Born and raised in Michigan, Laurie's family moved to Long Beach when she was 14 years old. After attending high school and university locally, she worked in various businesses until she found her first calling in the office products industry. Working her way through various operational and management positions and then making the leap to local sales and management positions, she spent her last ten years in that industry as a National Account Manager, building her sales portfolio to $42 million dollars before retiring after 23 years to pursue her love of wine.
Laurie has loved wine since her 20s, eagerly traveling throughout California to taste, discuss, and learn about wines of all types. After retiring, she took retail wine positions that had the bonus of structured training. During that time she learned even more about domestic wines, international wines, beer and spirits.
After paying her dues in a national beverage chain store (which was more about hawking certain brands than serving customers' real needs), Laurie joined The Wine Country several years ago as a Domestic Wine buyer. She now enjoys working part time in all departments in our store, providing various services to our customers and enjoying every day in this wonderful environment.
When not at The Wine Country, Laurie enjoys long, brisk walks to keep fit, and attending local car shows with her husband Doug and their classic, fantastic 1968 Ford Mustang.
Laurie can be reached at [email protected]