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Spec's Family Partners
2410 Smith Street
Houston, Texas 77006

Open 10AM to 9PM
Monday-Saturday
Toll Free: 888-526-8787
Houston: 713-526-8787

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JOHN RYDMAN
PRESIDENT / OWNER

LINDY RYDMAN
SECOND GENERATION FAMILY OWNER

LISA RYDMAN
THIRD GENERATION

PROUD TO BE THIRD GENERATION FAMILY, I TAKE CARE OF ALL CHARITABLE GIVING AS WELL AS ALL MARKETING AND ADVERTISING.

MIKE SANFORD
VP Construction and Development

Mike has been in the industry since 1985. His specialty is spirits of all types, but particularly scotch, brandies, cognacs and armagnacs, and liqueurs. We call Mike Mr. Answer Man because of his depth of knowledge and his ability to find out answers in the rare event he doesn't know something!

Dimitra Kriticos
Director of Kitchen Operations

After years of cooking in restaurants and most recently as a culinary instructor I have joined the SPEC'S team to oversee all the fabulous food made in our delis. Visit our kitchens across the state and meet our chefs. We look forward to feeding you!

BEAR DALTON
FINE WINE BUYER

I've been in the wine business for over 20 years working in restaurants, as a wholesale salesman and manager, as a supplier, and in retail. I've been SPEC's Fine Wine Buyer since 1996. I'm responsible for buying fine wine for SPEC's and helping market that wine to our customers. My duties have taken me to wine regions all over the world with regular travel to Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhone, and California. In the last few years, I have traveled extensively in the wine growing areas of Champagne, the Loire, the South of France, Germany, Spain, Australia, Portugal, Argentina, and Chile. I occasionally take groups of customers on tours of wine growing areas. I write articles for Spec's Update and occasionally post articles to BearOnWine.com. I teach wine classes for Spec's and The Wine School at l'Alliance Francaise. I taught wine classes for the Rice University School of Continuing Studies from 1998 through 2013. Back in 2003, I was instrumental in starting the wine committees and various wine events (International Wine Competition, Round Up and Best Bites, Champion Wine Auction, etc.) for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

BILL COATES
WINE CONSULTANT

Three decades with Spec's. In the Wine and Spirits business since 1981. Extensive travel around the world acquiring a vast product knowledge advising Spec's buyers and customers. Finding great products and building brands. He provides a Personal Shopper Service experience for each guest.He will answer any question and will tell you everything he knows about that subject while spending all the time the customer needs. Bill says, "The goal is to have the customer leave with what they need while being comfortable, satisfied and happy". Examples of what he can do for you: Party Planning- Liquor, Beer, Wine and all that goes into the party. Selecting the correct gift- what to give your Doctor, Boss, Spouse, Parent ect. Holiday gift giving coordination- gift wrap, delivery, and coordination. Building and stocking your cellar- home wine cellar from cave to refrigerator. Collector advice and acquisition - you want the very best, we have it. Matching wine with food- cooking perfect meal, taking out the boss, etc. Daily beverage needs- what should you try tonite! Bordeaux futures- buy early get the right Bordeaux at the best price. Exploring new products- the latest new wine and spirits you should try.

RYAN HOLDER
CIGARMAN

Ryan has been in the cigar industry for over ten years. He has traveled extensively in the Carribean, Central and South America learning about cigars and their production. He is the best person to ask questions regarding tobacco products, humidors and all the things cigar lovers like.

Jim Cubberley

I have been involved in the wine business in Austin for over 16 years, in retail, wholesale, and restaurants. Far and away my passion lies with one on one customer service. I also teach classes in wine appreciation in which I do my best to relay fundamental knowledge and passion about the wine experience. I believe we never stop learning about wine and that is what makes it so fun. I love good wine but my expertise is in Italian, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Working at Specs gives me the best access to the best variety at great pricing making it a true wine lovers delight.

Jim Detmore

In the beverage alcohol business for over 35 years, I have extensive experience and knowledge about scotch, bourbon, gin, vodka, liqueurs, tequila, cognac and brandies. As the liquor buyer for Spec's it is my responsibility to seek out new brands and make sure Spec's has the most varied, extensive selection available.

Jody Detmore
Real Estate Manager

As Real Estate Manager, I manage our extensive lease portfolio of over a million square feet and act as a liaison to property managers and landlords. I also am the point of contact for new site selection for real estate brokers or building owners that are interested in bringing a Spec's store to their shopping center. I am a licensed Real Estate Broker and hold the Certified Property Manager designation through the Institute of Real Estate Management.

Justin Cody
CRAFT AND HIGH END BEER BUYER

My responsibility is to ensure that our stores are kept up to date and stocked with the beers our customers are looking for. Forecasting emerging trends, product distribution and chain-wide programs are also some of my duties. My specialty is craft and micros but I can help you find any beer that is available in Texas. If there is anything I can do for you please do not hesitate to email me.

Luciano Orellana
WINE ASSOCIATE

Hola. My native country is beautiful El Salvador, but my home has been Houston and Spec's since 1985. I'm an expert in vino and have travelled all over Europe, South America and California. Over my many years in the wine business I have acquired customers from all over the world. So no matter who you are or where you're from, feel free to ask me any questions about wine that you'd like. Maybe we can discuss it over a glass of merlot! Se hable espanol.

OSCAR SICOLA
BEER GUY

Oscar Sicola was born and reared in Houston making him truly a rare breed. Starting in the beverage alcohol business in 1975, Oscar was in the wholesale distribution side of the business before moving to the retail tier in 1988. Oscar is a specialist in beers and ales. He is responsible for that category in all Spec's stores,

Pablo Valqui
Latin Foods Manager

How does a Political Scientist discover a passion for food brings him from as far as Bonn, Germany to Houston, Texas? By travelling in and eating foods from Europe, Latin America, Asia, Middle East and the US! This has proven to be a good way to learn about food and drink from around the world. To provide Spec's customers a similar opportunity I bring in new product lines from Latin America, Europe and the rest of the world. I can be found on the sales floor with samples, making suggestions and providing information. If you have a question or are in search of a particular food please email and I will find the answer or food item from our vendors and if the food item is not available suggest a substitute.

SCOTT CHANIN
WINE ASSOCIATE

I've been in the wine business since I was a kid, working in my father's store in Macon, Georgia. When I moved to Texas, I worked for Glazer's Distributors, where I received further exposure to wines. Whether in retail or wholesale, I learned to listen to my customers and I took great pride in satisfying their needs. Now that I'm at Spec's, I am travelling all over the world to learn even more about wines so that I may help our customers even more. I encourage you to look me up the next time you're at Spec's.

Dave Nissman
Web Master

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