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John ArdenNew York Metropolitan Area
John Arden joined Oriel in early 2010 with over 18 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry.
A graduate from the University of Maryland, John first realized his passion for wine after a trip through Napa Valley. Though accustomed to enjoying wines with family dinners—these tastings and winery visits solidified his professional interest. He began his career as a sales representative for Diageo Inc before joining The Gallo Winery as the Field Marketing Manager for Metro NY. In his three years at Gallo John not only achieved outstanding sales growth, he also cemented a passion for team development that paralleled his wine interest.
For the next five years, John acted as Vice President of Sales for Raymond Vineyard and Cellar, a benchmark Napa Valley winery. At Raymond, John worked to grow sales both traditionally and by forming creative partnerships with groups such as the NY Central Park Summerstage through its popular concert series.
Besides his passion for wine, John is a talented piano player. In 2004, John was awarded ‘Best Singer/Songwriter’ at the NY Independent Music Festival and has played at historic venues such as The Roseland Ballroom, Tavern on the Green, and The Knitting Factory.
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