering distinct brands from emerging winemakers and has expanded and prospered through the corporate and financial strategy of Lori Sanders.

  • Ann Himelright

    Controller

    Email: ann@vsimports.com

    Ann is cool...and deceptively funny...and likes classic rock.

    Most importantly she can count correctly and has learned the antiquated software quickly.

  • Amanda Marrocco

    Licensing & Executive Assistant

    Email: amanda@vsimports.com

    Amanda is the Executive Assistant at Vine Street Imports. She is a life-long South Jersey resident and award winning alcohol enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, kayaking, camping, Netflix and scenic walks with her husband and their Pomeranian, Kesha.

  • Kathy Wilson

    Inventory Manager

    Email: kathy@vsimports.com

    Kathy has recently come to Vine Street as our new Inventory Control Manager. Possessing more than 15 years of experience in food distribution, it was her unrelenting passion, enthusiasm and success in selling extensive product lines for dozens of manufacturers that caught the eye of Sysco Foods in Pokomoke, MD, who was
    able to steal Kathy away from the brokering business.

    Following 5 years in broad-line food distribution sales, Kathy then challenged herself with specialty food distribution. This role brought her out from behind the wheel and into the office, developing a program whereby specialty foods were redistributed to Sysco Foods in Philadelphia. That program grew from a few cases a week to hundreds of cases weekly just by Kathy educating salespeople in specialty foods, organizing food shows and
    manufacturer demo's, and eventually purchasing products direct from the manufacturer. Her latest challenge was in the seafood business - hired by Samuels & Son Seafood in Philadelphia, the largest seafood distributor
    in the mid-Atlantic. In the position of Regional Sales Manager, Kathy was all over the Tri-State area.

    Finally, after more than 500,000 miles driven in her sales & marketing career, she is incredibly
    excited to find a home at Vine Street Imports and share her past experiences in her exciting new world of wines & spirits! In her spare time, Kathy and her husband Jason, who reside in South Jersey, enjoy dining out, but mostly cooking at home. (Kathy fashions herself as the next Top Chef Home Cook). They also enjoy laughing at everything, fighting over the remote for ESPN or the Food Network, going to concerts or Phillies' games, spending time with their families, vacationing in beautiful Saratoga Springs NY, and making bets during football season as to whether her beloved NY Giants will beat his Philadelphia Eagles!!

  • Aaron Meeker

    Regional Sales Manager - Northeast

    Email: meeker@vsimports.com

    Fascination with wine - It didn't quite start in the womb, but definitely at a young age. From not fully divulging his age (like Latin American baseball players) and waiting tables fine dining at 15 to being probably the only Jewish kid at Oral Roberts University (and definitely the only one in the wine biz)…the quest for the grape has been one of ebbs and flows.

    Aaron graduated from ORU (wee bit conservative Christian school in Tulsa, OK) while amassing a small wine collection (which was certainly forbidden and after spending 40 days and 40 nights consecutively writing 'water into wine not wine into water,' he finally understood the rules of the school. Aaron's first job out of undergrad was working for Octagon, an international mega-conglomerate of sports and entertainment marketing, athlete representation and event management. While waking up at 4am after heavy boozing the night before and slamming stakes into the ground and meshing porta-potties with his favorite Jamaican friends seemed fun, it grew tiresome to say the least. Handling the sports marketing dollars for large companies was always a goal but was certainly not a passion.

    He was relocated from NYC/SW Connecticut back to Oklahoma where he eventually transitioned back into the F&B world. Handling the wine list for world-renowned Southern Hills Country Club was a great experience. Pawning Gruner Veltliner and Rebo off for KJ Chard and Blackstone Merlot made for some interesting conversations with the membership. The end result produced a rocking wine list for a conservative country club. Sales and margins increased and everyone was happy. Working nearly every day and night took its toll and change was on the horizon.

    A call from one Larry David Fleming, owner of LDF Sales & Distribution (VSI's KS Distributor) came and a new challenge was thus born. Taking a Coors/Miller distributor in Kansas to the land of fermented grape juice! Aaron would not compromise his vision for fine wine in the Sunflower State. The journey began with a phone call to Ronnie Sanders about representation in KS and would continue with selling great wines like Lopez de Heredia, Peay, BOND Estates, Littorai, Vilmart, Pingus, etc. Aaron realized that his passion for wine was consuming all of him and tasting and learning more was a necessity.

    The next chapter was written in January of 2012 with a transition to schlepping killer booze for VSI…

  • Brian Jewell

    Regional Sales Manager - Midwest

    Email: brian@vsimports.com

    Still waiting on this as patiently as Kansas City Royals fans waited on a World Series championship - hopefully it's not 30 years...

