Since 1983 Vehrs has been on a mission to create and establish the best Premium portfolio in the Northwest. This philosophy to seek out the best producers spans all corners of the globe. Today, Vehrs Distributing, Inc. operates in Washington, North Idaho, and Oregon and is considered to have one of the highest quality wine portfolios anywhere in the United States.
For the last 20 years, Vehrs has also represented Riedel Crystal to supply nothing but the finest in glassware to wine enthusiasts and restaurants all over the Pacific Northwest. Beginning in 2012, Vehrs has also expanded into the realm of craft spirits distribution. This is an exciting new avenue for Vehrs and one that will continue to expand in the years to come.
Meet The Team
Jonathan Ferraiuolo, MBAChairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Jonathan Ferraiuolo is the CEO of the Pacific Holding Corporation and the main Principal in a variety of Companies and Organizations spanning 24 years. Jonathan specializes in developing, growing and expanding the Organizations he is part of. Jonathan has his Business Administration degree, where he focused on economics, finance and management, as well as a Masters of Business Administration degree. As schedules allow, Jonathan is an adjunct Faculty member at Gonzaga University’s Business School where he teaches Business Strategy and HR LAW, as well as a former Fire Commissioner for Spokane County. Jonathan gives back to the Community by serving on a variety of Charitable, Non-profit, Business and Professional boards and Organizations. Jonathan has been a friend of the Vehrs Family since 2005.
Shaun DobbelaereChief Operating Officer, Vice President and Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Shaun Dobbelaere started with Vehrs Distributing in July 2012 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing and has played an instrumental role in Vehrs’ growth and expansion. Serving as Chief Operating Officer, Shaun oversees day-to-day operations of Vehrs Distributing, including Sales & Marketing and Brand Management. Prior to joining Vehrs, Shaun served as Vice President of Portfolio at Cordon Selections after being promoted as Key Account Manager. Having started his career as a Sommelier, Shaun is experienced in both the on and off premise markets.
Kim NelsonCPA – Director of Finance and Accounting
Kim Nelson is a CPA with 25 plus years of experience. Kim brings to Vehrs Distributing an extensive background in financial analysis, reporting, and management systems and processes. Her experience ranges from public accounting to mining and manufacturing to restaurants; from international multi-million dollar corporations, to family owned businesses. Kim is part of the Vehrs Distributing Senior Management Team focusing on business processes, financial analytics & reporting, and compliance. Her continuous goal is to make Vehrs Distributing the easiest and most customer service driven Distributor to do business with in our market areas.
Rodney WhartonDirector of Brand Management
Rodney Wharton began working for Vehrs in April 1989. At the start of his career with Vehrs, Mr. Wharton handled deliveries and driver sales, then migrated to sales, then Operations, and currently holds the position of Director of Brand Management. Mr. Wharton has been involved in all aspects of inventory management, customer and vendor tracking, and brand development at Vehrs.
Ty RalloDirector Purchasing and Logistics
Mark ElwellDirector of Chains
Mark oversees all retail chain business across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho for Vehrs Distributing. He directly manages national chain accounts and works with our current Chain Management team to increase and expand business with regional chain entities. Further, Mark works with the Regional Managers and District Managers to create and execute programing and sales drives from a store level as well as marketing opportunities for current warehouse items. He is based out of our Kent Central Office, but is actively involved at all three facilities and will be out and about in all markets on a regular basis.
Mark grew up in Long Island, NY and came to Washington State in high school. He currently lives in Bothell with his wife, Julie, and his two sons Matthew and Tyler. He stays busy coaching Tyler’s lacrosse team and watching his boys play baseball and basketball and is a camping and sailing enthusiast.
Yos LigtenbergCorporate Sales Manager
Yos is responsible for working with the Brand Managers and the Director of Retail Chains to create and implement key initiatives and strategies to drive sales and produce growth for all of our supplier partners in all markets. Additionally, Yos works closely with Darin Roberson and Sheldon Smith to meet the varying needs of each Region.
Sheldon SmithRegional Sales Manager
Darin RobersonRegional Sales Manager
Emily MartinDistrict Manager
John DeardorffDistrict Manager
Mike McKennaDistrict Manager