The Cypress Group is a group of executive search consultants bringing agility and expertise to the complexities of wine industry executive search. Our collective knowledge and skill serves to bring world-class talent, the ‘A’s, to all our client placements.


Jim has been a managing partner at The Cypress Group since its inception in 1989. Before focusing exclusively on the wine industry Jim worked with early stage venture funded high technology startups through out Silicon Valley having developed deep relationships with top high tech venture capital firms. Prior to his tenure as an executive search consultant, Jim headed sales for the retail division of Businessland, Inc. (BLND), one of the top computer reseller in the world. Earlier in his career, Jim founded and operated a successful retail consumer electronics and manufacturing company. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from California State University, Chico.


Courtney has been a managing partner for The Cypress Group for over 17 years working in both the high technology and wine industry. Prior to executive search, Courtney earned top recognition in senior sales and marketing positions with Prudential Insurance Company of America and Blue Shield of California’s large group insurance operations. Courtney holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Southern California.


As an executive search consultant with The Cypress Group for over 15 years, Margot brings over 20 years recruiting experience in research for retained executive search and small business ownership. Raised abroad and fluent in English, French and Italian, she adds global perspective and communications to our team’s expertise. Margot earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, San Francisco.