An Experienced Team with Deep Industry Knowledge

For over ten years we have conducted hundreds of executive searches cross-functionally for wine and spirits clients both large and small. Meet our principals, below. Their success is backed up by a talented team that works very hard to support them every day.




Julie Chuharski

Julie cares deeply about finding the right match and focusing on the long-term needs of her clients and candidates. Julie founded Wine & Spirits Recruiting in 2001 after working as a marketing executive in the wine and spirits industry on both the supplier and online-distribution sides. Julie has deep expertise and connections in the beverage industry. In the 10+ years at the helm of Wine & Spirits Recruiting, she has guided the team through hundreds of executive searches across all functional categories – general management, marketing, sales, operations, HR, finance, wine-making, international – for some of the largest companies in the world, to small, entrepreneurial start-ups. Julie’s experience in striking the delicate balance of matching clients and candidates has earned long-term loyalty from her clients and candidates. Julie has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from San Diego State University and an MBA from UCLA.


John Chuharski

John brings the extra-mile approach to his recruiting clients – sourcing and presenting only the most qualified candidates so clients can focus on their business. John has worked in executive recruiting as well as held senior roles in finance, business development, operations and marketing for large corporations, family-businesses, marketing/digital agencies and online start-ups. He has hired scores of people cross-functionally both as a hiring manager and recruiter, and knows how important the right hire can be for the success of a client’s business. John has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University, and an MBA from UCLA.