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A native of North Carolina, Davis started his career in the food and beverage industry like most people: working in various restaurants during college to support himself. His eleven years in the restaurant business took him from a gourmet burger spot and bartending in Blowing Rock, North Carolina to upscale casual dining in Charleston, South Carolina, finally landing back in North Carolina for fine dining service in Raleigh. It was Charleston and Raleigh where his appreciation for wine and the wine business began to take shape. Davis also spent a year at a family owned wine shop in Raleigh furthering his formal and practical education. In 2003, he joined Empire Distributors in Charlotte gaining experience as a sales representative for both on and off premise sales teams.
In 2006, Davis joined J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines as the company’s Carolina Area Manager and in 2009, was promoted to Regional Manager overseeing all sales for North and South Carolina. He was recently promoted to include Georgia to his territory. Davis believes that success at this level depends on keeping in close contact with distributor managers, sales people and most of all, customers. He conducts more than 30 wine dinners, seminars, and wine tastings every year. “It’s about telling the story and connecting with people; building relationships and friendships by doing business fairly and honestly.”
Davis graduated from Appalachian State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing. He lives in Tega Cay, South Carolina with his wife, Staci and three sons. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and practicing guitar.