Our Team

Twenty20 has a strong team of industry professionals. The team is built around one organizing principle. “Good people, who enjoy what they do, will do good work”. The strong relationships built over the years with our distributor partners and customers show everyday in the results we achieve for our partners.

Ashley Burnette

Ashley has extensive experience in the distribution tier. He held many significant positions at Young's Market Company, the last being Executive Vice President of Marketing and Internal Operations. This experience gives him a unique perspective on how distributors and suppliers effectively work together to grow and develop brands, and he now utilizes that experience to the benefit of our portfolio. He is a results-driven, execution oriented, decisive leader with a proven track record of success. Ashley resides in Southern California and works across all aspects of our business to monitor sales execution, ensure strategy is consistent and our clients' goals are being achieved.

ashley@twenty20beverages.com

Ashley Burnette

Partner/Co-founder

John Ormiston

John has held leadership positions with some of the world’s largest wine and spirit producers. He has been involved in the development of successful brands including Jack Daniel’s, Woodford Reserve, Pinnacle Vodka, Herradura Tequila, Sonoma Cutrer, Benziger and Fetzer Wines. He led the creation of the Alliance Company, a joint venture between Brown Forman and Bacardi, two of the world’s largest spirits producers. He created 1026 Beverage Company in 2015 which later developed into 2020 Beverages and is a leader in sales and marketing management in the wine and spirits industry. He received his MBA from Pepperdine University in 2000.

john@twenty20beverages.com

John Ormiston

Partner/Co-founder

Chris Burnette

Chris has grown up in an industry family. His mother, father, aunt, and uncle have all enjoyed long careers in the Wine and Spirits industry working for such great companies as Brown Forman, Heublein, Youngs Market Company and Wine Warehouse. Chris is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Business Management and Human Resources. Chris enjoys playing baseball, and rooting for the Washington Nationals and Kanas City Chiefs.

christopher@twenty20beverages.com

Chris Burnette

Operations Manager

Damien Pascale

Damien is an accomplished liquor industry leader with extensive experience in strategic and tactical planning, trade channel management, portfolio management, pricing & programming, as well as budgeting. He has worked for and with top companies in the industry including Youngs Market Company, RNDC, Brown Forman, Bacardi, Remy Cointreau, Fifth Generation, Heaven Hill, Sazerac, and Proximo. He has helped introduce and/or manage many of the industries most successful brands.

damien.pascale@twenty20beverages.com

Damien Pascale

Director, Portfolio Management

Jim Conroy

Jim has extensive CPG experience having worked for such companies as Brown-Forman, William Grant and Canopy Growth. A 25 year+ industry veteran in the wine & spirits industry, he has held progressive roles across the US in both customer-facing and distributor management in the On, Off, Regional and National Account channels. Jim is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is based in Scottsdale, AZ.

jim.conroy@twenty20beverages.com

Jim Conroy

Director
Southwest Region

Darren Kohlenberger

Darren has an extensive background in the spirits industry having worked for top companies, such as Brown-Forman and MGP. He has a successful track record across a variety of roles, including both on and off premise, as well as national accounts. In his spare time, Darren enjoys being around his family and playing in his ice hockey league.

darren.kohlenberger@twenty20beverages.com

Darren Kohlenberger

Director
Great Lakes Region

Brian Prawl

Brian is a service-driven and detail-oriented professional bringing years of progressive leadership and success through every tier of the Wine and Spirits industry.  He has held senior roles with industry leading companies such as Brown-Forman, Santa Margherita USA, and MGP.  Brian has worked on Iconic brands such as Jack Daniels, Woodford Reserve, Herradura and Santa Margherita as well as developed and launched brands like George Remus, TILL Vodka and Rossville Union.  Brian is a top-performing and adaptable leader, with strong business alliances.

brian.prawl@twenty20beverages.com

Brian Prawl

Director
Mid America Region

Scott Vanderpool

Scott is a charismatic leader with a broad background in sales, marketing, brand building, advertising and consumer and market research.  Working for top tier companies like Coors Brewing Company, Brown-Forman, Pernod-Ricard and MGP Ingredients Scott has established a proven record of success. Scott has launched new brands and line extensions, guided mature global brands, managed both open and control markets, and built programs with national and regional chain customers.

scott.vanderpool@twenty20beverages.com

Scott Vanderpool

Director
South Central Region

George Puyana

George is an accomplished consumer goods leader with over 15 years experience in the wine and spirits industry in a variety of General Management roles helping some of the most prominent brands in the industry unlock their potential in the US, Canada and Latin America.  His strengths are in strategic business development, creating dynamic plans focused on route to market and route to consumer, as well as development and management of impactful marketing plans at all levels of investment. George is results driven and focused on long term brand growth.  George resides in South Florida and is fluent in English and Spanish, with a solid working knowledge of French. He has a BS in Civil Engineering and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

george.puyana@twenty20beverages.com

George Puyana

Director
Southeast Region

Bill Cotopolis

Bill is a highly skilled and respected sales and marketing executive. During his career, he has held key leadership positions with some of the world’s largest wine and spirits producers. Most recently, as Director of National Accounts for 1821 Fine Wine & Spirits where he was responsible for business development at Kroger, Target, Walgreens, Costco and many other key national retail accounts. Prior to that he was Midwest Regional Sales Manager for Riboli Family Wine Estates. Bill began his career at Brown-Forman where he honed his management skills in various director and regional positions, the last being Strategic Accounts Director On-Premise for the central US and Canada. Bill resides in the Chicago metro area.

