Meet the people behind Cape Cod Cellars®
In the 19th century, English & Irish seaman would consult French negociants when selecting which wines and cuisines to serve at high table. Cape Cod Cellars understands this tradition. What started as a private reserve of wines for selected families and hotels in Chatham, Cape Cod has crossed the pond and is bringing it back home in Europe. From the finest wines and cuisine in the world to our own CCC branded reserve, Cape Cod Cellars offers a unique experience to you. And, as you know, it has evolved beyond one’s pallet to one’s personal lifestyle offering.
Antoine Durieux (Food & Beverage Advisor, Apparel Sales Advisor)
Antoine Durieux (“Antoine”) has tremendous experience in both food/beverage and inventory management as well as the apparel/fashion business in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Antoine developed TWG Tea boutiques (retail and restaurant concept) in South East Asia and the Middle East from franchise agreement signatures to the setting up and operating the whole restaurant (maintaining a P&L, staff recruitment, training, management, menu, sourcing, working with PR and local medias. His responsibilities have also required following sales and margin on weekly and monthly basis with the general managers and the operational team. Antoine has a deep rolodex network and expertise in wine and tea to source the best varietals and juices all over the world. Antoine has worked in the Harrods Wine department in London. Antoine will develop wine & tea pairing and training for staff and key clients. Antoine has developed sales up to 4 million USD, EBITDA 400 thousand USD, leading and driving teams up to 45 people. Antoine has a degree in business management for small and medium companies from Lyon University in France.
Rhona Sutton, LLC (Apparel & Merchandise Advisor)
With studios in London and New York, Rhona Sutton, LLC works closely with CCC founder Tim Cooney in factory sourcing, inventory sampling/stocking, and the soup to nuts coordination involved in the online experience. The company has been involved for many years in both design and development across a range of products, specifically jewelry and resort wear. In addition to producing collections for their Rhona Sutton brand, they create exclusive designs for other brands like CCC and licensees such as Walt Disney. This amassed wealth of experience has allowed Rhona Sutton, LLC to become a one-stop reserve for merchandise production and providing logistics back-up as well as direct to consumer shipping.
Stuart Armstrong- Artistic Design Curator
Stuart is an illustrator working in traditional and digital media. He has over 35 years experience in art, including 20 years spent in computer graphics, specializing in maps, technical and editorial illustration. The unique designs and beautiful creation of Cape Cod Cellars’ imagery is the contribution of Mr. Armstrong. Synthesizing the vision of CCC’s founder (whom he has known for over ten years) into practical products emanates from the invisible hand of Stuart. His relationship with CCC’s founder is one of an almost musical harmony. Among the many engagements spanning his career include such organizations as The National Geographic Society, Discovery Communications, the German Marshall Fund to international media companies.
Timothy Cooney, Founder & Chairman (Director)
Timothy Cooney founded Cape Cod Cellars Ltd is Chief Executive Officer overseeing all legal, financial, and contractual issues. Tim is an entrepreneur, a builder of brands and companies. Tim combines his experience with a technical skill set of being an attorney (worked as an associate counsel in The White House for 3 years) and prestigious investment experience having worked over 10 years at firms as JP Morgan and Bessemer. He holds a Master’s degree from Cambridge University and graduated magna cum laude from Boston College.
Tara Douglas-Home, (Director)
Tara is an experienced British business advisor and has known Mr. Cooney for over 20 years. Having been to Chatham Cape Cod, he immediately “got it” when Tim pitched him Cape Cod Cellars and reminisced about good times at Lord Nelson’s in Norfolk. A seasoned private investor, he is currently a senior managing consultant in IBM Global Business Services with experience in the Retail, International E-Commerce and Utilities industries, among others. He is also a Director of Burnham Overy Boathouse Ltd (situated in a similar environment to Cape Cod in the UK), a governor of Westminster City School Academy in Central London, a trustee of a number of charities and is actively involved in the voluntary side of the Conservative Party. Tara graduated from University of East Anglia and Eton College. Tara’s depth of E-Commerce, the supply chain process and customer focused service will be essential as CCC expands to new markets.
Dr. Marcel Bessent Phd. (Director)
Also a Chatham Cape Cod visitor, Marcel has significant experience in construction and development of commercial properties. Marcel is a London resident, studied his undergraduate studies in Wales and received his PhD in physics from Cambridge University. Similar to Mr. Cooney, Dr. Bessent has significant experience in the investment field having worked for several years at JP Morgan running a derivatives arbitrage desk as well as the investment fund Citadel.