Simmer Fine Wine & Spirits is a new liquor agency serving the Western Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. With a regional population of over ten and a half million it boasts one of the highest standards of living and disposable incomes in the world.
Simmer is focusing on a smaller strategic portfolio to maximize its marketing efforts. Simmer is the product of a collaborative endeavor between four very ambitious and talented people who share a common goal and passion; the love of wine and the desire to provide Western Canada with exceptional products and outstanding service by meeting and exceeding the needs of liquor retailers, the hospitality industry, and consumers.
We believe it is the spirit of a valued partnership with our customers and suppliers that makes Simmer. Our agency has many years of experience and knowledge of the wine and spirits industry, outstanding and well-versed financial management, marketing and business development aptitude.
Each of our highly skilled team members brings unique talents and skills to Simmer, and most importantly, has a great time doing so!
Brian Koshman - CPA CA, President
Brian, based in Edmonton, Alberta brings indispensable business savvy and skills to successfully manage the financial aspects of our company.
He attended the University of Alberta where he received both his B.Sc and B.A. A well-respected Chartered Accountant since 1981, Brian was also a Tax Partner in the accounting firm of Ernst & Young until 2005 and is currently a consultant to the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche. He has provided business structuring as well as corporate tax advice to many local, national and international clients.
Moreover, Brian's past board / volunteer work is impressive; he embraces co-operative vision with optimism, enthusiasm and pride. He was the Treasurer of the 2001 World Triathlon Championships, Treasurer Vice President, and President of the Belvedere Golf & Country Club, Treasurer of the Art Gallery of Alberta, an organizer of the Craig Simpson and Friends Charity Fund, board member of The Effort Society, and board member of the Burn Treatment Society - Evening of Magic.
His unwavering commitment towards charitable contributions is a sound investment in the quality of life for the communities to which we owe our success. Through his professional and charitable work, Brian has created and nurtured trusting relationships that presents an impressive list of contacts for Simmer.
Craig Simpson - Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Craig, based in Edmonton, Alberta is our brand ambassador. His ten-year career in the National Hockey League started in 1985 when he was chosen second overall in the entry draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and continued his playing career with the Edmonton Oilers and finally the Buffalo Sabres. As an Edmonton Oiler, he won two Stanley Cups and led the NHL playoffs in scoring. With 56 goals in 1988, he is the last Oiler player to score over 50 goals in one season. Craig has spent time as an NHL Assistant Coach, ten years as a broadcaster, and is currently the Lead NHL Analyst on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada.
As an athlete, coach, broadcaster, performer, business entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker, Craig is widely recognized and highly regarded throughout Canada. While he is too shy to ever admit it himself, he is proud to be the inaugural winner of the CBC reality TV show Battle of the Blades with partner Olympian Jamie Sal�. The show took on the daunting and highly entertaining task of matching a hockey player with a professional figure skater to compete against one another by performing choreographed figure skating routines. An example of Craig's diversity and willingness to try new things is inspirational and an asset to the team.
Craig's commitment to strategic planning, product launches, promotion and public relations to promote the awareness and value of the Simmer product portfolio is unstoppable, on or off the ice, chilled or served at just the right temperature.
In addition, Craig has raised millions of dollars for local charities through his Craig Simpson and Friends Charity Fund. He is highly involved in community events and is deeply respected within the business community of Alberta.
Roberta (Bobbie) Koshman - Director of Sales and Marketing
Bobbie, based in Edmonton brings to Simmer an extensive retail and sales background. She has more than 15 years of experience as a Merchandiser, Sales Representative, and Area Manager with several large international companies. Prior to Simmer, she was a western Canada sales manager with Mosaic Sales and Service.
Shannon Smith - Account Representative
Shannon has experience in Sales and Merchandising with companies such as Habatts, Danone, Clairol, and Covergirl. She brings youthful enthusiasm to our company!
Jeff Weder - Account Representative
Jeff's background in the food and beverage industry is extensive. He has many years of Sales and Management experience in Restaurants, Dinner Clubs, and Golf Course Clubhouses.
Amy Walker - Account Manager
Based in Calgary, Amy's main priority is building strong relationships in order to provide the best service possible to her market. Having graduated with a BA from Auburn University with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Journalism, she spent several years working in Public Speaking. Amy later held an executive position at a major insurance company for over ten years.
Amy's love for wine began with her charitable work for event planning. She spent years organizing major fundraisers to assist those less fortunate. Amy joined the Simmer Wine team in 2013 and has loved providing quality wine to her clients at affordable prices. Amy is certified in WSET level 2.