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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 Water Goddess | Winemaker | Ondine Chattan Ondine is a passionate Sonoma County winemaker with experience ranging from cult boutique producers to notable household name brands. Her love of the diversity of Sonoma and California at large fuels her enthusiasm for making a range of varietals from Sauvignon Blanc to Cabernet. Ondine takes a hands-on, multidisciplinary approach to winemaking- a credit to her years spent earning a Master’s of Science in Enology from Fresno State and a Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

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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, 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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Snow White | Jennifer McKeough | Director of Sales, National Accounts Jennifer brings 25+ years of diverse wine experience to our Team. Her unique breadth of experience covers all facets of the industry! She launched her career on the wholesale side with Young’s Market Co. in CA. Following Young’s, Jennifer began honing her skills on the supplier side with Trinchero Family Estates & then Constellation. She was then recruited by HEB grocery stores in TX for the role of Retail Wine Buyer. After two years at HEB, the supplier side came calling again & in the years that followed she held Executive sales & management roles within several high profile wine companies; Banfi Vintners, Palm Bay, Fetzer, & most recently with Folio as their Director of National Accounts. Jennifer is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) & continues her study of wine – which is as much her hobby as her career. Cooking for family & friends, traveling the globe & drinking a great glass(or two) of red wine, makes Jennifer a happy lady!

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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 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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The Fixer | 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 & 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 sun set over the ocean, & will never turn down a glass of Syrah!

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The Snow Angel | Accountant | Alex Anderson Alex came to us fresh from Idaho, where he had most recently worked for a non-profit accounting firm. He is a recent graduate from Boise State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting & Finance. Alex is an avid hiker, snowboarder, mountain climber…an outdoorsman extraordinaire! New to the California wine scene, his beverage of choice is a nice cold IPA from his home state of Idaho, although we are confident it will be a juicy California Cabernet in no time.