The Handcrafted team is unlike any in Kansas. We bring over 100 years experience of selling and marketing delicious wines, beers and spirits in the USA and overseas. But the Handcrafted team also has hands-on expertise in vineyard management, winemaking, importing, and exporting. We have owned and managed restaurants, hotels, clubs, retail stores and wine bars. We know what it’s like to prune a vine, choose a cork supplier, write a wine list, manage a hectic 7 PM dinner rush, re-set a store shelf, unload a truck or do an emergency will call at 8PM on Friday night.
And while our education includes Masters degrees and we have studied for the Master of Wine Diploma, we never lose sight of what we are here to do; service our trade partners in Kansas with unbeatable professionalism while showcasing the craft and hard work our suppliers undertake every day in their vineyards, orchards, farms and cellars across the world.
Donald Brain is enjoying returning to Kansas to assume the CEO responsibilities of Handcrafted Wines after a period of time with a mergers and acquisition firm in Napa, Global Wine Partners where he specialized in providing advice on a variety of issues within the wine industry. Before his move to Napa, Donald worked at KPMG in downtown Kansas City and received his MBA from UMKC after getting his undergraduate degree from Loyola University of Chicago.
Family is the most important thing in life. PJ likes to hunt, fish, and play golf. Before coming to Handcrafted he worked for supplier Chateau Julien as the Midwestern sales director. He worked at Standard Beverage before that for 10 years. His moto is the only good wine is the wine that sells. EMAW (Every Man A Wildcat)!
Vice President of Operations
Sales Associate (Johnson County)
Ben enjoys watching professional football, hanging out with friends, and spending time with his family.
Roots for the Chiefs, Jayhawks & Royals. Phil loves tailgating, running, swimming and biking. His favorite wines are Washington reds – and Handcrafted has the best!.
Chris has worked for a number of companies in a variety of industries. Self-described as a jack of all trades, master of none, he strives to solve the problems that creep up each day as opposed to create them. Sometimes he actually accomplishes it. Chris enjoys spending time with his family, entertaining friends, and Monday morning quarterbacking the local sports teams.
Sales Associate (Lawrence, Topeka, Manhattan)
Bryant can ride a bike with no handlebars. No handlebars!
Assistant To The Western Regional Manager Sales Associate (Salina, Manhatten, Topeka)
Colton has an engineering degree and loves his sports teams. He is also under the impression that pranking Donald in subtle ways is actually part of his job description. "Health & fitness...& drinking."
Western Regional Manager
Jamie has over 8 years experience in the liquor industry, as well as 10 years experience in the food and beverage industry. Jamie is a family man, first and foremost. He enjoys spending time with friends and watching sports, especially Philadelphia Eagles football.
Logistics & Delivery Associate
Loves outdoor activities, watching football and spending time with family and friends.
South KS Sales & Delivery
Brandon is a very dependable and funny friend, and enjoys watching sports with his friends in his free time.
Sales Associate (On Premise & Johnson County)
Beforing joing our sales team, Scott worked at Mission Hills. He brings an aray of perspectives and has been a great addition.
Cate enjoys spending time with her sons, college football, & of course drinking wine!
Ben enjoys live music, spending time with his family, and working for Handcrafted Wines.
Sales Associate (Wichita)
Sales Associate (Wichita, Western KS)
Jordan is WSET II Certified and has over six years of experience in the liquor industry. Family, friends, and her dogs mean the most to her! If Jordan isn’t out selling all over the state, you can find her on a softball field, going to concerts, or trying out new recipes (because what goes better than good food and delicious wine). Go Big Red!
Ashley has a combined 8 years experience in both restaurant and retail. When she is not drinking wine you can most likely find her studying wine (or doing both at the same time). She enjoys coffee, Quentin Tarantino and margaritas.