Sasha Tokas

Sasha Tokas

The Future

National Sales

A native of Northern California, Sasha was raised in the heart of wine country and developed a love for fermented grape juice at a very early age. While finishing a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology at California State University, Sacramento, she worked in various restaurants and acquired her first formal education on wine.

Upon graduation in 2014, Sasha moved to the heart of Rioja, Logroño, where she became immersed in the wine business while teaching English. Sasha has completed some enology course work at the University of La Rioja and worked odd jobs with multiple wineries, but chose sales as her entry into the wine business. After a recent move to San Francisco and passing the Introductory Sommelier Course Exam through the Master Court of Sommeliers, she is continuing her studies and preparing for the Certificate level exam. Sasha has been the music director of a radio station and a broadcast DJ, as well as an archivist of photographs for the California Department of Parks & Recreation.

Dale Sparks

Dale Sparks

Founder

Dale was the founder, owner and C.E.O. of Arizona wholesaler Quench Fine Wines from 2003- 2010 and before that the Founder and Managing Director of Arizona wholesaler, Boutique Wines, 1998-2002.

He served as Cellarmaster at the Phoenician Resort 1997-1998 and began his wine career as the sommelier at  Anthony’s in the Catalina’s in Tucson, Arizona from 1989-1997. He holds an Advanced Sommelier Certificate from the Court of Master Sommeliers, and has sat but not passed the Master Sommelier exam. Dale lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his loving wife Michelle, daughter Kaitlyn, and Waffles, a dog too smart for his own good. Dale has been known to become emotionally unstable during University of Arizona football and basketball games and he is always searching for a better copy of Scott #REA28 for his stamp collection.

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Wendi Newman

Director of Collaboration

Sales Support, Administration & Compliance

Wendi Newman is the Director of Collaboration at 2TwentyImports and loves helping people connect, share stories and enjoy wine together.

She has spent the last 13 years in the non-profit industry, gaining experiences in areas such as staff development, fundraising and communication. After having her son, Wendi decided to become a domestic engineer and oversee caring for him at home along with working part time with 2TwentyImports. New to the wine world, she is excited to learn all that it has to offer and can’t wait to dive in.

Wendi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Hope International University in Fullerton, California. She and her wife live in Surprise, Arizona with their son and enjoy thrifting, home projects and traveling.

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Jack Volz

Secret Agent

Jack was the Sales Director from 2015-2017 and enjoys emeritus status with 2TwentyImports.

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Pam Bernardoni

Accounting

Born and raised in the Midwest, Pam and her family moved to Phoenix in 2007.  In Illinois, she and her husband owned and operated an independent truck shop for more than 20 years in which she managed all of the up front office and accounting.  During that time, not only did she help her husband build a business, she also raised two daughters, Gina and Dina. Her experience in the wine industry began in 2007 when she took an accounting position with Quench Fine Wines of Phoenix. In March 2015, Pam chose to retire from the full-time commute to continue her accounting from home on a part-time basis while at the same time, caring for her two grandbabies. Pam lives in Surprise with her husband, Rick. Even though her background is accounting, she finds working in the wine industry to be motivating and is extremely excited to be a part of 2TwentyImports and its growth.