Meet The People
Our passionate and knowledgeable sales team all play a vital part. Whether you are a winery and our team helps increase your brand recognition, or you are a customer who has a favorite sales rep who knows exactly what to recommend for you — our team is here to help you find what you want and need.
Kim Sear’s interest in the wine industry began from several years working in restaurants during and after college. She soon realized that selling wine to enhance a guest’s dining experience was the most enjoyable part of the job! Kim decided to take this realization and run with it.
In order to get a foot in the door and learn the wine business from the ground up, she took an entry-level position at Jim Staton Distributing doing creative work designing wine lists and marketing materials. Kim was soon promoted to an On-Premise Sales Representative and then to On-Premise Manager. After Jim Staton Distributing was purchased by Mutual Distributing Company in 2000, she quickly moved on to become Mutual’s first On-Premise Statewide Sales Manager. During this time she also started managing brands for Mutual while being the liaison for the on-premise sales teams in the different branch operations around the state. Creating marketing strategies and promoting on-premise wine sales became a passion instead of a job.
Kim continued to gain experience in various managerial positions within Mutual Distributing Company. With her continued progression and passion for sales and distribution in the wine industry, she became a part of the design team that developed the concept for Epiphany Wine Company. She is now responsible for building and managing the sales team and the wineries Epiphany represents.
Her relationships with wineries, customers and sales teams are the foundation to her longevity in this industry. With over 24 years experience in the distribution side, Kim considers herself fortunate to have worked with some very influential people throughout the wine business that have impacted where it is today. Those relationships and partnerships continue to flourish today in Epiphany Wine Company.
While not working, Kim enjoys travel, weekend trips to the beach, cooking and entertaining and just spending time with family, friends and her dog, Lulu.
Paul DiMario is an Advanced Level Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers. His 20 years of experience in the wine industry, through both restaurants and distribution, has taken him from North Carolina to the mountains of Colorado and back. He has traveled extensively through wine regions, both domestically and abroad. Paul’s enthusiasm for the wine industry continues to compel him to the next level and receive the highest distinction available in wine, Master Sommelier. He is currently studying for the exam.
Before returning to North Carolina and joining Epiphany Wine Company, he lived in Vail, Colorado where he developed beverage programs in some of the area’s top restaurants, such as Latour Restaurant. His wine strength is Old World wine, especially Burgundy. He takes pride in understanding the needs of his customers and this has encouraged him to mentor young sommeliers to help strengthen the wine community. Paul’s dedication to the beverage industry has lead him to be trusted with leading the sales team for Epiphany as the “Crusader of the Wine Geeks”.
When not working and studying for the Masters Sommelier exam, Paul enjoys time spent with his wife Stacey and their two dogs, Trip and Braxton. He loves the outdoors and is an avid skier, hiker and during the warmer months Paul & Stacy spend much of their free time boating at the lake.
Born and raised in North Carolina, Lindsay graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She began her wine career in 2007 at Mutual Distributing Company as a Chain Account Representative in the DSD Department. From there, she was promoted to Executive Marketing Assistant and then Assistant to the President. When presented with the opportunity to join the Epiphany team, Lindsay accepted the challenge with enthusiasm.
Lindsay handles all alcohol compliance for Mutual Distributing Company and Epiphany Wine Company. She manages the office and ensures that daily operations run smoothly.
Lindsay is a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators and a Cicerone® Certified Beer Server.
In her spare time, you may find Lindsay building Lego sets or playing video games with her son, Owen. She enjoys reading, watching movies and drinking wine, of course.
Zach is a former mental health professional that fell in love with the restaurant world. Zach started off as a service bartender working out of the kitchen. He worked his way up through the industry to lead concepts by Top Chef contestants and ultimately helped run the bar programs of two Michelin-Star restaurants. Through it all, his mantra has always been “service first, and all else will follow.” After nearly three years as a member of the Johnson Brothers – Mutual Distributing On-Premise team, he is honored and excited to be a part of regrowing Epiphany and guiding the clientele through to a brighter future.
In Zach’s spare time, he enjoys college basketball, refurbishing old furniture, landscaping, & binging on whatever shows up next on his Netflix feed.
Jeffrey is a former Beverage Director and Sommelier for two prominent Charlotte Steakhouses dating back to 2001. His career began back in his home state of Colorado, working in a wide variety of restaurants throughout college, never realizing that it would lead to over thirty years in the industry. People often ask how he got his start and the response is always the same, “I learned I could connect and sell wine to anyone”. Skills he partially attributes to his father who owned and operated a successful barber shop in downtown Denver for over fifty years. Jeffrey’s wine career moved beyond just the restaurant scene, working on and maintaining many prominent private cellars in the Charlotte community, hosting in-home wine dinners, and as a wine appraiser for a local business. These variety of skills in the industry has earned him the name of “The People’s Sommelier”, a title he and his wife often joke about. After his time in the restaurant nightlife had finished, Jeffrey spent 1-1/2 years as a member of the Johnson Brothers – Mutual On-Premise team. He is very excited for all the new challenges that come with being part of the growing Epiphany team. In his free time, Jeffrey enjoys Beekeeping, growing avocados, classic-bobblehead collecting, and enjoying Manhattans with his wife, Jennifer. They have two children, Holden and Ava.
Chris grew up in Garner, North Carolina and moved to New Bern in 1998 to open a restaurant. He began his wine career with Mutual Distributing in 2008 as an Off Premise Sales Consultant. Understanding the restaurant industry and having a passion for pairing good food with the right wine, Chris enthusiastically accepted the On Premise sales position when it was offered in 2014. Chris is a Certified Specialist of Wine through the Society of Wine Educators and Wine and Spirits Trust Level 2.
Chris enjoys cooking at home and entertaining friends and family with his wife of 26 years, Tina. They have three children, Jared, Elizabeth, and Emma. They are all huge Carolina Hurricanes fans and enjoy attending hockey games.