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 compliment the retail stores. David's future plans for ZYN are to continue to provide excellent customer service, buy product that customers are looking for and to keep moving forward in a very unique and constantly changing business environment in Calgary. Being from Argentina, David's go to wine is Malbec!
Michael Katzemann, Warehouse Manager ... Michael arrived in Canada from Germany and started out with ZYN as a driver and since has progressed to become ZYN's Warehouse Manager. ZYN's 20,000 ft² warehouse is a lot to manage, however, with Michael's dedication to providing top notch customer service and his strong commitment to accuracy, ZYN is able to supply many of Calgary's best restaurants, bars and golf courses with first class service. 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.
Brynne Carmichael, Manager E-commerce Logistics ... Brynne has been with the ZYN team since 2014. She is a true prairie girl moving from Saskatoon to Calgary, with a background in restaurants. Brynne handles everything to do with online orders and enjoys watching the trends in the industry evolve. She is always excited to try new restaurants in town, but also enjoys cooking at home sipping a New York Sour.
Alvis Ly, Accountant ... A born and raised Calgarian, Alvis is a University of Calgary graduate with a Bachelors of Commerce as well as a Major in Accounting. Alvis started at ZYN in 2017 as a bookkeeper. By taking on more accounting and administrative responsibilities over time, he is now in charge of anything that has to do with numbers and money. Believe it or not, his beverage of choice is a Shirley Temple.
Mario Nobrega, Retail Manager ZYN Bankers Hall ... Mario has been a big part of the ZYN retail team at Bankers Hall for the past 6 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 over think it, drink it!
Gaston Langlois, Sales Associate ZYN on 9th ... Gaston hails from Sherbrooke, Quebec however, in 1975 he made the move out west and has been in the service industry ever since. Food and wine are his passions and he prides himself on providing the best experience for his customers possible. Gaston finds it extremely rewarding when people enjoy themselves when talking about wine and when they come back to ZYN for his advice. In his spare time, Gaston volunteers for the Calgary Stampede and is a proud grandfather.
Marcia Rompel, Retail Sales Supervisor ... Marcia joined ZYN in July of 2019 and hails from Hamburg, Germany. In Germany, Marcia worked for 5 Star hotels and was involved in creativity based event management. Combined with her positive and communicative nature, she is a valued member of ZYN's dynamic team. Marcia is enjoying the Canadian culture and when not at ZYN you can find Marcia enjoying a glass of red wine by the fireplace!
Sean Murphy, Sales Associate ZYN on 9th ... Sean was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and has worked for many years in the liquor industry, something he is most passionate about. Sean loves the craft beer market and prides himself on his knowledge. There is nothing he enjoys more than talking with customers, getting to know them and talking all things beer!