The Shorty’s Team
There’s an old proverb that it takes great people to make great wine, and while we ‘ll happily leave the viticulture to the experts, we’re big believers in the fact that it takes an amazing team to offer a premium experience. From our sales and operations team to our fleet of hardworking delivery drivers, we’re incredibly proud to have such hardworking and passionate individuals in the Shorty’s family.
Managing Director: David Short
David leads the team with over 20 years of corporate and fine wine retail experience, which has served him well in developing Shorty’s Liquor CBD to be the leading corporate beverage supplier in Sydney. His past experiences include fine wine sales, retail store ownership and writing the wine lists for key hospitality groups including the W.Short Hotel Group, with iconic venues such as The Glenmore Hotel & The Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks. With his years of expertise in creating iconic venue wine lists, his long standing industry partnerships and extensive buying power, David is instrumental in offering any Shorty’s client an unprecedented selection of premium quality wines and catering beverages at extremely competitive prices.
Favourite Wine: Grosset Springvale Riesling
Favourite Beer: Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Favourite Hobby or Sport: Enjoying a day out at the Sydney cricket test.
Best Wine Experience: "My wife Liz and I enjoyed a private, seven-course degustation matched with 12 of the world’s best 2001 Bordeaux blends at Terrazas de los Andes in Mendoza, Argentina. Epic!"
Chairman: John Vamos
The founder and managing director of Business Coaching Systems, John’s twenty-five year career as a business coach has allowed him the privilege of working with iconic companies such as Telstra, ANZ and KPMG. An expert at helping companies close the gap between performance and potential, John brings his skills in business strategy, organisational design, operational effectiveness and business development to assist Shorty’s Liquor in realising our ambitions to deliver total customer satisfaction and a strong bottom line. John also holds additional chairmanships with a number of notable privately-owned Australian businesses.
Favourite Wine: Any Torbreck Shiraz
Favourite Beer: Millers
Favourite Hobby or Sport: American Football
Best Wine Experience: "My most recent wine experience will always be the best!"
Chief Financial Controller: Tim Crowe
Tim has over 20 years of experience in some of Sydney’s best hospitality venues in both General Manager and Licensee roles. Deciding on a career change, Tim completed a degree in Accounting. Tim’s prior years in the hospitality industry gave him an immediate and in-depth understanding of our business model when he joined Shorty’s Liquor as our financial controller. Tim’s keen and analytical eye ensures that the spreadsheets and account books are kept accurate and up to date, and are equipped to handle the increasing level of customer demand.
Favourite Wine: Italian Pinot Grigio
Favourite Beer: Asahi
Favourite Hobby or Sport: Rugby
Best Wine Experience: "Visiting Italy and drinking local wines recommended by the local waiters."
Business Manager: Vicki Brownrigg
Vicki has over 25 years of liquor industry experience in Australia and the UK across a variety of businesses. Upon returning from London to Sydney in 2003, she became involved in corporate beverage supply, executing roles in retail, customer service and trading manager for one of the largest national wine clubs in Australia. Driven by her commitment to delivering fabulous wine experiences and exceptional service standards Vicki. She also has charge of executing Shorty’s digital and online strategy.
Favourite Wine: Ruinart Blanc De Blancs NV
Favourite Beer: Peroni
Favourite Hobby or Sport: Football
Best Wine Experience: "Drinking 1990 magnums of Louis Roederer Cristal while eating canapés cooked by a Michelin Star chef in Reims, France."
Head of Sales: Dana Morris
Dana loves food and wine, she considers cooking to be her favourite hobby, especially when she has a wine glass in hand… A good glass that is, because Dana has spent the majority of her career representing the world’s finest stemware. After 9 years representing Riedel Crystal, Dana was given the opportunity to use her knowledge to design and develop the Plumm Glassware brand. This saw her travelling to wine regions across Australia and around the world to design wine glass shapes that enhanced the smell and taste of wine.
Favourite Wine: Louis Roederer Cristal
Favourite Beer: Pure Blonde
Favourite Hobby: Cooking and drinking wine
Best Wine Experience: "My birth year bottle of Penfolds Grange for my 30th birthday – mementos occasion, great company and amazing wine!"
Purchasing Manager: Matt Whitaker
Matt has been in corporate beverage supply for over six years, managing a range of large Sydney-based accounts. His knowledge of the corporate market, passion for wine and commitment to high standards of personalised service make him a brilliant fit for the Shorty’s team. Matt also has charge of selecting the extensive wine offers available exclusively to Shorty’s Liquor clients.
Favourite Wine: Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz 2001
Favourite Beer: James Squires 150 Lashes Pale Ale
Favourite Hobby or Sport: Golf (handicap of 2)
Best Wine Experience: “For my 40th birthday I had forty of my closest friends for a dinner party at home all catered for with wines matched to each course: Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne in Magnums on arrival, Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, Pierro LTC Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Kaesler The Bogan 2005 Shiraz, Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon and De Bortoli Noble One Semillon with dessert.”
Account Manager: Anne-Louise Kitt AKA “Kitt”
Kitt Comes to the Shorty’s Team with a background in Catering and Events, working with some of the country’s leading businesses. As a Key Account Manager, Kitt brings a brilliant level of organisation and customer service skills that are of the highest standard, hence she looks after some of the biggest accounts in Sydney. Her attention for detail and general love for her customers sees her fit in perfectly at Shorty’s HQ. Kitt’s relaxed and nurturing nature ensures our customers are always getting the best possible experience with Shorty’s.
