Team Members List

PKS _2021

Peter Scott
President & CEO

Peter joined PPW in 1991 as Mid-Western Regional Manager, then National Sales Manager and became CEO in 2001. Previously he had worked in Wine Retail and Wholesale as well as in the restaurant business. He holds a BA from the University of Virginia

Rattan Mirchandi

Rattan Mirchandani

Rattan joined PPW in 1994 as an Accountant after working at a few places in India, Spain and in the USA. He takes care of the Finance, Taxation and Other office matters. He completed his Chartered Accountancy in India, and the CPA and Enrolled Agents exams in USA. He is single with two beautiful kids .

Mr. Paul Mugnier

Paul Mugnier
Vice President Sales & Marketing

Paul joined Premium Port Wines in 1999 as team leader for Account Managers across the country. After finishing his BA at Tulane University, he worked in the restaurant business and fine wine distributors in New Orleans and San Francisco He now manages the U.S. Sales team from the company’s San Francisco Office.


Hugh Symington
Marketing & Communications Manager

Hugh, a 5th generation member of the Symington family, grew up in Porto before going to school in the UK, where he was awarded a BSc. He joined the marketing department at Premium Port Wines in November of 2017, and now also manages the Caribbean market.


Ashley Maisel
Marketing & Sales Associate

While working on her BBA and MFA, Ashley gained wine knowledge and expreince working in restaurants and a wine shop throughout San Francisco. She joined the Premium Port team in 2018 as Marketing Assistant.


Arkar Phyo
Accounting Manager

After finishing his BS in Accounting in 2017, Arkar worked for public accounting firms as an auditor. Arkar joined Premium Port Wines in 2021 as Accounting Manager. He manages the daily accounting transactions, monitors, analyzes, and prepares the financial reports and statements. 

Jesusa Ocampo
Office Manager



Judson Carroll

Jud Carroll
Northwest Regional Sales Manager

Jud joined PPW in 2013. A Seattle native with a University of Washington BA and wonderful family (wife Wende, daughter Kayla, son in law Trevor and son Gage). 21 years in the adult beverage service/distribution trade from bartending/food service to sales rep/management at restaurants/distributors in Seattle. This led to a 14 year position as NW Regional Sales Manager at Freixenet USA. He is very thankful for his 6th year of representing Port, the Douro, Alentejo and Madeira adding up to 20 years celebrating the Iberian peninsula.

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John Linklater
South Central Regional Sales Manager, On Premise National Accounts Manager

John’s 26 plus years of experience in the wine business started with a National Wholesaler and moved to working with various suppliers including Paterno Imports, Billington Imports/ Winebow and his newest adventure, Premium Port Wines.  These experiences allowed him the ability to visit major wine regions including Europe, South America and California allowing him the opportunity to educate himself with their wines, food and culture. Throughout his career he has found that his real enjoyment has been learning about the marriage of food and wine; and the ability for these components to come together enhancing ones experience and understanding of both.  


Kurt Reming
Northeastern Regional Sales Manager, 

Kurt spent several years in the financial services industry before opening a fine wine shop in Beverly, MA in 2002 eventually moving to the import side for the last 10 years first with Pasternak Wine Imports and then Premium Port which he joined as NE Sales Manager in March of 2015.


Brandy Bradshaw Robinson
Rocky Mountain Regional Sales Manager

Brandy Bradshaw Robinson has 20 years of experience in the wine business, beginning with distribution then moving onto the supplier side.  Starting as many in the wine world do, with new world wines, it was Brandy’s curiosity of old world wines led to her passion for Port and Portuguese wines.  Brandy has been with Premium Port Wines since 2014.

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John Harford
Midwest Regional Sales Manager

John Harford lives in Riverside, IL, and has been with PPW since March 2016. Previously worked as Midwest Regional Mgr for Evaton for a year, and was a Portfolio Manager and Sales Consultant for 8 yrs prior to that with SGWS-IL / Signature Division. John has an MA in French from Middlebury College of Vermont and a BA in French from Loyola University Chicago. John enjoys: hanging out with his family--wife Erika, son Frankie (7), daughter Annie (5); cooking; reading; wine.


Susanna Loh
Southeast Regional Sales Manager

After College and MFA studies, Susanna lived in France and Morocco where she fell in love with food; returning to the US to work as a chef in the Northeast. Moving to the wine industry was a natural fit and pairing food and wine is a great joy. She has been selling Portuguese wines for over 15 years. As a Certified Specialist in Wine she joined Premium Port in 2018. When she's not extoling her love for wine and what you should drink with your dessert, you will find her playing Hickory Golf in the beautiful Sandhills of North Carolina.  


Paulo Fernandes
Eastern Account Manager

Paulo joins PPW with a range of experience on the distributor, retail, and on-premise sides of our business. He is a Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers and cut his teeth at Corkbuzz in New York, under owner Laura Maniec, MS. He was most recently at Grape 2 Glass, a distributor of premium Portuguese brands, calling on accounts in New York. Paulo was born in the Minho region of Northern Portugal and comes to PPW with a deep understanding of Port, Douro DOC, and Madeira. His strong contacts and relationships will help our current wholesale network continue to move our brands forward as a leader of the premium port industry. 


Eric Fountain
Western Regional Sales Manager

Eric came to PPW with past experience as sales director for Kathryn Kennedy Winery and as an independent broker representing Italian, French, Australian, and domestic wineries.  He has worked in vineyards and cellars, and assisted marketing and education programs for the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association. Eric lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.


Lyle Kula
Eastern Regional Sales Manager

Lyle Kula’s childhood fascination with explosives naturally led to an early career blasting out vineyards in the Douro Valley.  After a devastating injury riding the super massive waves of Praia do Norte ended his surfing career, Lyle naturally followed his wine industry connections to Brooklyn where he was destined to sell the infamous and diverse Symington Family Estate Portfolio with Premium Port Wines

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