Dennis Floam. Senior V.P. & CFO, Remy Cointreau USA

"Wayne has been an invaluable resource in helping Remy Cointreau USA rationalize our still and sparkling wine businesses. For the past 4 years, he has provided us with both the strategic insights and the day-to-day operational leadership necessary to return our BearBoat and Piper Sonoma brands to profitability.  Today, Wayne manages the end-to-end production of our wine brands and, without exception, delivers product of exceptional quality.  We are extremely grateful for Wayne's many contributions to Remy Cointreau USA."


Frederic Cumenal. President, Moet et Chandon

"Wayne's broad understanding of the wine industry is a truly valuable asset. To succeed in this business, you must have the ability to understand its multiple layers from vineyard to the glass, from operations to public relations. Wayne has the experience, knowledge and leadership to deliver this."


Marcello Monticelli. VP of Winemaking, E&J Gallo Winery

"Wayne brings a unique balance of knowledge to the wine business. He has a wonderfully talented  and artistic winemaking ability alongside a comprehensive technical understanding built over his 24 years in the business. This, coupled with his thorough understanding of the financial and operational aspects of the industry as well as his leadership ability make him a true asset to any organization."


Kaj Alhmann. Owner, Six Sigma Ranch and Winery

I have known Wayne Donaldson for almost 10 years. On a professional level, we started working together in 2008 when I enlisted his expertise to help me transition from a consulting winemaker to our full time winemaker. Given Wayne's background, there is absolutely no doubt about his technical expertise in the wine business. For example, to see him work through a barrel tasting, checking 80 different barrels in the wine cave and not miss a beat is a pleasure. On top of that, Wayne has a thorough understanding of the business side and he is extremely efficient to work with.


Damian McKinney. Founder,  McKinney Rogers International 

"I have known Wayne for a number of years and have always been impressed by his values, professionalism, dedication and general ‘joie de vivre’. What will always stand out for me is the manner in which he enabled Chandon to transform its business.  He did this through his leadership at the strategic level, shaping the organizational strategy.  His functional expertise as a truly outstanding and innovative winemaker, and finally his commitment to building a winning spirit in the organisation – all this against the 9/11 backdrop.  It is this flexibility in both intellect as well as style that marks him out as exceptional. I wish him the best for the future and very much look forward to working with him again on another challenge."


Robert Lawson. Proprietor, Pavi Wines

"I have known Wayne both professionally and personally for 12 years. I'm proud to call him a friend. I have found him to be one of the most thorough and knowledgeable individuals in the wine industry. I have worked on many projects with Wayne and have enjoyed each of them. He conducts his business with integrity, class and professionalism. I look forward to continuing our relationship.

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