President, Founder and Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Brian Smith has served as our President since May 2018 and as Chairperson of the Board of Directors since June 2020. Mr. Smith combines his years of experience as a sommelier, winemaker, brand builder, and entrepreneur to oversee what we believe is the world’s most innovative and culturally relevant wine program. Prior to Winc, Mr. Smith founded Jolie Folle, a millennial focused wine brand, which he sold the company in 2017. Before that, he served as Wine Director of Clo Wine Bar. Mr. Smith began his career in finance at Man Group PLC and founded his first company, Meritage Group, a Virgin Islands based commodities brokerage that catered to hedge funds and commodity traders, in 2004. Mr. Smith graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology.
Chief Executive Officer, Founder and Director
Geoffrey McFarlane has served as our Chief Executive Officer since May 2018 and as a director since August 2011, building Winc into a vertically integrated winery. As a serial entrepreneur, Mr. McFarlane has a versatile background as a founder, executive and advisor for a wide variety of companies. In 2011, Mr. McFarlane co-founded Winc and served as the company’s chief operating officer from August 2011 to January 2018 before becoming the chief executive officer. Prior to Winc, he was founder and chief executive officer of a restaurant and hotel group, Pizza Republica and the Jet Hotel, with seven locations and over 200 employees, from May 2004 until April 2012. Mr. McFarlane also serves as a director of several private companies, including Amass Brands Inc., a botanical beverage and personal care product company, since January 2017, Voyage SMS Inc., an ecommerce mobile messaging platform, since February 2018 and Westbound and Down Inc., a Colorado brewpub, since December 2015. In 2013, Mr. McFarlane filed a voluntary petition for personal bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Colorado. The resulting case was closed in 2016.
Laura Joukovski has served on our board of directors since July 2019. Ms. Joukovski is the CEO of Global Fashion Brands with TechStyle Fashion Group. TechStyle is a portfolio of digital fashion brands in Los Angeles. Ms. Joukovski leads the Global Fashion Brands, including JustFab, ShoeDazzle and FabKids. She was a founding team member of FabKids, and has built out the eco-system of TechStyle businesses across a variety of executive roles since the FabKids acquisition in 2013.
Xiangwei Weng has served on our board of directors since June 2015. Mr. Weng is the founder of Shining Capital Management and has an extensive experience in investment banking and private equity investment. Before founding Shining Capital in 2008, Mr. Weng served as an Executive Director at the Corporate Finance Department and Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for China at Goldman Sachs (Asia) L.L.C. From 2005 to 2007, he served as General Manager and In Charge of Corporate Operations at Gome Electrical Appliances Holding Limited. He also worked at Morgan Stanley from 1998 to 2005, where he was a Vice President in the M&A and Restructuring Group. Mr. Weng received a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Peking University and a Ph.D. degree in Biophysics from University of California at Berkeley.
Patrick DeLong has served on our board of directors since December 2019. Mr. DeLong is the Founder and Principal of Azur Associates, a leading fine beverage consultancy that was founded in 2019. Mr. DeLong has over 30 years of experience working with leading consumer brands across private and public companies. Prior to founding Azur, Mr. DeLong was an executive for 12 years at Crimson Wine Group, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2014 to June 2019 and as Chief Operating & Financial Officer from 2007 to 2014. Before that, Mr. DeLong served as the Senior Vice President & CFO of Icon Estates, a fine wine division of Constellation Brands, Inc., from 2004 to 2006 and consulting Chief Operating Officer for the Francis Ford Coppola companies from 2006 to 2007. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. DeLong was at the Robert Mondavi Corporation in a variety of executive leadership roles, including Senior Vice President of Finance & Planning. Earlier in his career, Mr. DeLong worked in operating management with Carnival Corporation and began his career with Deloitte working in both audit and consulting and was a certified public accountant. Mr. DeLong holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and conducted post-graduate master’s studies in applied economics at Seattle University.
Alesia Pinney has served on our board of directors since April 2021. Ms. Pinney has served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Avalara, Inc., a publicly traded company that provides cloud-based compliance solutions for transaction taxes, since April 2013 and has almost 30 years of experience in legal, advisory and operational leadership roles. Ms. Pinney has served as a member of the board of directors for various entities, including the Washington State Trust for Public Land, and is a director at Sharkbite Games, Inc. Ms. Pinney has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Seattle University, a Master’s of Taxation from the University of Denver and Juris Doctor from Seattle University’s School of Law.
Mary Pat Thompson
Mary Pat Thompson has served on our board of directors since May 2021. Ms. Thompson has served as a consultant for Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherril & Co., a private equity firm focused on growth capital investments in the consumer products, specialty retail and restaurant sectors, since January 2019; as the President of Titan Technologies, Inc., a leading regional technology solutions provider, since October 2003; as a director for H&E Equipment Services, Inc., an equipment rental company, since September, 2019; and as Chief Financial Officer of Taronis Fuels, Inc., a clean fuel technology company, since April, 2021. She is also a licensed CPA in the State of Idaho. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President of Finance of Animal Health at AmerisourceBergen, a provider of drug distribution and consulting services related to medical business operations and patient services, from February 2015 until October 2018, and has over 30 years of experience in accounting and advisory leadership roles. Prior to her tenure at AmerisourceBergen, Ms. Thompson served as the Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Finance and Corporate Secretary of MWI Veterinary Supply Inc., an international animal health products supplier, from 2005 to 2015. Ms. Thompson also serves as a member of the board of directors for various entities, including Organika Inc., AAA Oregon/Idaho and Regence BlueShield of Idaho. Ms. Thompson has a bachelor’s degree in Business Accounting from the University of Idaho.