Meet our Lawrenceville staff!
"I am a regular customer at the Princeton Joe Canals. I wanted to let you know that the service and selection is excellent. I particularly want to compliment Brandon. His expertise and friendly manner really make a enjoyable shopping experience." - Timothy T.
Chris Sletvold - Operations Manager
Specialties: Beer, Bourbon, Riesling
Experience: Chris has been with Joe Canal's for 9 years.
Travels: California, Oregon, Germany and Italy. He particularly enjoyed his travels to Germany.
Desired superpower: X-ray vision
Tom Broderick - Store Manager
Specialties: Tom is the go-to beer guy at Joe Canal's.
Experience: Tom has been with Joe Canal's for five years. Be began as a stock associate in our Woodbridge store, and has worked his way up to store manager.
Travels: He has visited many breweries and has attended the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado.
Favorite Movie: Memento
Brandon Bartfalvi - Senior Wine Manager
Specialties: Argentina, Spain, Portugal
Experience: Brandon has 15 years in the business and is a C.S.W. (Certified Specialist of Wine).
Travels: France, Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Italy, Spain, California and Oregon. Brandon's favorite places to travel were Argentina and Spain.
Favorite band: KMFDM
Kevin Saunders - Wine Manager
Specialties: Wine, wine, and more wine! Kevin's expertise is varied, from Tuscany to Sonoma, he's knowledgeable about it all. He has a particularly exceptional knowledge of French wines.
Experience: A longtime lover of wine, Kevin has been in the wine industry since he was 20 years old, when he worked in fine wine shops in New York City.
Travels: California Wine Regions, Italy
Favorite vacation spot: Italy
Steve Wernick - Floor Manager / Wine Sales
Specialties: I'm very partial to Oregon Pinot Noir, Australian Shiraz, California Zinfandel, Argentine Malbec and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc . I've also tasted through lots of scotch whiskies, to better understand what we sell.
Travels: Although Steve is looking forward to his first wine-related trip, he is well-traveled, having been to the Gambia, Belgium, Italy, England, Alaska, and Hawaii.
Favorite animal: My Border Terrier, Hoosier.
Rich Folmer - Floor Manager
Specialties: Rich is working to expand his knowledge in all areas of the business and hopes to become well-rounded in wines, liquors and beer.
Experience: Rich has been in the industry for one year.
Favorite pizza topping: Ham and pineapple.
Rick May - Front End Manager
Specialties: Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc
Experience: Rick has been in the wine and spirits industry for over 20 years, both full and part time. He has visited over 30 wineries in Sonoma and Napa Valley.
Travels: Rick is retired Navy and traveled extensively throughout Europe. He has been to Spain, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey, and Scotland and there are not too many islands in the Caribbean that he hasn’t enjoyed the sunshine on.
Favorite TV Show: Hawaii Five-O and NCIS
Leonard Santamaria - Wine Sales Associate
Specialties: White wines
Experience: Leonard is a retired schoolteacher and principal of 35 years, but he has been a lover of wine for years and years!
Travels: Leonard has traveled widely through the United States and Canada.
Favorite childhood toy: Legos
Tom Bliz - Beer Supervisor
Specialties: Domestic Beer
Experience: Tom has 37 years in beer transportation before beginning with us at Joe Canal's
Travels: Tom loves to visit Coors brewing company, and would bring Coors back home with him on the plane before it was available here.
Favorite breakfast: A cheese omelet
Mike Reardon - Receiving Manager
Specialties: While he is continuing to learn about the different varieties of wine, Mike is a big fan of Rieslings.
Experience: Mike has been with Joe Canal's for three years.
Favorite book: Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy