Meet the Panther Creek Team
Tom Dugan, President
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.
Michael J. Meluskey, COO
Michael is currently COO for Panther Creek, as well as VP of Operations for DeLille Cellars located in Woodinville, WA. Utilizing his financial, operational and sales experiences in the wine world, Michael provides both operational and fiscal management to both brands.
The two years prior to joining the Bacchus team, Michael was the President of Compli, Inc., the premier full-service Licensing and Compliance company for the alcohol beverage industry. He oversaw a team of 25 compliance specialists with hundreds of clients that included many of the largest companies in the industry.
Michael began his wine career in 2001 when he joined Clendenen Lindquist Vintners, the umbrella corporation that handles wine production and management for Qupe, Au Bon Climat, Verdad and a number of other labels produced by either Bob Lindquist or Jim Clendenen. In his role as CFO, Michael oversees all the business activities of the various brands, vineyards and tasting rooms.
His professional career began at Senior Tour Players, Inc., an entrepreneurial focused company who capitalized on the growing popularity of the PGA Senior Tour to market, promote and acquire golf courses. Michael’s focus was on the due diligence of potential acquisitions, and then to oversee the operations of all the golf courses, driving ranges, and management contracts. To finance the development of The Badlands Golf Course in Las Vegas, the company Senior Tour Players Development, Inc. was formed and subsequently issued an IPO.
Mr. Meluskey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northeastern University in Boston.
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 dancer, earned a BA in Psychology and Dance from Elon University. She lives in Carlton with her beloved black Lab McGee and cat Lofa.
Leslie Glassman, Marketing Manager
Leslie Glassman has over 13 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.