ABOUT US

Conversations about your brand are an ever-growing circle — and integrated communications close the loop, building awareness, and powerful relationships that elevate your messages to new heights.

From New York to Miami, San Francisco to Europe, our team of media-savvy wine and spirits professionals cultivate your message and deliver it to the right audiences.

In a rapidly evolving marketplace—and an industry where change is constant—Colangelo & Partners sits at the epicenter of the wine and spirits conversation. Over the last 14+ years, we have grown our clientele from smaller, entrepreneurial brands to include regional and national institutions like the trade commissions of Spain and South Africa; technology and e-commerce companies innovating in the beverage alcohol sector; prestigious, sought-after luxury labels; and everything from global, instantly-recognizable brands to passionate, up-and-coming vignerons.

We believe that integrated communications is the key to propelling a brand’s story across every aspect of the media landscape—building recognition, creating relationships, and generating results. From trade to consumer, print and broadcast to digital and social media, our international team of wine and spirits professionals has a passion for cultivating conversations where they count most, providing market-moving advocacy for premium brands seeking to build their businesses in the US and beyond.

OUR TEAM

GINO
COLANGELO

President

GINO
COLANGELO

President

Gino founded Colangelo & Partners in 2006 after spending over 10 years in global communications and 10 years running his own retail business, a unique experience in the agency world. Gino is most proud of the team at Colangelo & Partners, the growth of individual employees and the partnerships the agency has built with our prestigious, global family of clients.

MICHAEL
COLANGELO

Chief Financial Officer, Partner

MICHAEL
COLANGELO

Chief Financial Officer, Partner

A founding member of Colangelo & Partners, Michael’s role has been to provide C&P executives and team members the necessary tools, resources, expertise and support that allows them to devote their sole energy to serving clients and helping clients achieve their goals. Over the years, he has become an expert on the bureaucratic requirements of European Union funded contracts and projects.

FELIPE
GONZALEZ-GORDON

Chief Operating Officer, Partner

FELIPE
GONZALEZ-GORDON

Chief Operating Officer, Partner

After more than two decades of marketing roles, international business development, project management, and boardroom experience, Felipe adds new capabilities and perspectives to the agency. Known for his strong analytical thinking, cross-functional experience, and problem-solving mentality, Felipe has proven his ability to see issues from different viewpoints and originate new approaches that move businesses forward.

JULIANA
COLANGELO

Vice President, California

JULIANA
COLANGELO

Vice President, California

Juliana joined Colangelo & Partners in 2013 with previous experience in events, hospitality, and nonprofit development. During her tenure at C&P, Juliana completed her WSET Level 3 and her eMBA in Wine Business with Sonoma State University, allowing her to bring a strategic and sales-oriented approach to communications strategy for the agency’s domestic business. In 2021, Juliana was named one of PR News’ Top Women in PR in the “Rising Stars” category.

SARA
GORELICK

Vice President, Spirits

SARA
GORELICK

Vice President, Spirits

Since Sara joined Colangelo & Partners in 2007 after completing her Masters in Journalism from Syracuse University, she has been instrumental in developing the agency’s spirits department. Sara focuses on building a strong rapport with clients, key media and the bar community, and mentoring staff to execute successful integrated campaigns. Sara is a decade-long member of the United States Bartenders Guild, co-founder of spirits networking website ShakeStir.com, and has freelanced for several spirits publications.

PAUL
YANON

Vice President, Wine

PAUL
YANON

Vice President, Wine

A native of Australia, Paul joined Colangelo & Partners’ New York team in 2012, and has been instrumental in developing the agency’s wine department. With over 20+ years in the wine industry, Paul is an experienced wine and PR professional who brings industry-leading insights, education, and relationships with some of the country’s key trade, press, and influencers to the agency. He specializes in integrated communications campaigns for small and large wine marketing institutions, as well as European luxury brands.

