As a three year starter at NCAA Division 1 powerhouse Boston College, Paul Zientek was one heck of a soccer player, and for many years, thought that would be a vehicle that would propel him forward in life….that is until he discovered wine!
Born in Central New Jersey, Paul went to St. Joseph’s high school in Metuchen and graduated (and still proudly cheers) Boston College. Soccer was always a driving force in Paul’s life, but like any aspiring college student, Paul needed money and got a part-time job at suburban Boston fine wine shop. Besides excelling in school and in soccer, Paul learned early on that he had a tremendous aptitude and passion for the wines that he was selling. Upon graduation, it was Paul’s passion for wine, and some advice from Ed Lauber that steered him to the wine business and landed him his first post-graduate employment opportunity.
With his degree in hand, Paul packed his bags and headed to St. Louis where he learned more about the wine business as a salesperson for a St. Louis wine wholesaler. After two successful years in St. Louis, Paul returned to his New Jersey roots where he was the first ‘non-family’ employee at the then ‘upstart’ Lauber Imports. Paul spent fourteen very successful years building and growing Lauber Imports operations in New Jersey and New York, during which time he met Neal Snydman, who would in 1980 go off and open his own importer/distributor, called Vintage Imports..
Paul joined Vintage Imports in January 1998 as a Vice President to help improve sales and continue to grow the company. Since that time, Paul has worked has tirelessly to make sure that the job, whatever it may be, gets done right. In 1999, with his wealth of knowledge and experience, he spearheaded the initiative to launch Vintage’s New Jersey operations and continues to be an invaluable cog and driving force in every facet of daily business.
Paul became a partner in the company in 2004, and in 2014, Paul completed the purchase of Vintage Imports from its founder, Neal Snydman. As the guy at the head of the table, Paul is focused on honest, organic, steady growth.