About us

Meet our team

Our team

Shaun Bishop

President and CEO

Michael Stajer

COO

Operations

Yeigi "A.G." Melendez

Director of Operations

Before JJ Buckley, A.G. worked within a variety of industries, including retail, mortgage/finance, computer networking, and as a State of California employee at the Department of Motor Vehicles for many years. Back in 2004, he became one of JJ Buckley's first employees in an office loft in Emeryville. A real veteran, A.G. has been instrumental in keeping all systems going and has built a reputation as the “go-to.” He has worn many hats over the years, from managing the day-to-day operations, customer service and the inventory and shipping departments. His hard working nature, can-do attitude and great rapport with people have made him a significant player and asset to the company; a natural fit for his current leadership role as Director of Operations.

Spending time around wine on a daily basis brought out love and passion for the industry. He currently enjoys German Rieslings and right bank Bordeaux. In his spare time, if A.G. is not improving his handicap on the golf course or riding his motorcycle through the Bay Area back roads, you will likely find him spending time with his wife, daughter, and his two sons.

Email Yeigi "A.G." or call him at 510.250.5687

Wine Specialists and Sales

Chuck Hayward

Fine Wine Buyer & Blogger

Chuck was born in Michigan, grew up in Philadelphia, got a degree in political science from Claremont Men's College outside of Los Angeles, and later moved to Louisiana to further his studies at LSU. In that time he worked as librarian, cook, political consultant, government bureaucrat, disc jockey and music promoter. He then moved to California in 1986 to pursue his passion for wine. Job stability began the day he walked into a San Francisco wine store before Christmas and was hired as temporary help.

Serving 23 years at legendary wine retailer The Jug Shop, Chuck was responsible for wine buying, consumer and staff training and education, as well as daily operations. The store gained international recognition for its wine program during his tenure, and he has become one of the leading experts on Australian and New Zealand wines in the country. In his current job at JJ Buckley, Chuck continues his specialization in wines from Down Under, Domestic and European as a wine buyer and fine wine specialist.

Chuck is an avid traveler who is famous for his "Paris for the Weekend" trips, as well as his frequent jaunts to the Southern hemisphere. Soccer is his favorite sport and he actively follows the Earthquakes and the US national team except when he's watching the Grand Final for Aussie Rules Football. You'll frequently see Chuck and his girlfriend Paige out and about in the bars and restaurants of San Francisco as he looks for the perfect negroni. Check out Chuck’s latest blog posts by clicking here.

Email Chuck or call him at 510.257.2653

Geoffrey Binder

Wine Specialist

During his third year working towards a degree in environmental studies at a small liberal arts college in New Jersey, Geoff began his career in the wine industry. He started working at a fine wine store where he was sales associate, inventory manager, and manager and buyer for the gourmet department over the course of three years. He then relocated to the Bay Area to work for JJ Buckley. Geoffrey is now an avid wine collector with an extensive collection focused in German wines, but he also has a strong passion for the Rhône Valley and Italy. When he is not at home exploring a bottle of wine, he is off venturing through the many scenic areas that Northern California has to offer or pursuing an exceptional flavor experience from single origin espresso.

Email Geoffrey or call him at 510.903.5908

Chris Greene

Wine Specialist

Although Chris’s love of wine can be traced back to a post-high school summer spent in France, it wasn’t until he formed his wine import business in 2001 that he turned that passion into a profession. Quickly becoming the on-call substitute for one of the premier wine educators of Northern California, Chris was soon contracted as a full instructor, and currently teaches several wine classes through the UC Berkeley Extension in the San Francisco Bay Area. Formerly the wine specialist for BevMo’s Emeryville location, he is now very proud to be sharing his wine expertise at JJ Buckley.

A Certified Sommelier through the court of Master Sommeliers, Chris is in Europe almost every year, exploring the wine regions and searching for the latest hidden (bottled) gems. When he is not immersed in the world of wine, Chris can be seen tooting his own horn as a trumpet player for the Solano Symphony and the Generation Gap Big Band dance band. He has also put his dramatic skills to work in roles in the motion pictures Milk and Woody Allen’s new film, as well as the TV shows Trauma, Almost Got Away with It, and World’s Astonishing News.

