13th February: Jay Wright
Born in Peru, also lived in Houston, Texas for a few years as a child
Attended Manchester Polytechnic (now Manchester Met Uni) and gained a degree in Economics and Politics
Was lead singer of a glam rock band called ‘Wild Affair’ and also worked at Manchester registry office marrying people!
Started working for Greenalls in 1992 doing a variety of roles
In 1997 set up World Wines Direct (a mail order wine business within Greenalls) and also became MD
In 1999 he left and set up his own mail order wine business, Warehouse Wines (launched in 2000)
In 2002 Jay sold the majority of his shares to Direct Wines
In 2008 he was also made Managing Director of Virgin Wines which was part of the Direct Wines group. His arrival heralded a significant period of restructuring, which included merging the Warehouse Wines brand with that of Virgin Wines. The merged company combined the best parts from both businesses by capitalising upon Virgin’s presence in the online sector and Warehouse Wines’ mail order experience. During Jay’s time at Virgin Wines he has spearheaded many major business innovations which have placed the Company in a powerful position, with consistent profitability and steady, quality growth in a challenging business climate.
Favourite Jazz song – Art Pepper ‘Straight Life’