Meet the Team

Louis Christen

OUR FOUNDER

Lou launched Aervana in 2015 after putting his expertise in product development to the test, designing a product that does aeration better than any other on the market. The proud father of two beautiful daughters, Lou was inspired by his older daughter’s decision to become a Master Sommelier and sought a way to simplify aeration and return the focus to enjoying wines at their best with his loved ones. A Missouri-native, Lou now lives full-time with his family in Taipei, Taiwan and loves traveling to experience the bounty of different wine regions.

Michi Suzuki

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MAVEN

Michi is responsible for getting the word out on how awesome it is to Reach Aervana. She loves telling stories about great products and places almost as much as she loves drinking wine. Born and raised in Seattle, you know exactly where you can find Michi on Sundays in the fall—don’t mess with this lady’s Seahawk pride! You can always count on Michi to rally people behind a cause. At Aervana, she rallies people to enjoy their wine at its best. In her personal life, she’s rallied people to raise over $75K for cancer research. We’re lucky to have her in our corner!

Steve Sheely

MASTER-COMMANDER OF SALES AND E-COMMERCE

Steve runs a tight ship when it comes to the sales and distribution of Aervana. Whether making partnerships with wineries or putting Aervanas in the hands of E-commerce customers, Steve is always sailing smoothly and living the dream. A self-proclaimed Hufflepuff, Steve is a team-player through and through (and also an excellent finder). His favorite wine to drink with Aervana? The 2012 Super Tuscan from Castello di Amorosa. On a sunny weekend, Steve would love to be out exploring the Olympic Peninsula with his two awesome sons.

Anna Elliott

MARKETING NINJA

Anna is at the vanguard of creative marketing, pushing Aervana to engage new audiences and authentically connect with the consumers we do our work for. As the company’s copywriter and copy editor, she controls the written identity of the brand, and drinks a lot of wine to be sure to describe it accurately. When she’s not drinking wine, she’s much more likely drinking beer. A closeted enthusiastic-Yelper, Anna’s on a mission to know every bar, restaurant, and brewery in the city of Seattle. Need a recommendation? She’ll be embarrassingly delighted to suggest one.

Diane Pingarelli

CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER EXTRAORDINAIRE

Diane is the master of all logistics and fulfillment at our warehouse in Bethlehem, PA. If you’ve had an Aervana delivered to you, you can bet that it’s passed through Diane’s highly-capable hands. She’s an absolute wizkid at putting things together—from getting products together at the warehouse to building Lego masterpieces at home. She’s born and raised in Pennsylvania, so, next time you’re passing through Allentown, make sure to stop for some of her Chicken Pot Pie, done the right way, Dutch-style: with homemade noodles (YUM).

Darcy Peters

IT WIZARD

If there’s something strange on your Aervana website, who you gonna call? Darcy Peters! Our technical wizard, Darcy is responsible for keeping our digital presence alive, well, and lookin’ good.