Matt Schmidt - Managing Director
Our founder, fearless leader and grand poobah. Matt grew up near the Barossa Valley and has been in wine all his life. Having spent 10 years in the Fosters juggernaut in senior advisory positions he then went to the AFL until finally returning to his passion – wine.
m. 0417 828 423
Bern Schampers - administration Manager
‘Bernie’ is the glue that holds us all together and looks after all accounts, administration and logistics – a massive job! Bern was a senior member of the Spotless Catering team for 10 years but with a name like Schampers she couldn’t help but end up in the wine industry. And yes she’s quite partial to a glass of bubbles!
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m. 0435 791 484
David Blake - Orders & Customer Service
David is a new addition to the wine industry but is no stranger to a good drop of red. A keen traveler, he could talk for hours about all the places around the world he’s visited, and the famous people he’s spotted. His weekends are consumed by sport, whether it be attending the races, playing cricket or following his beloved Pies.
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Leigh Watkins - Finance Manager
A young professional urbanite who grew up in South Wales, UK. Leigh enjoyed 2 years of travel before settling on the beach in St.Kilda. He discovered his passion for wine whilst working the 2015 vintage in the Alpine region of Victoria. Leigh manages the finance function here at Crush and is part of the leadership team. His accountancy skills pay the bills and his other loves include soccer, craft beer and Thai food.
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katherine gilmore - Customer Service & Accounts Coordinator
Katherine has recently started working in a finance role.
She grew up on the Gold Coast before making the move to Melbourne after studying and working in Hospitality.
She loves going to see live music and you will catch her singing and dancing along in the crowd!
Katherine enjoys watching documentaries and bad reality shows of any kind, with a glass of red in hand, and a cheese platter on the side.
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sivaan brook - marketing & graphic design
Sivaan is our marketing and design guru.
She comes from a broad arts background - from accessory design, photography & working alongside Australian artist Lukas Grogan, after which she found her true passion in the graphic design industry and she has never looked back!
These days when she’s not at work, she loves cooking up dinner parties for friends and family.
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jeremy caust - general manager Sales
Our resident basketball star and leader of the wolf pack. Jeremy looks after the big dog customers and has been promoting Australian and New Zealand wine for 10 years in Australia and Europe.
m. 0434 710 960
chris moran - senior account manager
Chris has worked in the liquor industry for the past 23 yrs, starting in bottle shops, managing pubs in the UK as well as qualified Sommelier and Manager at leading Melbourne restaurant
Passions include champagne, the mighty Hawks, Boston Red Sox and touring major wine regions of the world.
With a young family you’ll find Chris spending weekends chasing his 2 boys around MCG or the local swimming pool and family BBQ’s
m. 0431 337 667
Inez brennan - account manager
Inez Brenan has a passion for awesome wine and delicious food. She loves to have friends and family around for a home cooked feast. She is also a budding amateur winemaker with three vintages of Heathcote Shiraz under her belt.
Inez has been in the wine industry for 7 years having worked at distributors in Ireland and Australia (Domaine Wine Shippers), as well as vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula. Her favourite drop is anything Burgundy, but she is always keen to try new wines as well.
m. 0432 837 925
Sandie Frost - account manager
Sandie was born and raised in inner city Melbourne and she adores the city.
She lives for her children and family, good food, sport and of course fine wine!
Sandie has worked in the wine industry for over 15 years now and is still as passionate as ever.
m. 0423 551 178
lee sundstorm - account manager
Lee has been our longest serving sales manager, we’re not saying she’s the oldest!! Lee has the wickedest sense of humour on the block and can drink anyone under the table… All we can tell you is that that’s a lethal combination for a good time!
m. 0419 292 009
david witko - account manager & pure scot ambassador
David is a new member of Crush as of 2019 and comes from years of experience in the on and off premise world of Scotch Whisky!
He is a welcome addition to the team as we venture into the spirit category and expand our repertoire from drop to dram!
He is an avid snowboarder, so I’m sure you will see him on the slopes each winter; especially when his favourite AFL team The Melbourne Demons are knocked out of the comp! Although he is more inclined to have a dram, he will never turn down a delicious red!
m. 0423 516 719
peter hall - account manager
Peter has been in the wine industry over ten years, with three in business development.