ALEKSANDRA
TROCHIMIUK

Vice President, Digital, Brand Strategy & Creative

ALEKSANDRA
TROCHIMIUK

Vice President, Digital, Brand Strategy & Creative

Aleksandra is an advertising and marketing specialist with over 20 years of experience in Marketing Management, Brand Strategy, Creative, Digital Strategy, Integrated Marketing, and Advertising. She has worked in global agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, Lowe Group, Euro RSCG, and Young & Rubicam, attaining the Managing Director level. She also founded and ran her own agency implementing EU campaigns promoting food & beverages in foreign markets.
She has served as a creative judge in prestigious international direct & digital marketing competitions, including the Caples Awards and ECHO ANA Awards.

NATALIE
PERKINS

Senior Account Supervisor

NATALIE
PERKINS

Senior Account Supervisor

Natalie joined the Colangelo & Partners team at the start of 2019 with a background in food and beverage media relations, events, and corporate communications. With a passion for wine and storytelling, Natalie enjoys collaborating with many of the talented professionals that make the wine industry so dynamic and helping them reach their target audience through strategic, integrated communications programs. Natalie currently holds her WSET Level 3.

STEFÁN
SIGURĐSSON

Account Supervisor

STEFÁN
SIGURĐSSON

Account Supervisor

Stefán is an Iceland native based in NYC, WSET Level 2 certified and holds an M.S. in PR & Corp. Comm. from NYU and background in law. With 7+ years experience of successfully placing stories in top lifestyle and wine media for premium clients, Stefán is seasoned in creating and executing strategic, integrated communications plans and cultivating-and leveraging relationships with diverse leaders in the digital space and wine trade.

MEGAN
DEANGELO

Account Supervisor

MEGAN
DEANGELO

Account Supervisor

Megan joined Colangelo & Partners in 2016 after having spent nearly a decade working in food and wine in Florence, Italy. Megan holds a Masters of Arts in Italian Studies from Middlebury College and has vast experience working in the wine industry. At the agency, Megan manages much of the Italian portfolio, focusing on new business, strategic communications, trade relations, and events for the European clientele.

SARAH
HOWARD

Account Supervisor

SARAH
HOWARD

Account Supervisor

Sarah leads many of the trade-focused, Institutional and E-commerce campaigns. Her diverse experience in the beverage industry and background in importer and distributor management gives her a unique ability in building highly effective campaigns that reach the right audience and achieve specific growth goals.

ANDREW
QUINZI

Account Supervisor

ANDREW
QUINZI

Account Supervisor

Based in Miami, Florida, Andrew has been with the Colangelo & Partners team since 2018. He began his PR career in the hospitality industry working with several hotels and restaurants in Miami Beach. He moved to New York City in 2016 and worked with several chef-driven and Michelin-starred restaurants before joining Colangelo where he has run the gamut on client services in wine, spirits, beer and food. He recently relocated back to Miami as Colangelo expands outside of New York and California.

MAR
BARBERA

Senior Influencer Marketing Strategist

MAR
BARBERA

Senior Influencer Marketing Strategist

A native of Spain, Mar joined Colangelo & Partners’ New York team in 2017. Her background in digital and influencer marketing for consumer goods and fashion brands in Europe, supported by a M.S. in Marketing Management, allows her to serve the agency’s global clients creatively and strategically. She leads Influencer Marketing Strategy and executes key influencer campaigns from her East London desk.

MICHELLE
ERLAND

Senior Account Executive

MICHELLE
ERLAND

Senior Account Executive

Michelle joined Colangelo & Partners in 2019 after working for the pasta brand Giovanni Rana in Verona, Italy. She holds an MBA from Johnson & Wales University and has a certificate in Corporate Crisis Communications from Cornell. Michelle is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and an Italian Wine Ambassador through Vinitaly International. Michelle lends her considerable expertise to a diverse group of clients from fine wine, food, business, and ecommerce.

ERIN
HEALY

Senior Account Executive

ERIN
HEALY

Senior Account Executive

A California native, Erin has been in the wine and food world for close to 15 years. She joined Colangelo & Partners in 2017, after working at Food & Wine Magazine and other areas of the wine and food industry. She holds a Master’s degree in Food Studies from NYU, WSET Level 3, and a Spanish Wine Certificate. Her strong connections in wine, luxury lifestyle, and food media and passion for all things food and wine allow her to successfully bring her clients’ stories to life by implementing integrated communications plans through media relations, events, and trade relations. Her clients have ranged from high-end, iconic international and domestic wine estates and importers to regional and institutional organizations.