bill.cotopolis@twenty20beverages.com

Bill Cotopolis

Director
Mid West Region

Jim McCluskey

Jim has an extensive background in the Wine & Spirits industry. He has enjoyed a long career with industry giants such as E & J Gallo Winery, Seagram Wine Co., Jim Beam Brands, Allied Domecq, Sidney Frank Import Co. and Davos Brands. He has worked with global brands such as Jim Beam, Sauza, Beefeater, Courvoisier, Jagermeister, Casamigos and Aviation Gin. Jim has also developed smaller brands including X Rated Liquor, Beluga Vodka, Balcones Whisky, and Sombra Mezcal. Jim has been extremely successful managing distributors and working with both National and Regional Chain Accounts.

jim.mccluskey@twenty20beverages.com

Jim McCluskey

Director
West Division

David Bredine

David has been in the Spirit and Wine Industry for many years on both the distributor and supplier side. David has worked with Sazerac, Margaritaville, Luxco and Southern Starz. David understands what it takes to build brands having had great success building both the Fireball and Buffalo Trace brands in Colorado. When David is not out in the market, he will most likely be found on the golf course working on his golf game.

david.bredine@twenty20beverages.com

David Bredine

Area Sales Manager
Colorado

Jess Nelson

Jess started in the food and beverage industry while in college in working in fine dining restaurants. Upon graduation, she ventured into the beer industry working on the distributor side in both on and off premise. Jess excels in areas including brand marketing, management, sales and customer service. She is passionate about the beverage industry and the state of Michigan. Jess loves the outdoors. Her hobbies include paddle boarding, fishing, hunting, and traveling around the state with her dog.

jess.nelson@twenty20beverages.com

Jess Nelson

Area Sales Manager
Michigan

Brad Brown

Brad developed an interest in wines and spirits while working at an off-premise account as a buyer.  He later moved to the distribution side of the industry working for D&E of Glazer’s, then becoming a district sales manager.  Brad is extremely customer driven and has enjoyed working with family-owned wineries and distilleries.  Building brands in the marketplace been his passion and he has been quite successful with countless new product launches.  At the end of has workday, he enjoys spending time with his dog and hitting a few golf balls. 

brad.brown@twenty20beverages.com

Brad Brown

Area Sales Manager
Missouri & Down State Illinois

Shannon Fitzpatrick

Originally from the east coast, Shannon was introduced to the spirits world while getting her BA at Providence College, where she began bartending. Bartending led to managing & developing alcohol tastings, events and tours, where she discovered her aptitude for captivating customers with the colorful stories behind each brand. She has worked with top brand portfolios such as Diageo, Moet-Hennessey, & Beam Suntory. Shannon has built successful marketing and sales teams for a multitude of companies and industries but has always had the most fun building relationships for spirits brands!

shannon.fitzpatrick@twenty20beverages.com

Shannon Fitzpatrick

Area Sales Manager
Arizona & Nevada

Melissa Flores

Melissa was born and raised in Mexico City, and has a degree in Marketing from Universidad del Valle de Mexico. Melissa moved to Tampa, Florida 10 years ago and has been working in the spirits industry for over 8 years. Initially, successfully opening a new spirit category in a new market - Mezcal in Florida!  She later managed the Florida market  as a regional business development manager for a new London Gin and Russian Vodka. Her experience is in brand positioning, distribution, territory management, new business development and hands on sales including coordinating tastings and new account sales for both on and off premise.  Melissa is a fitness enthusiast, go getter, hustler,  proud Mom of a 9 year old daughter and 11 year old son and fluent Spanglish speaker.

melissa.flores@twenty20beverages.com

Melissa Flores

Area Sales Manager
West Central Florida

Sherry Zuchowski

Sherry is originally from Buffalo NY where her successful career in hospitality and liquor sales began. Sherry spent 8 years at Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits as a key account manager working on suppliers such as Beam Suntory, Bacardi  Sazerac  & Pernod Ricard, in addition to many others. She has experience across the on and off premise channels.   

