Meet the Panther Creek Team
Tom Dugan, Chief Operating Officer
Tom Dugan is concurrently General Manager and Executive Vice President at DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, Washington, a position he has held for two years. Prior to DeLille and Panther, Tom spent five years performing operational and financial consulting for Bacchus Capital Managment, a wine industry private equity firm. He also has over six years of experience in investment banking, private equity, and lending. Tom began his career in the risk-credit infrastructure group at Barclays Corporate Bank in London.
Tom received a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, from Colorado College, and has a General Course certificate from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He presently serves on the Executive Board of Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership, a New York based non-profit organization.
Tony Rynders, Winemaker
Tony Rynders has spent the past 20 vintages developing his winemaking skills in some of the best wineries in Oregon, Washington, California, Italy and Australia. He is recognized as one of America’s most highly acclaimed winemakers. Tony works with many varietals, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet, Merlot, Sangiovese and Viognier, plus sparkling wines and aromatic white varieties. “In every wine I create, my goal is to express each vineyard's unique personality,” comments Tony.
Tony obtained a Master’s degree in Enology and Viticulture in 1992 from the University of California at Davis. He has worked harvests in Napa, northern Italy, Australia and Tuscany and held winemaking positions at several wineries; Tony was the head winemaker at Domaine Serene Winery/Rockblock Cellars for 10 years, during which he obtained more 90+ point scores from the Wine Spectator than any other winemaker during this period of time.
Christie Shertzer, General Manager
Christie Shertzer has more than 10 years of experience in hospitality and direct to consumer sales in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Prior to Panther Creek, Christie worked for more than three years at Alexana Winery, where she built the brand and state-of-the-art tasting room and winery. Before that, she worked at the Tasting Room for Jay McDonald of EIEIO & Co in Carlton.
An avid home chef and wine aficionado, Christie attributes her appreciation for wine to her family. Her upbringing has led to a career dedicated to creating exceptional guest experiences and sharing the wine, food and culture of Oregon with locals and tourists alike. She manages all aspects of Panther Creek, including the tasting room, wine clubs, events and all direct to consumer sales.
Christie, a former professional ballerina, earned a BA in Psychology and Dance from Elon University. She lives in Carlton with her beloved black Labs Chloe, Crosby and MeGee, and cat Lofa.
Dale West, Tasting Room Sales Associate
Dale West has been in the wine and hospitality industry since moving to Oregon in 1979. He has held various positions including Wine Steward, Assistant Maitre’d at the Sunriver Lodge and Manager of the Deschutes River Trouthouse, where he serendipitously met Ken Wright, founder of Panther Creek Cellars, and tasted his first Oregon Pinot in 1986. As they say, “the rest is history”. Dale started working for Ken selling wine full time in 1991 and learned a wealth of knowledge in regards to all aspects of wine, winemaking and harvest. Dale has also worked at Domaine Serene and Ken Wright Cellars.
"Most guests who chat with me in the tasting room refer to their time with me as more of an educational experience; I like to share my knowledge of Oregon history with an emphasis on the growth of our industry, the geology, physics, farming, meteorology, and of course the winemaking," states Dale. He and Christie have a successful history of collaborating in the tasting room. They became acquainted in the past at Alexana and later became known as the “Dynamic Duo” of Dundee, and still are today. Long time Panther fans and friends are happy to see them back together again, where Dale is currently in the tasting room at Panther Creek sharing his stories and real life wine knowledge with wine club members and visitors from near and far. Stop by and share a glass today!
Hilary Peck, Director of Marketing and PR
Hilary Peck has over 20 years of marketing and PR experience in wine and spirits, luxury goods, fashion and media. She’s been with Panther Creek since Bacchus Capital’s acquisition of the winery in 2013 and is responsible for brand communications, including publicity, and consumer outreach. Hilary is also the Director of Marketing and PR for Bacchus Capital Management. Her interest in wine has been fostered through her years of extensive travel and time spent in cellars, vineyards and cooperages, from Bordeaux and Jerez de la Frontera to the Red Mountains of Washington and Dry Creek Valley.
Prior to Bacchus, Hilary was the Marketing Director of Rémy Amèrique, responsible for brand strategy and communication for the flagship brands of Rémy Martin Cognac and Macallan Single Malt Scotch, and of CondéNet, the online and new media arm of Condé Nast. She has held marketing and communications positions at leading online, fashion and advertising firms. She began her career at Unilever.
Hilary holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Brown University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Leslie Glassman, Marketing Manager
Leslie Glassman has over 10 years of marketing, event planning and social media experience. She has been with Panther Creek since Bacchus Capital’s acquisition of the winery in 2013. Leslie is also the Marketing Manager for Bacchus Capital Management.
For Panther Creek, Leslie is responsible for managing digital platforms as well as social media communications. Leslie has worked as the Marketing Manager for Gordian Group, a leading independent investment bank, for 10 years. She began her career in Financial Operations at Citibank.
Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree in International Spanish for the Professions with a Minor in Business from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Leslie became interested in wine at her first winery tour at a vineyard in South Africa while traveling around the world on Semester at Sea during college. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband and two young sons.