Our Team

Prestige-Ledroit represents a growing number of family owned and operated producers, both very well established and those that we are introducing, conventional and contemporary, state-of-the-art and old fashioned. Though from many diverse backgrounds all of the producers remain dedicated to quality, authenticity and above all else deliciousness.

In a world full of brands we aspire to partner with the right wine and spirits producers who adhere to a core set of principles that mirror ours.

Executive Team

JIMMY SMITH

CHAIRMAN

James M Smith took over as Chairman of Prestige-Ledroit after his son, Joey Smith who started the company, passed away in 2016. Jimmy brought experience from his career in the beverage industry which began in 1973 at Reliable Liquors, a family owned business started by his father. After 28 years at Reliable and overseeing the merger with Churchill, forming Reliable Churchill, and later with Wirtz of Chicago, becoming Breakthru Beverage of Maryland, Jimmy was CEO/Chairman of these two companies from 2002 until his departure in 2017. Jimmy has served as President of the Maryland Wholesalers Association for many years and has been an integral part of the industry for 50 years.

MIKE CHERNER

PRESIDENT

Michael grew up in a family that owned liquor stores, car dealerships and
alongside his father’s wholesale automotive business. After graduating from The Smith School of Business with a degree in Finance
at The University of Maryland, Michael spent time running restaurants and beverage programs in Washington, DC., Annapolis & Northern Virginia. In working with Destination DC and Capitol Region USA, Michael realized that the region had the opportunity to establish the Mid-Atlantic as a dining destination for people from the East Coast, around the country and around the world to come and visit. 

Michael lives in Kensington, MD with his wife, Jennifer, and daughters Sloan,
Emmie, and Millie .

ALEX THOMPSON

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Lover of baseball, music, good writing, and chasing his daughter around the playground, Alex has spent more than a decade with Prestige-Ledroit after a brief and unfulfilling stint practicing law — wine, spirits, and interesting teammates are just more fun. The best part of the workday is dreaming about the next one. In the words of Ken Kesey, “you’re either on the bus or off the bus. If you’re on the bus, and you get left behind, then you’ll find it again. If you’re off the bus in the first place — then it won’t make a damn.”

DINO LOLLI

SENIOR VP OF SALES

Dino is a 27-year veteran of the wine & spirits industry who began his career as a sales rep at Reliable Liquors Inc. He moved on to RNDC where he held several positions to include Fine Wine On-Premise Division Manager. Dino was instrumental in creating the “Luxury Division” for the on premise team which focused on deeper market penetration for “Super Premium Producers”. He joined Prestige-Ledroit in April of 2013 where he currently holds the position of Senior VP of Sales.

CHRIS SCHMID

SENIOR VP OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

When he’s not fishing, traveling, or chasing after his daughter or lost golf balls, Chris is leading all new business development at Prestige-Ledroit and is responsible for lead generation, prospect management, and new supplier engagement. Chris actively partners with current and potential producer partners to capitalize on market and category opportunities. Chris’ efforts are focused on strategically positioning Prestige-Ledroit for continued growth and profitability in the ever changing climate of the wine and spirits industry. He is an enthusiastic and inclusive leader with a passion for the food and beverage industry with a background spanning almost every segment of the beverage trade.

MICHELLE USTICK

VP OF SALES OPERATIONS

Michelle Ustick is a graduate of Michigan State University’s The School of Hospitality Business and has worked in the beverage distribution industry since 2013. Initially hired as a Sales Consultant with Prestige-Ledroit in 2015 for the Baltimore market, she has held roles that include District Sales Manager, Brand Manager, and currently executes the role of Vice President of Sale Operations.

CASE AIKEN

VP OF WAREHOUSE OPERATIONS

Case Aiken is a writer, podcaster, and actor, but, most of all, a spirits enthusiast. Having been in the service industry since graduating from Colgate University in 2006, he segued into the distribution side in 2015. Case joined the Ledroit team as its ninth member, stayed with the company through the 2016 merger with Prestige, and has grown with the company ever since.

Operations Management

Tori
Shackett

Accounting Manager

Mike
Presley

Warehouse Manager

William
Siegert

   Analytics Manager

Hugh
Adams

   Asst. Warehouse Manager

Sales Management

Mike
Healy

District Manager – MD/MoCo

Jason
Hopple

District Manager – DC

Chris
Stagnitta

District Manager – MD/DE

Tim
O’Rourke

Sales & Education Manager – Wine

John
Dynan

Sales & Education Manager – Spirits