She is passionate about brand building and  has an energetic personality that endears her to customers and helps in her pursuit of growing brands on the east coast of Florida.

sherry.zuchowski@twenty20beverages.com

Sherry Zuchowski

Area Sales Manager
East Central Florida

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Georgia

Andrew Bryant

Andrew spent nearly a decade in the bar and restaurant industry learning about beer, wine and spirits as a Bar Manager while working closely with various distributor partners. As a native Houstonian, he has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to grow brands in this competitive market. While working for Molson-Coors and Revolver Brewing, he drove sales in both the on and off premise channels of trade. While he is not in market, he enjoys spending time with his family, making memories with his wife and playing guitar.

andrew.bryant@twenty20beverages.com

Andrew Bryant

Area Sales Manager
Central Texas

Lacey Gruetzner

Born and raised in San Antonio Lacey was introduced to the spirits industry when she began bartending in college. After obtaining a BA from the University of Texas at San Antonio, she started working as an off premise wine representative at Republic National Distributing. Lacey later moved to On premise wine and spirits sales for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, where she worked closely with top brand portfolios such as Tito's, Bacardi, Jagermeister, and Beam Suntory. She has spent the last 7 years building relationships with many different types of accounts in the South Texas area.

lacey.gruetzner@twenty20beverages.com

Lacey Gruetzner

Area Sales Manager
Gulf Coast Texas

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Area Sales Manager
North Texas

Jenny Havemen

Jenny was introduced to the wine and spirits world while working in fine dining. She quickly discovered that she had a passion for all things craft beverage related. She has experience in a multitude of arenas in the hospitality and sales realm, from serving, to bartending, to distributorship sales, to brand management. Jenny spent seven years with Young’s Market Company where she worked as a Chain Sales Person, District Manager and in On Premise. She loves the details, and geeks out on in-depth product knowledge.
When Jenny is not slinging drinks in some capacity, she is either busy adventuring with her daughters or pursuing her love for ballroom dancing.

jenny@twenty20beverages.com

Jenny Havemen

Area Sales Manager
Northern California

Jeff Hilmer

Jeff began his career in the beer business where he worked for both distributors and suppliers. Jeff has a well rounded background in both customer and distributor management and has experience in the on premise, off premise and chain channels of trade. Jeff has spent the last five years managing and selling spirits in Northern California. Jeff has a proven track record of success. Jeff lives in Sacramento and manages Sacramento, and the East Bay region.

jeff@twenty20beverages.com

Jeff Hilmer

Area Sales Manager
Northern California

Scott Judd

Scott began his career as a bartender/mixologist and bar manager before following his dream of selling wine and spirits for Young's Market Company. Scott has a strong lifetime interest in getting to know "The Story" behind producers and brands. Over the years Scott has earned CSW, CSS, and WSET Sake III certifications and is looking forward to continuing his education. Scott loves playing and listening to live music, hiking, biking, and spending quality time in the beautiful California outdoors.  Scott grew up and still lives in the South Bay Area of Northern California. 

sottjudd@twenty20beverages.com

Scott Judd

Area Sales Manager
Northern California

Jim Gherlone

Jim is an industry veteran with extensive experience on both the wholesaler and supplier sides of the business, selling brands from Boone’s Farm to Macallan 25. He has spent most of his career launching brands on both the wine and spirit side of the business. He has developed brands not only for his own company, but industry leaders such as Delicato Family Vineyards and Brown Forman. Jim lives in Clayton with his wife Christine and 2 daughters Megan & Lauren.

jim.gherlone@twenty20beverages.com

Jim Gherlone

Area Sales Manager
Northern California

Scott Baldwin

Scott has been in the Beverage Alcohol Industry for many years working with the Brown-Forman Corporation. Scott has successfully managed the Brown-Forman portfolio across a variety of Sales, Marketing and Brand Management roles. Scott has spent time in markets across the country including Georgia, Wisconsin, Nevada, Northern California and Southern California. For the past 15 years Scott has managed the Brown Forman business for the On and Off Premise channels of trade, as well as the Chain headquarters in Southern California.

scott@twenty20beverages.com

Scott Baldwin

Key Account Manager
Southern California

Trevor Savage

Trevor is an award-winning sales professional who began his career in the wine and spirits industry at Youngs Market Company. At Young’s Market Company Trevor held a number sales of roles with ever increasing responsibility. Trevor has extensive contacts throughout Southern California. Outside of his work-life, Trevor enjoys spending quality family time with his wife and two small children; exploring different vacation spots and hiking trails throughout So-Cal!

trevor.savage@twenty20beverages.com

Trevor Savage

Area Sales Manager
Southern California

Yanet Cruz

Yanet is a UCLA graduate and a big part of the 2020 team. She is a data oriented selt-starter with experience in sales, marketing, law and nonprofit administration. Yanet coordinates all field marketing activities including retail demos and on premise events. She also coordinates social media and online retail activities for the company.

yanet@twenty20beverages.com

Yanet Alcala-Cruz

Area Sales Manager
Southern California

Steve Hyler

Steve Hyler is an accomplished, long time, sales executive who has spent the largest part of his career working for the Gallo Wine Company. Steve has managed sales territories and sales teams from the Inland Empire to Los Angeles and has many long-standing key account relationships. When not working Steve loves spending time on the baseball field with his children.

steve.hyler@twenty20beverages.com

Steve Hyler

Area Sales Manager
Southern California