A graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration, Jim Kopp successfully operated an array of restaurant concepts before entering the wine business where he spent five years with McDowell Valley Vineyards becoming their National Sales and Marketing Director.
From here he opened Rumpus, a fine dining restaurant in downtown San Francisco that earned significant acclaim in both local and national press for high quality food, service, and an innovative beverage program. He also built and opened Bliss Bar in San Francisco, which was named one of the City’s top cocktail lounges by 7 x 7 and In Style Magazines in 2001.
Mr. Kopp formed a consulting business in 2000 to assist restaurant, retail, and winery operators in improving their sales, marketing and operations results. His client list included Constellation Concepts, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Kendall Jackson Estates, and Hospice du Rhône. This firm became ACME Wine Marketing in 2002 focused on increasing sales and revenues for quality driven producers of wines and spirits. In 2007, he was hired by Jackson Family Wines to oversee marketing for a variety of wineries and to form, train, and manage a field marketing team focused on the sale of the company’s ultra-premium wines.