Our full time team has over 40 years of viticulture experience. The team follows a collaborative style of management with each member providing support to each other.
John Lawrence, President, and Finance & Accounting Manager
John, a chartered accountant, is a retired partner of Price Waterhouse Coopers. John and his wife Liz acquired Earlco Holdings Ltd in 2003. He is actively involved in the day to day operations of Earlco.
Rebecca Mikulic, Vice President
Rebecca handles all HR related business processes. She hires all new employees for Earlco Vineyard. Rebecca has been working full-time in the family business for the last 4 years. Before that, she worked abroad in different countries, such as Asia doing wine sales.
Shawn Alexander, Office Administrator
Shawn works in the office doing administration and finance work such as invoice billing. He communicates with all the vineyard managers and staff to keep track of the clients and daily finances of the business.
Dave Gill, Operations Manager
Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of Victoria and owned Vinifera Custom Viticulture Ltd., prior to merging it with Earlco in late 2017. Dave’s background in biology combined with his experience in small business makes him the perfect fit to manage our customer relations and quality control program. He is usually the first point of contact for new customers and takes pride in his regular communications with all our clients. Dave works closely with the vineyard managers in the field as well as with the management team in the office to ensure that our customer experience exceeds expectations.
Bobby Ercego, Vineyard Manager
Bobby was born and raised in the vineyard and has never missed a harvest. He grew up on his grandfather’s vineyard as a young boy and then helping his father on his own vineyard every year since he could walk. Bobby has studied viticulture and has a hands-on approach in the vineyard, working with the vines on a daily basis. He is constantly growing his knowledge and always looking to produce a better end product with the grapes he grows.
Jon Furkalo, Vineyard Manager
Jon came from Ontario and brings a unique approach to farming. His passion for art and food quickly expanded into wine. The complexity of wine and the challenge of farming pushed Jon to convert from a successful business career to study viticulture. Jon hopes to increase awareness of the Sustainable Viticulture practice in the Okanagan.
Stephan Kruger, Vineyard Manager
From the Western Cape Winelands in South Africa, Stephan farmed on family-owned wine and fruit farm from 2010 until he moved to Canada in 2016, and joined Earlco Vineyards shortly after. He now resides in the Okanagan and brings his knowledge of vineyard management and lives out his passion for vineyards and wine. He looks forward to growing premium quality grapes in the Okanagan with Earlco.
Pierre Levesque, Vineyard Manager
Pierre is responsible for all our commercial interactions with our clients and wineries. He oversees our quality procedures and plans our spray programs. He has been involved in viticulture for over 15 years and maintains his own vineyard. He has worked with Earlco since 2003.
Kevin Rossion, Vineyard Manager
Born in Europe, Kevin has always had a passion for the wine industry. After working as a manager in France and Spain, he moved to Canada where he developed and managed multiple vineyards through the Okanagan Valley. Throughout the years, Kevin has built a strong relationship with local farmers and producers which led to his own company in 2014 and in 2016 joined forces with Earlco Vineyards Ltd.
Matthew Mikulic, Consultant
Matthew brings with him a viticulture degree from Fresno State University in California. Matt has international wine-making experience from Australia, Argentina, and well as different countries in Europe. Matt is experienced in vineyard establishment and expansion, having developed his own vineyard in Croatia.