Born in Saigon, raised in Orange County, and educated in Phoenix, Arizona, Kim Villanueva is a spicy mix of cultures and spirited enthusiasm. "Love what you do and have fun doing it," is her life philosophy. She discovered her calling in sales and marketing at the age of 19, when she took a job with Marriott. Recognizing her talent and enthusiasm, they quickly promoted her, and a star was born.
Kim entered the wine business via Young's Market, a California wine and spirits distributor. There she discovered a true love for wine, defining it as "selling happiness in a bottle." Her customers were quickly captivated by her passion. Selling the most Fetzer wines during a holiday promotion practically furnished her new apartment. Some of her performance awards were of a more sporty nature, resulting in the acquisition of a mountain bike, snowboard and Louisville Slugger baseball bat. While working at Kendall Jackson she won the Rookie of the Year award.
Kim now manages sales for Honig's San Diego and Orange County territories, where all her customers smile when she walks in. She and her husband Michael are the proud parents of Kira and are loving every moment of parenthood.