You might notice at CRU9 I enjoy working with other entrepreneurs; people who have embraced the risk and started their own gig. It brings to the table a grand forum for the uncommon, ideas, brainstorming. No place for “basic” at this table.

Prospect

I am asked often, how it is possible to live in Iowa and run a California virtual winery. The answer: The team at Prospect, at the helm Tom Hinde and David Sayre. They make it possible for the puzzle pieces to all come together and fit perfectly. There is so much more that goes into a winery than simply the wine, too much to elaborate on, but I am without a doubt thankful to have met Tom and David, and have Prospect be a big piece of the CRU9 puzzle. Tom and David have an impressive and illustrious list of achievements; I won’t be able to do them justice on this page. Google them and enjoy the read. Their part in this allows me to continue raising my family in Iowa, run my other Iowa businesses, and work remotely on my passion project, CRU9 wine.

Thank you David and Tom and all the staff at Prospect!

Greg Sweval, CRU9’s Marketing Guru

Greg is a serial  entrepreneur, who has started, turned around licensed and franchised consumer businesses in retail, travel, hospitality and luxury products and services industries. Along with being on the CRU9 team, Greg is hugely successful with his own endeavor, DTC Correct. In 2006 he visited Napa for a 3 day weekend and has been working in the wine industry ever since. He enjoys helping small companies with a purpose achieve financial success in order to further their cause.  Although his areas of expertise encompass most aspects of business his primary focus is creating the right vibe through value driven leadership and a healthy company.  In his free time, he enjoys cycling, fly fishing, cooking and sharing his appreciation of fine wines with family, friends and visitors.

Beth Cox Hollingsworth, CRU9’s Strategist & Pinot Noir Groupie – The Iowa Side

She is an 11-year marketing strategist and new wellness coach focused on intentional living and low-carb eating. There is room for wine! Especially Beth’s favorite varietal, the CRU9 RRV Pinot Noir. Check out all the super things she’s doing at https://www.bethcoxhollingsworth.com/  Space to Grow with Beth. Beth lives with her husband Mike ‘the artist’ in Iowa, where their minds are open to the world. Food, music and languages from other cultures run a steady stream. Together they lead a creative pursuit that breaks down the comfortable boxes of limited thinking to focus on healing and growth. Shout out to Mike ‘The Artist’ as CRU9’s behind the scenes graphics guy. They are a great team.

The Sauvignon Bombshell, Michelle Michelbook
Chief of PR

 Michelle is a fresh, new Sommelier in the San Francisco Bay Area. Having just received her CMS Sommelier Certification in March, she’s already planting her roots and reaching her tendrils. She has a long history in the Wine and Spirits Industry as a Mixologist, Tasting Room Manager and Wine Buyer. In her free time, she is an amateur photographer and the author of the Wine Blog The Merlot Down. We are very proud to have her skills as the new Chief of Public Relations and The She Army General.

 

 

The Hospitality Duo

Stella and Cash

The Cellar Cats

Ava Crowder (The CRU9 Cellar Gate Keeper, the look doesn’t lie… she will get you. No guard dogs necessary).

Eleanor, The Duchess of Cork (mutant munchkin cork tester and shoplifter).

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