Sales Managers

Paul Karp
Paul Karp – DE Sales Manager

After returning in 1987 from a year in Grand Cayman teaching scuba, Paul stumbled into the wine business – and still to this day, is not exactly sure how it happened.

Paul started his career as a merchandiser for one of the biggest distributors in Pennsylvania – having always been keen on food and wine, a career dealing with at least one of those seemed to be a great fit. Due to his incredible work ethic and seemingly limitless hustle and energy, he worked his way to the top, achieving the #1 rank in his division. In 1990, Paul heard about a fledgling upstart called Vintage Imports, and joined the quality-minded company as salesperson number three (today, there are 19). Six months later Vintage expanded its territory into the state of Delaware, which Paul excitedly began nurturing as his new project.

With over 24 years of experience, it is a mild understatement to say that Paul has great partnerships with many on- and off-premise accounts, and truly understands the ins and outs of the Delaware market. In 2013, Paul took on the role of Delaware State Manager, and now divides his time seeing new and old customers throughout the state, as well as mentoring the growing Delaware team. Paul’s primary focus continues to be customer satisfaction; it is that dedication that has enabled both him and Vintage as a company to enjoy years of continued growth and success in Delaware.

Paul resides in southwestern PA with his wife and two children.

 


Rob Reese
Rob Reese – PA Sales Manager & PLCB Liason

Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Rob learned about hard work from a very young age due to a sudden and severe illness that affected his father. The illness caused much affliction for the family, including serious financial distress, so by age 14, Rob had two jobs – paperboy by morning and dishwasher by evening – and has not slowed down since. It was at this young age that he learned that if you work hard, anything is possible, as long as you put the effort in.

After high school, Rob attended the University of Wyoming, studying architectural engineering and competing as a division 1 student athlete in swimming and diving. During the three years Rob attended Wyoming, he realized this was not the future career for him, and left Wyoming, eventually finishing his studies as an education major at Temple University. Through school he had continued to work in many restaurants, and eventually took a job as Assistant Director of Training for a prominent restaurant development group. For three years, he averaged a new opening almost every other week – well over 100 – and trained thousands of employees.

In 1998, with years of restaurant expertise under his belt, Rob decided to persue his growing interest in wine. He joined a local wholesaler, and in short time became one of their top reps. Seven years later, Rob was ready to expand his knowledge and take on a new challenge at Vintage Imports. Since 2005, Rob has continued to be a top performer at Vintage, and in 2013, was promoted to PA State Manager, leading a motivated and highly-educated team located throughout the state. He also handles all of the interactions with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board for their 630+ stores.

Rob resides in Bucks County, PA with his wife Jennifer and daughter Audrey.

 


John Sweet
John Sweet – NJ Key Account Manager

Born in Central NJ, John began his journey into the wine world in high school, while working for Carduners Wines in East Windsor, and KKD Warehouse for Lauber Imports during the summers. After high school, he matriculated at  Marymount University in Arlington, VA, where he tended bar at a popular Washington D.C. sports bar, and graduated in 2002 with a degree in Sociology. It was also at Marymount that John met and started dating his future wife, Kristin. After graduating, John found himself working for a mortgage company, though he quickly realized he had little passion for the work.

It was in 2003 that he began working at Vintage Imports, starting at the bottom with a small sales route, and slowly was able to build his accounts. John’s genuine and personable demeanor, along with his focus on excellent customer service, have been a great asset to the company. In early 2014, John was promoted to NJ Key Account Manager, and is now responsible to overseeing the NJ sales team and ensuring success of both the sales people who report to him, as well as the accounts they call on. Owing his own success to tireless and true customer-focused attention to detail, he is sure to instill this virtue in his reports, and is thankful for the countless friendships and relationships he has made in the wine industry.

John currently resides in Bucks County, PA with his wife Kristin, and daughter, Madeline. In his personal time, John enjoys following sports (especially soccer, which he played in both high school as well as university) and taking the family to NY Giants games.

 


Luis Vasco
Luis Vasco – NJ On-Premise Manager

Luis grew up in working in various restaurants in NYC. He started off back of the house as a dessert/salad prep cook and was eventually promoted to Sous Chef at the very young age of 18. He eventually decided to move to the front of the house where he waited table, bartended and managed. Through this front of the house work he began to hone his passion and love for wine. He became the assistant GM and assistant wine buyer at age 21 at a prominent NY steakhouse in lower Manhattan. Eventually he decided to go back to school and earned his degree in business management while also earning the advanced certificate in Wine & Spirits from the WSET.

Through the years he was always interested in the import/distribution side of the business and in 2004 he decided to leave the restaurant scene behind and accept a sales position and Vintage Imports. He covered most of Northern New Jersey for the company and assisted in its tremendous growth over the years. He was promoted to New Jersey on premise manager early 2013 to assist other sales reps in cultivating and pursuing on premise business. He is also part of the Vintage Imports management team that works together in finding new and excited properties to bring to the market.

Luis’ love and passion for wine really shows in his work every day. He loves being part of such an amazing team at Vintage Imports and is always eager to work with customers and reps alike.