David Dienger, Owner... A University of Calgary graduate, David started out in the liquor business in 1993 when the industry was privatized by the Alberta government. The company was called The Wine Cottage at that time. David understood that the liquor industry would not survive as a "brick and mortar" concept and made the decision in 2008 to follow the online shopping trend and developed a very successful online business to complement the retail stores. David's future plans for ZYN are to continue to provide excellent customer service, buy products that customers are looking for and keep moving forward in a very unique and constantly changing business environment in Calgary. Being from Argentina, David's love is Malbec!
Fiona Di Gennaro, Accountant... Fiona is originally from Australia and has made Calgary her home since 1996. Since moving to Calgary, she has run 4 restaurants. Fiona not only has an accounting background but experience in the food and beverage industry as well, which is a huge asset for ZYN. Fiona loves nothing more than relaxing and enjoying a glass of Prosecco!
Michael Katzemann, Supply Chain Supervisor... Michael arrived in Canada from Germany and started out with ZYN as a delivery driver and since has progressed to become the Supply Chain Supervisor. When not at ZYN, you can find Michael hiking the Rockies and taking trips to various parts of the country to learn more about what Canada has to offer.
Daniel Gillis, Assistant Supply Chain Supervisor... ZYN welcomes Daniel to our amaZYN team. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys spending time reading, cooking and creating interesting cocktails. You can also find him in front of the fireplace with a good glass of Scotch in his hand!
Dustin Baker, Manager E-commerce Logistics... Dustin handles everything to do with online orders. Dustin loves Alberta's great outdoors, is an aspiring artist and enjoys an occasional cold beer. When Dustin started at ZYN, he was not a wine guy, but over the years he has had a chance to try different wines and is now a fan!
Rachhpal Singh Sidhu, Assistant Manager E-commerce Logistics... Rachhpal has been with ZYN since day one. He has worked his way up the ladder and is an integral part of the online business. Off hours Rachhpal enjoys reading and learning about religious history, listening to music and watching movies, both old and new.
Misael Castro, Delivery Driver... Misael has been an AmaZYN delivery driver for more than 15 years. He is diligent about getting orders to you in a timely manner. Hailing from Colombia, soccer is his passion along with hiking and biking. Misael enjoys Colombia's national alcoholic beverage Aguardiente.
Andrew Ellergodt, Shipping & Receiving... Andrew is a dedicated member of TeamZYN and a talented musician, both playing and composing music. After the day is done at ZYN, Andrew kicks back with a glass of white wine with friends at the latest hot spots in Calgary.
Dayanara Torres, Shipping & Receiving... Dayanara is originally from Mexico and now calls Calgary home. She is fairly new to the wine industry but is passionate about learning everything she can about wine, beer and spirits. Dayanara loves the outdoors and that is one of the main reasons she enjoys Alberta so much. She enjoys time with family and friends sharing an Oregon Pinot Noir!
Colin Charlton, Shipping & Receiving... Colin is part of our hardworking, dedicated warehouse crew. In his spare time, you can find Colin reading, watching movies and enjoying his passion for computer programming. A good flavourful coffee with a touch of Bailey's is his beverage of choice on winter nights!
David Vorpahl, Shipping & Receiving... David is a definite asset to TeamZYN. His knowledge of the industry prior to joining ZYN was limited, but day by day he is gaining and enjoying learning about wine, beer and spirits. David is a music lover and enjoys classic movies as well as spending time with his family and sipping a fine glass of wine.
Matthew Cumberland, Shipping & Receiving... Matthew is a welcome addition to TeamZYN. He enjoys dirt biking, snowmobiling and all extreme outdoor activities. After hours he enjoys an ice-cold beer, even on a cold Calgary winter night!
John Dundas, Shipping & Receiving... John has recently been welcomed on board at ZYN. He is not only a passionate man about wine, beer and spirits but also about playing guitar, golfing and taking long walks in the evenings even when the weather is cold. His go-to red wine is a big, juicy Australian Shiraz!
Brian Jillson, Shipping & Receiving... Brian is a team player at ZYN. He enjoys red wine, a proper cider and exploring cocktail mixology. Brian is a certified Bob Ross landscape painting instructor. When not at ZYN, you can find Brian on his patio with a glass of wine in one hand and a paintbrush in the other.
Mario Nobrega, Retail Manager ZYN Bankers Hall... Mario has been a big part of the ZYN retail team at Bankers Hall for the past 12+ years. Prior to that, Mario spent over 30+ years in the hospitality industry, travelling to Badrutt's Palace in St. Moritz as well as taking wine courses at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley to gain knowledge and experience. Mario is a customer service person and it shows on a daily basis at ZYN. Mario's advice to customers is, don't overthink it, drink it!
Matt McWilliams, Retail Sales ZYN Bankers Hall... Not long ago Matt joined TeamZYN. He has been in the retail/customer service industry for 10 years, 6 specifically in wine, beer and spirits. Matt enjoys a good bourbon, exploring wines from around the world and relaxing at home or in the beautiful outdoors.
Janette Scott, Retail Manager ZYN Inglewood... With over 30 years of experience in the wine industry, Janette brings passion knowledge and expertise to ZYN. She aims to inspire people to live outside their comfort zone and seek out wines with stories behind the bottle. Whether gardening, watching tennis or enjoying a meal with family, a glass of wine will be in her hand, because everything's better with wine!
Lorraine Oland, Retail Sales ZYN Inglewood... Lorraine's interest in wine ignited 6 years ago when she spent time with family in the Okanagan Valley. Since then she has been working on her WSET and has completed the third level. Outside of ZYN, she is passionate about animals and has been a longtime volunteer with the Greyhound Rescue Program. Pour Lorraine a California Chardonnay and all is good!
Jared Lowe, Retail Sales ZYN Inglewood... Jared spent 7 years in Australia attending the University of Adelaide earning his Viticulture & Oenology Diploma while honing his skills at a winery. Now he is back home, and loving the snow. He's learning about wines of the world on the retail side, and as a true Calgarian is very happy to be home enjoying hockey and skiing!