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 Executive 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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Jackie Speary, Director of Hospitality
Jackie Speary is the Director of Hospitality here at Wyndridge Farms. Her responsibility is that each customer who enters the facility has the best experience possible. From Food and Beverages to Special Events, she wants everyone to have a wonderful time and always encourages them to return in the future.
Jackie Graduated from York Catholic HS and attended Wilkes University. During these years Jackie worked in the food industry to support her school needs. Her love for the restaurant business came from working at some of the most well-known York County Landmarks such as The Hill and Eagles Nest. Soon after College, she started at Heritage Hills. After 25 years at Heritage Hills, Jackie rose thru the company and was responsible for all events which included Weddings and Special Events.
Wyndridge is now Jackie’s home. Her passion to please the customer is what drives her each and every day. Come in, say hello and be greeted by her warm smile and positive energy.
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 2012, 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 leads the local NC3 Student Ministries with her husband, John.
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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Irena Bierzynski has been brewing professionally for 8 years, since August of 2011. She started out by volunteering a craft brewery on the bottling line while she was still working on her BA in Chemistry from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Upon completion of her degree, she was hired at that same brewery. There, she started cleaning tanks and filling kegs and worked up to brewing.
Originally from Detroit, Irena decided to return to the East Coast in 2014. She took a job at Victory Brewing and eventually worked her way up to on-shift manager at their Parkesburg facility. During her time with Victory, Irena learned about equipment installation. She also learned how to brew with each new year’s crop of malt and hops, agricultural products that vary slightly from harvest to harvest, sometimes having a big effect on the resulting brew! In 2018, Irena took a hiatus from brewing professionally to become a certified master brewer. She attended a six month course at the Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei in Berlin (VLB), where she studied with the most promising up-and-coming brewmasters from countries like the Ukraine, Greece, and Argentina. Topics of study there included in depth analysis of water chemistry, malting, and fermentation. And she finished first in her class!
Irena joined Wyndridge’s staff in January of 2019. She’s excited about developing a contemporary, exciting catalog of beers. She’ll use her background in classical German brewing technique to show just what this brew system can do!
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Shannon Smallwood, Inventory and Logistics Manager
Shannon Smallwood is the Inventory and Logistics Manager at Wyndridge Farm. She has been working in the beverage industry for 15+ years with experience in Logistics, Inventory, Contracts, Sales and Brand Management.
Shannon has worked with many suppliers in the past; including Sam Adams, New Belgium, Pabst, Vermont Hard Cider, Evil Genius, Yards. In 2018, Shannon was named the MillerCoors’ Building with Beer Champion. She led a team of 20 through the learning and implementation process of incorporating Building with Beer throughout the company. She also developed a popular newsletter that was sent across MillerCoors’ entire Northeast Division including distributors. This aided them in achieving a level 1 MillerCoors distributor.
In March of 2018, Shannon took on her new role at Wyndridge Farm. She continues to bring new ideas to help the Wyndridge Team grow.
Born and raised here in York County, Shannon has 2 wonderful children who she admires most in the world. She loves to celebrate life with family and friends. Shannon believes that you should work hard but laugh along the way!