He has a passion for great wine from all over the world. Big Champagne and Pinot geek.
m. 0422 296 023
Tom Wisniewski - account manager
Tom’s vast experience and long standing relationships puts him in a perfect position to work directly with the independent retail trade in Melbourne. Tom has both owned and been involved in a number of wine distributors over the years including Rutherglen Wine & Spirits and Macro Vintner.
m. 0412 218 861
william chong - account manager
Talk about experience! Chongy has it by the truckload having spent years in Melbourne’s CBD and Inner Suburbs dealing with some of Melbourne’s top accounts. He know’s his wines and is happy to share all that he knows – all with that cheeky smile!
m. 0419 225 978
New South Wales
marc rees - senior account manager
Marc has been in the hospitality industry since the 80's. Starting with Len Evans at Bulletin Place then Brown Bros. After heading up the NSW on premise team at Schweppes, he moved back into wine driving Fine Wine Partners business with clubs and hotel groups in NSW. More recently, he was NSW/ACT Field Sales Manager for Accolade Wines.
Marc is a Rugby Union tragic, that's the Wallabies for you southerners, and as you will see from his photo he has no fashion sense and has to take tips from his granddaughter, Ava, she has a twin brother, Chace and they are his whole world.
m. 0401 844 488
cam clissold - account manager
‘The Man with the Tan’. Camo lives the good life on Sydney’s stunning Northern Beaches and is fairly handy on the end of a short board. Cam is impossible not to like, with his infectious enthusiasm and can-do attitude. Cam looks after Sydney’s Eastern, CBD and Northern suburbs so covers a lot of ground to see his loyal customers, having sold wine for over 25 years
m. 0420 551 219
steve clark - account manager
Steve recently joined Team NSW to drive our Sydney, South Coast and Canberra business. He’s a Rabbitohs die-hard with senior wine industry experience, including National Sales Manager for Wingara Wine Group, Buying Manager for ILG and has owned his own retail and distribution businesses in Sydney. There’s not much Steve doesn’t know about wine in Sydney!
m. 0426 251 342
Mark strutt - account manager cairns
Mark is a family man and has lived in Cairns for 23 years, he and his family moved there from Auckland. Mark has a daughter and a Son who both live and work in Cairns, he has always worked in the FMCG, working at Air New Zealand in Auckland, National Liquor Distributors and Nobilo wines before moving to Cairns where he has run Hotels & Bottle shops then an Area Sales Manager for Mc Williams Wines for 11 years.
m. 0448 405 317
ross Stevens - account manager
Born and raised in the U.K, Ross has been in Australia since 2007 and moved to Cairns in 2011. He loves the FNQ lifestyle and has loved watching how much people’s passion and interest for food and beverage has grown in our region over the years.
He firmly believes the 3 most enjoyable things in the world are:
m. 0406 478 470
haylie gregor - account manager
Haylie has spent the last 7 years selling wine in SA, VIC & QLD and has a background in both retail and hospitality – this assists her with understanding her customers & their needs. The last 3 years in Queensland - Haylie represented the Wine Fix and prior to that she was the SA / VIC rep working directly for Patrick of Coonawarra. She’s passionate about great wine, excellent service and in her spare time she can be found belting out a tune with one of 2 QLD Rock covers bands that she works with or re-charging in the great outdoors.
m. 0438 090 154
Samantha Andrews - account manager
Samantha is passionate about life and the quality of it. She adores her two children and they are the reason she lives. Wine, fine food and a perfect destination is always a must!!! Love living well. Cheers
m. 0431 632 199
Luke Fechner - senior Account Manager
Born & Raised in the Barossa Valley Luke fell into the wine industry at an early age. With over 20 years in the wine industry mostly in sales roles @ Negociants Australia & Samuel Smith & Son and more recently for Fine Wine Partners. He loves to travel to new and interesting places and is a keen golfer and a fan of most sports particularly his beloved Swans.
m. 0412 605 187