President & Founder
Van is the owner and president of Preston-Layne and Partners. He manages business and relationships between suppliers and distributors, travels to spend time with wineries, managers and key personnel. He also manages business relationships between distributors and key On- and Off-Premises customers across the U.S., Canada, Europe and the Caribbean.
Van graduated from the University Of Kansas in 1986. He worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry for 17 years with Johnson & Johnson, Dow Chemical and Alcon Laboratories. Van then went on to spend 3 and ½ years as VP of Marketing & Sales with Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery from March 2000 to July 2003.
In July 2003, Van decided to pursue his dream when he started Preston-Layne and Partners. Within the next 10 years, Van went on to expand his business from a wine brokerage to importing.
U.S. Business Manager
Regional Sales -- Eastern U.S.
Tokar manages business relationships between distributors and key On- and Off-Premises customers primarily in the Northeast and some Mid-Western states.
Tokar graduated from Tufts University (Medford, MA) in 1991. After a 10-year career in health and fitness, she made the change to the wine industry by joining the US team of Boutinot Ltd. During her eight years there, Tokar gained invaluable import experience and developed and managed distributor relationships with a portfolio focused on French, Italian, and South African wines.
Tokár joined the Preston-Layne & Partners team in July of 2013.
Regional Sales Manager -- Western U..S.
Mandy Clendenen is Preston-Layne’s representative for the Western United States, managing business relations between our distributors and key on- and off-premise customers in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada.
Mandy graduated from California State University, Chico, with a degree in Agricultural Science, and kicked off her career in the wine industry when she moved to Sonoma County and took a job in the Ferrari-Carano tasting room. She went on to hold positions at prestigious wineries throughout Sonoma County. In 2011, Mandy took a short break from wine after having her son, but quickly returned to the business and hasn’t looked back.
Most recently, Mandy was a sales rep for Wine Warehouse in Northern California. She lives in Sonoma county and loves to spend time exploring the beautiful area with family and friends.
Account Specialist - California
Chris Collins is an independent broker doing business as Collins Vintage Wines in California. Chris represents Champagne Jacquart, an esteemed French Champagne house, a small prestigious Washington State winery by the name of Barnard Griffin and the highly sought after Trentadue Vineyards in Sonoma Valley. He is responsible for marketing and promotion of these portfolios, managing inventories, programming and incentives. He works closely with the distributors and their sales forces to maintain competitive pricing and profile in both on and off premise accounts, as well as calling on accounts to create new distribution broad market and within the extensive California Chain business.
Chris completed a Federal Swiss Bachelor’s degree in business and a French Linguistics degree in a Swiss University and then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration from the renowned Hotel School in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1975. He worked in restaurants and hotels in Europe for several years before returning to the U.S. and settling in Washington D.C. in 1979. After a short stint with an Italian Importer, he became involved with Forman Brothers, Inc., a distributor, where he sold fine wines for many years in the Washington D.C. market. After leaving in 1995, he started his own company to import wines from Tunisia, North Africa and subsequently on to join with a Mid-Atlantic brokerage by the name of Rock Creek Wine Merchants in 1998. He moved to Los Angeles in September of 2001 to start his own brokerage.
Chris is an avid sailor and has spent many years on the water, including 3-4 years in the Caribbean and 3-4 more in the Mediterranean. He is fluent in French, Spanish and Greek and has lived almost 25 years of his life overseas and spends as much time as possible traveling in many different places around the world when time permits. He also enjoys playing golf, softball, racquetball and squash as well as sailing and skiing. He maintains a tremendous interest in the culinary arts and spends a lot of time cooking and enjoying gourmet food and great wine with friends and family.
With more than 35 years in the wine business, Chris has built a reputation over the years and has been through many industry changes. He has long-standing relationships with many people in the trade and hopes to continue them for many years to come.
Leona Perry is the Administrative and Marketing Manager for Preston-Layne & Partners. She is responsible for maintaining the company's traditional and social media marketing, as well as the website, newsletters and more.
Leona is a graduate of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She began her career in public relations, and moved into online marketing and community management in 1999 when she took a position with iVillage.com. Leona went on to manage community and social media for WebMD.com.