The knowledgable, dedicated staff at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits is the best in the business. With over 200 years of combined industry experience, the CSWS team is clutch for customers who count on them for recommendations, party planning, efficient checkout and reliable all-around service. They takes pride in building relationships with customers, suppliers, the makers and the community. You gotta admit, working in the liquor industry has its advantages!
Jackie & James 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.
The heart of the Cool Springs Wines & Spirits, Penny’s tenure with the store extends back to the days when it first opened in 1996. With a wealth of industry knowledge that only comes with experience, Penny is in charge of managing, purchasing and marketing for Cool Springs Wines & Spirits. She is highly respected 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—and she gets it for them at the best price in town. A Nashville native, Penny loves spending time with her family and grandbabies, bowling, cooking (and a little gambling here and there). Drink of choice? Crown Royal… you can bet on that!
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.
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 affinity 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.
A wine and spirits industry veteran, our regulars know Mike because he never forgets a face, and he’s our jack of all trades: sales, marketing, deliveries, events, educational seminars and more. Mike pursues his “wine” hobby/profession in the market, conducting wine tastings and attending industry events. On a day off, you might catch Mike sipping on a Kentucky Bourbon reminiscing about his Southern roots.
Richard helped open Cool Springs Wines & Spirits more than 20 years ago. He was hired as General Manager and helped with the initial layout, staffing and stocking. South Florida came calling and soon he was off to Miami, where he worked for Johnson Wales Culinary School. 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.”
Patrick is CSWS’s go-to beer expert. Patrick manages the beer department where he maintains beer inventory and coordinates any special event orders. He genuinely enjoys sharing his passion and knowledge of craft beers with his customers. With several years of experience under his belt, he continues to expand his industry knowledge by scouring through books and information online. When not at work, you may find Patrick drinking a Bearded Iris Chasing Rainbows beer (his favorite).
Tamara has an avid enthusiasm for both learning and vodka, two things that make her a great fit at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits. Tamara’s vodka knowledge includes an understanding of infusions, mixers and – of course – how and where they are made. She has a personal goal of making sure every customer leaves happy, so you can can count on her for some great recommendations! When not at the store, Tamara is likely to be found reading or cooking… two of her favorite past times!
Jeff joined the Cool Springs Wines & Spirits team in 2010 after moving from his hometown of Phoenix, AZ. In his role as warehouse supervisor, Jeff oversees back-of-the-house operations, managing inventory of thousands of SKUs that are stocked or delivered daily. Jeff truly is the bee’s knees; not just because he does such a great job at the store. In his free time, Jeff produces his own honey to sell and share with his colleagues at CSWS.
With 30 years of hands-on experience, Ann is devoted to continuous learning and helping customers select the perfect bottle. She reading books and blogs, attends educational seminars, and frequents wine events. Ann enjoys the fact that wine is an inexhaustible subject and that there is always something new to learn about it. Her favorite aspect of Cools Springs is meeting new people and developing relationships with the customers. Outside of work, she loves to read, cook, visit friends and family and be an active member of her church and local community.
Scott, also known as “Poppa P”, is the General Manager of Woody’s Smokes & Brews (conveniently located inside Cool Springs Wines & Spirits). Scott overlooks the tobacco shop which includes a beautiful walk-in humidor with over 800 different premium, hand-rolled cigars as well as pipes, portable humidors, lighters and other accessories. Prior to joining Cool Springs, Scott owned, managed, and consulted with cigar shops. He spent time in the Dominican Republic learning about the process of creating premium cigars. Scott truly enjoys the synergies between the cigar shop and the wine/spirits business. Outside of work, he loves playing and writing music but these days, his greatest joy is being a grandfather.
Anthony brought a wealth of experience from his previous job at Pennsylvania’s largest beer distributor in Erie. From domestic to craft, Anthony’s beer game is strong and our customers love it! Anthony is also responsible for inventory management and purchasing. When not at the store, Anthony can be found playing hockey or sipping a Dogfish Head beer!
Winter is our courteous cashier who doubles as CSWS’s residential expert in whiskey and cigars. When consulting with customers, he is always attentive to their needs and is committed to always providing dedicated service. Winter says, when coming to work, he always looks forward to seeing the people, his colleagues, and his customers.
In addition to executing daily operations and assisting customers, Pam serves up specialty cocktails during our in-store tastings. In fact, we consider her our resident mixologist extraordinaire! With more than a decade of experience, Pam’s knowledge bank draws on wine courses from the Society of Wine Educators as well certifications earned as Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS).
With exceptional customer service and a positive attitude, Paige works on the floor with our customers and handling transactions at our register. While Paige’s background experience is in insurance and animal care, she is constantly learning more about wine and from her fellow colleagues! In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer and spending time with her nephew.
Tony is one of Cool Springs Wines & Spirits warehouse specialists. He contributes to back of house operations including receiving and processing inventory. So in reality, Tony has first-hand knowledge of every single product available at the store! If you catch Tony outside of the warehouse, he may be enjoying his drink of choice: either a Jameson or a glass of Double Back Cabernet Sauvignon.
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 and a natural when it comes to social media. (#guru) Outside of work, Stephanie is a devoted fiancée (wedding bells June 2019) and mother of two. Choice drink? Rosé all day unless a margarita on the rocks or Pinot Grigio Mezzacorona come into play!
Bryan is committed to enhancing people’s lives with good spirits. Before joining the team at Cool Springs, he worked as a white tie Captain Waiter in 4-star French and Italian restaurants in St. Louis where he cooked table side and recommended wine and spirits pairings. Bryan enjoys learning the latest industry trends through tastings, educational seminars and colleagues. He enjoys free time with his grandchildren and exploring the Nashville food scene with his wife (a personal chef!)
Gianluca is our Master of Italian wines, who just so happens to be Italian himself! Gianluca accompanies customers on a wine and food journey. He builds relationships with customers based on a mutual love of wine. Prior to joining Cool Springs, Gianluca worked internationally in sales and marketing for Unilever, Carlsberg and Red Bull. He says the people at Cool Springs Wines & Spirits are his “second family, from which I learn something every day. Being a part of the team for me means growing together and helping each other.” Outside of work Gianluca enjoys cooking and listening to music. He also sees joining a softball team on the horizon!
Mike assists customers with wine, spirits and beer selections. His laid-back and kind demeanor makes every customer and colleague feel welcome. Mike says the most inspiring part of his job is that there’s always something new to learn. A professional brewer himself, Mike also has extensive knowledge of wine styles. Mike’s tranquil persona follows him outside the store where he enjoys cooking, working out, and watching Netflix. Add live music to that mix, too!