Quintessential Wines Makes Additional Investments In Talent

Wine importing, marketing and sales company Quintessential has added six additional team members to support sales and marketing efforts within the organization.

Bill O’Neill has joined as Tri-State Director and will oversee sales and operations in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. O’Neill began his career on-premise as a sommelier and bar manager for an independent restaurant group in New York. Over the last thirty years, his accomplishments have included being named Executive Board Member of the New York Alliance of Fine Wine Wholesalers. 

Adding to a resume of key and national account management, Terri Richie will further her career with Quintessential as the East Coast Chain Manager, based in Florida. Richie will oversee multi-unit accounts for the company, from Maine to Miami. 

Veteran wine professional Bill Ballentine joins the group as Central Chain Manager, based in Texas. With nearly four decades of experience in the industry, he brings his expertise to Quintessential to oversee some of the largest wine retailers in the country. 

Raquel Royers, CSW, CSS, joins Quintessential as Marketing Director. With experience in social media and digital content management, Royers joins the marketing team to oversee consumer-centric campaigns. Also entering the marketing team is Rachel Dimattia as Marketing Associate. 

In addition, three area managers have been appointed to the Quintessential sales teams:

  • Justin Matthews, Central and North Florida District Manager
  • Edward Blakely, Southern Florida District Manager
  • Timothy Gordon, Illinois District Manager 

“As we all adapt to our new reality, we are delighted to welcome this highly talented group of individuals to the team,” says Dennis Kreps, who owns Quintessential with his father Stephen D. Kreps. “The investments we’re making today will help us position our organization for future growth as our industry rebounds from the impacts of Covid-19.” 


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