Alex has worked in the industry since 1993, beginning his career in food and wine at The French Cafe, one of Omaha's venerable dining institutions. His education continued at M's Pub, where he honed his wine knowledge under the tutelage of Ron Samuelson, with a little help from his award-winning wine list. Alex took a sabbatical from the industry to earn a master’s degree in public policy and take on work in the public sector. After his tenure in public service, he jumped at the opportunity to help open a new restaurant with a local, yet environmental perspective, serving most recently as the general manager of The Grey Plume while helping establish it as one of Omaha's newest benchmarks for wine and service. He switched to the sales side of the wine scene five years ago, and he continues his pursuit of experiencing the best wines the world has to offer.
Amberlyn Simpson graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with honors and bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and English. She became bilingual while studying abroad at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain, where she had an early introduction to European wine and the culture surrounding it. After realizing she wasn’t well-suited for cubicle work, she left the State Department and entered the wine and spirits sales industry in 2012.
Amberlyn’s love of wine grew as she began to understand its artistry, geographical and horticultural variance and the many ways in which it brings people and food together. Having passed the first sommelier exam, she is continuing her studies and hopes to share that knowledge with others, as she finds people from all walks of life are insatiably curious about wine. At Quail, Amberlyn has found the perfect balance of portfolio strength and overall company ethic, and she is thrilled to be a part of such a stellar team.
Quail President Chuck Campbell’s interest in wine began like so many others – by downing a bottle of good ol’ Boone’s Farm. French classes in school and an inspirational trip to Napa and Sonoma both furthered his interest and elevated his tastes, leading Chuck to forgo his civil engineering MBA and a long-term construction career in favor of following his favorite hobby.
Quail Distributing was hatched in 1998, and, with Chuck at the helm, grew from a small, four- person outfit focused on Oregon and Washington wines to one of the southwest’s premiere distribution operations, quadrupling in size and offering hundreds of fine wines from all corners of the globe.
A passion for providing and representing quality wine, culinary dishes and outstanding service was embodied early on in Craig’s restaurant career, and it’s something he says is “in my DNA”. He rose through the ranks quickly, taking on manager, general manager and sommelier positions in some of Omaha’s most revered wine-list restaurants. Accepting a position with Quail Distributing in January 2008 was a natural next step, and Craig continues his restaurant training via staff education, wine-presentation protocol and sales techniques with on-premise accounts.
Warehouse / Delivery
Danny joined Quail in April of 2016. Working in the warehouse-Danny organizes all deliveries and shipping of our fine portfolio. He enjoys time with his family and is an avid sports fan. His favorite teams include the Dallas cowboys; Cleveland Indians; Creighton Bluejays and of course the Cornhuskers.
Diane has been a fixture at Quail for almost 2 decades. Born and raised in Omaha,NE she comes from a Design Engineering background. Over the years she has had the opportunity to work every portion of the business and learn it from the ground up. The best part of the job is planning and putting on the trade show every year, working out ways to make each show better than the previous year. In her spare time Diane loves to design her own quilts and learn new fiber art techniques to make each project new and unique.
Erin, an Omaha native, developed her passion for Italian wine while working at an Italian restaurant in college. As she worked toward her History and Psychology degrees, she continued to nurture her passion for wine. Her love of wine, European history and her Psychology background was especially useful as she moved into restaurant management!
As Erin’s family grew (and as she got older), she realized that the best part of her restaurant career was helping to choose wine for her customers, and the worst part was the late hours. With that in mind, she switched careers in 2015 and is so happy to be a part of the Quail Nebraska team!
Jessica Mares first gained curiosity for all things wine while working at Wilderness Ridge, a semi-private golf club, throughout college. While studying hospitality, restaurant and tourism management at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she had the opportunity to live and work a vineyard harvest in Tuscany, Italy. Upon graduation, Jessica continued to study wine and is currently a Certified Wine Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys camping, fishing and traveling with her husband Nick and their two fur-children, Buddy and Bear.
Jim is our Air Force veteran component. He is from Alabama and a graduate of University of Nebraska Omaha Business College with an accounting degree. He is very versed in our new CPM program Apprise enabling us to streamline our supply management and accounting systems. Jim enjoys gardening, philately and taking care of his pets.
Craft Beer Sales
This beer lovin' guitar playin' man strives to help his glorious state of Nebraska be a more cheerful place, one day at a time. Since the age of 15, he's done it all in the food and beverage industry. His journey continues on, and he has been with Quail since the summer of 2014. His other passions include the world of music, the outdoors, dancing, sports, and drinking in the wonders of life. Above all, he loves his wife, son, dog, family and friends... Cheerio!
Paeter unexpectedly stumbled into the Wine & Spirits Business over 14 years ago and has never looked back. Prior to his life at Quail Distributing, Paeter gained experience will working retail wine with one of the large national distributors. When not chasing down “by the glass” and wine display opportunities Paeter spends his time riding bikes, watching Seinfeld reruns, sipping red wine and long hikes with his beloved dog Wu.
Tim has been with Quail since 2010 after returning to Nebraska from Nashville. After earning a Journalism Degree- getting into the wine business seemed a very Murrow path to pursue. He manages the European Wine and Craft Beer & Spirits portfolios for Quail.
In his spare-time he can be found working on vintage cars - flailing at golf- and rooting on the hapless A’s. He is beyond lucky to be married to Ann - and has an assortment of con-artist animals.