ANDREW
LOHSE

Senior Account Executive

ANDREW
LOHSE

Senior Account Executive

Based in New York, Andrew is a Certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers and holds an A.B. in English and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College. He joined Colangelo & Partners in 2019 with 6+ years of experience in writing, digital marketing, and publicity, and has also worked on the wine teams of Michelin-starred restaurants Del Posto and Günter Seeger NY.

CARA
MCGLEW

Senior Content Manager

CARA
MCGLEW

Senior Content Manager

Cara joined Colangelo & Partners in 2017 after previously working at an agency specializing in social media and influencer campaign management for food and beauty products. After making the transition to wine, Cara manages primarily California clients as well as larger event social media for international consortiums. Cara eagerly enjoys cultivating a brand’s social media footprint to best represent the client’s message and creative strategy.

LISA
PEÑA

Senior Events Manager

LISA
PEÑA

Senior Events Manager

Originally from Florida, Lisa joined Colangelo & Partners with prior experience working in restaurants throughout Miami, where her love for food and wine began. Since her time in the hospitality industry, she has specialized in communications and event planning at PR agencies and previously at Eataly USA. At Colangelo & Partners, she has worked on live and virtual event execution for clients such as Slow Wine, Wines From Spain, Wines of Israel, Vinho Verde, and more.

GREG
WHISENANT

Trade Marketing Manager

GREG
WHISENANT

Trade Marketing Manager

Greg joined the Colangelo & Partners team with years of experience and expertise in wine retail, wholesale distribution, and wine importation. His most recent position as a National Sales Manager for a Rioja property afforded him new insight into the world of wine imports and the Three-Tier System in the United States. He brings this keen insight into the business of beverage alcohol when working with clients who are looking to increase market share through targeted trade promotions.

LUCA
VENTURELLI

Senior Account Executive

LUCA
VENTURELLI

Senior Account Executive

Italian native from Verona, Luca joined Colangelo & Partners in 2018 after his studies between Italy, the UK, and Canada and over five years of experience in the wine industry as a marketing professional for institutions and wineries. Luca holds a WSET Level 3 certificate and enjoys developing branding and sales-oriented communication strategies.

MARIA
CALVERT

Media Consultant

MARIA
CALVERT

Media Consultant

A native New Yorker living in Washington D.C., Maria is fluent in both English and Spanish, and carries more than eight years of experience in international public relations and corporate communications. She joined Colangelo & Partners in 2018, where she found the opportunity to combine two of her passions – PR & wine. Maria has worked on integrated and strategic campaigns for B2B and B2C wine companies and institutional clients, such as Wines From Spain, Saverglass, Raventos-Codorniu, and the Portuguese Cork Association. Her expertise focuses on helping brands expand and strengthen their visibility in the United States.

FRIDA
REDDY

Trade Consultant

FRIDA
REDDY

Trade Consultant

A true wine lover, Frida has worked in various aspects of the wine industry in Paris and New York before settling in California. “I love the diversity of clients from small producers to large brands and institutional clients, and the opportunity to create new relationships every day.”

HANNAH
BROMBERG

Account Executive

HANNAH
BROMBERG

Account Executive

Based in Brooklyn, Hannah joined Colangelo & Partners after working in marketing and PR for barware and hospitality brands. She works on a range of clients in the C&P spirits portfolio creating engaging brand messaging and securing distinguished media placements. With a passion for storytelling and connection through fine spirits, wine, and food, she’s delighted to be working with diverse and unique clients.

JULIE
CANEVARI

Account Executive

JULIE
CANEVARI

Account Executive

Julie joined the Colangelo & Partners team in 2019 with a background in the wine industry and public relations. With prior PR experience in the world of luxury wine, her passion for fine wine and cuisine stems from her very large, yet close-knit family, where culture and tradition influences all aspects of her everyday life. Julie most enjoys working collaboratively and creatively with her teams to create the perfect story and message for each brand.

