Vilma Mazaite

Vilma Mazaite

General Manager of Donnachadh Family Wine Company, & Founder/Owner of Friends N Family Healthy Salsa

I'm inspired by the people in this industry. We are all passionate, curious, and creative individuals that speak food and wine language. It is the best language in the world. I love to be surrounded by these people - they inspire me to love what I do.

My first boss was a strong female who made my life both miserable and fulfilling. She pushed me to be better. To this day I follow her advice, "never skip steps in your career and don't chase money."
This industry chose me. I graduated as a journalist, but while working as bus girl during college year, I discovered a passion for service and later, wine. After Rajat hired me there was no turning back. It has been 15 years since that day.
Be patient and take your time climbing the career ladder. Once you become a leader there is no turning back. It is good to take your time to learn as much as you can by working with great mentors so that one day, you you will be very well prepared.

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