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Sipping Success with Amy Gardner, President of Wine Talent

In this episode of Sipping Success, host Casey Haakinson sits down with Amy Gardner, the president of Wine Talent, a recruitment firm nestled in the heart of California's wine country. With two decades of experience under her belt, Amy shares her journey from a scientific background to becoming a key player in wine industry recruitment. This discussion delves into the nuances of recruitment in the wine industry, the importance of building long-term relationships, and adapting to changes and challenges, including the impacts of social media and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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1:00 Min: From a farm upbringing and a degree in botany to the pivot into recruitment, Amy's path to founding Wine Talent is as rich and complex as the wines she loves. Her unique blend of scientific knowledge and business acumen has positioned her as a trusted recruiter in the wine industry.

5:00 Min: Amy recounts the early days of Wine Talent, the hurdles of establishing credibility, and the shift towards executive and upper-level management placements. She emphasizes the importance of understanding the industry's scientific and artistic sides, showcasing her deep connection to the wine world.

12:00 Min: From navigating the complexities of social media to maintaining confidentiality and trust in a "small-town" industry, Amy discusses the obstacles faced and overcome throughout her career. The pandemic posed significant challenges, but Amy's resilience and the essential nature of the wine industry allowed for continued growth and adaptation.

Amy Gardner's insights into the recruitment landscape of the wine industry provide valuable lessons on career growth, the importance of relationships, and the ever-evolving nature of work in this sector. As Wine Talent continues to match skilled professionals with leading wine businesses, Amy's story is a testament to the power of passion, perseverance, and the ability to adapt to the changing tides of industry and technology.

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