About Us

Meet our team

Shaun Bishop

President and CEO

Shaun grew up in the south of Sweden where his father introduced him to the love of wine. After moving to the United States in 1985, his father turned his love into a career in wine sales and distribution, thus sealing their fate as a "wine family". Shaun began his first wine collection after college while working on the Pacific Stock Exchange in San Francisco, where he was a partner at a stock options trading firm. He held numerous positions with the Exchange, including Chair of the Options Allocations Committee and Vice-Chair of the Options Listing Committee, and helped build Cole-Roesler Trading into the largest privately held options trading firm on the Pacific Coast.

During this time, Shaun met Michael Stajer and became a co-partner and investor in WineCommune - the wine auction site Michael founded while in law school. In 2004, he left the financial markets for the wine markets and dedicated himself full-time to the enterprise. Together, Shaun and Michael developed a wine search engine site, WineZap, and in 2006, the retail entity JJ Buckley Fine Wines. With Michael, he helped secure many recognitions, including Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist in 2008 and The #1 Fastest Growing Bay Area Business in 2007 by the San Francisco Business Times.

Shaun is known for his quick thinking and fast decision making, but it is his wine knowledge that sustains the business that is JJ Buckley today. As CEO and "Chief Buyer", Shaun is responsible for managing all aspects of purchasing and sales. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time with his wife, Julie, and their three children.

Michael Stajer

COO

Michael Stajer, began his career in the wine world in the late `90s while working his way through law school. As the manager and wine buyer for a high end Berkeley, California restaurant, he experienced the frustration of acquiring fine and rare wines. Never a man to sit around and complain, in 1999, Michael set to work on the creation of a wine auction website that would connect wine buyers to wine sellers - WineCommune.com. Michael graduated Magna cum Laude at Hastings Law School, but left the legal world to focus on WineCommune.

Accolades for Michael include Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist, the Inc. 500 list, and others. Michael and partner, Shaun Bishop, began JJ Buckley as the retail arm of WineCommune in 2006. As COO, Michael is responsible for the technology behind JJ Buckley and the daily operations of the company. Michael is a pilot and a Board Member of San Francisco Goodwill, and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

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

Purchasing

David Derby

Wine Buyer

Like many in the industry, David experienced his wine epiphany while traveling through Europe - his was a fine Riesling Spatlese, drunk on the banks of the Mosel in Koblenz. When he returned home, he took a job as a waiter, and six months later became the restaurant's floor sommelier. The following year, he was promoted to beverage manager and the wine list grew from 5 pages to over 100.

Pursuing the marriage of food and wine, David moved to Philadelphia to work at the Four Seasons Hotel, and later as a wine broker for Margolis Wine and Spirits. Frustrated with the limitations of working in a controlled state monopoly, David packed his bags and headed to San Diego to continue his passion for learning. He landed at the WineSellar & Brasserie - a combination wine retail shop and restaurant with a Wine Spectator Grand Award wine list. With access to older wines, he conducted many vertical tastings to demonstrate the changing characteristics as wine matures. To balance those events, he hosted large horizontal tastings of current releases.

Since 2007 David has been a buyer for JJ Buckley, still staying abreast of all the growth and changes in the wonderful world of wine. David’s philosophy on buying focuses on what will make his customers happy, not on what he likes. David says, “There is beauty in a well made wine that speaks of its place and history, and a joy in matching it with someone who appreciates those charms.”

Email David or call him at 510.257.2655

Wine Specialists and Sales

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

Corey Fine

Wine Specialist

After graduating with a Degree in Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management from the University of Denver, Corey moved to New York to work for Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. After several years of working in NYC, he transitioned home to his native Boston and took a position at Vino Italiano, a store dedicated solely to the exploration of Italian wine and, moreover, Italian culture.

It was at Vino Italiano that Corey decided to turn his focus to wine full-time. He took himself to Napa to enroll in the Accelerated Wine and Beverage Program at the Culinary Institute of America. Now a C.I.A. Certified Wine Professional, as well as a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, Corey spends most of his free time exploring California’s coastline or cheering on his hometown Patriots!

Email Corey or call him at 510.632.5305

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

Dave Greenwald

Wine Specialist

Dave grew up in the small town of York, Pennsylvania, just south of the capital city of Harrisburg. While in elementary school, he discovered a talent for playing the drums, later adding piano and guitar to his repertoire. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Dave spent 9 years in the industry, recording albums, as well as touring the US and UK.

While living in NYC, Dave took a position with a wine retailer to supplement his income as a musician. It was there that he developed a love of French and Italian wines (along with high-end Scotch and Bourbon). Two years later, he swapped his musical career for wine, and became the manager of a boutique wine shop on the Upper East Side. After 13 years in New York, Dave relocated to the Bay Area with his wife and young daughter. In his spare time, he continues to write and produce music.

Email Dave or call him at 510.343.7988

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

Kevin Johnson

Wine Specialist

Kevin worked for over 20 years in notable Bay Area restaurants, beginning in his high school days and continuing through college at the University of California, Davis. Following graduation, Kevin continued to work in various capacities at his family's Berkeley restaurant, which included management, hosting, and bartending. During this time, he developed a keen interest in food and wine pairings, and intensified his wine study by taking positions with restaurants in San Francisco and Marin. From there, he transitioned to wine sales with a San Francisco importer and distributor of small production, artisanal wines from around the globe.

Kevin's move to JJ Buckley was a natural step for someone with a passion for terroir, and the vintage conditions and winemaker philosophy that shapes a wine's personality. His extensive knowledge of wine, combined with a deep understanding of the sensory components of cuisine, continue to be assets to his customers. Kevin is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area where he continues to live with his wife and young son. He spends his free time as a "weekend-warrior" on his bike, camping in the Sierras, and brushing up on his Greek for annual trips to Athens to visit his wife's family.

