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Our Staff

Our Staff

 
The knowledgeable, experienced staff at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits is ready to assist with every request, whether it’s locating a hard-to-find scotch you tasted on vacation or simply helping you choose the best, most affordable wine to pair with grandma’s scampi. Taking pride in making your shopping experience hassle-free, our goal at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits is to provide the best customer service in the Southeast!

Always abundantly staffed (from 8am-11pm daily)

  • Plenty of cashiers to get you in and out in an efficient manner
  • Someone to carry your purchases to the car
  • Assistance with selections
  • Wine Cellar consultants



Jackie and James (Woody) WoodardJackie & James “Woody” Woodard

Long-time residents of Williamson County, Jackie and Woody remember when Cool Springs was mostly farmland.  In fact, the Woodards had a vision for the area’s growth and became an integral part of the original commercial development of Mallory Lane along Interstate 65 back in 1995.

With Cool Springs still in its infancy, Jackie and Woody leased space in the Kroger strip mall on Mallory Lane, opening the area’s first selective liquor and wine store, calling it simply Cool Springs Wines & Spirits (CSWS).  Enjoying modest but fast-paced success, the two broke ground five years later across the street, building the superstore you see today that now is also home to Woody’s Smokes and Brews.

A love of fine wines and spirits, extensive experience in the financial arena and innately perceptive character are the keys to CSWS’s success.  Always searching for new, innovative wines and spirits, the two travel extensively and have visited vineyards, wineries and distilleries on nearly every continent.  When they’re not spending time with the grandkids, Jackie and Woody enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, golf, skiing and boating.


Austin_JeffJeff Austin

With nearly five years of bartending under his belt, Jeff began working at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits in 2010 after moving from his home in Phoenix, AZ. When he’s not in the back supervising the hustle and bustle in our 3,200 sq. ft. warehouse, he’s outside with the bees where he produces his own honey to sell and bring to his colleagues at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits.


Stephanie McClelland (Jackson)

Stephanie launched her wine and spirits career in 1997 when she began working for a Middle Tennessee wholesaler before moving on to retail sales. In her role at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits, she is a jack-of-all-trades on the administrative side and a natural when it comes to social media. (#hashtag aficionado!) A devoted mother of two, in her free time Stephanie enjoys baking for her kids and catching up on Netflix faves, perhaps with her choice wine in hand, Ferrari Carano Chardonnay.


Penny Rose Floyd

The heart of the Cool Springs Wines & Spirits Dream Team, Penny’s tenure with the store extends back to the days when it first opened in 1996. As one of the original employees with a wealth of industry knowledge that only comes with experience, Penny is in charge of purchasing and marketing efforts for Cool Springs Wines & Spirits. She is highly regarded by customers, distributors and sales reps for her business savvy and negotiating skills. Not only does Penny understand the marketplace, but she also knows what customers want—so she gets it for them at the best price in town.  Penny is originally from Nashville and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, bowling and cooking. She also happens to be a loyal Crown Royal aficionado.


CSWS_scott_150x150F. Scott Fort

A Nashville native, Scott has been a member of the Cool Springs Wines & Spirits family since 2001 and is considerably one of the most altruistic people you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting. An all-around good guy, Scott lends a helping hand all over the store, no matter the department, no matter the request. Moreover, Scott’s committed to giving back to the community at large, spreading his love of service beyond Cool Springs through his work with a number of local charities including: Happy Tails, Meals on Wheels and 2nd Harvest Food Bank.


Dave Nichols

All the way from Manchester, England, Dave Nichols joined the Cool Springs Wines & Spirits team in June of 2013 after serving as Bar Manager at the Brentwood Country Club for 15 years. Dave is extremely knowledgeable about liquor with a special infinity for Scotch, Vodka and Canadian Whiskey. At the store, you can usually find Dave assisting customers amongst the spirits shelves or pouring at the tasting bar. Outside of work, Dave enjoys reading, playing golf, doing crossword puzzles and horse racing.


Scott Partridge

Scott joined the Cool Springs Wines & Spirits family in May 2015 after spending many years in the music industry and a decade in the cigar business. He has managed and owned several cigar stores and has been to Central America multiple times to expend his knowledge of all things cigar-related. Two of Scott’s favorites are Padron Family Reserve 45 and Elogio LSV Lancero. In his free time, Scott enjoys writing and recording music.


Robinson_RichardRichard Robinson

Richard helped open Cool Springs Wines & Spirits almost 20 years ago. He was hired as General Manager and helped with the initial design and layout of the store, and with staffing and stocking. South Florida came calling and soon he was off to Miami, where he worked for Johnson Wales Culinary School, managing their off-campus practicum site. He then became a wine educator for a distributor and went on to manage wine shops in Alabama and Florida. Richard is now happily back “home” with Cool Springs Wines & Spirits. He is a self-professed Rosé fanatic and a connoisseur of Champagne.  But after a long day of working in the garden or hiking, he also enjoys the occasional Heineken or his favorite high gravity beer, Chimay Premier Ale. When he’s not at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits, you can usually find Richard with his beloved Australian Shepherd named “Bella.” Richard loves camping, sailing, photography, traveling, cooking, reading, and music from many genres. In May of 2012 Richard, along with five others from the USA, were inducted into the Jurade de Saint. The Jurade dates back to 1199, and members of this select body act as official ambassadors of the wines from Saint-Émilion, from the Bordeaux region of France.


Sones_JamesJames Sones

James has worked at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits since May 2015. Prior to joining our team he was in private medical care assistance. He grew up with parents in the Military and attended eleven different schools, including three high schools before graduating. James has lived in Kansas, Arizona, Hawaii, Minnesota, and Tennessee. His favorite beers are Beck’s Dark and Negra Modelo, he also loves Jim Beam with Sprite.


Neil Visel

Neil is no stranger when it comes to the wine and spirits industry. Before joining our team at Cool Springs Wine and Spirits, he was becoming familiar with various products and brands as the assistant manager at WB Liquors of Texas. During his time there, he gained valuable knowledge, but is always eager to learn more about the products. Before Neil dove into his wine and spirits career, he worked as a full-time editorial photographer for 9 years.


Jeff Warzynski

Jeff is a wine guy, that’s for sure! With more than 20 years of experience sharing his passion for wine, Jeff has built a reputation as the “go-to” wine guy for customers, distributors and sales reps alike. Jeff has traveled throughout the world to learn the stories and secrets of winemakers, and he has an uncommon ability to parlay that knowledge wherever the occasion presents. In addition to serving as Wine Manager, Jeff spearheads tastings and educational seminars for Cool Springs Wines & Spirits. He makes wine approachable with his easy-going demeanor and natural people skills. When asked about favorite wine styles, Jeff will tell you he likes them all, but he tends to drink wines that go with the season, mood, or food. (He’s also known for enjoying a Chopin Vodka cocktail and Yazoo Pale Ale at times!) In his free time, Jeff loves to BBQ and is a former competitor on the Kansas City Barbecue Society circuit.


Mike Willett

Prior to joining the team at Cool Springs Wine and Spirits, Mike worked for several other retail wine stores holding various sales and management positions. When not working in the store, Mike pursues his “wine” hobby/profession in the market, conducting wine tastings and attending industry events. Needless to say, Mike has a gamut of wine knowledge under his belt! On a day off you might catch Mike sipping on Kentucky Bourbon to help him reminisce about his southern roots.