Owner & Key Management Team
It takes a great team to take a concept from a pencil drawing on a napkin and turn it into a business that employees more than 45 people … all in the span of two years. A good team needs great leadership to continually move the concept forward and grow the business to its full potential. Below is the leadership team of Wyndridge Farm:
Steve & Julie Groff, Owners
Dr. and Mrs. Steven Groff are the husband and wife team behind Wyndridge Farm. Julie, a registered nurse and mother of three adult children, supervises finance and beverage compliance in the growing organization.
Dr. Groff had been practicing Orthopedic Surgery since 1996 and has been integral in several large projects in the York area. He was the president of KDV Orthopedics during the large merger that took place to form OSS, a vital healthcare entity in South central PA. He served as chairman of the real estate committee, supervising the purchase and rezoning of thirty acres—which became the Powder Mill Road Site of OSS and houses the company’s bright future.
He was founding chairman of the Ambulatory Surgical Center at OSS and developed an innovative outpatient spinal surgery program, the first of its kind in the region. This led to strong profitability for the Center.
Later, he would become President of OSS, serving for two terms and was later approved for an exceptional third term. It was in that period, while maintaining a busy surgery practice, that he led the development of the OSS surgical hospital. This would become the region’s top musculoskeletal healthcare provider. He was the founding Chairman of the Board of managers of the hospital. He oversaw the transition of the independent medical group into an alliance with the hospital, known as OSS Health System.
This is now a flourishing independent health system, known throughout the region for its outstanding service and facilities.
After suffering injuries in a bicycle accident in 2011, he began to look at business ventures utilizing the family’s seventy-seven acre farm. This project took on greater significance, as his surgical practice was affected by residual symptoms from the accident.
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Taylor Groff, Chief Operating Officer
Taylor is a 2012 graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness Management and Rural Development. His career began as a Territory Sales Manager for a mid-Atlantic veterinary supply company, Animal Medic Inc., based in Emigsville, PA. Over two years and two different territories, Taylor tripled gross sales. Excelling in sales, logistics, and warehousing were key components in the fast growth in these respective geographies.
After learning sales and becoming a leader in the sales organizational chart at Animal Medic, Taylor had the opportunity to move into a different sector in sales, Orthopedic Implant sales. He was hired as a Territory Sales Manager for Depuy Mitek, a Johnson and Johnson company. Again in less than 12 months, he more than doubled the sales in a two state geography. Honing relationships, organizational, and sales skills were key in the short term success with Depuy Mitek.
In November 2014, he decided to make the jump to work with his family at Wyndridge Farm Brewing as their Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations.
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Tom Bradford, Vice President of Business Development
Prior to coming to Wyndridge Farm, Bradford spent nearly 11 years at Vermont Hard Cider Company, based out of Middlebury, Vermont, where he served as the National Account Director. At the time of Bradford’s employment with Vermont Hard Cider Company, they were the hard cider supplier for brands including Woodchuck Cider, Magners Irish Cider, Wyder’s Cider Blackthorn English Cider, and Hornsby’s Cider. During Bradford’s time at Vermont Hard Cider Company, he helped the Woodchuck cider brand grow to become the #1 cider nationally. He also helped manage and build solid relationships with all of the major national accounts across the entire country.
Bradford oversaw the day-to-day management of all the new and existing activity within national accounts, and helped direct and lead company strategies, while focusing on current priorities. Bradford also helped cultivate distributor partner relationships to help gain share of mind, mutually agreed upon objectives, and improved consumer awareness by selling in programming.
Subsequent to Vermont Hard Cider Company, Bradford spend three years at Heineken USA as a Key Account Manager where he focused on building, developing, and maintaining chain account business with the Heineken portfolio in Southeast. Bradford also called on assigned distributors to help gain share of mind, and selling in company objectives, goals, and programming.
Prior to joining Heineken USA, Bradford spent eight years at Better Brands beer and non-alcoholic beverage distributor in Atlanta, Georgia. His last role was as an Area Sales Manager at Better Brands. However, Bradford is proud of the fact that he started out rolling beer on a beer truck, and worked his way up the latter working in various roles at Better Brands before moving to supplier side of the business.
Bradford is a graduate of Georgia State University. In addition, Bradford received athletic football scholarship and was a 4-year starter at the University of New Mexico. Bradford and his wife have two children and they currently reside in Smyrna, Georgia.
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Scott Topel, Cidermaster
Scott has been making hard cider for over 18 years. Starting in upstate NY using all apples from local farms, he honed the craft on a small scale. While attending UC Santa Cruz where he completed a degree in Music with high honors, Scott founded and ran a craft cidery in Felton, CA, which is still in operation today.
After college, Scott studied commercial hard cider production amidst hundreds of miles of orchards in Northwest Washington at the University of Washington’s agricultural extension center. Later while attending graduate school in Milwaukee at UWM, Scott further explored cider making with Aeppeltreow Winery in Burlington, WI.
After moving back east in 2012, Scott began working as a hard cider consultant for various breweries and wineries helping to launch several very successful ventures. With Wyndridge from the beginning, Scott is Head Cider Maker at Wyndridge Farm and manages all cider production from pressing to packaging.
With a focus on obtaining the best possible fruit from 100% PA farms, he’s looking to express the character of our local orchards with his hard cider while trying unconventional yeasts and fruit blends to create new flavor experiences. Onsite at the farm Scott usually has around 10 cider side projects including things like honey ciders, mojito ciders, fruit ciders and various barrel aged ciders from wine, brandy, tequila, whiskey and bourbon barrels. He’s looking forward to exploring new markets with Wyndridge and continuing to grow while staying true to a full juice cider, never fermented with concentrate.
