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Michael Towers -
Partner / Board Member

Michael is a retired key executive and officer of Washington Mutual.  For the last decade, Michael has been a shareholder and director of Duckhorn Wine Company in the Napa Valley.  Michael is a prominent participant in the management of Ambassador .  He brings an unparalleled scope of experience and practical perspective and knowledge to the Company.  He is also actively engaged in several local charities including Junior Achievement of Washington and the Auction of Washington Wines.  Michael  became involved in the Company in 2007 with his primary function being vineyard oversight and wine production.  He and his wife, Pamala, split their time between wine country in both Washington State and the Napa Valley and spend as much time as possible skiing in Sun Valley Idaho.
Mike Amato -
Partner / Chairman and Board Member

Mike has over 30 years of experience in finance, Including Washington Mutual Bank, where he helped to integrate over 25 acquisitions throughout the U.S.  He worked his way up the organization from investment adviser to Co-President of the Retail Bank.  He left Washington Mutual to become the Global Head of Product and Distribution for Barclays PLC in London. He has recently returned to the Seattle area and has been developing the marketing and branding strategy for Ambassador.   He spends his free time travelling the world with his fiancee, Rumi.
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Jeff Smyth -
Partner /  Board Member

Jeff co-founded Red Mountain Viticulture, LLC, the parent company of Ambassador Wines of Washington, in September 2005 and currently serves as Chairman.  Prior to starting the Company and currently, Jeff is a member in good standing of the Washington State Bar Association.  He has practiced commercial law for over three decades in Seattle.  He is a member of the board of trustees of the Western Washington University Foundation and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.    He counts among his clientele several vineyard and winery clients, in both Washington and California’s Napa Valley and Paso Robles.  When not practicing law, Jeff enjoys spending as much time as he can at the vineyard and of course, drinking wine!
allison engman ambassador winery Allison Engman -
Partner / Chief Operating Officer and Board Member

Allison is a former officer of Washington Mutual Bank, where she oversaw retail sales campaigns and the branch management training program for the Western Washington market.  After leaving the bank in 2006 she worked in the Event Planning industry assisting with events such as the Washington Wines Festival and the Evening of Hope Gala.  She joined Ambassador in 2011.  Allison manages all facets of the business including sales, distribution, marketing, events and compliance.  When she is not thinking about the wine business she spends her time with her husband, Nathan and her two young children.  Her hobbies include skiing, reading and co-chairing her children's annual PTA auction.
Flavia Jukowski - 
Tasting Room Manager
Flavia was born and raised in a small town in Southern Brazil. Her passion for food and wine started during college, where she studied nutrition and subsequently went to culinary school.  After working in the nutrition industry for a few years in Brazil, she adventurously moved to Seattle and learned English while pursuing her passion for wine. Flavia holds Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 2 certification and is now proud to call the Pacific Northwest her second home.  Flavia joined team Ambassador in 2014 and continues to focus on the best customer service at the tasting room and during events. Outside of work you will find her exploring different parts of Seattle, enjoying cooking, pairing wine with food, and entertaining with family and friends.
Aviva Vikstrom - 
Marketing / Social Media Manager
Aviva brings a wealth of marketing and branding experience to the Ambassador Team. She is responsible for managing Ambassador’s social media presence, email marketing, wine competitions, media relations, advertising, and community and corporate partnerships.  Before joining the team, Aviva was the Sales and Marketing Manager at Musiker Discovery Programs in New York. Aviva previously worked as a Program Manager at Solid Ground where she oversaw obesity prevention initiatives, including cooking and nutrition education programs in partnership with the Seattle School District and King County Public Health. Aviva is a graduate of The Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City and is trained as a Natural Foods Chef.  She is a past board member of the Washington State Food and Nutrition Council, Seattle Schools Nutrition Advisory Committee, and The Seattle Women’s Business Incubator. When she isn’t updating the Ambassador Facebook page, Aviva enjoys traveling, throwing dinner parties, working in her vegetable garden, and chasing after her two active boys.

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