    Well, a week before opening day 2016, Brian wrote this:

    "At a young age Brian had one passion in life and it was the same passion of every teenager who’s ever played in a rock band, to forget normal life and make it big. Luckily he was also a realist and kept focused on his college education all while rocking out to dorm parties, summer festivals and good old fashioned bar gigs. Soon after hitting legal drinking age he discovered his newest passion, wine, all while binge watching the first seasons of The Sopranos. It started small and cheap with nothing to guide him except the biggest sale tags at his local grocer. Finally after college, Brian took his interest for wine and walked into a fine wine shop in Kansas City to get exposure to better wines, and oddly enough shopping that day turned into a job interview the next. That’s all it took to reel him in completely. After spending some time as a retail buyer an opportunity to work at the hottest wine bar in the city opened up and what better way to accompany his relentless pursuit of stardom in the music world than working a job where you make your own hours. Over time though adulthood got the best of Brian and slowly he transitioned from the night walking, party hopping, drum rocking lifestyle into a good old fashioned corporate wine distributor job, where all three of those parts of his “normality” took a smaller role. This was not the end vision for Brian though, as he knew the minute he first started meeting wine suppliers as a retail buyer that that was where he wanted to take his wine career. Finally after three years schlepping wine on the streets of Kansas City to some of the best retail shops and restauranteurs, Brian snatched up the opportunity to not only work for one of the most exciting importers in the market, but to also team back up with longtime friend and wine smasher, Aaron Meeker. While the drumsticks have taken a back seat, they new journey will never completely smother his love of making music; it just happens on a steering wheel or tray table a lot more now."

    Obviously the third person perspective enhances Brian's level of importance :)

  • Caroline Conrad

    Regional Sales Manager - West

    Email: caroline@vsimports.com

    Caroline graduated from Boston University with her B.S. in Hospitality Management. Her first post-college experience was spent as a Kitchen Server at Thomas Keller's Per Se. After such an invaluable experience, she continued her restaurant career in NYC with Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich as the GM of their high-volume Greenwich Village hotspot, Otto, for 4 years. She then moved on to assist with the opening of the 50,000-square-foot Italian market, Eataly, in Chicago, and soon after led the opening of Mario and Joe's Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca in Boston, MA.

    Following much time managing Italian restaurants, Caroline will always have a soft spot for Italian wine. With that said, Caroline discovered Vine Street Imports after opening a bottle of one of its wines, Le Ragnaie Rosso di Montalcino, for some of her regular guests. Moving back to her hometown city of Philadelphia was always a goal and this discovery only accelerated that plan. The rest is history... she is happy to be home and proud to be a part of such a wonderful company.

  • James Nolan

    Pennsylvania Sales Manager

    Email: james@vsimports.com

    Jim Nolan, a Vine Street Imports veteran, developed a background in wine while working for nine years at Joe Canal’s Discount Liquor Outlet in Marlton, New Jersey. Jim is a graduate from Rutgers University School of Business, with a B.S. in Marketing. He was born and raised in Delran, New Jersey, and currently resides in South Jersey.

  • Lili Shariati

    Philadelphia Sales

    Email: lili@vsimports.com

    After graduating with a degree in Public Relations from Syracuse University, Lili packed two suitcases and boarded a plane for San Diego, fueled by visions of fish tacos and cervezas on sun-drenched beaches. There, she started what was meant to be a fairly straight-forward career trajectory in the world of communications with her first job at an advertising firm.

    For years, she fit in a passion for food and wine on the side – attending culinary school part-time…working at catering gigs…a stolen month to travel to Tuscany to pick olives…a stint as a cheese-monger. Finally, in 2013, a trip to California’s wine country altered her career path for good. A tasting in Napa Valley turned into a two-year position working in sales and marketing at Kelly Fleming Wines in Calistoga.

    Today, she’s back on the East Coast expanding her palate with Vine Street Import’s incredible portfolio and expanding her waistline eating her way through Philly’s killer food scene.

    Lili loves bad pick-up lines and good jokes. She can sabre a bottle of bubbles with a spoon, and does a better-than-average robot.

  • Danielle Tersigni-Stevens

    Pennsylvania Sales

    Email: danielle@vsimports.com

    Danielle Tersigni-Stevens recently returned to Philadelphia after 7 years of wine experience in Boston. She has rejoined VSI where she was the first full-time sales representative for VSI from 2002 through 2004 and is thrilled to be back. Danielle has deep wine experience in French, Italian, California, Washington, Oregon, Australia and other wine regions. She has represented a wide variety of portfolios, including Leonardo LoCascio, Becky Wasserman, Jorge Ordonez portfolio and worked with Capital Wine and Spirits, Berkshire Wine Company, Boston Wine Company/Winebow, and Oz Wine Company. Danielle attended Widener University for hospitality management. In her free time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

  • Jarrod Finn

    New Jersey Sales - Central

    Email: jarrod@vsimports.com

    Jarrod caught the wine bug while living in southern Spain during college. He travelled the land, tasted new wines and visited wineries in the region. From there he took his interest in the wine world a step further working at a wine bar that touted an extensive, ever-changing list of varietals and regions. The more he learned, the more he grew. The big gain in knowledge propelled him to manage a small wine shop where he grew his palate meeting winemakers and tasting wines from around the world. Looking to grow further in the wine world, he made the switch to the distributor side and we couldn’t be happier that he did. Just a small town guy looking to make it in the big city, one case of wine at a time!