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Peter Koelsch, Head Brewer and Production Manager
Pete has a strong background in manufacturing and engineering which has allowed him to help build a fast-growing and scalable brewing facility. He has worked a variety of engineering and manufacturing management roles throughout his career.
Some of Pete’s previous roles include Production Engineering at one of DuPont’s largest chemical plants ($2 billion dollar investment, 3000 employees), followed by a Production Specialist management role at the same plant site.
Pete joined the Wyndridge team as the Packaging Manager and soon took on production planning and scheduling, as well as inventory management responsibilities. He trained under two master brewers before transitioning into the role of Head Brewer.
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Matthew Siegmund, Executive Chef
A passion for cooking and wildly creative our Executive Chef has more than twenty years of experience most recently at the prestigious Maryland restaurant The Oregon Grille.
With us from the beginning, Matthew has created eclectic seasonal offerings in the restaurant as well as exquisite menus for our wedding and corporate events. His kitchen is known for serving local, hand-cut meats, produce and spices, as well as fine international cheeses.
Matthew has been featured in numerous publications including Baltimore Magazine, Baltimore Chef’s Table and Susquehanna Style and was nominated for Best Chefs America 2013 and 2014.
His creative dishes have made the Restaurant at Wyndridge Farm a regional favorite.
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Molly Blymire, Corporate Sales Manager
Molly is a 2006 Graduate from York Technical Institute with an Associate’s Degree in Travel & Tourism. She received the Academic Excellence Award and 4.0 GPA and after a year of being a Travel Agent touring international and domestic venues, she merged into Hospitality Management in the means of staying close to home.
Molly has been a part of the hospitality industry for 10 years and has a strong passion for coordinating events and keeping up with industry trends. Employed previously by Heritage Hills Golf Resort for the majority of those years, Molly gained the knowledge, experience and drive that got her here today. She has been with Wyndridge Farm since they opened and has contributed immensely by helping to build an ever-growing corporate portfolio.
Along with corporate events, Molly helps to detail many other social events here at the Farm. They include sports banquets, non-profit fundraisers, bridal & baby showers, anniversary parties, birthday parties, reunions and many more. As a major planner herself, you will be guaranteed a great listener who will strive to make your event her priority!
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Shayla Button, Wedding Sales Manager
A recent bride herself, Shayla Button is Wyndridge Farm’s Wedding Sales Manager. She is a graduate from Elizabethtown College and recently planned the wedding of two E-town Alum.
Shayla began working for Wyndridge as a hostess and has since transitioned into her current role. As Wyndridge Farm’s Social Sales Manager, she markets, sells and coordinates all weddings.
Since joining Wyndridge, Shayla has planned and helped to execute over one hundred weddings. Detail oriented and slightly OCD (just ask her new husband), Shayla works tirelessly to make your day a success.
Shayla lives six minutes from Wyndridge Farm. She reads at least one book a week, and wakes up at 6:00am every day to walk her new puppy, a German Shephard named Wrangler.
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Beth McCarthy-Witsik, Marketing Director
Beth is an Innovative Marketing Professional with 20+ years of experience and a demonstrated record of success developing marketing, social media, licensing, branding and advertising practices for internationally established and grown brands.
She has worked as Global Marketing Director of J. Shoes in Baltimore, MD where she introduced a new global brand direction for the label and managed offices in the U.K., New York and Thailand. As Director of Marketing & Licensing for Bill Blass/Pincus Brothers Maxwell she managed over 35 companies holding sub-licensees for a stable of fashion brands and she was pivotal in increasing business to over $400M by re-launching Bill Blass Menswear with a re-designed label, packaging and developing new licensing partners.
While serving as Marketing Director for Ellesse USA in Boca Raton, FL and Asst. Director of Advertising and Promotion for FILA in Hunt Valley, MD she directed numerous national advertising campaigns for both print and TV, managed all national tradeshow appearances, oversaw all athletic endorsement relationships and created seasonal catalogs, mailers and other marketing materials to increase brand awareness and sales.
She is a respected leader and effective communicator who rallies cross-functional resources to cultivate diversified channels, enter new markets, and direct complex promotional and advertising campaigns. Beth’s core strengths include product creation & marketing, brand positioning/management, strategic planning, multimedia promotions/advertising, media placement, PR/social media, market research/insights, concept development/execution and graphic design.
She received her degree in Mass Communications from Towson University.
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Ellen Manning, General Manager
Ellen has been a life-long resident of Southern York County, currently living in New Freedom, PA. She started her working career in the Southern York County School District with a focus on Special Education. In 2008, Ellen joined the Aramark team at M&T Bank Stadium as an event supervisor, and in 2013 became the catering operations manager overseeing all operations of catered events for up to 2000 guests, as well as hospitality services for the Maryland Stadium Authority, Press Lounge, and all major broadcast networks for NFL games.
During her ten years with Aramark, Ellen was privileged to travel across the country as part of the transition team for newly acquired accounts, including Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, California, U.S. Bank Stadium-home of the Minnesota Vikings, and most memorably as a VIP guest experience host at Chicago’s Soldier Field for the last live concert event of the Grateful Dead in 2015.
In 2017, Ellen was honored to be selected from over 300 nominees internationally to receive Aramark’s Volunteer of the Year award for her commitment to service with The American Red Cross, The American Cancer Society, placing wreaths on the gravesites of the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery with Wreaths Across America, and as the volunteer coordinator with Aramark for Paul’s Place, a non-profit resource center serving Southwest Baltimore neighborhoods. She was also on the founding board of Camp Discovery, a summer mentoring program for at-risk youth in Buck’s County, PA.
Ellen lives by the motto that life is not about getting and having, it’s about giving and doing! She is excited to be part of the Wyndridge team and furthering thee mission of creating memorable experiences for guests and each other.