Our Executive Team

Management Team

Marc Hirten

President and C.O.O.

Marc Hirten is President, Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd. He was appointed to his current position on November 1, 2017.
Mr. Hirten oversees all sales, marketing, operations, finance, supplier and distributor relations as well as Wildman’s dedicated wholesale division. He serves as the main point of contact for Frederick Wildman and Sons and will represent the company in all professional business capacities.
Previously, Mr. Hirten served as General Manager of Commercial Strategy, William Grant & Sons, New York. Before that, Mr. Hirten held positions with Moët-Hennessy and Diageo that have spanned across general management, strategy, sales and marketing.
Mr. Hirten resides in Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife, Lisa, of 32 years and are the parents of two adult children. He is a California native and spent many years in San Francisco and Napa Valley. He graduated from Santa Clara University with an Economics degree. Mr. Hirten enjoys music, the beach, boating, fishing and playing paddle tennis.

Derek Blackburn

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Derek Blackburn is the Senior Vice President of Marketing, having been appointed to this position on March 26, 2018.
Derek oversees all of the strategic and marketing planning for the entire wine and spirits portfolio, working closely with a team of professionals in Brand Marketing, Trade Marketing, PR/Events, Digital Marketing and Creative Services.
Before joining Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd., Derek was a Senior Vice President at BMC Strategic Associates, a leading beverage-related management consulting company. Derek led major projects aimed at identifying key strategic issues, such as marketing and competitive assessment, consumer and shopper insights, brand building and business transformation. Prior to BMCSA, Derek spent time in the Wine and Spirits industry with Diageo as SVP and GM in the U.S. as well as Canada. Before Diageo, Derek worked at Colgate-Palmolive in Marketing, Trade Marketing and Sales.
Mr. Blackburn resides in Westport, CT with his wife, Sandy, and has two married daughters who live in NYC. In his spare time, he is an avid cyclist and runner, having competed in many road races and Duathlons.

Martin Sinkoff

Vice-President, Director of Education

Martin Sinkoff is Vice President-Director of Education and Director National Bordeaux Sales. Prior to joining Wildman, Mr. Sinkoff managed Martin Sinkoff Associates, wine consultants, representing, among other clients, Wines of Chile. Previously, from 2005, he served at William Grant & Sons, overseeing its wine business.
From 2001, Mr. Sinkoff served as Marketing Director of Pasternak Imports, following its acquisition of Martin Sinkoff Wines, Inc., a national import company he established in 1996, which evolved from his representation of Val d’Orbieu Wines beginning 1990. Before that from 1980-1990, he was Director, Fine Wine, at Glazer’s (now Southern Glazer’s).
In 1979, Mr. Sinkoff met and was hired by Alexis Lichine, the famous author and importer, to translate parts of Lichine’s Encyclopedia of Wine & Spirits and to work as Lichine’s assistant at his property in Margaux, France, Château Prieuré-Lichine. Martin began his career in the wine trade in 1978 working for the venerable New York retailer, Morrell and Company.
Mr. Sinkoff holds a BA from Brown University, an MBA from Southern Methodist University, and was awarded the Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French Government for service to the French wine industry in 2004. He also is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement honor from Les Dames d’Escoffier, Dallas, Texas.

James DiCicco

Vice President, Finance

James A. DiCicco is Vice President-Chief Financial Officer of Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd. In his current position since 2009, Mr. DiCicco is responsible for all accounting and financial activities including functions of the treasury, capital structuring and risk management, tax efficiency and compliance, currency exchange management, controllership, reporting, and corporate budgeting.
Previously, Mr. DiCicco served Frederick Wildman as Director of Finance. Before that, he was promoted to the Company’s Treasurer in 2008. Mr. DiCicco joined Frederick Wildman as Controller in October 2005.
Prior to joining Frederick Wildman, Mr. DiCicco held senior positions of increasing responsibility in accounting and finance in different industries ranging from defense to manufacturing to distribution. In total, Mr. DiCicco has more than 20 years of accounting experience.
Mr. DiCicco is a Certified Public Accountant with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from State University of New York, Albany, and a Master’s Degree in Accounting from C.W. Post, Long Island University, Greenvale, New York.

