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February 10, 2011 · by Tim Jones · Team

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We are excited to announce that Cara Pepper Day has joined GreatVines as Business Development Manager.  Cara will be working with prospective customers to demonstrate how they can use our application to manage and grow their business, and get them started on the implementation process once they sign on. Welcome Cara!

Cara has a high energy personality and a great love for Pinot Noir.  For near ten years Cara has built her breadth of sales and marketing knowledge working with wineries producing 1,000 to over 100,000 cases. She spent many years on the road working with top distributors and selling to the best restaurants and retailers in the country.

Cara started her career in the wine industry at a boutique winery in the Dundee Hills.  As the General Manager it was a great stepping stone to join one of Oregon’s largest Pinot Noir producers where she grew to lead the national sales team.  Most recently working in a consulting capacity, Cara offers brand, marketing, and sales strategies that lead to increased sales and net profit.  She understands the great importance of interdepartmental collaboration, planning and execution which make her a perfect addition to the GreatVines team.
October 19, 2010 · by Jim Thompson · News, Team
Technology executive and Beverage Alcohol veteran to drive corporate strategy, alliances and operations at rapidly growing firm

Portland, OR – October 20, 2010
GreatVines announced today that it has appointed John Collins to lead the company as CEO effective immediately. This move will help GreatVines better align executive resources and internal expertise with the demand for its innovative cloud computing products, while setting a clear growth path for the delivery of software licenses and accompanying services to ensure customer success.

Collins will leverage almost 20 years managing strategic IT and IS resources relating to the management of complex technology initiatives. Collins joins GreatVines from Leslie Rudd Investments, parent company of Standard Beverage Corporation, Dean & Deluca, Rudd Wines and Distillery No.209, where he served as Chief Information Officer. Prior to that engagement Collins spent a decade with Beringer and Foster’s Wine Estates in both Executive IT and Marketing capacities.

“I am extremely excited to join the GreatVines team” said Collins. “I am a firm believer in cloud computing, the GreatVines solution and it’s potential to help alcoholic beverage suppliers and distributors grow their businesses during trying times for our industry. I am delighted to help the company grow and further our product and services offerings.” Under Collins’ leadership, GreatVines will invest heavily in its core trade CRM and depletions reporting product as well as their Sales Order entry module, recently implemented at Jackson Family Estates, parent company of Kendall Jackson Wines and Regal Wine Company, on the platform.

“We are thrilled to have John lead the GreatVines team, and further our mission to provide the leading trade management tool in this industry,” said Tim Jones, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President. “He has been a GreatVines prospect multiple times, and also a buying customer. John is a respected thought leader among the Beverage Alcohol IT community, and has unique insight into our value proposition.”

About GreatVines

GreatVines creates innovative software on the cloud platform for managing sales, trade marketing and order fulfillment for companies in the Beverage Alcohol industry. Notable clients include Kendall Jackson, Rémy Cointreau USA and Craft Brewers Alliance. GreatVines also provides consulting and implementation services for suppliers and distributors of wine, spirits and beer through the 3-tier wholesale system. GreatVines is an ISV and OEM partner of (NYSE:CRM) and VAR partner of Nielsen’s Beverage Data Network.

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