Email Kevin or call him at 510.343.5341

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 a position with the powerhouse distributor Southern Wines & Spirits as a general market sales/merchandiser. There, he developed his thirst to learn about wine and he pursued everything he could take in on the subject, including trips to California's wine regions, reading extensively about wine, and becoming a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers.

His "epiphany" moment came after opening a Gaja Barolo, which gave him his first understanding of what defines the world's most extraordinary wines. His 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 bottle 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 call him at 510.900.5785

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

Kyle Luke

Wine Specialist

Although Kyle grew up in Lodi literally surrounded by vines, it wasn't until he moved to San Luis Obispo in his late teens that he began to develop a serious interest. Working at a local market, he began to learn about the wines of the Central Coast and two years later, worked his first harvest at a custom crush facility in the Edna Valley. From there, he worked in restaurants as a manager, bartender, and server, but always, his focus was on educating himself about wine.

In 2011 Kyle's love of winemaking led him to Lodi's Borra Vineyards, where he served as assistant winemaker for two years. Seeking to round-out his industry credentials, he moved to San Francisco where he served as Assistant General Manager at a prominent wine retailer. During his time there, Kyle acquired his Sommelier Certification through the Court of Master Sommeliers, as well as the French Wine Scholar Certification through the San Francisco Wine School.

After spending a short time with a boutique wine and spirits importer, Kyle returned to wine retail and joined the team at JJ Buckley. An avid surfer, Kyle is also an experienced long-distance and open-water swimmer, enjoys camping, live music shows, and of course, exploring new wines from the world's best regions and producers.

Email Kyle or call him at 510.343.5017

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 back in retail as a Fine Wine Specialist for JJ Buckley. 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

Alex Shaw

Wine Specialist

Alex Shaw first joined JJ Buckley as a Fine Wine Specialist in 2009 following a varied career in the wine industry, including stops in Bordeaux, New York and various wholesale and marketing positions in northern California. A third-generation wine industry professional, Alex first visited Tuscany at age 11, worked for a wine distributor throughout high school, and focused on wine studies while earning a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University. Since joining JJ Buckley, he has worked extensively with clients across the country, helping build collections and obtain many of the world’s most exclusive wines. When not working, Alex lives in Oakland with his wife and daughter, trains for marathons, enjoys cooking, entertaining and all things New Orleans.

Email Alex or call him at 510.250.5693

Catherine Stefani

Wine Specialist, Collector Services

With over 20 years of industry experience, Catherine fully understands the wine business from production, to sales, to collector services. After completing her B.S. in Food Science with a Wine Marketing Certificate at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, a school recognized for its agriculture and wine programs, Catherine spent the next decade in wine 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 world's top collectors. A Certified Sommelier through the Court of Masters and holder of a level three Advanced Certificate through the WSET, Catherine also makes wine from her own vineyard in California, allowing her to stay connected to her family's history of farming. Her hobbies include tennis, skiing, hiking and, of course, everything food and wine!

Email Catherine or call her at 415.939.9905

John Sweeney

Wine Specialist

John's passion for wine was sparked while working at restaurants in high school in the late '90's. During his time in the restaurant business, he was fortunate to be exposed to and try many of the great wines of the world. He remembers the first time he had a DRC Richebourg and thought it was mediocre (it was way too young), but the same night an '89 Chateau d'Yquem was mind blowing! Or that night after a long shift where he was able to sit down with a glass each of Petrus and Masseto to really understand what set legendary wines apart.

Shortly after, John transferred to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo's Wine & Viticulture program. After graduating, he went back to work as a sommelier, as well as in harvest positions at both Linne Calodo Cellars in Paso Robles and Colgin Cellars in Saint Helena. In 2008, John joined JJ Buckley where he continues to expand all aspects of his wine knowledge and travelin extensively in Bordeaux, as well as Burgundy, the Rhone, and Piedmont. His enthusiasm and desire to create world-class wines of his own is balanced by his love of traveling, dining out, Bay Area sports, concerts, being outdoors and collecting wine.

Email John or call him at 510.250.5684

Marketing

Paige Granback

Ecommerce & Digital Marketing

Paige first experienced the world of wine as a child in Virginia, stomping grapes in a plastic kiddie pool for her grandfather's home winemaking "experiments". Always fascinated by this process, her palate thankfully evolved leading her to explore the world of Bordeaux and California cabernet in her early 20s. After careers in retail, social work and early childhood education, she took a more formal step into the wine trade, spending 10 years with a prominent San Francisco retailer. There she served as Spanish wine buyer, and later expanded her position to develop the store's first ecommerce platform and digital marketing programs.

Paige is fascinated by the intersection of wine and technology and aims to deliver JJ Buckley's customers a more engaging online experience. When she’s not geeking out on the latest in web development, you might find her at one of San Francisco's small music venues or traveling to Australia or New Zealand with her partner Chuck Hayward.

Email Paige or call her at 510.257.2654

John Perry

Marketing & Sales Operations

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. 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 renowned 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. He later joined the team at JJ Buckley, first in consignment and cellar acquisitions, and soon after in sales as a Fine Wine Specialist. In his current position, John serves as the link between sales and marketing, manages our product merchandising and content, and works with our strategic marketing partners. In his free time, John is an avid cyclist, throwing himself with reckless abandon up and down the scenic hills of the Bay Area.

Email John or call him at 510.903.5910

Operations, Technology and Customer service

Michael Wright

Operations Manager

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 courses in American, and cooking for friends and family during basketball and football season (Go 49ers, Go Miami Heat)!!

Email Michael or call him at 510.858.2719

Sam Enos

Project Manager

Cindy Allen

Office Manager

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

Email Cindy or call her at 510.257.2658