After a few year hiatus, our latest Road Show was an unqualified success. We packed our favorite wines from the Fall & Holiday catalog, grabbed our good-time loving Wine Scouts and took off to the beach. Setting up shop at a beautiful spot along the Pacific Ocean, The Montage Laguna Beach in Orange County, we invited a few partners to share in the fun, so a special thanks to Equity Estates, Tara Pearls & Daniel Marshall Cigars for coming out and helping make the evening such a smashing success. And our biggest thanks to our loyal customers who came out to support the new catalog, raise a glass with their Wine Scout and enjoy a beautiful evening at a posh resort. We also used this special landscape to launch our Four Roses "Bounty Hunter Private Selection" 10yr Single Barrel Bourbon… paired with cigars, of course. Glasses were clinking with ice cubes and Kentucky’s finest, and it received rave reviews.
We’re sorry if you didn’t make it this time, and wish you had been there. Pictures speak a thousand words, so please enjoy the slide show and we hope to see you at our next Road Show.
The scoop on Summer: Benicia, California-born and raised,
Summer Olson has come a long way from her days as the F&B Manager on South
Lake Tahoe’s paddle cruise boat, the Tahoe Queen. Well, maybe not geographically
speaking, but in terms of career trajectory, Summer’s work path has taken her
to three Super Bowls, the Masters and the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
grad with a BA in Recreation Administration and an emphasis in Resort and
Lodging Management spent a year bouncing around the resort and recreation
circuit – and the slopes – of Lake Tahoe
before landing a gig in LA as a sports and travel assistant for sports travel
ticket company RazorGator. Within a year Summer was managing the day-to-day
operations, arranging all the travel details for groups and individuals looking
to attend major sporting events across the globe. When the founders left to
start a social media site dedicated to soccer, or, as Summer says, “futbol,”
they asked Summer to make a move back to the Bay Area and join the start-up.
She invested three years in the fledgling company before the founders
themselves parted ways, and Summer found herself on the ground floor of yet
another start-up, Global Event Forum. It was in this atmosphere that Summer saw
a posting on Winejobs.com for a Bounty Hunter Wine Scout.
“I knew I wasn’t
qualified in the least but thought I might fit somewhere else, so I submitted
my resume. I seemed to have luck on my side because about three to four weeks
later, Craig House called to say that, while I wasn’t qualified for the Scout
position, he wondered if I was interested in the Event & PR Manager
position. Um, yes!”
interviewed on Valentine’s Day. “I had to leave a lasting impression because
I’d done my research and I really wanted to work for this company.” Catering to
the company’s collective sweet tooth, she brought box of chocolates to the
interview and left it with Julie, Craig and Stefan. “I think that’s the only
day of the year where that is somewhat acceptable and not totally desperate,”
she says, smiling.
The job was hers
by the end of the week. Although she says it’s a dream gig, Team Bounty Hunter
has piled a lot onto the new hire’s plate. Only a few months in, Summer is
already responsible for cultivating awareness for the Bounty Hunter Wine Bar,
via social media, traditional PR and local outreach. She ensures the local
businesses are always kept in the loop when it comes to tantalizing deals like
the Pony Express lunch club, and she targets concierges across the Napa, Sacramento
and Bay areas so that they are always the first to know about the amazing BBQ
and new wines available.
Summer is also
bringing back one of founder Mark Pope’s time honored traditions: The Bounty
Hunter Road Shows. “Our first show will take place in Laguna Beach in September. It will be a
luxury tasting experience, a sneak preview of the Fall catalog and a chance for
our clients to interact with their Scouts and bring their friends to see what
the Bounty Hunter is all about.”
When she finds
free time, Summer helps with promotional material production, sends birthday
cards to clients, and researches global food and wine events; she’s constantly
on the lookout for hot happenings that are a good fit for the Bounty Hunter. She
also finds herself out in the field at local events like the Hall Cabernet
Cookoff and AuctionNapaValley.
“It’s always fun to get out there and see the way the crowd loves those ribs!”
The best part of
the job, Summer says, is how healthy the company is. “Bounty Hunter is made up
of great people, all working hard to reach the same goal. They provide us with
great resources and support to get the job done, and that is amazing. Craig has
told me a few times that I’m doing a great job, and once that he’s proud of me.
To be appreciated and valued, that is the best.”
We’re thrilled to have Summer on board here at Bounty Hunter