Laurie Millotte, Founder and Chief Amazement Officer
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
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
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
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?
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!)
Becca Watts, Sunshine Officer
Halifax, NS, Canada
Favorite Drink: Currently loving side cars!
Becca has worked in the restaurant industry for years and she loves collaborating with different wineries, distilleries, and breweries and getting to know their products! Her passion is working with people to really understand where they are coming from and what they want and partnering with an incredible team (like here at Outshinery) to make it happen. Becca holds almost 10 years in customer service experience and she would love to assist you in making your dream images a reality!
Karen Poon, Creative Director
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Favorite drink: Moonshine mezcal in a coke bottle.
Karen is a multidisciplinary creative director with 10+ years of experience with wine and food brands. Through all of her experiences with creating a brand from scratch, Karen fells in love with creating unique images that help the brand inject personality.
She is also a self proclaimed meme connoisseur and a food enthusiast. If you are ever interested in having hours-long chat with her about food, she is all ears!
Jef Millotte, Graphic Designer
Favorite drink: Peated Whisky
Before embarking on the Outshinery adventure, Jef worked alongside multiple designers for five years. Multidisciplinary, he is in charge of everything web, as well as turning some of the Outshinery team’s crazy ideas into a reality. Jef enjoys good challenges, and nothing scares him, effectively making him a perfect team member!
Jef listens to music the moment he wakes up till he goes to bed, only techno music ^^.
Surjit Sidhu, Full-stack Developer
Favorite drink: Red wine, on occasion
Surjit is Outshinery’s Full-stack Developer, with more than seven years of hands-on experience in the field of web development. Prior to joining the team, he was working on his own start-up project called ZesleCP and he has served various companies all over the globe (remotely). Surjit started dealing with the computers back in 2005, in the days of long, beeping-sound dial-up internet connections that required a couple minutes to connect the network . He is a self-taught professional who believes in practical knowledge and hands-on experience over just reading it in a book. He’s always curious to learn new things and never stops exploring for the same.
In his spare time, he loves to listen to music.
Juane Dames, Junior 3D Animator
Pretoria, South Africa
Juane has a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Arts and specializes in 3D Animation and Motion Design. She loves mixing 3D animation with design techniques and likes to create new and unique looks.
She is a social butterfly, an animal lover, and loves traveling. Her favorite hobbies are photography and any type of art she can get her hands on. Other people’s passions are infectious to her and she always tries to bring their vision to life.