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Jerol Bailey is the Director of Sales at the Lenz Winery. He is responsible for both the retail and wholesale aspects of the company. On the retail side, he oversees the tasting room, staff education and direct to consumer operations. In wholesale, Jerol manages product placement in both restaurants and retail establishments.
Jerol attributes the success of the tasting room in recent years to his highly knowledgeable and professional staff. Since joining Lenz in 2010, Jerol has worked to create a friendly, customer service-oriented atmosphere with a concentration on wine education and the Lenz winemaking process. He is also proud of his weekend food truck program and expanded live music calendar.
Prior to joining one of the oldest and well-respected wineries on the North Fork, Jerol worked as a litigation consultant, assisting companies with trial research, jury selections and witness preparation. This demanding position brought him to clients of all sizes across the entire country. However, his passion for wine encouraged him to follow his heart to a more rewarding career.
Growing up on his family farm in the Bay Area of California, he tended to all the animals, including his favorites, the fifty quarter horses. To this day he is an avid horseback rider. Later on, his interests shifted as he became familiar with the impressive wineries of Napa and Sonoma. The friendly, informative, professional and fun experiences at his favorites left an indelible mark, which he references in many of his decisions today.
Jerol’s educational background includes graphic design, business management and public speaking. He also studied sociology and psychology at San Francisco State University to earn a Bachelor’s of Science degree. With over seventeen years of professional experience in business, customer service and hospitality, Jerol handles each challenge with a unique and qualified approach.
The Lenz courtyard has become the hub of Lenz activities, from table-side tastings to the starting point of their highly-acclaimed vineyard tours. You’ll often find Jerol in the middle of it all; keeping the well-oiled machine running and loving every minute of it. Jerol invites you and your family to stop in for a visit!
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Marianna joined the Lenz team in 2016 as the Assistant Tasting Room Manager. In 2015, Marianna’s love of wine drove her to make a career change from Real Estate to the Wine Industry. In April after interviewing at Lenz, she gladly accepted the opportunity. The decision to take the leap of faith continues to bring her happiness as she feels such enormous joy to work with the talented and dedicated staff, as well as being able to engage with loyal subscribers and gregarious customers.
In addition to obtaining a BBA in Management and an MBA in Finance, Marianna has also completed Level 2 of the WSET and hopes to continue her wine education in the near future.
Next time you visit the winery be sure to say hello!
Tel: 631.734.6010 | Email: Marianna@lenzwine.com
Dorothy-Dean “Dee Dee” Thomas grew up in St. Louis, but spent her summers sailing in Orient where her ancestors have lived and farmed since the late 1600s. Her parents instilled in her a love of wine very early. “Wine was always part of the conversation, part of every dinner, family gathering, celebration. For my parents, wine and vineyards blended perfectly their love of farming and entertaining.”
An adventurous, outgoing spirit, Dee Dee enjoys meeting new people and exploring new places. She has almost 30 years of marketing, branding, merchandising, and sales experience, more than half of which have been in the wine industry. In addition to a BA and MA in English, she holds a sommelier certificate from Sommelier Society of America.
Since joining Lenz in 2007, she has worn many hats – subscriber program, website, events, marketing, advertising, etc. She even transformed a former pool area into an intimate terrace area where visitors may enjoy a glass of Lenz wine under the beautiful North Fork sky.
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