Email Chris or call him at 510.858.2714

Roland Hankerson

Wine Specialist

Roland and his wife Jennifer made their way to California in 2006. A graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta with a BA in International Studies, he has spent time studying and working abroad with various organizations throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia, later transitioning to a career in fine dining and hospitality. He was first introduced to wine during a staff tasting while opening an Italian restaurant in Washington D.C. This was the spark that led to his lifelong passion and career in the wine world, spanning nearly every aspect of the industry from hospitality, wholesale, retail buying, vineyard operations, and consumer consulting and sales.

Roland has always believed that wine is for everyone, and his ability to connect his customers to their own palates and deepen their appreciation for wine has lead him to be featured in The Washington Post and other publications. “I like spending time with clients, getting to know them and their individual preferences. I like coming across a wine and saying, this would be great for Susan in South Carolina, Tom in Texas, or my wife tonight!” His interests aside from wine are wrangling/raising his adorable son Joshua, cooking, music, movies, martial arts, travel and poker.

Email Roland or call him at 510.250.5691

Jeff Loo

Wine Specialist

Jeff Loo's interest in fine wine was sparked while managing the tasting room and dabbling in production for a small, family-run winery in Carneros where he fell for Pinot Noir. But his passion for wine really caught fire over a bottle of 1989 Chateau Palmer—the bouquet blew him away! This singular experience launched Jeff on a quest to learn everything he could about Bordeaux. Later working as wine manager and buyer for a wine bar and retail store in the San Francisco Bay Area, he was able to establish relationships throughout France. His passion, persistence and eminent congeniality finally paid off, providing him with the amazing opportunity to participate in the 2009 harvest in Bordeaux—at Chateaux La Croix, La Croix St. Georges in Pomerol and at La Confession in St. Emilion.

Jeff is certified through the Court of Master Sommeliers and plans to sit for the rigorous advanced certification exam soon. In his spare time, Jeff likes to golf, travel, smoke cigars, and enjoys working on his vertical of Chateau Palmer.

Email Jeff or call him at 510.250.5689

Devon Magee

Wine Specialist

Devon Magee hails from Seattle and studied International Politics and Economics as an undergraduate at Middlebury College. He spent his junior year abroad in Logrono, La Rioja, Spain, to build on his fluency in Spanish, and ended up falling in love with wine.

Back in Seattle after college, he landed his first wine job at the Pacific Northwest’s largest wine retail store, Esquin. After drinking a bottle of ’82 Lynch Bages that his buyer opened for him, the next step was obvious. He moved to France, where, while learning French, he worked in one of Paris’ longest-running wine bars, Juveniles; and also worked harvest at Vieux Telegraphe in Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Two years later, he returned to the States to work the harvest at Jordan Winery in Sonoma County. He finally settled in the Bay Area when he became the West Coast Associate Editor for Wine & Spirits Magazine.

Now, 10 years after starting in the wine industry, he’s been back in retail as a Fine Wine Specialist at JJB for over 3 years. He still returns to France to work harvest - in 2011, he worked at Bellefont-Belcier in St. Emilion; and in 2012 and 2013, he worked at Chandon de Briailles in Burgundy.

Devon is currently studying for the final exam to complete the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Diploma, the last step before pursuing the Master of Wine certification.

Email Devon or call him at 510.903.5924

Tracey Rose

Wine Specialist

After graduating with an MS in Advertising in 1997 from the cornfields of University of Illinois, Tracey took off for the bright lights of the big city to pursue a career in comedy. While trying to make ends meet, Tracey took a front-of-house position in a Chicago French restaurant, not knowing the James Beard nominated chef was dedicated to educating his staff on all things food and wine. This new world of wine was intriguing and somewhat addictive (especially when it involved Sancerre, Chateauneuf-du-Pape and authentic Chablis). Bolstered with this daily education and an intuitive knack for creating great food and wine pairings, Tracey continued working in fine dining and wine training in Chicago and the Bay Area before transitioning to wine retail in 2005. After a myriad of excellent experiences selling wine though importers, distributors and retailers, Tracey has joined the JJ Buckley family. An avid student of wine, Tracey is studying for the French Academy’s Burgundy Master Level, but takes time out for entertaining, tennis and hikes with her wife of five years.

