About The Staff
President-Owner: Greg spent over 20 years at his previous store before purchasing Smoke Rise Bottle Shoppe in 2006 with a commitment to build East Atlanta’s premier retail fine wine and spirits facility. He and most of his staff are graduates of the Atlanta Wine School or ‘L’ecole Du Vin (The Wine School). Greg brings his passion for fine wines, spirits, and craft beers to Smoke Rise to maintain the store’s reputation as one of Atlanta’s top retail stores. He is also on the executive board of directors of GADA(Georgia Alcohol Dealers Association).
General Manager: Albert has worked in the wine and spirits industry for over 20 years. He was manager of Hal’s Package Store and worked for several others stores in the Atlanta area. Albert heads up our wine & beer department. He keeps abreast of all the latest wine and beers, which helps Smoke Rise to become one the best in the state.
Operations Manager: Frank joined our team in 2013 after managing Lag, Inc (Cigar & Tobacco Distributor) for over 35 years. He brings his operational expertise to Smoke Rise and oversees all aspects of daily operations. Frank also heads up our cigar section and improves our selection weekly!
Manager & Spirits Specialist: Dominic has been here since 2010 on board with Smoke Rise, however he spent over 14 years with another store in the Atlanta area. Dom has a vast knowledge of all categories here and is able to help patrons in all areas. He is also a manager and handles many other duties.
Manager & Wine Specialist: Ron came to Smoke Rise in 2014 after owning and managing Spalding Wine and Spirits. He has over 15 years of experience in the industry and uses his vast knowledge of wines to help the customers with all their needs.
Assistant Manager & Beer Specialist: Jerry joined Smoke Rise in 2007 and brings his passion for craft beers to the store. Jerry stays up to date on all of the new beers and also helps with many managerial duties.
Chris has been with Smoke Rise since 2013 and brings his passion for craft beers to the store. Chris studies all the latest beer literature at his disposal and works diligently to stay informed on all (new and seasonal) beers that come into our marketplace.
Spirits Specialists: Jeremy joined our team in 2012 and helps oversee all aspects of our spirits department. He keeps abreast of all new items that come to the marketplace and helps merchandise all products in the liquor section. Jeremy also is a key player in any resets we do in our store!