MEET THE TEAM
PRESIDENT & CEO
A recovering corporate refugee turned serial entrepreneur, Greg spends most of his time trying to keep Folktale Wine Group from going off the rails while still finding new opportunities to explore. He is not officially allowed to have any free time, but on occasion we do let him go home for an hour to see his wife and three kids, and record a follow up to his YouTube sensation, Gangnam Style.
VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES
Brian has been in the wine and spirit business since college giving him 25 years of wine and distribution experience varying from warehouse work, route sales, retail sales, wholesale distributor management and finally turning to the “dark side” to run national sales as a supplier. A life long New Englander Brian, along with his wife and two daughters, recently moved to the great city of Charleston SC. The girls love it but Brian has been on the road so much this year that he still isn’t quite sure how to get from the airport to his house. Brian is enjoying working with and visiting distributors around the country and, when in town, finding time to hit more than his share of local breweries.
DIRECTOR OF SALES
Jason discovered the world of wine on a trip down the Pacific Coast Highway while on a routine trip selling women’s reversible tapestry jackets. He believes the best way to represent the company is to be working the market carrying a bag and prefers to take his office days at a cruising altitude of 35,000 ft. When this native Mainer isn’t hitting the slopes in the winter months, he likes to weigh the pros and cons of every airline, credit card, hotel and rental car rewards program known to man. He is fueled by a daily ration of sunflower seeds and iced americanos which help him train for the Boston Marathon each year.
DIRECTOR OF SALES – SOUTHEAST, EXPORT
Eddie has been in the wine & spirits industry for 10 years and nearly four of those with the ABV family. A native of the Sunshine State, Eddie attended Florida State University and attained a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic in 2006. Naturally, Eddie jumped right into the wine distribution business following the completion of this degree, with the conviction that it would in fact be wine – not politics – that would one day deliver peace in the Middle East. He is still working on his final dissertation in the Alcohol by Volume International Affairs doctoral program… stay tuned. Eddie currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL. He spends his non-working hours cooking, reading, running, and spending as much time with his family as they will tolerate.
REGIONAL SALES MANAGER – MIDWEST
Hunter Jewett, recruited into the wine industry out of Ole Miss, has been imprisoned in the beverage industry since 1997. Managing our Midwest business, Hunter lives in Chicago, IL with his wife, five kids (don’t ask) and his ever faithful Vizsla, Sam. In addition to the Midwest, Hunter has spent significant time in the Florida and Texas markets. When not managing distributors, selling wine, carting kids around, fixing things around the house, yard work, cooking or helping with homework, Hunter likes to swim, bike, and run (three Ironman’s completed). Also, known by the ABV team as “The Poet” Hunter is and avid fly fisher and bow hunter. Fall days he dreams (five kids) of being in the woods hunting huge Illinois White Tails from his deer stand, which he never sees. In the spring, he dreams (five kids) of standing in the cold rivers of Michigan casting feathers to big Steelhead.
Laurel is a recovering restaurant and hospitality manager. After nine years in the industry she made the decision to become a professional alcoholic and transitioned into fine wines sales. Her background in hospitality is evident in her sales approach. She looks for a solution to her customers' needs. She understands the intricacies of private labels and control brands. Working with her is like bringing on a wine consultant, only with a better personality. Laurel was born in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley and now lives in Sonoma. She can be found enjoying a glass of wine with her boyfriend and two cats in their Windsor home.
WEST COAST SALES MANAGER
David Baird is an innovative winemaker with his roots deeply grown in the vineyards of the Central Coast of California. With his winemaking degree at Cal Poly, David has previously made wine at Halter Ranch, Edna Valley, Justin Winery and Fess Parker.
In 2015, David moved back home to the Monterey peninsula where he began collaborating with visionary entrepreneur Gregory Ahn. Together they opened Folktale Winery & Vineyards in the summer of 2015, with a focus on high quality and creative boutique wines. A blank slate for Baird, the opportunity to establish an entirely new winemaking strategy for a brand-new winery was a little daunting at first, but ultimately has provided the freedom to be creative. “There is a lot of fear and adventure in creating wines for a new winery. There’s no safety net below you. During our first year at Folktale we played it safe with very practical decisions. Since then, we’ve had a lot of fun creating new small batch wines like a Pet-Nat, whole cluster barrel fermented Syrah, and a Rosé of Grenache Blanc.”
Folktale is the perfect place to stretch his wings. With 16 acres of estate Sangiovese and a prime location in Carmel Valley, the winery offers exceptional opportunities to innovate. “The Central Coast offers such an excellent selection of varietals, but it hasn’t seen much winemaking development over the last 30 years. My goal is to reinvent the wheel a little, refreshing old techniques to come up with new ideas. We want to have some fun while evolving as a winery and as a brand, all the while focusing on fine wines that people will enjoy, and new wines that people may not otherwise try.”