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Executive Vice President of Business Development wmickel@vntgimports.com

After graduating from the University of Colorado, Bill continued in the restaurant and hospitality industry until he returned back to the east coast in 1999. During a short management position at the Rusty Scupper in Princeton, NJ, Bill met his future wife, Tara, in addition to being introduced to Paul Zientek.  Paul hired Bill in early 2000 as the first NJ representative for Vintage Imports. After being recruited by Kobrand Wine & Spirits, Bill left the wholesale side of the industry for various import/supplier roles over the next 17 years.  During that time, Bill had many diverse roles: sales manager in the Northeast for Kobrand, Regional and National roles with Pernod Ricard and National Sales & Marketing Director for Disaronno International, also gaining international sales and marketing experiences along the way.

Throughout these years, Bill and Paul remained in touch and in 2018 Bill rejoined Vintage to begin a new Craft Spirit division to help continue the exciting growth of the company.  In 2020, Bill was asked to develop and spearhead the newly formed New York sales division and in 2022 was promoted to VP of Business Development to help lead the future growth of Vintage Imports.

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