Vino Maestro will be managed by Cris Martin and Bob Williams. After the launch of the business, as sales volumes increase, an associate manager may be hired to help with day-to-day store operations.
Cris Martin: Managing Partner
Cris has over 25 years of management experience in the retail, financial services and newspaper publishing businesses. After graduating with a B.A. from Bigten State University in 1981, Cris worked his way up the career ladder in retail management positions for Jensen's, Hollard's, and Northbank. In 1986, he became an assistant vice president with Hanson Trust. In 1988, he launched his first business, Atlantic Racquet Club. As the CEO of the organization, he learned, first hand, everything it takes to start and operate a small retail business in a major city. In the 1990's, Cris worked as a newspaper executive, first for the Metropolis Star and later for the Gotham City Times, where as director of business operations he was a key member of the management team that launched and grew the gothamcitytimes.com website.
Cris holds an MBA degree in finance and accounting from Burke University, a B.A. in psychology from Bigten State University, and a Higher Certificate degree from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust.
Robert Williams: Managing Partner
Bob brings over 20 years of wine trade expertise and executive management skills to our company. For the last ten years, Bob served as the director of food and beverages for the Prestige Athletic Club, an $8 million/year operation where he personally selected the club's wine list (of over 100 wines), coordinated over 20 wine tastings, taught wine classes, and developed relationships with some of the top wine makers in the world. As a volume buyer for the PAC, he has done business with many of the wine and liquor distributors and importers who cover the metro New York area.
Prior to his position at the PAC, Bob spent more than a dozen years in restaurant management positions--as restaurant manager of Mr. E's in Houston, Partner and general manager of the Fieldstone Restaurant in Minneapolis, and restaurant manager for the Pinnacle Hotel in Boston.
After graduating from Tellford University in 1983 with a B.A. degree in history, Bob earned a Higher Certificate with Distinction from the Wine and Spirit Education Trust, and a Certified Sommelier degree from the Sommelier Society of America.
The following table shows the personnel needed for Vino Maestro.