Spirits Competition Judges - Coming Soon
Dana Chandler, a second generation Southern Californian and graduate of the University of Southern California, I have spent 30 years in the wine and spirits industry.Â Beginning in the wine business with Gallo and Kendall Jackson I have held a succession of wholesaler and supplier positions managing all channels of business including on-premise, off-premise, chains and clubs.
In 1997 I went to work in my first entrepreneurial role for Millennium Import Company.Â At Millennium I directly participated in the introduction the luxury vodka category in the US with the launch of Belvedere and Chopin vodkas.Â While managing sales for half the US, I assisted in growing the portfolio to over 500,000 cases.
In 2006 I moved to startup company Russian Standard Vodka.Â As Vice President of Sales I designed, hired and trained the entire sales organization.Â In this capacity the startup brand grew from 6,000 to 180,000 nine liter cases in only four years
Reuniting with Chopin Vodka owner Tad Dorda in 2010, I helped establish Chopin Imports Ltd.Â As COO/EVP/GM, I hired all finance, sales and marketing personnel, signed national agreements with major wholesale partners and increased sales 87% from 2010 - 2013. Overseeing all aspects of the business, I take a keen interest in directing and crafting brand and marketing strategies.
In my second year as Honorary Chairman of the Los Angeles International Spirits Competition, I am excited about bringing my expertise and passion for fine spirits to this great event.Â
Married to Sally for 20 years, I have two children - Jay 19, a sophomore at San Diego State and Ellie 15, a sophomore at Upland High School.Â In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar in my band and working on my vintage1971 VW bus.