November 18 – Hector, NY – Daniel DeBell and Marc Hurlbut have been appointed to management positions at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards. DeBell was promoted to president and chief operating officer and Hurlbut to chief financial officer. John Keeler, who served as president from 2009, announced his retirement earlier this year. He will continue to serve during the transition.
âWe are very happy to make this announcement. Leigh Triner, co-CEO said. âJohn has served the company well and guided us through the transition from a small regional vineyard to a major East Coast producer. “We wish him the best as he prepares for a well-deserved retirement.” Doug Hazlitt, Leigh’s brother and co-CEO added, âWith Dan and Marc in the lead, we are in very good hands to move this company forward to even greater success. Hazlitt continued, âI’m sure John will stay busy in retirement. There are plenty of fishing holes that need attention!
Prior to joining the Hazlitt team in 2011, Daniel DeBell worked for nineteen years at Goodrich Corporation, IRS Systems in Ithaca, NY. The managerial, negotiating and problem-solving skills he used as Managing Director have translated seamlessly into the wine industry. Initially hired as Managing Director, Daniel was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2015.
Marc Hurlbut was hired as Controller in February 2021. His 30 years of finance experience in the manufacturing industry quickly benefited the financial operations of Hazitt’s two production facilities and retail stores in Hector, NY, and in Naples, NY, as well as the company’s bespoke wine production business. , East Coast Crush & Co-Pack. Prior to working at Hazlitt, Marc was Executive Vice President of Financial Administration at SYNTEC Optics, Wordingham Technologies in Rochester, NY.
John Keeler joined Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards as Company President in February 2009. During his tenure, Hazlitt acquired Widmer Wine Cellars from Constellation Brands and founded East Coast Crush & Co-Pack. Prior to Hazlitt, he was co-CEO of Monarch Machine Tool in Cortland, NY.
“John Keeler will be missed.” Daniel DeBell pointed out. âHe was a great mentor and team leader. Over the past 12 years, he has laid the foundation that will allow Marc and I to really progress, take the reins and move the business forward.
DeBell continued, âThe industry is changing. It evolves very quickly. There are challenges bountiful at every turn right now. From COVID and supply chain issues to staff shortages. âThe Hazlitt family have been proactive and visionary. They’ve built a team, from top to bottom, set up for success.
About Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards & Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars
The Hazlitt family has been growing superb grapes on the east shore of Seneca Lake, NY for over 150 years. Founded in 1984, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards continues the family tradition of award-winning viticulture and wine production. In 2010, Hazlitt Red Cat Cellars was founded when the Hazlitt family purchased the more than 3 million gallons of Widmer Wine Cellars in Naples, New York, from Constellation Brands.
The internationally renowned wines of the family include Riesling, Pinot Gris, GewÃ¼rztraminer and Cabernet Franc. Most notably, Hazlitt is infamous for its Red Cat, White Cat, and Cabin Fever, which are among New York State’s most popular and best-selling wines. For more information, please visit Hazlit1852.com.
About East Coast Crush
East Coast Crush & Co-Pack (EC3) was founded in 2011 to take advantage of the excess production space in Hazlitt Red Cat cellars. EC3 is a personalized service beverage production company that works with customers regionally, nationally and globally. The company also imports, produces and packages wines for distribution in the United States for customers around the world. EC3 specializes in the production and packaging of controlled beverages including wine, cider, seltzer water and other spirits