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Marcus Tipton (Owner, GM & Head Wine Maker)

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Marcus Tipton, Owner of InVINtions, A Creative Winery, is a man who has worn many hats.  A Colorado Native, and third generation Coloradoan whose family hails from Leadville, Marcus graduated from a Denver high school and received his Bachelor’s Degree from Metropolitan State University.  After working for several years as an auditor for the Colorado Gaming Division, then as a police officer in Black Hawk, and the Assistant Superintendent of Mount Olivet Cemetery, Marcus set it all aside to follow his dream of starting a business.

InVINtions, A Creative Winery opened it’s doors May 18th 2010, and Marcus has never looked back.  He loves the wine.  He loves the people.  He loves seeing people smile.

Nancy Tipton (Owner & Chief Financial Officer)

View More: second generation Colorado native, Nancy Tipton grew-up in Aurora and graduated from Colorado State University.  After living in Japan for several years during the Vietnam War, she returned to Colorado and earned her MPA from the University of Denver.  She and her husband have one grown daughter, and although Nancy lives part-time in Las Vegas, you will see her and her husband at the winery most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Nancy came out of retirement over ten years ago to pursue her passion of owning her own business, and now owns InVINtions and works two full time jobs: one as the Chief Financial Officer and controller for the winery, and one as the Chief Financial Officer and controller for a local Denver law firm.

Aaron Pucel (Assistant General Manager, Product Development)

Born and raised in Green Bay Wisconsin, Aaron moved to Denver in 2007 to peruse his dream of going to culinary school at Johnson and Wales University.  After receiving his Associates in Culinary Arts and Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Nutrition, he worked in the industry for several years.  Aaron first discovered InVINtions through his old college roommate, Michael Anderson, and after just one visit, knew he wanted to be part of this special place.  Aaron knew you can’t beat the appearance of the winery as well as the extremely generous and delightful owners and employees, so he became part of the family.

Besides cooking, Aaron enjoys sports and cheering on his hometown teams: the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers.  He also enjoys movies, spending time with his girlfriend, and partaking in all the amazing things Colorado has to offer from the nature and science museum to camping in the Rockies.

Maddy Craighead (Wine Maker & Winery Coordinator)

Maddy is a Colorado native born and raised in Aurora.  She spent a little time growing up near wine country in California after he dad was transferred there for his job.  After returning to Colorado, she received her culinary degree in baking and pastries from the Art Institute.  One of her passions is making delicious and creative desserts.  She has never wanted to own a bakery; however, she has started her own small business providing cakes for events and parties.  Her family keeps her busy in that business with birthdays and graduation parties.

Maddy has tried many careers searching for her place int he world.  Nothing felt like a good fit until she found the InVINtions family!  Maddy loves learning about the wines and sharing her knowledge with customers and Club Members.  Mixing and bottling wine has helped Maddy grow to appreciate the art of producing wine and she looks forward to seeing where her path lead her next!

Danny Coates (Tasting Room Ambassador)

DannyDanny came to Colorado in 2012 to play professional lacrosse.  Originally hailing from Ontario, Canada, Danny grew up playing every sport imaginable, but excelling at lacrosse and ice hockey.  After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Canisius, Danny was drafted by the Colorado Mammoth.  It was through the Mammoth’s support of the Colorado Make-A-Wish Foundation that Danny met the InVINtions’ family.  After attending two Sporting Affair events for the Foundation, he was hooked!  In 2016, he officially joined the family as a Tasting Room Ambassador.

Besides playing lacrosse, Danny loves the outdoors, ice hockey and coaching youth lacrosse players.  He was part of the 2014 Gold Medal  Canadian National Lacrosse Team.  The host nation for the 2014 world championships was the United States, and the games were held in Denver.

Kim Godfrey (Tasting Room Ambassador)

Kim became a Coloradoan at the age of 13 with she and her mom moved to this beautiful state, and she’s never looked back.  She loves the outdoors and checking out different hiking trails. Amidst her outdoor spirit, Kim also has a flare for getting dressed up and enjoying a night on the town with her friends.  Never one to take things too seriously, Kim is jovial and loves to laugh–so don’t be surprised to hear a few giggles from her.  She found love and appreciation for wine years ago and wanted to learn more which is exactly what drew her to InVINtions, where she feels like she learns something new every day!  In addition to her love for wine, Kim is also a devoted animal lover–especially dogs—and always looks to donate, volunteer and lend a helping hand wherever she can.  If you ask Kim what the most poignant time of her life was, she will tell you it was her mission trip to Guatemala, which changed her life.  While there, she went to work helping build houses, sidewalks and churches for a group that adopts orphans.  Her time with the children that live on the river in the jungle of Guatemala was inspiring, and she looks forward to more missions.

