Who We Are
Mark C. Roberts, President & Founder
From Interest to Expertise to Consulting
Roberts is a man who has an extensive knowledge of wine. This is true expertise, born of interest, education, and experience. He became fascinated with the subject at an early age, reading and studying with so much determination that he was able to teach his first class when only 19, followed at age 21 by becoming one of the first sommeliers in the State of Texas.
This grew into work in the hospitality industry, where he developed a beverage programs for a large chain of restaurants. He moved into retail as a corporate buyer and director of marketing. During this same time, he began writing about the subject he loved, authoring more than 50 articles. He founded his business in 2004 to offer wine education and consulting services to business and industry. You can measure the success of this award winning Sommelier by his prestigious client list:
Awards & Accolades
- First Place, Bordeaux Seduction Award for Writing, February 2004
- Third-Place Finalist, TEXSOM Competition, August 2004
Roberts founded Wine Service Consulting in 2004. Today, he provides wine consulting services, offering his expertise to business aviation, estate attorneys, and insurance professionals. Here’s his story in his words:
“My passion for wine started at a young age. I was intrigued by Ian Fleming’s spy novels. In Casino Royale when James Bond ordered Veuve Clicquot and scrambled eggs at 4 in the morning, well, I thought that was pretty damn cool.
I spent the ’80s working as the Beverage Director for the Shoreline Restaurant Group in Dallas and other notable establishments and the early ’90s traveling while chasing a few other careers. In 1998, my life became more grounded when I married.
In May of 2002, I was one of the first 12 people to sit for the Certified Specialist of Wine exam in New York City.
In 2003, I obtained my Diploma from the Bordeaux Wine School USA, proctored by Robin Kelley O’Connor and facilitated by the CIVB.
During the inaugural Dallas TEXSOM Competition in August 2004, I competed against 47 other wine professionals and placed third. This resulted in being chosen as one of five in the State of Texas to receive recognition for essay, service, and blind tasting skills regarding fine wine by the Sommelier Guild.
My 10-year tenure as a wine writer for a Dallas metropolitan publication allowed me to publish more than fifty articles on wine. I have also served as a wine judge for the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition, the Lone Star International Wine Competition, the San Antonio Stock & Rodeo International Wine Competition and the State Fair of Texas Wine Competition."
About Our VP, Kathleen Roberts
Kathleen is the co-founder and Vice President of Sales for Wine Service Consulting, Inc. (WSC). She has a twenty-five year sales career as a major account specialist and national account sales executive with several Fortune 500 companies. Her expertise in relationship building, coupled with analytical skill set of helping business’ develop their competitive edge, has made her an accomplished and top professional in her class.
She possesses a consultative approach and offers an in-depth need assessment for business aviation, attorney’s and insurance carriers.
Her responsibilities for WSC include business development, market research, and strategic consultation with clients.
We proudly serve clients around the globe.