John Sellar

Senior Vice President, Fine Wines and Spirits/ Business Development

In his current position, Mr. Sellar advises on the Company’s portfolio of fine wines and spirits brands. Mr. Sellar assumed his current responsibilities on November 1, 2017.
Previously, Mr. Sellar served as President of the Company from 2015 through 2017. Before that, Mr. Sellar was promoted to General Manager of Wildman’s wholesale division, a position he served from 2005 to 2015. Mr. Sellar joined Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd., as a sales representative in 1997.
A New York native, Mr. Sellar launched his career in the wine trade after graduating from Colgate University with a Bachelor’s Degree and began working in many of New York City’s great restaurants. It was Mr. Sellar’s exposure to fine wine that sparked a passion to learn more, so he enrolled in Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Wine School. Following that course of study, he subsequently earned a diploma from The Wine and Spirits Education Trust of London.
Mr. Sellar resides in Rye, New York with his wife, Virginie Baur and their two sons, Toma and Nicolas.

Greg Taylor

Senior Vice President, General Sales Manager, New York Upstate

Greg Taylor is Senior Vice President, General Sales Manager, New York Upstate, where he leads the upstate Wholesale Division. Mr. Taylor was promoted to his current position in February 2016.
Prior to his current role, in 2003, Mr. Taylor was promoted to Assistant Vice President, where he concentrated his focus on the New York Metro market. Mr. Taylor has been with Frederick Wildman and Sons for 21 years in positions of increasing responsibility after joining the Company in November 1995.
Before Wildman, Mr. Taylor began his career in the wholesale wine business working as a sales representative for another New York-area distributor. Before that, he and his wife, Sharon, owned a New York restaurant whose wine list garnered Wine Spectator Grand Award honor for its collection of more than 20,000 bottles.

Bill Seawright

Vice President, Eastern Division Manager

Mr. Seawright is responsible for Eastern Division sales and depletions, establishing yearly field goals and budgets, coordinating pricing strategy, collaborating with marketing on national programs and working closely with Wildman field managers and wholesale partners to ensure that all corporate brand objectives are achieved.
Before Mr. Seawright’s promotion to his current position in 2014, from 2010 he served as Wildman’s Northern Division Manager. Mr. Seawright joined Frederick Wildman and Sons in 2002 as Eastern Regional Manager, covering New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Prior to Frederick Wildman, Mr. Seawright was Area Manager/Fine Wine for Wirtz Beverage, based in Chicago, Illinois. At Wirtz, he was promoted to positions of increasing responsibility including Key Account Manager roles. Mr. Seawright started his wine career in 1992 as a sales representative for Chicago-based Continental Distributing. Beginning in Continental’s grocery chain division and progressing thru key off premise positions, Mr. Seawright joined Wirtz Beverage in 1996 upon its acquisition of Continental.
Mr. Seawright has a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Alfred University, Alfred, New York.

Tim Daffin

Vice President, Central Division Manager

Tim Daffin has been with Frederick Wildman since June of 2010 and has been leading the Southern division since August of 2014. In his previous position as South Central Regional Manager, Tim had responsibility for both the Park and Madison Division of Wildman in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. During his tenure as Regional the depletions in his territory more than doubled and after four successful years he was promoted to AVP Division Manager. Tim is a seasoned veteran and his experience includes Gallo training in Florida, roles with Stimson Lane and Trinchero Family Estates, as well as five years as the Area Manager for William Grant & Sons in Texas and Louisiana. Tim currently resides in New Orleans, LA.

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Barry Walsh

Vice President, Western Division Manager

Barry began his career in the wine business in 1987 with Wirtz Beverage in Chicago upon graduation from Illinois State University. After 11 years working as an on-premise wholesaler rep & manager, Barry joined Frederick Wildman in 1999 as Central Region Manager. In 2005 Barry transferred to Southern California to run the West Coast. Today as VP/ Western Division manager, he is responsible for 13 states from Colorado to Hawaii.