CRISTINA
COARI

Account Executive

CRISTINA
COARI

Account Executive

Cristina is a native Italian from Gorizia in northeastern Italy. She joined Colangelo & Partners in 2019 after working in marketing, wine education, and media relations for a well-established US wine importer. She received the Master Sommelier status from AIS, the Italian Sommelier Association, and is currently studying for the CSW and WSET Level 3 certifications. She is an adventurous wine lover and wrote a book about Tocai wine (Friulano) from her region. At the agency, Cristina works mainly with Italian wineries and consortia, helping them to develop their communication plans and trade relations in the US market.

GUADALUPE
ESCURRA

Account Executive

GUADALUPE
ESCURRA

Account Executive

Originally from Peru, Guadalupe holds a Master’s Degree from NYU in Integrated Marketing. She joins the team with a background in working with global brands from the Latin American wine industry. Her experience is in launching new products, developing and executing marketing and commercial strategies, and analyzing data and consumer insights. She is passionate about building brands, telling stories and chasing market opportunities.

LAUREN
HOWE

Content Manager

LAUREN
HOWE

Content Manager

Since joining the Colangelo team in 2018, Lauren’s social media, influencer management, and advertising experience has contributed to the success of many of our spirits, California wine, and International wine clients. Known for always asking questions, Lauren is constantly seeking the latest strategies, information, and tools to create more dynamic and engaging content on behalf of our clients while also keeping on top of the latest popular trends to stay relevant in the constantly changing world of social media.

MEGAN
MCCARTHY

Account Executive

MEGAN
MCCARTHY

Account Executive

A longtime New Yorker, Megan has a Bachelor’s in International Relations but was quickly bitten by the wine bug and has been making wine and spirits her passion ever since. She is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and holds Advanced WSET certificates in both Wine and Spirits. Continuing to build on her experience, she comes to Colangelo & Partners with a background in fine wine auctions as well as wine sales and distribution.

KATIE
ORLADY

Account Executive

KATIE
ORLADY

Account Executive

Raised by two CIA-trained chefs, the food and beverage industry has always been an innate passion to Katie. She joins the Colangelo & Partners team with a background in hospitality public relations within the fields of food, wine, spirits and travel. Katie holds her holds her WSET Level 2 and is thrilled to work with a diverse group of beverage clients and grow alongside a talented team.

ALI
PINEDO

Account Executive

ALI
PINEDO

Account Executive

Ali joined the Colangelo & Partners team to pursue education and a career in wine after working in lifestyle/CPG public relations for 6 years. Based in New York, she works with clients from across the globe to craft meaningful stories and share brand voices through trade and consumer media placements. Originally from Brazil and raised in Asia, Ali brings a global perspective to the team. She has always been fascinated by the food and beverage industry and is excited to follow her passion into the world of wine and spirits.

DANIELA
PORRO

Account Executive

DANIELA
PORRO

Account Executive

Born and raised in Italy, Daniela joined Colangelo & Partners with prior experience in wine & spirits public relations and the events industry. Before moving to New York in 2018, she graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia with a degree in Public Relations. Her focus is on Italian business, where she develops meaningful conversations in the media. She also continues to pursue her passions of social media and the hospitality industry as a whole.

RAEANN
SERRA

Photographer

RAEANN
SERRA

Photographer

Graduating with a Master’s Degree in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts, Rae has been a professional photographer and stylist for nearly a decade. Her focus throughout her career has been on still life, product, and food photography. Rae joined Colangelo in 2017 and has used her love for food and wine to create imagery that reflects this passion.

COLLIN
SMITH

Account Executive

COLLIN
SMITH

Account Executive

Based in Brooklyn, Collin joined Colangelo & Partners in 2020 and brings with him over five years of prior public relations experience working within the fields of luxury wine, spirits, and homeware on various new product launches, media tours, press events, and social media campaigns. With a passion for fine wine, spirits, and glassware and holding a WSET Level 2 certification, he looks to continue to hone his storytelling and communication skills within both domestic and international wine and spirits brands.

