TEAM

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GONZALEZ-GORDON

President 

Felipe founded Parallel 36 after more than two decades of international business development, brand management and marketing roles.  Known for his strong analytical thinking, cross-functional experience and problem-solving mentality, Felipe has proven his ability to see issues from different viewpoints and find new approaches that move businesses forward. 

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MICHELLE ERLAND

Account Executive

Michelle is a certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, an Italian Wine Ambassador through Vinitaly International, and holds the WSET Level 3 Certification.  In 2019, she obtained her MBA from Johnson & Wales University with a concentration in hospitality. 

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MEGAN MCCARTHY

Assistant Account Executive

As a longtime New Yorker, Megan was bitten by the wine bug after completing her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations.  She now holds numerous wine certifications from the WSET and Court of Master Sommeliers and has a background in fine wine auctions as well as wine sales and distribution. 

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CARL BIVONA

Social Media and Digital Advertising Manager

With his finger on the pulse of the digital marketing landscape, he enjoys finding strategic and creative ways for our clients to share their message.  In addition to the storytelling aspects of digital marketing, Carl understands the importance of monitoring analytics and providing our clients with thoughtful insights. 

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SARAH HOWARD

Account Supervisor

Sarah has a diverse background in the wine industry with roles in public relations, retail sales, distribution and import management.  She calls on her experience to create influential and effective marketing programs that exceed clients' goals.    

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LYDIA RICHARDS

Senior Account Executive

Originally from Panama, Lydia is a certified sommelier and holds the WSET Advanced Level 3 certification: currently a Level 4 Diploma student.  A true wine geek, she feels right at home working on multiple accounts and juggling multipe tasks at a time. 

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PIA MARIA SZABO

Account Coordinator

Pia is a resident New Yorker with an international perspective having grown up in Austria and lived in the UK for five years.  Her love of wine started while living above a small wine shop in Scotland and has led her to complete her WSET Level 3.  Holding a Masters Degree in Marketing, she also has experience working in various corners of the industry. 

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ALEKSANDRA TROCHIMIUK

Creative Director

Aleksandra has over 20 years of experience in every field of marketing and advertising in global agencies.  She has extensive experience in creating, planning and supervising integrated campaigns with a strong focus on brand strategy, marketing communication and digital.  She is also experienced in trade and shopper marketing. 

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LISA PENA

Events Manager

Lisa grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida after a few years of living in the Dominican Republic.  Her love of food and wine began working at restaurants in Miami and developed into a diverse background in hospitality where she has specialized in communications and event planning.   

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