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.

Luis Vasco
Luis Vasco – NJ State 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.

Lee Kuehn – Regional Manager, Western PA

Lee grew up in the restaurant industry. From a five-star family business to a popular chain to a beachfront tourist destination, he’s been behind the bar of them all. In the early 2000’s, Lee was a fourth-grade teacher in Wilmington, North Carolina, and working part time as a waiter and bartender. Seeking a career change, his passion for the restaurant industry and undeniable affinity for wine led him back to Pittsburgh and a position with Wine Merchant. In 2004, he joined Vintage Imports.

Aside from tasting new wines, Lee’s favorite aspect of the job is meeting with customers and curating exceptional selections that match each restaurant’s unique menu and aesthetic. A top-performer in his region, Lee has been fortunate enough to join wine tasting trips across the globe, including Italy, France and Germany.