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Our Leadership

Bill Hatcher | Founding Partner, Chairman

A poet, Bill discovered an equal taste for food early on and after getting an MBA, embarked on a corporate career in Financial and Strategic planning. Ten years later, tired of five billion dollar corporations, he and his then wife, Deb, abruptly moved to Oregon and jumped feet first into wine. Bill consulted through 1987 when the Drouhin family acquired their first property in Oregon. Subsequently, he was engaged to build and develop Domaine Drouhin, remaining there until 2001. Soon thereafter, he founded A to Z with Deb and partners Sam Tannahill and Cheryl Francis as well as handcrafting a tiny production of his own William Hatcher wine.

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Amy Prosenjak | President & CEO

Amy joined the company in its fifth year with the acquisition of REX HILL Vineyards & Winery (2007).  Her financial and leadership experience was garnered at both a family-owned, billion-dollar manufacturing company and a publicly-traded international retailer. Amy has been instrumental in transitioning the fast-growing A to Z Wineworks from an 80,000 case winery to its current status as Oregon’s largest winery with a production of 400,000 cases and a newly integrated and expanded winemaking campus.

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Deb Hatcher | Founding Partner, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer

Since founding A to Z Wineworks in her kitchen in 2002, Deb Hatcher has been the soul of the brand. Deb’s sense of wonder and humor bring playfulness to A to Z but her expectation of excellence is most influential. From hand-selling and delivering A to Z’s early wines to overseeing marketing and sales as A to Z grew to be Oregon’s largest winery, Deb built and maintains the brand integrity. With A to Z’s purchase of REX HILL in 2007, she engineered a turn-around to reduce production to reclaim top quality and refine the brand as evident in the premier REX HILL line-up of today.

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Cheryl Francis | Founding Partner, Winemaker

Cheryl studied Enology in France after completing a Biology degree at Lewis & Clark College. She worked three harvests in New Zealand before returning to Oregon to make wine for Chehalem for eight years. In 2002, she joined Deb Hatcher, Bill Hatcher and Sam Tannahill to launch A to Z Wineworks. In 2007, the group bought REX HILL reclaiming the brand for highest quality. As well as focusing on the white wine program, Cheryl oversaw an infrastructure expansion on the property completed in 2016 adding 46,000 square feet of capacity for A to Z and a rebuild of the legacy REX HILL tasting room in 2020.

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Sam Tannahill | Founding Partner, Wine Grower

A Washington and Lee University grad, Sam earned his post-graduate degree from University de Dijon. Sam and Cheryl Francis founded Francis Tannahill Wine Company in 2001 and then A to Z Wineworks with Deb Hatcher and Bill Hatcher. A to Z Wineworks grew quickly and the families acquired REX HILL in 2007.  One of the largest wineries in Oregon with distribution in 50 states and 8 international markets, A to Z has led sustainability in the wine industry by becoming one of the few LIVE certified wineries in the world, becoming a certified B Corp in 2014, and being named a Best for the World B Corp every year since.

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