Benjamin Goldberg (Tasting Room Ambassador)

VIN287 (2)A graduate of Appalachian State University and Panthers fan, Ben Goldberg moved to Denver from Greensboro, NC to attend Law School at DU and ski. A world traveler, Ben has lived in Israel, London, and Romania, and visited Canada, Mexico, much of the Caribbean, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Czech Republic, Albania, France, Belgiumand the Netherlands. He holds a Black Belt in Karate and his leisure activities include gourmet cooking (he wrote a cookbook as a Bar Mitzvah project), listening to music, working out, hiking, playing pool and watching Seinfeld reruns.  Ben has been interested in wine production since spending time at a winery in the Carpathian Mountains while serving an internship at an international law firm in Bucharest. His favorite part of his job as a Tasting Room Ambassador is introducing visitors to our wines and helping Wine Club members explore new vintages.

Daniel Morr (Tasting Room Ambassador)

Daniel is a Colorado Native who has developed a passion for everything wine.  Over the past decade, Daniel honed his love for wine while working at a couple of Colorado’s premiere Golf Clubs.  Whether it was in the kitchen or in the wine cellar, Daniel enjoyed the unique atmosphere that only Colorado Golf Clubs provide.  After pursuing Country Clubs, Daniel decided to take some time off from the hectic summers and enjoy time with his family.  It was during this time off that Daniel found a place with the InVINtions’ Family.

When Daniel is not pursuing his love of wine, you can find him on any given golf course enjoying the Colorado scenery.  Along with never giving up on his dreams of playing in the PGA, Daniel enjoys playing lacrosse and hiking the beautiful Colorado Mountains.  And no matter the activity, Daniel always finds a way to enjoy a great glass of wine.  CHEERS!!

Tarina Peterson (Tasting Room Ambassador)

Tarina is a Colorado Native who, after nine long years, has finally returned home! Most of her time away was spent in New York City, but for five of those years she was never in one place too long.  Working in the aviation industry, Tarina traveled the world and explored near and far.  Coming back to this beautiful state was a thrill for her because she enjoys both the outdoors and volunteering as a handler with incredible birds of prey.

Her world travels imparted a passion for wine in Tarina, and she’s loved learning more about it and sharing that knowledge at InVINtions.

Amanda Sager (Tasting Room Ambassador)

Amanda first walked into InVINtions looking for wine for her wedding.  Both she and her Fiance were new to wine and were pretty unsure of how to choose a wine that not only they might enjoy, but that all the wedding guests would enjoy as well.  After a 2-hour
tasting, Amanda knew she had found her wedding wine and that she would also enjoy being a part of the InVINtions family.  It wasn’t until almost a year later that she officially joined the InVINtions team, and now she enjoys every minute of being part of the
creative winery that is InVINtions.

When Amanda is not running her massage practice or working at the winery, she loves to go hiking, climbing, mountain biking, snowshoeing…almost anything outdoors, with her husband, John, and their strangely independent dog, Kira (affectionately known as Peanut).

Christina Smith (Corporate Business Development & Client Relations)

Christina is a Maryland native but has spent the past twelve years raising her family in Castle Rock, Colorado. Christina has a Masters in International Business Development and Cross Cultural Psychology and spent several years assisting businesses in achieving their developmental goals. She is extremely active in her children’s school community, American Academy Castle Pines, and you can always find her attending one of her son’s many baseball games.

Christina and her husband have been Wine Club members for the past five years and you can’t miss them as part of the InVINtions’ “greeting committee” at the summer wine festivals. In 2015, Christina took on the role of Corporate Development & Client Relations for the winery. She is thrilled to join the InVINtions’ family and looks forward to helping our customers plan their next big event!

 Jackie Tancredo (the Other Owner!)

Jackie TancredoWhile not originally from Colorado, Jackie Tancredo came to Colorado many years ago and graduated from Colorado College. She and her husband raised two sons in Littleton, and now have five grandchildren.  You can spot Jackie’s husband at wine festivals helping out in the InVINtions, A Creative Winery tents. You might also see both of them at the winery for large parties and Wine Club events.