Kristen PenningtonBusiness Development Manager

Always excited to take on a new adventure, Kristen Pennington, joined our company in 2016. As Business Development Manager, she enjoys most of all building new and existing relationships, with distributors and suppliers.

Kristen started her career in the restaurant industry at the age of 15 where she fell in love with service. In 2006, she enrolled at Michigan State University (MSU), where she achieved a Bachelors of Science in Interdepartmental Biological Science (Education & Biology). While there she also joined an agricultural sorority, Sigma Alpha, where she remains active on their Alumni Board. Her background in biology and agriculture make her an asset in understanding the behind the scenes processes of wine making, while her background in education give her a wonderful ability to communicate these processes.

She continued to work in restaurants while enrolled in college and her love of the food and beverage industry only continued to grow. Several mentors saw her potential and helped her develop a passion for wine. After graduating from MSU she took and passed the CMS Introductory exam becoming a Sommelier. Months later she began working for Woodberry Wine, one of our closest distributors in Michigan. She worked with Woodberry Wine for over 3 years developing and building territories in the heart of the state.

Her continued passion for service and wine ensures she will always work hard to make Kindred Vines Import Company your favorite import company.