Meet The Team

About Us

Susan Stanleys is headed by founding members with a strong management team commanding extensive FMCG experience. Our core team comprises of dynamic individuals with passion and dedication to the beverage industry, supporting local artisanal entrepreneurs.
 
Our continued success depends on every employee, from back-end to the front office and our suppliers. We are relentless in our pursuit of excellence and commitment to high standards, and rely on our team to help translate our Company's goals. Every member and supplier of Susan Stanleys believes in the vision and core values of our company. 
 
Our people are the sole reason our customers recommend Susan Stanleys.
 
David Mfeka and Suzanne Caviggia-Claassens
Directors

 



Suzanne Caviggia-Claassens- Director

As a Director and Founding Member of Susan Stanleys, Suzanne leads a team of Brand Ambassadors responsible for representing producers of distinguished wine farms throughout the Western Cape. Suzanne successfully completed her WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) Level 3 with Merit and has been in the FMCG industry specialising in wine for over 12 years. Born and raised in Cape Town, Western Cape, Suzanne immigrated to England and completed her A Levels and Advanced Certificate in Mortgage Advise and Practice and began her career in Finance working for notable world Financial Institutions before she ultimately made the permanent move back to her home town, Cape Town.

A passion and love of wine led her to the Winelands where she began a career in the Wine Industry. Hard work, commitment, drive, dedication and sacrifice are the innate characteristics which led to her early professional success and lay the foundation for her unique talent as a manager and buyer.




David Mfeka - Director

As a Director and Founding Member of Susan Stanleys, David heads the team of Brand Ambassadors responsible for representing producers of distinguished wine farms throughout the Western Cape. Specialising in the sale of premium and ultra-premium products throughout the Susan Stanleys portfolio, David brings an unparalleled one-on-one service to each of his clients. Raised in Durban, KZN, David relocated to Stellenbosch, Western Cape, and dove headfirst into the world of wine obtaining his Cape Wine Academy Certificate including Wine of the World and WSET level 2.

The key to David’s success is simple: a genuine passion and infectious enthusiasm for the wine industry. David strives to build a long-lasting relationship with his clients by providing a personable approach to wine buying, and aims to surpass his client's expectations on every occasion. Customer service is of utmost importance, and constant communication is vital. He prides himself on being available whenever needed.



Jarred Vosges- Brand Ambassador

Jarred prides himself in successfully bringing our farms and their sustainable products to life through his extensive background knowledge of the winelands. He has the innate ability to understand and meet his clients’ needs and prides himself in being viewed as a trusted advisor throughout the process. Being a lover of wine, his passion for the industry ensures that he remains focused on promoting our farms quality products ethically and ensuring clients understand the true passion and dedication that has gone into each bottle purchased.

He values the importance of listening to buyers and producers intently and his outgoing personality immediately puts his clients at ease. Jarred’s decision to enter the wine industry was an easy one, having worked as a Western Cape Tour Guide his entire career, introducing our beautiful winelands to thousands of tourists. It was only natural for him to progress into a role that focused on supporting and servicing the wine industry through promotion and sales to the local South African market.

Jarred grew up in Paarl and now resides in Stellenbosch, and mentions that “the winelands have always felt like home.”



Roberto Vermeulen - Brand Ambassador

Born and raised in Stellenbosch, Roberto can trace his love for wine and agriculture all the way back to his college days. On the weekends, Roberto would visit various wine estates for fun- thus exposing him to different wine styles, varieties, and developed his palate and passion for the industry. This passion let him on to choose holiday destinations in various wine regions across the Western Cape regularly and he fell in love with the different terroirs, estates, and wine culture. Just months after graduating, Roberto joined a prestige wine estate as Tasting Room Manager. He spent a few years immersed in all this farm had to offer before moving to pursue a career with a wine distributer.

The experience and wine knowledge Roberto has acquired through working in various positions in the wine industry speaks to his level of commitment and dedication in anything he pursues. His passion for working with other people led him to previous roles in Sales, Marketing, and Client Services. Roberto has been mentored and trained by some of the top sales & agents in the industry. He sets himself apart with his dedication to his clients, his passion for wine & the industry, and his knowledge and expertise in sales and consulting. When Roberto isn’t working, you can find him raising his young son and looking after his family, exercising, exploring the wine-lands endless restaurants and wine tasting. One the nicest and politest sales rep you will find!



Maret Van Deventer - Brand Ambassador


Born and raised in the Overberg, this bubbly lady is a farm girl at heart. Maret qualified as a Chef from ICA (Institute of Culinary Arts) and travelled the world harnessing her love and passion for good food and wine. Through the years of traveling through America, Asia and Europe working as a private chef, she gained experience in the art of food and wine pairing, before returning home.

Maret then made the natural transition into the wine industry at a boutique Durbanville wine farm, where she spent over 7 years promoting and selling fine wines as well as managing their restaurant. Through her experiences, she honed her negotiation skills while learning about wine and the incredible quality that South Africa has to offer. Maret’s clients are drawn to her work ethic, integrity, patience, enthusiasm, and ability to meet her customers’ expectations.

Maret has always been dedicated to causes focused on the well-being of animals and fosters animals whenever she is able to. Her gorgeous daughter is the newest inspiration in her life and she loves exploring the world of creating fun and healthy toddler meals.



Willem Van Tonder - Brand Ambassador


Namibian born, Willem is a professional and dedicated Brand Ambassador with expertise in understanding his clients likes and matching their needs. A true entrepreneur, Willem started his own squash academy while completing high school. Hungry for more success, Willem opened his second business venture, servicing restaurants, wine farms and liquor stores with ice. After the successful sale of his businesses Willem, a water baby at heart, spent 2 years hoping around some of the world’s most beautiful Islands before settling in China to teach young children English. On his return home, Willem harnessed his customer service skills as a Financial advisor before he transitioned into another passion of his: wine. Willems passion for wine is founded in the journey of meeting new people and building lifelong, trusting relationships.

As a highly active wine advisor, he takes the time to walk clients through every step of the process, so they are informed and educated about their options. He is genuine, straightforward, thoughtful, and notices the details that make the difference. Being a great listener and efficient communicator, are a few of the notable traits that help him excel.

He resides in Stellenbosch, one of South Africa’s prestige wine wards, and loves visiting his neighbouring wine estates whenever possible. Willem has a passion for physical fitness, in particularly water sports and squash—he is an avid sports fan and loves outdoor activities, like camping in remote areas, as long as there is water nearby. Willem can literally sell ice to a Eskimo.




Tristan Human - Brand Ambassador

With a BSc in Viticulture and Oenology, Tristan brings a solid understanding of the dynamic wine industry, allowing him to assist his clients in making informed decisions that align with their palate and wine preferences. His professional background in sales and client service ensures his clients receive personalised guidance and can rest assured that his expertise, knowledge, and patience will make purchasing wine and spirits an enjoyable experience.

Earning a reputation for his integrity, professionalism, and tireless work ethic, Tristan brings local market knowledge, exceptional conversational skills, and superior client service to every transaction. He prides himself on the ability to meticulously handle a multitude of tasks with a positive, can-do attitude --- always putting his clients first.

During his time outside of work, Tristan enjoys an active lifestyle of golfing, fishing, gardening, and hiking.


Please Note:

If you would like to join our Sales Team, Please send a detailed CV to: info@susanstanleys.com




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