OUR Executive team


Co-Chief Executive Officer
Rebecca Faust

One of the founding partners of Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, Rebecca brings over 25 years of experience in the industry to Rack & Riddle.

Raised amid the vineyards of Sonoma County, it was a natural fit for Rebecca to pursue a career in wine. Rebecca is known for championing superior-quality wine made in the Méthode Champenoise tradition.

After graduating from Sonoma State University with a business degree, she first discovered her passion for wine while working for Deloitte & Touche. She then worked for the prestigious domestic sparkling wine brand Piper Sonoma as financial controller, and eventually became CFO at Lambert Bridge Winery.

Having an entrepreneurial spirit, she answered the call in 2007 to co-found Rack & Riddle along with Bruce Lundquist; shortly thereafter she founded Breathless Wines with her sisters. Rebecca is thrilled to work with sisters Sharon and Cynthia to create sparkling wines that help people celebrate and remember those moments in life that leave you breathless. Breathless Wines is a memorial to their mother, Martha, who understood the importance of living life to the fullest. Breathless supports bringing awareness to the disease that afflicted their mom: Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.

Rack & Riddle is proud to be among only 10 percent of California wineries led by women. In 2013, Rebecca was recognized for her contributions to business, the community and the wine industry as recipient of the NBBJ’s “Women in Business” award.

Rebecca lives in Healdsburg, California with her husband, Allen, where they raised their three children: Daughter Jessica, mother of granddaughter Harlow, and sons, Mark and Max.


Co-Chief Executive Officer
Bruce Lundquist

Focused as one of the owners of Rack & Riddle (R&R), Bruce has spent most of his career associated with natural resource and agricultural-based industries. He has been active in the wine industry for more than 26 years. First as the General Manager at J Vineyards & Winery, then as a Partner at Longboard Vineyards, before founding Rack & Riddle with Rebecca Faust in 2007.

Prior to his foray into wine, Bruce was a Controller in the forest products industry, and then was the Controller/Treasurer at Tillamook Cheese in Oregon. Thereafter he moved to Petaluma, California as CFO at California Dairy Products.

Bruce is on the Executive Board of Family Winemakers of California (FWC), an association dedicated to the advocacy and success of its winery members. Bruce is deeply involved in legislative, regulatory, and water issues affecting the wine industry in California.

Bruce resides in both Oregon and California — commuting from his home to the R&R winery operations in Healdsburg/Geyserville. His wife Denise remains in Oregon to help raise their three granddaughters – Audrey, Finley, & Grace. The couple have raised six children:

Amie — Teacher in Amity and the mom of the three granddaughters.
Emily — Web/Marketing Executive with L’Oreal in Paris, France.
Aaron — Consulting Project Manager with Ford Motors in Michigan.
Adam — Research PhD in Neurological sciences with the Bio-Tech industry in the Bay Area.
Caleb — Writer and Marketing associate with a leading Ad Agency.
Molly — RN, specializing in Labor & Delivery in Salem, Oregon.

When not at Rack & Riddle, Bruce spends his time free time working out, gardening, and trying to remember what chores he has yet to complete.

Bruce holds a BA from Linfield University, an MBA from the University of Portland, and is an alumnus of the Wine Executive Program – UC Davis.


General Manager

Mark Garaventa

As General Manager at Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services, Mark Garaventa delivers strategic and tactical growth initiatives across Rack & Riddle’s portfolio of business units.

He oversaw the successful rollout of the Rack & Riddle brand, as well as the Major League Baseball sparkling wine—both have enjoyed unprecedented success across a variety of markets.

His most recent accomplishment was launching the 6 Bar wine brand, a volume-priced addition to the Rack & Riddle family of brands that fills a need in the marketplace for brokers, distributors and retailers seeking a premium bubbly that over delivers.

With a unique background in sales, marketing and financial development, and a drive to be an integral part in the growth and development of a promising company, Mark has enjoyed his role over the past seven years helping shape Rack & Riddle into an award-winning winery and custom crush facility.

Born and raised locally, Mark brings 25-plus years of senior management experience and leadership to Rack & Riddle. Having hit the ground running since earning his degree from St. Mary’s College in 1988, Mark possesses talents and experience ranging from working in a family business in the 1990’s to running national sales for a large corporation. Mark’s business acumen and consistency are a natural fit with the team at Rack & Riddle.

