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Staff Biographies

Sunset Corners Staff

Michael Bittel


Owner, Wine Buyer

Michael came to Sunset Corners, at the invitation of his grandparents, in 1975. He quickly developed a passion for wines and as an owner, assumed the responsibility of wine buyer in 1983. Besides wine, Michael is an avid reader and player of cards! He is one of the founders of the Miami Wine and Food Festival. His favorite kind of wine? That would be one with or without a cork!


Larry Solomon


Owner, Spirits Buyer

Larry came to Sunset Corners in 1977. As one the store’s owners, Larry purchases all the spirits and manages the financial and human resources side of the business. His hobbies include country music, boxing and working out. Pool side margaritas are the specialty of the Solomon home.


John McGriff


Manager, Beer Buyer

John has the distinction of having more years at Sunset Corners than any other staff member, starting in 1976. Over those many years, John has been involved in every aspect of the shop, from operations, to sales, and management. John started Sunset Corners in developing our award winning beer selection. It remains one of his top priorities!


David McGriff


Manager, Sales, Delivery

David spent 23 years aboard a US Navy Destroyer as a weapons controller. Upon his retirement from the Navy in 2005, David came to join his brother John at Sunset Corners. His computer skills quickly found good use at the shop! With David’s sweet tooth, he is always the first in line when a dessert wine is opened for tasting!


Gil Rios

Sales, delivery

Gil started at the shop in 1987. Over the course of time, Gil has had a host of different responsibilities, in both sales and operations. Gil loves to unwind with a glass of a good single malt!


Scott Ackman


Internet Shipping Manager

Scott joined the staff at Sunset Corners after retiring from the United States Postal Service in June, 2011. Scott worked in a variety of management positions within the USPS during his 36 year career with his last position as District Finance Manager. He is currently managing the expansion of our Internet shipping segment. Scott is a long time resident of South Florida, attended the University of Florida, and his favorite hobby is playing golf.



Ana Lazarus


Internet Shipping Assistant

Ana started at Sunset Corners during the busiest time of year in Dec 2014. She assists Scott in the daily packing of orders. Need something packed? She will make sure it gets there safe and sound. Not only is she our packing gooroo she is our resident fitness Gooroo too! When she is not at Sunset Corners she is a fitness instructor at a major Gym! During her off time she likes to spend time with her son and husband.


Shelby James


Sales Consultant

Deli Manager

Shelby is a current student at FIU, studying Hospitality Management. She fell in love with the wine industry when she took her first wine class with our previous staff memeber, Prof. Chip Cassidy. Since working here, her passion has flourished. She strives to learn more about wine each day. On her days off, she enjoys unwinding at the beach with a bottle of rose.


Kamille Palacios


Sales Consultant

Kamille is a graduate from FIU, also studying Hospitality Management. She too took a wine class at FIU and fell in love with the wine industry. Need great reccomendations for wine trips? Kamille has traveled to some of the most beautiful wine countries in the world. On each trip, she always treats herself to a big red blend and is always open to a tasteful pairing.


Ethan Becker


Sales Consultant

Ethan is our newest member here at Sunset Corners. He is a current student at Miami Dade, studing marketing and communications. He is new to the industry and is ispring to learn more about the beverage business. His focus now is on whiskey burbon’s and beer’s!