WINE WORK & PASSION EPISODE 32 – Vince Pierce – Sr. Dir. of Talent Acquisition with SGWS

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I’m so glad you’re joining me today. I was lucky enough to connect with the Talent Acquisition Team for the largest wine distributor in the US – SGWS. With over 22,000 employees strong, they are one of the largest wine industry employers in the world, with job opportunities in 44 US states. 

 

When meeting with their team, I found such a treasure trove of valuable information that I decided to run this as a 3-part series to help you understand the varied opportunities there are in wine distribution across the country. I’m so happy they agreed to participate. 

Since this is the first episode in the series, I went right to the top. My guest is Vince Pierce, SGWS Senior Director of Talent Acquisition. Vince will kick things off and give you amazing insights to get you started on your own wine career journey. Then, Vince will pass the baton to his team for two more episodes where you’ll learn about early career development as well as specific roles in sales, IT, and operations. 

I’m super excited about this series as it will give you a deeper understanding of wine roles that are available around the country and what it takes to get into the game. There is literally something for everyone in this 3-part series. 

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Karen Wetzel

Karen Wetzel

Karen Wetzel is a highly regarded, experienced Wine & Spirits Industry professional and a well-credentialed Wine & Spirits Educator. With over 30 years in the industry, she has experience in most every aspect of the distribution and supply chain and her expertise can help you jump start or advance your career. Starting as a sales rep, Karen has held key positions within the distribution and supplier network including Category Manager, National Accounts Manager, Director of Sales and Director of Wine Education. She has helped countless others advance their careers through mentorships and best-in-class sales training courses. She has also developed wine & spirits education programs for employees, distributors and restaurant/retail trade partners with the goal of helping them thrive in our industry. Karen is a WSET Certified Educator, has her WSET Level 3 in Wine & Spirits and WSET Level 2 in Spirits and holds expert certifications for Napa Valley, Rioja and American wines from the Napa Valley Wine Academy. Today, Karen teaches at the Napa Valley Wine Academy. She also develops career development content and coaches Wine & Spirits Industry Professionals.
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