Amanda was raised in the Finger Lakes wine region of New York State where she gained an early appreciation for wine and the land. A yearning for the city life lead her to study Fashion Merchandising at Philadelphia University, earning a Bachelors of Science degree, followed by her MBA to further her business acumen.
Returning to the Finger Lakes, Amanda utilized her business knowledge and passion for wine by managing a well-established family owned winery. There, she quickly began to learn more about wine, the industry, and the fact that she would never stop learning, which grabbed hold, and 13 years later she’s not looked back.
Since 2010 Amanda has lived and worked in the Napa Valley, enjoying the California lifestyle while leading high-profile boutique luxury wineries in the areas of hospitality, sales, and business development. In 2014 Amanda had the pleasure of working alongside Mallory Uran McEligot launching a new luxury by-appointment winery where the idea and need for BANG was conceptualized.
Amanda is the Wine Club Manager for Sojourn Cellars, working remotely from her home in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, and French bulldog.
Born and raised in Napa Valley, Jacqueline Reyes has a notable career in both the cosmetic and wine industry. After a long-time career in San Francisco and the East Bay for Benefit Cosmetics, she was excited to move back to Napa to reignite her professional partnerships in the wine business.
Jacqueline met Joe Taber seven years ago, and he quickly appointed her as his first employee for the new Northern California division of Berkley International Packaging. Together, Joe and Jacqueline, became the “dream team” and they took great pride in building partnerships with many of the most sought-after wineries in Napa and Sonoma Valleys. After several years, Joe realized there was a need to bring custom packaging and East Coast shipping solutions to their winery clients, and IMPACKFUL SOLUTIONS was created.
Jacqueline oversees the West Coast division of IMPACKFUL SOLUTIONS. She has created lasting partnerships with her clients offering a high-level of custom packaging expertise and knowledge of their specific winery needs.
After growing up in San Diego, CA, Lauryn Mitrovich first became passionate about the wine and hospitality industry during her studies at Sonoma State University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2014 with a dual Business Administration bachelor’s degree in and Marketing & Wine Business Strategies. Post-graduation, she spent two years working in hospitality at Duckhorn Vineyards before landing back at Kosta Browne where she had interned in college. Working her way up as the Hospitality & Events Manager at Kosta Browne, she helped establish and build their onsite hospitality and events department,
Lauryn joined Aperture Cellars located in Healdsburg, CA in June of 2020 as the Director of Hospitality, where she played an important role in helping to launch the winery’s new hospitality center at the Aperture Estate that summer. At Aperture, she oversees the development of onsite and virtual experiences along with supporting offsite hospitality, ensuring continuity in brand presentation across the spectrum of the winery’s hospitality experiences. Lauryn believes that she can create memorable experiences for Aperture’s guests by presenting the uniqueness of the wines and brand story in an unpretentious, luxurious, and accessible way.
Meet Elan Villamor. Even though he has only been in the wine country for 3 years, he has immersed himself fully in the industry. Having lived in New York and Chicago, he now calls Santa Rosa, his home. His background in advertising as a Traffic Manager, Photo Producer, and Project Manager and his passion for photography has translated itself to doing social media including marketing, photography, PR, and Events for Italics Winegrowers and currently with Coombsville Vintners & Growers. In the past, he also did some video work for Terlato Wines and photography and styling for Gallo Wines.
When he is not working his love and passion is to ride his Vespa with his Italian greyhound Gino and take photos. He enjoys drinking bubblies, Pinot Noirs and Syrahs the best. Follow him @justelan to find out what he is up to next and say hi!
Originally from the small town of Ojai, California, Katie headed up the coast to attend Sonoma State University where she graduated with a B.S. in Wine Business Strategies and dove headfirst into her wine career. Always having an affinity for meeting new people and building relationships, the wine industry has been perfect outlet to feed her love of life, people, and learning. She has worked at wineries in both Sonoma + Napa Counties, including Kosta Browne Winery, Chateau Montelena and Three Sticks Wines. She has been the Director of Marketing + Hospitality at Lambert Bridge Winery for the past 4 years in Healdsburg, CA, and has loved being a member of the BANG community since 2016! In her spare time, she loves to sing and play guitar, do anything that involves being outdoors, experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, and exploring the newest wineries + restaurants throughout wine country.
Hayden Sims is a dedicated Business Solutions Consultant highly regarded by clients, business partners, and senior executives as a key advisor, creative problem solver, and results-driven professional. Hayden Co-Founded the first-ever all-female hackerspace in the world Mothership HackerMoms. Founded by mothers, The Mothership offers DIY/maker culture, workshops, business support, and community. Hayden also developed an innovative STEAM educational program for children which is still in use today. Hayden enjoyed the privlidge of being able to create large scale community art sculptures with the Bay Area’s art collective The Flaming Lotus Girls. Hayden’s press includes featured stories in New York Times, Wired, Fast Company, Maker Magazine, Oakland Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle.
Hayden is a mother of two children. She always finds a way to mesh her passions of Music / DJing, dance, creating art & ambiance, food, wine, and parenthood.