Favourite Wine: Cullen Kevin John Chardonnay 2012
Favourite Beer: I’ll take a cider. Dirty Granny Apple Cider
Favourite Hobby or Sport: Shopping
Best Wine Experience: "Shorty’s tour of the Barossa Valley - a weekend packed with incredible wine experiences! "
Account Manager: Troy Allingham
Troy comes to us with incredible experience in the Liquor industry after spending the majority of his time on the Gold Coast managing Restaurants, Pubs, Clubs and Bottle Shops. Troy moved to Sydney 6 years ago and was involved with one of Australia's largest wine Co-Ops as their Cellar Manager and Personal Wine Advisor. He then spent a brief stint back in retail with one of Sydney's largest independent liquor stores. Troy's enthusiasm for all forms of liquor and beverage supply will make him an ideal fit for our Corporate client base.
Favourite Wine: Rockford Black Sparkling Shiraz
Favourite Beer: XXXX Gold
Favourite Hobby or Sport: Surfing
Best Wine Experience: "Sitting in San Gimignano drinking Vernaccia and watching the rolling hills of Tuscany. "
Account Manager: Michael Parmeter
Michael comes to us having spent many years running some of Sydney’s largest pubs and bars. He was then able to find rapid success in the business development and sales arena, supporting many of Sydney’s finest and most prestigious hospitality groups. Combining a passion for wine & liquor with his enthusiasm for increasing Shorty’s client portfolio and on-point account management, Michael is committed to ensuring the Shorty’s brand continues to grow and prosper.
Favourite Wine: Chapel Hill The Vicar Shiraz
Favourite Beer: Resch’s on tap
Favourite Hobby or Sport: All sport. Any Sport!
Best Wine Experience: "A NYE long lunch consisting of a 9 Course Degustation with matching wines at d’Arenberg Winery in McLaren Vale with mates. Set the tone for a great year to come!"
Customer Service & Admin Support: Liz Cavanagh
Liz has over 20 years’ experience of combined hospitality, administration and retail liquor store management. She is passionate about building strong relationships with her customers and sharing her knowledge about fine wines.
Favourite Wine: Pierro Chardonnay Margaret River WA
Favourite Beer: I’m more of a cider girl. The Hills Apple Cider
Favourite Hobby or Sport: Entertaining with family & friends
Best Wine Experience: "Leeuwin Estate Art Series concert. Watching K.D Lang perform & drinking Art Series Chardonnay, followed by a degustation dinner with matching Art Series wines. AMAZING!"
Marketing & Logistics Support: Ben Madgwick
Ben was a Shorty’s Driver for about 12 months when he received the call up to provide support in Marketing and Logistics, and assist in running the website. Recently completing a bachelor of Design Computing, Ben brings his knowledge and passion of digital marketing and web design to the Shorty’s team.
Favourite Wine: Ten Minutes By Tractor 10X Pinot Noir 2015
Favourite Beer: Kosciuszko Pale Ale
Favourite Hobby or sport: Rugby Union
Best Wine Experience: “Weekend away in Tasmania with the Shorty’s team sampling the local food and wine.”
Digital Marketing Specialist: Jon Blissett
Jon joined the Shorty’s team in late 2016 after relocating from Leeds in the UK, bringing with him six years of e-Commerce experience across FMCG and retail businesses. As the resident Digital Marketing Specialist, Jon is tasked with overseeing the web development and digital marketing functions of the business, ensuring that the remarkable portfolio of Shorty’s wines is reflected in a rich and seamless online journey. He is particularly obsessed by data and optimizing technical systems so that they are as efficient as possible, which he enjoys doing over a glass of Clare Valley Riesling (after 5pm, of course).
Favourite Wine: Caillard Shiraz 2014
Favourite Beer: Murray's Whale Ale Wheat Beer 24x330ml
Favourite Hobby or Sport: Football
Best Wine Experience: "Wine tasting at the Mona Art Gallery in Tasmania."
Operations: Pierre Marcos
Pierre comes from the event decorating industry and managed a leading company's warehouses for 3 years before he joined Shorty's for a new challenge. He believes a great team spirit can move mountains and also loves managing side projects to improve the efficiency and quality of the services delivered.
Favourite Wine: Kooyong Massale Pinot Noir 2014
Favourite Beer: Mountain Goat Organic Steam Ale
Favourite Hobby or sport: Swimming and Yoga
Best Wine Experience: “Driving through the countryside in the South of France and stopping by small villages to stock up on local wines.”
Logistics: Blake Mitford
A passion for wine and 8 years of experience in the liquor retail space make Blake the perfect fit for his operations role at Shorty’s Liquor. He enjoys the versatile and fast-paced environment that alternates between managing warehouse logistics and creating tailored customer service solutions. Wine and delivering great customer experiences aren’t Blake’s only talents, however – he is also adept in the art of home brewing beer.
Favourite Wine: Thomas Braemore Semillon or Leo Buring Eden Valley Riesling
Favourite Beer: Little Creatures Pale Ale
Favourite Hobby or sport: Beermaking and cheesemaking.
Best Wine Experience: “At a recent weekend away with my partner, we had a private tasting at Grant Burge Cellar Door, followed by a gourmet lunch platter and a glass of wine in the gardens overlooking the Barossa Valley.”
We have an amazing team of delivery drivers including Brett, Harry, Will, John and Hamish who are always ready and willing to help you with your orders up the stairs, packed into fridges or iced ready for the function, and it is always done with a smile!