THE PEOPLE

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

People

PerUs was started and is run by a hand-selected group of individuals who bring excellence to each individual role within our family. Our founding members are truly remarkable people, each one highly accomplished in his or her field and dedicated to the philosophy and purposes that define PerUs.

Anmol Bhandari

 

Chief Executive Officer

Born into an immigrant family and a home abundant in love, warmth and compassion, Anmol asserts that PerUs is “the fullest, most authentic expression of myself, a reminder of my roots, my values and my passions.” Anmol began his career at Goldman Sachs, followed by becoming a part of the early management team at Copal Partners. He subsequently joined Gaia Renewable Capital, a global private equity firm and, in 2009, co-founded Cians Analytics, where he continues to serve as co-CEO. He is also a member of the Harvard Business School Owner/President Management program. Upon the birth of his son Armaan and with thoughtful guidance and support from his wife Devina, Anmol began to conceive of PerUs as a new path for his abundant curiosity and energy. PerUs is a venture expressive of Anmol's deep love of family, commitment to hard work and a desire to engage in a meaningful way. As Chief visionary of PerUs, Anmol's role is to bring it all together and ensure that the ethos remains intact. PerUs is built on the bedrock of perpetuity, allowing our children, members and values to carry us forward.

 

Russell Bevan

 

Head Winemaker

Russell Bevan is an inspired winemaker whose brilliance shines through in the singular wines he nurtures from fruit to bottle. A serious student of wine most of his adult life, Russell first made his mark as a writer with a syndicated column published in Wine Spectator. In 2004, Russell stepped away from the typewriter and into the vineyard, to begin making memorable wines and joining an elite group of winemakers who have received Robert Parker's 100 point score. Russell's Tin Box is the only wine from the 2011 vintage to garner that accolade, and his last three vintages have each received the coveted 100 point score. One of Napa Valley's most skillful winemakers, Russell cites Philip Togni and Greg LaFollette as mentors. He is also winemaker for Chateau Boswell. PerUs sparks Russell's natural exuberance: “This is an amazing convergence of gifted people, offering a chance to learn and be inspired by the some of the best people in wine.”

 

Ronan Sayburn, MS

 

Advisor

Ronan was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire and has been involved in the wine business for nearly 20 years. He worked for the Gordon Ramsay group as Executive Head Sommelier for 8 years, mainly in the 3 Michelin star Royal Hospital Road. Currently he runs his own consultancy and wine training company – The RS Wine Academy. He is also a Master Sommelier, previous winner of the UK Sommelier of the Year competition and competed twice representing the UK in the European Sommelier Competition. When not drinking wine Ronan runs marathons and can be found deep diving shipwrecks from the south coast of England.

He is currently Head of Wine for 67 Pall Mall, a private members club in London, designed for wine lovers.

 

Alejandro DeMarco

 

Head of Operations

Alejandro is an accomplished executive distinguished by his exceptional business acumen. Initially following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather in Venezuela's fastener industry, Alejandro's insight and initiative acted as a catalyst, transforming the manufacturing company he would eventually own into a major distributor and ultimately expanding the business to encompass the entire supply chain from manufacturing to sales to the final customer. Alejandro draws upon a strong history of leading new ventures to success and, armed with years of experience in the arenas of domestic and global business, relishes the opportunity at PerUs to translate ideas into action and “make the engine run.” As a managing partner, Alejandro provides expert guidance in operations, finance and other key areas of PerUs.

 

Michael Vanderbyl

 

Chief Creative Officer

Michael Vanderbyl has gained international recognition as an advocate, practitioner, educator and critic of design. Establishing his own firm in 1973, Vanderbyl Design has evolved into a multi-disciplinary practice with expertise in graphics, packaging, showrooms, retail spaces, furniture, textiles and fashion apparel. Michael has been a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale since 1987. In 2000, he received the AIGA Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and in 2012, was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. His work resides in the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, SFMOMA, the Library of Congress and Die Neue Sammlung in Munich. Michael maintains his studio in San Francisco and a home in Napa Valley, which has inspired a deep love of wine and numerous projects for wine industry clients, including graphics for the Napa Valley Vintners.

 

Katya Kurtbek

 

Director of Sales & Marketing

Katya is an innovative thinker and customer service focused business woman. Growing up in New Jersey in the hospitality industry from a very young age, she knows what it means to exceed expectations. Her Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Penn State University gives her an edge that makes her client focused while understanding the cost of customer acquisition and positioning our product. Luxury products are her game and she has been responsible for multiple facets of the industry from luxury lifestyle management to high-end events, scaling from 1-5000 attendees making each guest feel as though he is the only person in the room. Katya leads the PerUs global sales efforts, marketing strategy, client relations, event planning and strategic partnerships.

 

Sandra Zotti

 

Client Relations

Introduced to a biccherino di vino rosso by her Italian-born parents, Sandra learned at an early age to enjoy half a glass of red wine at the dinner table — a family tradition that ignited her passion for wine and food. As a young woman in New York, Sandra trained with Kevin Zraly at his Windows on the World Wine School and studied at the American Sommelier Association, followed by a position as Director of Events for social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk's Wine Library in New Jersey. Sandra is now pursuing Level 2 of the Court of Master Sommeliers and an Italian Wine Specialist Certification with the North American Sommelier Association. “My love of wine is connected to my love of all the arts,” notes Sandra. PerUs is a group of brilliant, truly exemplary people who have come together in a remarkably seamless way.”

 

Malin Reedijk

 

Designer

A native of Portland, Oregon, Malin moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2008 to undertake studies at California College of the Arts and begin a career in graphic design. Recognized as an exceptional creative talent by designer Michael Vanderbyl, Malin was invited to join the Vanderbyl Design studio in San Francisco, where she has been Senior Designer since 2011. During her tenure at the multi-disciplinary design studio, Malin has worked on diverse projects for clients that range from prominent wineries and restaurants to leading furniture and textile firms to graphics for racing yachts and film studios and photography groups.