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Kellee & Francois Guilloux had no idea what it would 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

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The team

Kat Freyaldenhoven

Katharine (aka 'Kat') was our first Sales Rep to hit the ground running for VINO. Her spunky enthusiasm and confident determination not only helped us find a place in our Central Arkansas market but made us a quite a few friends along the way. Her engaging presence and creative perspective are invaluable to our team.

Fave VINO Wine: drinks Three Henrys Pinot Noir the most.

Usually listening to: a song by Maggie Rogers

A movie she can watch over & over: Troy

Can often be found: attempting to finish a book

Katie Hooper

Katie jumped on the scene and took no time to begin building our network in the buzzing Northwest AR region. Katie was mid-shift at a liquor store when VINO owner Kellee offered her a place on the team. Katie's been hustling since. Known for her charisma, knowledge of the industry, and driven attitude, she is an asset we're blessed to have.

Fave VINO Wine: Luna de Esperanza Cab Franc

Dream Vacation: Iceland; seeing Aura Borealis is on the bucket list

Desert of choice: ANYTHING dark chocolate please

Can often be found: playing a game of tennis or trying out a new recipe

Ryan Stephens

A jack of many trades it was only natural for Ryan to join the team in  a multi-hat role. His range of experience in many fields gives him Swiss army knife-like value to our growing company. From developing operation processes to marketing curation, Ryan has been a big part of developing the VINO brand.

Fave VINO Wine: Oscar Tobia Rioja or Luna Malbec

Usually listening to: an episode of the 'How I Built This' podcast

Is guilty of: spending hours reading or watching actor interviews

Can often be found: at a local coffeeshop by day or local restaurant by night

Lana Bailey

Drawing on her experience in Real Estate and developed network in the community it didn't take long for Lana to thrive in her role with Vino. Lana's outgoing personality and charged vision quickly made her valuable to the VINO Team. Lana doesn't meet a stranger or find a challenge she can't overcome.

Fave VINO Wine: Pietro Family Cellars Sauvignon Blanc

Dream vacation: Greece

Movie she can watch over & over:  You've Got Mail or The Holiday

Dessert of choice: Chocolate creme brûlée 

Patrick Gilkey

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. A dual role, Patrick nails down sales and assists in Operations, 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

Curious about the team or looking to know us better? Let's connect. 

Not only are we wine people, we are people people! :)

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