PIA
MARIA SZABO

Account Executive

PIA
MARIA SZABO

Account Executive

Pia is a resident New Yorker with an international perspective, having grown up in Austria and lived in the UK for five years. Holding a WSET Level 3 and Masters degree in Marketing, she also has experience working in various corners of the industry, having worked in events and marketing for international wine, spirit, and beer brands. She is excited to leverage industry knowledge and continue using her skills to tell and share client’s stories.

AMANDA
TORRES

Account Executive

AMANDA
TORRES

Account Executive

Amanda joins the Colangelo & Partners team with over six years of public relations experience and a concentration in wine, spirits and entertainment. She has tasted her way through a variety of wine and spirit regions and brands, focusing on media relations, trade relations, event planning, social media and influencer marketing. Born and bred in The Bronx, NY, but currently based in Brooklyn, Amanda has a passion for dining and imbibing and is currently in pursuit of a WSET Level 2.

KENYA
THOMAS

Influencer Marketing Specialist

KENYA
THOMAS

Influencer Marketing Specialist

An NYC transplant, Kenya relocated to NYC in 2007 from Buffalo, NY, where she was born and raised. She joined Colangelo & Partners in 2018 as Assistant Content Manager. Her experience in the digital world from blogger, influencer, online music & entertainment journalist, social media production, and digital marketing has transitioned her into an Influencer Marketing Specialist role with the agency. She develops strategies and executes Influencer campaigns for C&P clients while keeping her finger on the pulse of trends and innovation of all things digital.

CLARA
FREZZA

Assistant Account Executive

CLARA
FREZZA

Assistant Account Executive

Clara is an Argentine native from Buenos Aires. After moving to New York City in 2015, she fulfilled her studies on Communications and Psychology. With previous experience in lifestyle Public Relations, Clara joined Colangelo & Partners in 2019 to pursue a career in wine & spirits-focused PR and use her growing skills to communicate our brand’s stories with their audiences passionately.

MATTHEW
HASBUN

Assistant Account Executive

MATTHEW
HASBUN

Assistant Account Executive

Hailing from Miami, Florida, Matthew joined the Colangelo & Partners team after working in PR for various food and beverage brands. He works on a variety of spirits clients, carefully crafting dynamic storylines and securing top-tier press placements.

LEAH
ISENBERG

Assistant Account Executive

LEAH
ISENBERG

Assistant Account Executive

Leah joined the Colangelo & Partners team in 2021 with strong experience in public relations, marketing, and brand development experience in luxury fashion, lifestyle, and hospitality. Originally from rural Delaware, Leah moved to New York City in 2017 following graduation from Penn State’s Bellisario College of Communications and College of Liberal Arts with degrees in Public Relations and Psychology. Tapping into her passion for creative strategy, unique storytelling, and cultivating and leveraging relationships with media and brand partners, Leah is excited to grow with C&P and promote success across her diverse roster of wine, B2B, and institutional clients.

PAGE
JONES

Assistant Content Manager

PAGE
JONES

Assistant Content Manager

Upon graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Film, Page moved to New York City to work at a prominent media relations agency specializing in luxury fashion and interior design. Page transitioned to follow her passion for content creation and joined the Colangelo & Partners Digital Team, where she helps clients build brand awareness and community engagement through social media strategy. While staying up to date and trends and monitoring the ever-changing landscape of social media, Page aims to maintain a consistent and authentic voice for every client.

HALEY
KOSKOVICH

Assistant Account Executive

HALEY
KOSKOVICH

Assistant Account Executive

Haley is originally from Colorado, but currently resides in Kansas City, Missouri. She obtained a B.S. in Strategic Communications with a Minor in Business from the University of Kansas where she also held marketing internships and ran brand ambassador programs on campus. Haley has several years of experience working in wine and spirits public relations, specifically focusing on media relations, social media development and event organization.

NOEMI
MENGO

Assistant Account Executive

NOEMI
MENGO

Assistant Account Executive

Italian, born and raised, Noemi joined Colangelo & Partners at the beginning of 2020. After graduating from the University of Verona in languages and cultures, with a Master’s in Publishing and Journalism, she worked as a journalist for an Italian wine magazine for over two years, where she discovered her interest in the wine and food industry. At Colangelo & Partners, she engages her Italian heritage and her previous professional experiences in media to grant a better communication service with the clients and support the teams in the daily activities.

