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Our People

If you've had the chance to visit us in Indiana, you know people make Oliver Winery great. We like to work hard, and we care deeply about doing our work well. Plus, we have fun getting stuff done! Every grape cluster harvested, every wine bottle sold, every smile on a customer’s face represents the ability to grow our business and create a more stable future for ourselves and our families.

I love Oliver Winery as much as I love my dog.

Allison Chin

Assistant Winemaker/Quality Manager

6 years at Oliver Winery

Julie Adams

CEO

12 years at Oliver Winery

Julie was named President of Oliver Winery in 2016, and in 2021 continues her leadership of the winery as CEO. She began here at the winery as Controller, and served as CFO and Vice President for Administration and Wholesale Sales for five years.

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She is pivotal in the integration and implementation of growth initiatives such as long-term site and capacity planning and product development.

A graduate of the IndianaUniversity Kelley School of Business, she has spent most of her career in smaller entrepreneurial companies
in southern Indiana. Along the way she has gained a wealth of knowledge about what it takes for a business to be efficient and competitive and to attract and retain top talent.

Among her chief initiatives as president has been to build a culture of ownership at Oliver that is creative, collaborative, and constructive.
She spearheaded efforts such as “listening lunches,” in which she and Bill Oliver spend time connecting with employees personally and professionally, and company-wide events such as “Oliver Field Day,” to
promote employee engagement and understanding within and across departments (including a trip to Creekbend Vineyard to see how grapes are managed and harvested!). These initiatives helped Oliver
increase retention and earn a spot among the Best Places to Work in Indiana in both 2019 and 2020.

With ongoing efforts to expand the company’s sales footprint to new states across the country, she hopes to continue leading a growing organization that provides not just employment, but fulfilling and rewarding work for every member of the team.

To make people happy. You just can’t ask for more.

Paul Mui

E-Commerce & Wine Club Manager

19 years at Oliver Winery

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Bernie Parker

Vineyard Manager

20 years at Oliver Winery

"When Bill offered me the position as Vineyard Manager I said, ‘Well what do I know about growing grapes?’ And he said, ‘You were a bomb disposal technician in the Navy for 22 years, and you still have all ten of your fingers. I can teach you how to grow grapes."

We have something for everyone. I've been in the industry 20 years. It's rare to find a winery like ours.

Chris Hibbert

Vice President of Wholesale Sales

10 years at Oliver Winery

Bill Oliver

Co-Founder & Board Member

In the 1960s, Bill Oliver worked as a youngster helping his dad, IU law professor William Oliver, plant his fledgling Creekbend Vineyard.

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Bill worked at Oliver Winery part time throughout high school and college, supplementing his earnings with work as a commercial hot air balloon pilot (a side-job he still does today).

After earning a business degree from Indiana University in 1983, Bill joined the winery full time. As a jack-of-all-trades in our still-small operation, Bill focused on wine quality and enhancing the visitor experience to grow retail sales. He articulated the winery’s winemaking philosophy — crafting approachable wines that capture the delicious flavors of high-quality fruit.

Bill met his wife Kathleen when they were MBA classmates at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Kathleen joined the winery in 1993, and they worked together as sales grew rapidly through both retail and distributor channels. In 1994, Bill led the revitalization and expansion of Creekbend Vineyard. Under Bill and Kathleen's direction, the winery grew to be one of the largest in the eastern U.S. In 2006, the winery became a 100% employee-owned company. And today, Oliver Winery is focused on scaling up while maintaining quality in a diverse portfolio of products.

Though he holds two business degrees, Bill sees himself as a winemaker first and a businessman second. His day-to-day work with Oliver Winery continues, with a focus on winemaking, vineyard operations, and new product development. His goal is continued winery growth with a focus on inspired product offerings and operational best practices.

I get to work for a company where I can have a daily impact on the success of, not only the company’s future, but mine and my family’s future, as well.

Jessika Hane

HR Director

23 years at Oliver Winery

Barbara Fuqua

Tasting Room Associate

19 years at Oliver Winery

When I was interviewing, I saw all of these students around me applying and I thought, ‘I don’t have a prayer.’ And look, here I am 19 years later. It’s the most fun job I’ve ever had.

Dennis Dunham

VP of Operations, Director of Winemaking

25 years at Oliver Winery

Dennis is the kind of guy everyone wants to be around. As Oliver Winery’s Director of Winemaking and Vice President of Operations, we count on him for a lot of things — great wine and good laughs included.

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In his 24 years at the winery, Dennis has held many positions.

After receiving a chemistry degree from Indiana University, he made his mark in our tasting room. Soon after, opportunities opened up in production, and he began to make his way through the ranks — from cellar assistant, to assistant winemaker, to winemaker.

Today, he manages our team in sourcing, harvest, vinification, quality control, and production for more than 700,000 cases of wine and more than 30 wine varieties.

Under Dennis’s leadership in winemaking and operations, Oliver Winery has earned a national reputation for high quality and consistency and established critical relationships with growers and industry partners around the world.

When you go somewhere around town and people come up to you — they see you’re wearing an Oliver Winery shirt — and they say, ‘I love that place.' There’s a lot of pride in that. It’s what makes this place special.

Justin Graham

Cellar Master

18 years at Oliver Winery

I like to think that we have a wine for every budget, every palate and every occasion, and it’s my job to get the right wine in the glass.

Jim Seaver

Tasting Room Associate

10 years at Oliver Winery

Kristin Schroeder

Senior Administration Manager

19 years at Oliver Winery

“It's exciting to work with such a talented group of people. The people make Oliver an extraordinary place to work and visit. (And, I love our wines!)"