De Maison East curates service excellence in wine and spirits distribution throughout New York and New Jersey while striving to exceed our partners’ expectations by offering a gracious and warm experience. We believe our commitment to look out for our customers, producers, and each other will put everyone in a position to succeed and forge deep, lasting connections. We strive for today to be the best—and the day after even better.
De Maison East is the exclusive distributor of De Maison Selections in New York and New Jersey
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Ryan Looper is a beverage industry veteran who has been connecting top-tier New York City businesses to distinctive wines, spirits, and ciders from around the world since 2007. Ryan has a deep understanding of the wine-producing regions of western Europe and an extensive network of contacts there. A trained opera singer, Ryan holds a Master’s in Music from Boston University.
Simon GC is a veteran of the New York City restaurant landscape, having worked for Bobby Flay and Laurence Kretchmer as beverage director at Mesa Grill, Bar Americain and Gato. Simon specializes in Spanish wine and is particularly enamored with the creative and engaging wines coming out of modern Galicia. Before landing in wine, Simon worked in Options Trading on the NY Mercantile Exchange trading floor and as a political reporter after receiving a journalism degree from Brooklyn College.
Simon has taught Spain modules for the American Sommelier Association and consulted on beverage programs from fine dining to airport hospitality. When he’s not working, you’re likely to find him on the softball field, at a poker table or at home with his amazing wife Arielle and son Miles.
Kristen has dedicated herself to the food and wine industry throughout her professional career. After spending 15 years in service industry waiting tables, working retail, curating wines lists, and everything in between, Kristen joined the De Maison selections team in 2017 and has worked behind the scenes since. She will now be taking her knowledge of wine, sales, and regulatory matters to DME, where she will run the day to day operations. Her special skills include infusing all business interactions with her natural sense of hospitality and being able to find the ideal pizza to pair with any wine.
Annie Beebe-Tron is a cocktail collaborator, service professional, and beverage consultant. They explore global and nature-inspired cocktails, socially conscious hospitality, queer and femme community building, and contemporary art. Annie came to De Maison Selections in 2019 as a multidisciplinary artist and curator with an MFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, which they use as the inspiration for their inventive cocktail menus and passion for story-focused experiences. Annie leads the De Maison Spirits program throughout the US.
Caroline lived in Washington, D.C. for 10 years honing her craft and knowledge for the restaurant industry while taking a special interest in the behind-the-scenes aspect of the business. From establishing personal relationships with vendors to stepping into management for one of the highest grossing restaurants in D.C., she carved out her own niche for a transition into the financial services world by taking a position with a boutique wealth management firm. With appreciation for her experience in the hospitality industry, along with her education at the University of Maryland, Caroline was chosen to work as a right-hand woman to one of the founding partners. This unique set of blended skills presented De Maison East with an opportunity to bring Caroline on board as an Orders, Compliance and Accounts Receivable team member. While she currently resides in Lima, Peru, she and her husband are planning a return to the Tar Heel state!
Originally from Upstate New York, Noah spent four years in Galicia and La Rioja, Spain, where he honed his knowledge of Spanish wine, food, and culture. Upon returning to the US, he joined the De Maison East team. Prior to getting his start in the wine world, he received a degree in Vocal Performance from SUNY Geneseo.
After 10 years working in the service industry, Peighton has made the jump to join the De Maison East team. Her most recent years were spent in the New York bartending scene, where she developed a growing passion for unique spirits and wines.
Nicole Hakli is a NYC-based beverage professional with 10+ years of experience at Michelin-starred restaurants such as The Nomad, Eleven Madison Park, and Momofuku Ssäm Bar. She was profiled in the women-in-wine documentary Somm State of Mind, revealing the journey of professional wine certification for women. Accolades include Wine & Spirits Magazine Best New Sommelier 2016 and Court of Master Sommeliers Rudd Scholar 2017. Nicole was most recently working on behalf of Krug Champagne as the national educator, followed by a pandemic harvest internship with Newton Vineyards in Napa Valley. When Nicole is not spreading her enthusiasm for all facets of wine and Champagne, she is most likely drinking it at a karaoke bar!