Prior to Fonester, Mike served as the Vice President -GSM On Premise for Southern Wine and Spirits in Seattle WA, the country's largest wine and spirits distributor. Previous to that, Mike was the Business Unit Director- Western Control States for Pernod Richard USA where he led sales on their diverse porfolio of brands including Absolut, Jameson, Malibu and Kahlua. Mike also held a number of sales and marketing roles with DIAGEO Guinness-North America where he steered the US launch as their Innovation Manager on several brands from Guinness, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan and Smithwicks Irish Ale. His 17 years of beverage experience began after graduating from The University of Hartford with the E&J Gallo Winery where he served 5 years in their Management Development Program. Mike has been recognized by many as an industry professional.
Craig has been a log time resident of Washington State and University or Washington grad with a degree in Communications. Craig began his career managing a multi-location framing and art supply business until 1987, when he opened ART(ft)2 a first of its kind wholesale picture framing company. ART(ft)2 specialized in framing for galleried, artists,hotels and restaurants until its sale in 2007. With and eye on restaurant ownership Craig began a career in Bartending which once again sparked his entrepreneurial spirit and began developing bar related products. Craig lives in Redmond Wa, with his wife and son.