  • Alyssa Mount

    New Jersey Sales - Western

    Email: alyssa@vsimports.com

    Alyssa grew up in the small town of Stockton, New Jersey and recently graduated from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!). She received her degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management and has completed several internships as a cellar rat, event assistant, and tasting room server. After her first couple months as a cellar rat, she convinced her Dad to plant a vineyard in their backyard. In 2014, she planted Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, Covered Bridge Vineyard grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Riesling, and Syrah. After moving on from two internships at New Jersey’s largest vineyard, she began two more internships at Long Island’s largest winery. She graduated in December 2016 and after passing her level one sommelier exam, she joined Vine Street imports ready for a challenge. In her spare time, you can catch her traveling to new places, watching Netflix, spending time with her cocker spaniel Maggie, or relaxing with a glass of wine.

  • Chad Umansky

    New Jersey Sales - South

    Email: chad@vsimports.com

    Chad “The Tie Guy” formerly of White Horse Wine & Spirits in Absecon, NJ has ditched his tie collection to get back out on the street and sell wines that he loves to a wider audience. He is an eclectic wine guy who is passionate about all things fermented (bread, cheese, wine, beer and spirits). When not talking about wine, you can find him in the kitchen whipping up batches of sourdough bread, beef jerky and homemade ginger beer. He lives in Cherry Hill, NJ with his amazing family of 2 young redheaded children and wife Kimberly with whom he just celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary in 2016.

  • Derrick Vanduzer

    New Jersey Sales - North

    Email: derrick@vsimports.com

    Derrick started in the restaurant business at the age of 16 when most kids had odd jobs. Derrick worked at Montrachet in Tribeca NYC, the highly acclaimed 3 star institution. He would later travel to live and work in Burgundy where he decided that grand cru white Burgundy might be equal or possibly better than cold can beer! So that's when he decided to dive into the rabbit hole of the world of fine wine. After meeting restaurateur Chris Cannon he would spend almost 20 years working for the James Beard Award winner on and off.. After moving the family out of the city and into the burbs of New Jersey, Derrick decided that actually seeing the sunset and cooking dinner for his lovely wife Rebecca was of the utmost importance. Vine Street Imports asked if you want to “dork out” about wine than this is the place for you!! The rest is history #corkdorksrule

  • Rachel Popovitch

    New Jersey Sales - Shore

    Email: rachel@vsimports.com

    Rachel has been involved in all aspects of the restaurant world for 10 years ranging from server/bartender to manager. She took a brief amount of time off to get her Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology in Chicago and to try corporate America, only to quickly realize her true passion was wine.

    After spending some time touring around Italy, Greece, Portugal and Spain she returned back to New Jersey eager to enter into the world of wine. Utilizing her background in wine and connections she’s made along the way, she came across Vine Street Imports through a referral and knew it would be a perfect fit to allow her to ’Geek Out’ on some delicious wines.

    In her spare time you will find her reading, paddle boarding on the Jersey Shore, dancing, attempting to cook and enjoying a relaxing night with friends.. and a few bottles of vino!

  • Ben Forsee

    New Jersey Sales - North

    Email: ben@vsimports.com

    Ben was first exposed to the world of fine wine while working at a French café at the age of 16 in Missouri. Serving Dover Sole and learning what "mise en place" was sounded cool. That experience allowed him to be the only line cook not of legal age in a white tablecloth wine bar in Michigan where he expanded his knowledge of fine wine and food pairing's while prepping for monthly wine dinners.

    He attended Western Michigan University majoring in marketing and economics. He moved on to become a retail wine buyer for three years before taking a position in national accounts with Constellation Brands. That role, and chasing after a woman, eventually led him to New Jersey to work for Fedway Associates as a Brand Manager.

    After a short period of time in small business, he decided to re-enter the wine industry, vowing to never be behind a desk again. His search for a company and portfolio dedicated to world-class fine wine and independent producers, led him to Vine Street Imports.

    On the weekends you can find Ben cooking for friends, flyfishing in a nearby stream, or outside out of cell reception with his two boxers.

  • Brian Growney

    Delaware Sales

    Email: bgrowney@vsimports.com

    Coming soon...