CEO and Founder
CEO and Founder
Marisa first started dreaming about becoming a winemaker in the fifth grade. Since then it’s become an even more passionate pursuit for her. In 2015, she earned a degree at in Enology and Viticulture at Cornell.
An internship at E&J Gallo led to full-time employment for Marisa at their corporate headquarters in California as a new product development enologist. While it was difficult for her to leave such a highly sought-after position with the dominant player in the U.S. wine industry, Marisa could no longer resist the lure of starting her own wine label.
Marisa relocated back to Ohio and launched RedHead Brands in 2016. In addition to developing company strategy and direction, Marisa is responsible for product quality and new product development. She is the face of the company and brand ambassador.
A passionate person, Marisa loves food, family and friends and is on a mission to ensure that more people discover the joy that wine can bring. In addition to her daily workout, she also loves connecting with her customers, her RHDWine vanity tag and the challenge of building a great company whose products make people smile.
VP PR and Marketing
Matthew Kurtas is a dynamic speaker, enthusiastic leader, and merited mind in the hospitality industry. As 1 of 5 kids, he knows the importance of sharing (even when you don’t want to) and team-building to create harmony among diverse groups and strong egos. In his speaking engagements, he enjoys discussing employee engagement for millennials and wine programming in private clubs.
He has traveled the world to dance with over 1,000 strangers, walked on 800 degree fiery hot coals, jumped out of a moving plane for fun, spent a summer working on Wall Street, and even climbed a few mountains in his short time on this earth. As a Certified Sommelier (that’s a wine expert) and an author for the International Wine Society publication The Grapevine, he has also consulted to two wineries in the Finger Lakes for service-staff training and marketing strategy.
He is currently the Food and Beverage Director at the Loxahatchee Club of Jupiter, Florida, and to top things off, Matthew celebrates the 6 year anniversary of good health and recovery from brain surgery and a stroke!
Customer Engagement Rep
Sales and Marketing Expert
John is a full-time Lecturer and member of the Marketing Department at the Williamson College of Business at Youngstown State University. In addition, he is the Director of “The Professional Sales Center” in the College of Business. He teaches Professional Selling - Relationship Selling through Service, with an emphasis in developing marketing relationships, understanding buyer motivation and behavior, and building a selling strategy and sales management techniques. John was instrumental in developing the Sales/Sales Management track which includes courses in Sales and Account Management, Negotiations, and Organizational Purchasing and Sourcing. He is currently working on three new course offerings - Entrepreneurial Selling, Sports Marketing: Marketing of and through Sports, and Social CRM - Customer Relation Management.