As Managing Partner Bruce Lundquist said, “Mark has taken us into the next tier as a business—helping us to exceed our clients’ expectations in every capacity. He is a natural fit with our boots-on-the-ground approach to doing business and we are lucky to have him, as are our clients.”

Mark currently resides in Marin County and has three children EJ, Michael and Alexandra and is a proud Nonno to his  grandson Robert. Mark is an avid wine enthusiast, but spends most weekends with his family—playing sports, enjoying time with his children and grandson, or brushing up on his golf game. Mark is driven and finds joy in his successes with which he will happily raise a glass to toast.


Chief Financial Officer

Kimberly Benson

We could not be more pleased to have Kim as our Chief Financial Officer (CFO). She brings a second-to-none wealth of experience, knowledge, and gravitas in strategic planning, capital management, acquisition analysis and financing, cost and inventory accounting, and leadership of accounting and finance departments for her prior employers. Kim replaces Corey Ryan — who has been serving as R&R’s interim CFO — and she will also be assuming specific duties from Founder and Co-CEO Rebecca Faust.

Prior to joining Rack & Riddle, Kim held numerous senior finance and accounting leadership positions, among these: Interim CFO and permanent VP Finance at Crimson Wine Group; VP Finance at Vintage Wine Estates; and numerous other such roles at leading food and financial services firms. The past decade has seen Kim focused exclusively in the wine industry.

Kim received a Bachelor of Science degree in Managerial Economics from UC Davis, and holds an MBA in Wine Business from Sonoma State.

Kim resides in nearby Windsor with her husband Oliver, her wonderful daughter Maya, and her beloved mutt Norman. When not handling all matters financial for R&R, you’ll find Kim enjoying family camping and boating, experimenting in the kitchen, and of course enjoying a glass of bubbles from R&R.


Vice President Sales

Brett Vankoski

As the Vice President of Sales, Brett is responsible for driving overall sales growth for the company. This includes developing and implementing sales strategies, leading the sales teams, measuring and monitoring success, and implementing new revenue generating opportunities.

Brett has more than 15 years of experience in the wine industry covering sales, marketing, brand development and operations. He was employee #1 at Latitude Beverage Company and co-founder of the wine brand, 90+ Cellars, which received Shanken’s MarketWatch IMPACT Hot Brand Award in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2020.

Prior to his career in the wine industry, Brett held marketing and interactive management positions at American Express Company in New York City and Fidelity Investments in Boston. Working at large corporations helped him learn the way successful large businesses operate. He then transferred these skills to a start-up environment focused on growth in the wine and beverage sector.

Brett has a bachelor’s degree in Government from Harvard University, where he also played NCAA Division 1 baseball. He also has an MBA in Global Wine Business from Sonoma State University and a WSET Diploma.

Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Brett now lives with his wife and two sons in Brookline, Massachusetts. He spends his free time coaching youth baseball, chauffeuring his boys to practice, going on cold, early morning New England runs around the Charles River, and serving as the President of Harvard Alumni in Wine & Food. He also prides himself on being one of the nicest Philadelphia Eagles fans you will ever meet. (We won’t hold this against him.)


Executive Manager — Strategic Operations & Human Resources

Stacey Gallagher

Stacey has been with Rack & Riddle for seven years. She was initially hired as our Staff Accountant. Over the course of seven years, we have increasingly relied upon Stacey’s talents, and steadily increased her job responsibilities. In early 2020, she began a new role as our Executive Manager — Strategic Operations & Human Resources. With nearly 100 employees working for the company, Stacey’s HR duties take up the majority of her time, however she also plays a key role in the strategic direction of Rack & Riddle from both a personnel, management and company growth perspective. As a manager on the Executive Team, she helps ensure that company-wide protocols are followed and the execution of the overall business plan is implemented across the various departments in day-to-day operations.

She was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California, and comes from generations of Bay Area construction industry professionals — which provided her with a grounded, determined work ethic. In 2007, she graduated from Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics with a Bachelor’s degree in Econometrics and Quantitative Economics. At SSU, she was Vice President of the Econ Club, Head of Economics Tutor Department with Distinction.

Stacey is married, and in 2018 she and her husband embarked on a shared lifelong goal of building their dream home together. This project is now complete and they welcomed their first child together in October, 2020. When the timing is right, she plans to get back to one of her most beloved hobbies: Coaching youth sports — soccer, softball and T-ball. And, visiting more of Sonoma County’s bountiful wineries on dates with her husband.

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