Loosen Bros. USA is a dynamic fine wine importer headquartered near Portland, Oregon. We are committed to representing winemakers and estates from around the world who are at the pinnacle of their respective regions, with a primary focus on Riesling and Pinot Noir.

We dedicate ourselves to tasting and selecting wines that have a genuine sense of both place and character, and it is our ongoing mission to build the reputation of each of our producers by strengthening our distributor partnerships and market presence in the United States. Read more about our company history.

 

Our Team

Kirk Wille
President and Director of Marketing

Kirk Wille is our fearless leader and unofficial Chief of U.S. Riesling Indoctrination. With a lifelong passion for the noble grape, he was publisher of The Riesling Report before joining forces with Erni Loosen to found Loosen Bros. USA.

Kirk is a member of the board of directors of the International Riesling Foundation and oversees much of the Dr. Loosen cosponsorship of Riesling Rendezvous, as well as serving as an expert panelist at the conference. Like any good Oregonian, he also is a fan of Pinot Noir and is an 18-year member of the secretive special forces unit known as the Wine Room Crew at the International Pinot Noir Celebration.

A classical music lover and an artisan at heart, he is equally at home wielding a carpenter’s saw in the toolshed or a chef’s knife in the kitchen. To everything, he brings tireless enthusiasm, a ready laugh, and a passion for sharing the good things in life....especially wine.

Clifford Robben
Vice President of Finance & Operations

Cliff Robben keeps the Loosen Bros. USA gears well-oiled and spinning at top speed. He is responsible for all financial aspects of Ernst Loosen's various ventures in the U.S., and he directs logistics and operations here at Loosen Bros. USA. A busy guy, he has also taken on the role of General Manager of Ernst Loosen's J. Christopher winery in Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Cliff is a wine expert in his own right and is gifted with an astonishing super power to identify individual wines in our portfolio in a single taste. He wears his love for our inventory literally on his sleeve, with a big, permanent “Riesling” tattoo on his forearm.

There is room on his palate for more than one grape variety, however. This year he is serving as President of the Board of the International Pinot Noir Celebration. He also serves with Kirk on IPNC's Wine Room Crew.

David Yang
Vice President of Sales & Distribution and Director of Sales – West

With us since June of 2019, David Yang is an executive with extensive sales & marketing experience in the alcohol beverage industry in both the USA and international markets.

David started his career in the wine industry at Southern Wine & Spirits in NY and most recently served in an international role as the National Sales Director for Summergate Fine Wines & Spirits, a leading importer and distributor in Asia Pacific.

In this role he was responsible for leading a sales team of 120+ sales professionals and developing routes-to-market and channel strategies for some of the world’s most recognized wine and spirit brands. David is based in Portland, Oregon, and manages the West region alongside his national role.

Kelly Richardson
Director of Sales – East

Kelly Richardson is a certified sommelier through Johnson and Wales University and brings extensive experience to our team, having previously worked on both the distribution and supplier sides of the wine business.

Based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, she loves tennis and gardening and is an avid traveler. But her favorite thing, she says, is seeing that ‘aha’ moment in peoples’ eyes when they discover other sides of Riesling or an area called ‘Coteux Bourguignons’ or that Germany makes excellent rosés or a luscious Pinot Noir that tastes like Burgundy but is made in Oregon. Or, as she puts it: "I like to blow peoples’ minds.”

Brian Harlan
Fine Wine Specialist

Brian Harlan was the first salesperson we hired, in July of 2003, and has been with us ever since. He has deep wine knowledge and extensive relationships in the trade after many years in various aspects of the wine business. An intense and effective sales educator, he focuses his efforts on vintage presentations and high-profile independent accounts across the country.

"The Harlanator" has a knowledge of wine that is utterly encyclopedic and his devotion to it is eclipsed only by his overriding passion for music in all forms. He owns more than 12,000 CDs and travels around the world to attend concerts.

Molly Sweeney
Director of Sales – Midwest & New England

Before joining us, Molly Sweeney formerly opened and operated a group of restaurants in Ohio, then dove before back into the world of fine wine as national sales director for another importer of German wines. She is well known for dogged determination, attention to detail and dedicated professionalism.

Molly says the only thing that eclipses her incredible experiences in wine and food is raising her two daughters, Ryan and Kyle. Outside of work and family, she volunteers for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and also helps to rescue pit bull dogs. She is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jeff Marazoni
Analytics & Trade Marketing Manager

If we could choose two middle names for Jeff Marazoni, they would be “organized” and “efficient.” He provides indispensable behind-the-scenes sales and administrative support for our regional sales directors, as well as in-depth analysis for business planning.

A real family man, Jeff enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, road trips and anything beach-island-lake-river related. At play and work, he loves helping people out of their wine comfort zones. "I live for getting that ‘WOW, I never knew’ response,” he says. “For me it’s all about the people. Working with the LB USA team and the great wine estates is amazing. And the wines we are privileged to represent are an amazing perk!"

Jared Hester
Operations Manager

The newest member of our team, Jared Hester, comes to us after years of working in Operations in the Investment and Banking industry. When offered the opportunity to put away the suit and tie and come join us in the vineyards, he jumped at the chance.

He is also a member of the U.S. Army Reserve and brings that same disciplined focus and attention to detail to his work with us as he handles our order processing, receivables and payables, and state compliance. Jared works in our Oregon City office.