Email Tracey or call her at 510.632.5308

Will Litton

Wine Specialist

After earning a degree in economics from San Diego State University, Will decided it was time to make a move from slow, easy, surf-town living to something a bit more fast-paced. He wanted to stay on the west coast and decided to make San Francisco his new home. He took up a position with the powerhouse distributor Southern Wines & Spirits as a general market sales/merchandiser. This experience piqued his interest in the world of fine wine and the rest is history. Will’s thirst to learn about wine included everything he could take in, including trips to the wine country, reading extensively about wine and being certified by the Court of Master Sommelier Program. His pivotal moment was opening a Gaja Barolo for the first time, when he had an epiphany as to what defines the world’s best wines. Will’s next role at Southern Wines & Spirits was as key account specialist for the company’s fine wine division. Here, he presented the finest wines in the portfolio to restaurateurs, fine wine shops, and independent grocery markets. From there, Will moved on to managing a wine department for a major restaurant supply wholesaler. He made many contacts and built relationships with San Francisco restaurateurs, assisting them with their wine programs and offering consultation. His passion for wine continues today, evidenced by his relentless pursuit of that special Italian bottling or German Riesling. Outside of the wine world you’ll find Will on a tennis court, watching his beloved San Francisco Giants, playing drums, or watching West Ham Football.

Email Will or give him a call at 510.900.5785.

Catherine Stefani

Catherine Stefani has over 20 years of experience in the wine industry and fully understands the wine business from production to sales to collector services.  Catherine completed her B.S. in Food Science with a Wine Marketing Certificate at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, a school recognized for agriculture and wine programs.  This lead to over a decade of outside sales representing importers and wineries from regions all over the world.   Now a specialist in rare and collectable wine, Catherine’s true passion is buying for the top collectors in the world.  A certified Sommelier through the Court of Masters and a level three Advanced Certificate through the WSET.  Catherine also makes wine from her own vineyard in California which allows her to stay connected to her family’s history of farming.   Catherine’s hobbies include tennis, skiing, hiking and of course everything food and wine.

Marketing

John Perry

Fine Wine Specialist, Marketing and Sales

John developed his passion for wine while working at a local market. Educating himself by gradually tasting through the store’s inventory, John worked his way up to become the wine buyer for the store. This coincided with his time at UC Davis, where John was pursuing a degree in Political Science, while at the same time immersing himself in as many classes as possible at the school’s renown Department of Viticulture and Enology. After working briefly as an advocate for patients' rights, John followed his dream of making it in the wine industry when he gained employment with a Napa retailer. Wanting to be closer to his family in Oakland, John joined the team at JJ Buckley soon thereafter and has been a productive member of both the Consignment and Sales Department of our operation for the past two years. In his free time, John is an avid cyclist, throwing himself with reckless abandon up and down the scenic hills of the Bay Area, that is, when he's not chasing after his two-year-old daughter.

Email John or call him at 510.903.5910

Operations, Technology and Customer service

Michael Wright

Operations Manager, California

Michael came to JJ Buckley from a background in electronics and industrial packaging distribution in Florida. Having grown up in Northern California, Michael was first introduced to local cabernets by his parents, who own property and vines in Sonoma County. 

Looking for adventure in his early 20’s after graduating from school in Pacific Beach, Michael travelled across the country with a group of close friends, finally landing in South Florida, where he met his wife of now 21 years and settled down. His main hobbies are spending time at the beach, boating with his three children, golfing at some of the finest South Florida courses and cooking for friends and family during basketball and football season (Go 49ers, Go Miami Heat)!!

Email Michael or call him at 305.290.3981

Sam Enos

Project Manager

Cindy Allen

Office Manager

When Cindy’s not kicking the copier or resetting the server, you can find Cindy getting a tattoo, questing in wow or playing with fire.

Email Cindy or her at 510.257.2658