Jim Anderson

Jim has been a managing partner at The Cypress Group since its inception in 1990. 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.

Courtney Andrain

Prior to joining The Cypress Group in 1996, Courtney held financial, senior sales/marketing and business development positions with Prudential Insurance Company of America and Blue Shield of California’s large-group insurance operations.

She participates in a variety of wine industry-related business groups and has participated as a speaker on industry-related panels, including the Wine Industry Financial Symposium, and has led round-table presentations on recruiting at business networking groups such as Women for Winesense, the Financial Networking Group and the Red Cabs. Her experience leading teams and working in finance, sales, marketing and account management provides valuable insights into the dynamics of fit and matching the right talent to the right role.

Margot Van Riper

Margot has been an executive search associate for The Cypress Group since 2005 and brings more than 25 years of expertise and technological know-how to research and recruiting.

Prior to that, Margot had extensive experience in restaurant management. Raised abroad and fluent in English, French and Italian, she brings an international perspective to our team’s expertise.

We screen these potential candidates to determine their level of interest, and run their qualifications through our position profile. Those that meet all criteria then meet face to face with a Cypress Group partner for the initial screening interview.