About us

Laurie Millotte, Founder and Chief Amazement Officer

Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Favorite drink: Pinot Noir from Burgundy

With 13+ years of experience as a Creative Director and Designer in the wine & food industry, Laurie brings to life delightful designs with like-minded clients from every corner of the world.

She has received numerous awards and even had the honor to have her work exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for the exhibition How Wine Became Modern: Design + Wine 1976 to Now.

A problem-solver at heart, Laurie created Outshinery after seeing her clients struggle with imagery and miss out on sales and distribution opportunities. She’s proud to have her business donate 5% of Outshinery’s profits to WaterAid Canada (because wine or beer is only so good when enjoyed next to a glass of clean water).

Phung Lieu, Chief Digital Polishers

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Favorite drink: Bourbon, neat

Modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering, animation: there is nothing Phung can’t create with his computer! He uses his skills to the advantage of all Outshinery clients when he applies his artistry and attention to detail, giving your bottles the special “polish” they deserve. Phung also manages and mentors the 3D artist team, to ensure our high standards are always met.

Phung graduated with the highest distinction and holds a Multimedia System diploma. He has since delivered outstanding work for Coca-Cola, Nestlé, and other companies worldwide.

Yana Kabirova, Sunshine Officer

Location: Kelowna, BC, Canada
Favorite drink: Dirty gin martini, with a side of sunshine

Adventures, colorful and dynamic life is what Yana is after. 

Throughout her career she’s been working with individuals and teams to understand what is important to them and helping create ways to achieve that. She loves seeing people light up and go after what they believe in; and not doing it all alone. 

At Outshinery, it brings her great joy to make clients’ lives easier, so they can spend quality time doing what they are passionate about – wines, beers, spirits, ciders, meads or creating stunning designs for such. Working on improving internal processes is also part of the daily fun in Yana’s role, so if you have any suggestions, send them her way. 😀

And every time a new request comes it, it is like Christmas to watch it all come to life by Outshinery magicians.

Quoc Nguyen, 3D Generalist

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Favorite drink: Espresso

Quoc is Outshinery’s 3D specialist with a certificate in Design, working his Autodesk 3ds Max skills to generate flawless and original Outshinery imagery. His passion for visual effects and animation (mixed with a shine for fine arts) is Quoc’s inspiration for making every bottle and product consistently beautiful.

But Quoc isn’t tied to his computer — he loves football and trekking in his free time.

Keltie Maguire, Minister of Partnerships

Munich, Germany
Favorite drink: A delicious hazy IPA

With an upbeat and infectious enthusiasm for all things beer and wine, Keltie’s role is to establish and grow Outshinery’s industry partnerships and collaborations.

Keltie brings nearly 15 years of business-to-business sales and marketing experience. She even earned “The Beer Queen” title for her love for and aptitude in working with craft breweries in her radio advertising days.

Keltie’s favorite pastimes include adventuring in the Alps and exploring Germany’s neighboring European cities. You can also find Keltie (wo)manning the helm of her clarity coaching business.

Jill Barth, Writer-in-Residence

Illinois, U.S.
Favorite drink: Southern Rhône cru wine from Gigondas

Jill is a wine writer and journalist, and she applies her skills to craft messaging and content for Outshinery.

Jill is an internationally-published columnist for Forbes, the founder of L’Occasion wine media, and a wine country travel expert panelist and contributor for USA Today. Her work has appeared in Wine Enthusiast, Decanter, Relais & Châteaux Instants Magazine, Palate Press, VinePair, and more. In 2018 she received a fellowship for the Symposium for Professional Wine Writers.

Jill’s specialty is covering the wines of Southern France, Provence in particular. (She holds the Provence Master Level from Wine Scholar Guild). Find her on social media at @jillbarth.

Vanessa Choot, Social Media Cheerleader

Vancouver, BC, Canada
Favorite drink: Late harvest Riesling

Vanessa’s upbeat and positive attitude — combined with eight years of digital marketing experience — has earned her the title of Social Media Cheerleader. In fact, every time Outshinery comments with a wine emoji (a company-wide fave) on your Facebook or Instagram feed, it’s likely Vanessa’s fingers doing the typing.

No stranger to working remotely, Vanessa took 2018 off from reality to pursue her lifelong dream of traveling the world. 50+ countries later, she’s still happy and excited to share travel tips from her global adventures. At home in Vancouver and abroad, you’ll often find her exploring a neighborhood on foot or seeking inspiration at a trendy cafe, continually trying to figure out: what exactly do the locals do here?

You can find her on Instagram at @modernmixvan or read her Vancouver Lifestyle Blog.

Sam Mitrani, Marketing Automation Leader

Favorite drink:  Hoegaarden White

Sam is a 40-year-old father of two. He lives with his family in a small village in Israel. He’s a big football fan (and to clarify, he means European football, not American football). 

As a digital marketing industry veteran with a decade of experience, he’s a pro at digital product development. For the past four years he’s consulted clients with a focus on marketing automation. Sam is in charge of campaign management in all ad platforms, optimizing the Outshinery message so it gets to more people.

Luke Pittman, Chief Technical Officer

Favorite drink:  Old Fashioned

Luke has embraced the role of uber-geek since the age of 13, when he ran his own BBS (oh, those were the times). When his family got connected to the internet via a ridiculously fast 14.4 kbps dial-up connection, he started developing web sites and building all kinds of cool web-things. Fast-forward 900 years and nothing has changed, other than his connection speed. He’s still developing cool things, but now as a member of the very fun and talented Outshinery team!

When he’s not Outshinery-ing (Luke made up a word!) he enjoys a variety of things; from racing radio-controlled cars to off-roading in his 4Runner. He also enjoys Yoga, but claims he’s a bit chubby-wubby and completely inflexible so that is pretty much a disaster. (We’ve never seen this in action, so that claim is unverified!)

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