Founder, President and CEO
Andrew Browne launched Precept Wine in 2003 after garnering an extensive wine sales background including Southern Wine & Spirits, Chateau St. Jean, Associated Vintners, Corus Brands, and Constellation. He took Precept Wine from sales of zero to 300,000 cases in its first five years, and today it is the Northwest’s second largest wine company.
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Mike Williamson, COO/CFO, oversees the day-to-day operations of Precept Wine. Williamson, a former CPA with Ernst & Young, brings the company a wealth of experience in corporate management, operations and finance. Past appointments in the wine industry include CEO of Long Shadows Vintners from 2003-2009; VP Finance and NW Operations for Canandaigua Wine from 2001-2002; and from 1998-2001, CFO/COO for Corus Brands, Inc., then Washington State’s second largest wine company.
Chief Marketing Officer
Alex Evans brings over twenty years of wine industry experience to her role as Chief Marketing Officer for Precept Wine. Since Precept launched in 2003, Alex has been at the helm of all creative, branding, marketing, communications, hospitality and tasting room initiatives. Today, Precept Wine is the largest privately held wine producer in the Pacific Northwest, a top 12 American wine producer and one of the fastest growing wine companies in the US. It is has twice won (2018 & 2019) the Nielsen Gold Award for Growth (>100K case growth and double digit percent gains) and is a two time recipient of the Impact Hot Brand award for House Wine and two time recipient of the Impact Hot Prospect awards for Gruet, Browne Family Vineyards and Provisions. The company’s consistent growth and dynamic innovation is reflected in leading national wine brands such as Waterbrook, Gruet, Browne Family Vineyards, Canoe Ridge Vineyard, House Wine, Battle Creek Cellars, and Callaway Cellars as well as in its Grape and Grain division, which develops proprietary brands for many of the nation’s leading retailers and restaurants. Prior to Precept, Evans held marketing roles at Constellation Wines U.S. and Corus Brands. She lives and works in Seattle, WA with her husband Willie and children, John and Blythe. As Pacific Northwest natives, Alex and her family enjoy fishing, boating, skiing and anything outdoors. In addition to her role at Precept, she most recently served as principal, teacher and guidance counselor of her esteemed home school.
Senior Vice President of Northwest Operations
Phil Kazanjian is an integral member of the Precept Wine team. Joining the company in 2003, he guided and managed the company’s financial and accounting departments for more than a decade. In 2015, he transitioned into his current operations role managing supply and demand planning, inventory, purchasing, warehouse operations, Oregon winemaking and production, compliance and IT.
Executive VP Sales & Logistics
Mr. Brewer joined Precept Wine in 2005 after serving as an international produce brokerage executive for Dole. He is deeply connected to Northwest agribusiness and brings expertise in import/export affairs. Brewer spearheads logistics and international sales for all of Precept’s wines and is currently engaged in business on five continents.
Senior Vice President of Retail Operations and Direct to Consumer Sales
With years of retail expertise and regional management in the coffee industry, Lisa Clarkson brought her acumen to Precept Wine in June 2013 and ascended from retail director to the executive team in January 2014. She has restructured the retail and hospitality teams and facilities to new levels of seamless operation during her tenure.