Winemaking production specialist, with more than 20 years of industry experience. Expertly manage fast-paced, high volume environments encompassing 35-80 employees and production of over 1 million cases per year. Motivational team leader, recognized for exceptional communication, organizational, and problem solving skills. Career reflects successful record of improving quality, efficiency, and productivity, with areas of expertise including:
RODNEY STRONG WINE ESTATES, Healdsburg, California ·1993-2012
Premium Sonoma County winery producing 1 million plus cases per year with approximately 200+ employees.
Assistant Winemaker / Cellarmaster
Managed daily production of wine in stainless cellars and barrel rooms. Recruited, hired, and supervised 35-80 employees, ensuring quality control, production efficiencies, and safety compliance. Managed and administered multi-million dollar departmental operational and payroll budgets. Recorded and reconciled daily wine production volume. Inventoried and maintained equipment, supplies, and additives and reconciled usage. Negotiated pricing with vendors and purchased supplies. Managed entire wine production lifecycle from coordinating grape deliveries and fermentation to bottling, coordinating with Bottling and Quality Control Supervisors.
·Effectively managed and accommodated growth of production from 60,000 to over 1 million cases per year.
·Overcame staff cultural and communication barriers while insuring quality and production objectives were met.
·Boosted efficiencies and product quality by introducing production and quality tracking forms and modernizing equipment, machinery, and chemicals.
·Significantly minimized product contamination by revamping sanitation practices.
·Reduced accidents and heightened safety awareness by updating department manuals, revising procedures, and implementing regular safety meetings.
·Improved inventory and production control by creating a relational database tracking over 60,000 barrels of wine prior to implementation of bar coding.
·Increased grape intake and production during harvest by effectively coordinating grape deliveries with growers and bulk wine shipments with freight companies.
EARLY CAREER ROLE
PIPER SONOMA WINERY, Sonoma County, California / Lead Cellarman
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Certificates in Wine Sensory and Winemaking
UC Davis Extension Courses, Davis, California
Grossmont College, La Mesa, California
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