KERRY
SHANABERGER

Assistant Account Executive

KERRY
SHANABERGER

Assistant Account Executive

A graduate from the University of Rhode Island, Kerry joined Colangelo & Partners in 2019, beginning on the spirits team. During this time, she discovered her passion for events. Using her excellent communication and organization skills, she went on to execute many successful events such as Barolo Week, Sip Trip, The Peerless Kentucky Bourbon Launch, Spain’s Great Match, Barolo and Barbaresco World Opening, Benvenuto Brunello and Slow Wine.

SAMANTHA
ST. JOHN

Assistant Account Executive

SAMANTHA
ST. JOHN

Assistant Account Executive

The Food and Beverage industry has always been important to Sam, whose family background is rooted in the restaurant business. Samantha joined Colangelo & Partners in the summer of 2019 and continues to grow her media relations and influencer relations skills while sharing her passion and knowledge with a community of like-minded professionals at Colangelo & Partners.

CRISTINA
CASTRELLON

Content Coordinator

CRISTINA
CASTRELLON

Content Coordinator

Born and raised in Panama, Cristina moved to New York in 2017 to pursue a career in Communications. With a B.S. in Communications and Rhetorical Studies and an M.S. in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, Cristina works as a Content Coordinator across multiple wine and spirits clients, growing her social media, influencer management, and creative skills.

JUHI
CHANDIRAMANI

Account Coordinator

JUHI
CHANDIRAMANI

Account Coordinator

With an international background, Juhi moved to New York City to complete her studies in Advertising and Integrated Marketing Communications at Pace University. She joined Colangelo & Partners in 2020, and has a passion for writing and relationship building.

COURTNEY
CONTE

Account Coordinator

COURTNEY
CONTE

Account Coordinator

After graduating from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Courtney traveled across multiple countries and continents where her love for food and wine heightened by being able to experience it through different cultures. After returning to New Jersey, she deepened her interest in wine further while working with a small wine retailer and an Italian restaurant. Courtney joined Colangelo & Partners in 2020 and is grateful to be learning and growing with like-minded, passionate coworkers.

JULIA
LANSHE

Account Coordinator

JULIA
LANSHE

Account Coordinator

Julia joined Colangelo & Partners in 2021 with prior experience in hospitality, wine education, winemaking, and vineyard management. Upon graduating with a degree in Wine Business from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Julia ventured to New Zealand and had the opportunity to work the 2020 Harvest at Oyster Bay Wines. Julia holds her WSET Level 2 and is very excited to be learning from the best of the industry while working alongside such a unique and dynamic team.

ELISE
MINAMI

Content Coordinator

ELISE
MINAMI

Content Coordinator

Upon graduating from Northeastern University, Elise started her career at Colangelo & Partners as a Content Coordinator. She holds her WSET Level 2 certification and is excited to work in the wine and spirits industry in addition to expanding her knowledge and skills in digital marketing.

CALEB
PRESTWOOD

Influencer Marketing Coordinator

CALEB
PRESTWOOD

Influencer Marketing Coordinator

Born and raised in West Texas, Caleb moved to New York in 2018, and joined Colangelo & Partners in September of 2020. He joined the company as a recent graduate of Baruch College, where he received his B.A. in Business Communications and his minor in Natural Sciences. Prior to joining Colangelo & Partners, Caleb gained a few years of experience in public relations, influencer marketing, and social media relations.

MICHAEL
RYDER

Account Coordinator

MICHAEL
RYDER

Account Coordinator

Michael is a born and raised New Yorker and graduate of Pace University. His passion for wine, food, and restaurants along with his creative and inquisitive nature have inspired him to build a career in PR. Michael joined Colangelo & Partners in 2021 as an Account Coordinator working across multiple wine and spirits accounts. Prior to joining Colangelo & Partners, Michael gained experience in different areas of public relations, hospitality and social media.

NINA
SALGO

Human Resources & Office Management

NINA
SALGO

Human Resources & Office Management

Nina joined the C&P team after working at a children’s nutrition education program where she was responsible for over 100 educational instructors across the US. She currently manages HR, in addition to working with the accounting department.