Kellee & Francois Guilloux had no idea what it would look like or how it would happen when they bought the licensing and permit for what would become VINO Distribution, but they did know one thing: Above all, it had to be community focused.
VINO started with one wine product and a Toyota minivan in 2017. It has now grown to a focused yet sizable and diverse portfolio as well as a focused and driven team. The focus is the still the same. Community first.
Creating relationships and partnerships with local retailers and restaurants has been paramount and necessary to the growth and success of the company, but the efforts have been always centered around putting people before profit.
The goal is to build a community around wine. VINO has grown popular through its wine dinners and events that invite everyone to join in telling the story of wine. We look forward to you joining us
Fave VINO Wine: Chateau Leoville Las Cases, St Julien Bordeaux
Favorite dish: Duck Confit
Desert of choice: fondant au chocolat (lava chocolate cake)
Movie he can watch over & over: Gladiator or Yes Man
Fave VINO Wine: Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse Lalande, Pauillac Bordeaux
Dream Vacation: Greece & Morocco are on the radar
Movie she can watch over & over: Dirty Dancing or Pretty Woman
Can often be found: home-schooling her 4 little loves
Having spent years in the service industry and well-versed in wine, it's no surprise that Patrick is a charmer. Patrick joined the Vino family after catching the eye of owners Kellee & Francois, and wasted no time in bringing immense value. Patrick is Vino's sales manager and is known for his work-ethic.
Fave VINO Wine: Chateau Dassault
Dream Vacation: A trip across Europe
A movie he can watch over & over: Fight Club
Desert of choice: Key lime pie
Jill is our account manager in Bentonville & Northwest AR. With a results-driven work ethic and a deep passion for great food and wine, Jill is a cuilanary rock-star who intuitively understands not only what customers want, but what they didn't know they needed. Presenting the unbeknownst possibilities with the addition of special efforts has been key to her successful and unparalleled service. She draws on over 10 years of restaurant experience, a cheerful attitude, and self-starter personality to make her a key asset to the Vino team.
Fave VINO Wine: Cos D'Estournel Blanc
Usually listening to: Jazz
Dessert of choice: Churros or mochi ice cream
Can often be found: Exploring the great outdoors with her dog, Penny
With several years of experience as a buyer/manager for a liquor store, Lisa has joined VINO as an account manager for the Fort Smith and Fayetteville. Lisa is a lifelong resident of the River Valley and is known for her positive outlook and charming personality. Her industry knowledge and strong work ethic have made her a valuable asset to the VINO team
Fave VINO Wine: Les Allies Pet Nat
Fave movie: Breakfast Club
Desert of choice: Anything chocolate
Can often be found: Spending time with my friends and family
A jack of many trades. It was only natural for Brice to join the team in a multi-hat role. His range of experience in many fields gives him a Swiss army knife-like value to our growing company. From warehouse operations to managing accounts in South AR and Hot Springs, Brice plays a big part of the VINO brand.
Fave VINO Wine: Chateau Montus Prestige
Fave movie: Hitch
Dessert of choice: Watermelon
Can often be found: At a Jujitsu gym
Drawing on her experience in administration and a heart for community it didn't take long for Stephanie to thrive in her role with VINO. She has joined us in Sales Support and Marketing . Stephanie's outgoing personality and charged vision quickly made her valuable to the VINO Team. Stephanie doesn't meet a stranger or find a challenge she can't overcome.
Fave VINO Wine: Three Henrys Chardonnay
Can often be found: At a local coffeeshop with my sweet husband, Brice
Is guilty of: Being an absolute cat lady
Dessert of choice: Chocolate chip cookies always