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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: Dom Perignon

Favourite Beer: Stone & Wood Pacific Ale

Favourite Hobby or Sport: Being outdoors on a long bush or coastal walk

Best Wine Experience: Visiting Napa Valley – it’s like Disneyland for wine lovers!  

 

Account Manager: Phoebe Gibson

Phoebe began her hospitality journey in Canada where she lived for four years enjoying the seasons and beautiful beer, wine, cider and spirits the area has to offer. She progressed through a variety of roles and responsibilities ranging from serving through to marketing and sales team leadership. Her role of Account Manager and Liquor Ambassador here at Shorty’s allows her to do what she enjoys most... building strong, lasting relationships with her customers and share with them her passion for all things liquor.

Favourite Beer: Blue Moon

Favourite Wine: Penfolds Shiraz 

Favourite Hobby or Sport: Snowboarding

Best Wine experience: Drinking beautiful Malbec with my family around an asado (Argentine BBQ). This is where my love for wine and it’s culture began.

 

Account Manager: Ben Riley

Ben joined the team at Shorty’s after several years in the imported wine, beer and spirits industry. With a strong passion for the beverage world ever since his grandfather planted the seed when he was enlisted to help bottlecap his home brew from the age of 5. He enjoys building long lasting relationships with everyone he works with.

Favourite Beer: Philter XPA

Favourite Wine: Pasionado Cuatro Cepas 2012 

Favourite Hobby or Sport: Getting a surf in or watching Cronulla Sharks with a cold one

Best Wine experience: Working a full vintage at Tyrrell’s Winery with Chief Winemaker Andrew Spinaze – being part of the process from vine to bottle was something I’ll never forget!

 

 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

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!"

 

Operations: Hamish Walker

Hamish has 15 years experience in Hotel management, having most recently been the Licensee of Daniel San Manly and prior to that The Seabreeze Beach Hotel in South West Rocks. He started his hospitality career at The Australian Heritage Hotel in the Rocks, a local gem of the Sydney hospitality scene. 

Favourite Wine: Tyrells Vat1 Hunter Semillon

Favourite Beer: Stone and Wood Pacific Ale

Favourite Hobby or sport: Surfing

Best Wine Experience: Sculling a bottle of Grange Hermitage after someone forgot to pour me a glass...

 

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.”

 

Delivery Drivers

We have an amazing team of delivery drivers including Brett, Tom, Harry, Benny, Henry, Josh, Sam and Ollie  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!