Clementine Quereux: Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur

Clementine Quereux is the Export Manager and a global brand ambassador for Barton & Guestier Wines. The 28-year-old native of La Lande-de-Fronsac (France) grew up with a vie de vin from an early age, and studied in Bordeaux, Nantes, and Toulouse before making the trek to North America…

Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I’m the Export Manager for the entire Canadian market for Barton & Guestier Wines.

Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
The inspiration is found in the roots of my mom’s family. My grandparents were winegrowers in La Lande-de-Fronsac, and my family lived less than a mile away. My dad has been a winegrower, while also working as a doctor, since he married my mom. I was lucky to learn at an early age how to grow grapes, make wine, drive the harvester, blend wine, taste and drink wine, and sell wine. I liked the history and philosophy behind the B&G brand, the wines, the team, and I like challenges. So I took the opportunity to work with such a renowned company.

What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The relationships I build every time I connect with one of my customers; I love being able to see the products I recommend grow in popularity within their venue and earn their trust and continued patronage. The most challenging part has to be time-management. I’m often being pulled in different directions, and find myself working long or odd hours to make sure we accomplish everything, every week.

What is one sign that you’ve seen over the years to suggest that your work/life balance is off?
My family is the most important thing for me in my life. I miss them fiercely when I’m stressed with work and find that when I do get my “family time refill” I am happiest and most fulfilled.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years the wine industry may be a totally different world, but I’m strongly confident that I will still be a part of it: flying from one country to another, pouring delicious wines, training sales people and consumers, and building friendships with customers… living the dream!

What is one major challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career? How did you overcome it?
My promotion to Export Manager, when I became in charge of the entire country of Canada – my responsibilities tripled! I’m successful in my position today because I was forced to quickly learn how to work more efficiently, prioritize my time, leverage my relationships to reach objectives faster, and train my Canadian counterparts to be more effective at promoting Barton & Guestier.

What does success look like to you? Does Money = Happiness?
Being successful to me is first being happy with what you do and how you live every day. Everything at work and home should be done with passion, respect, and integrity. Giving your best to your life, no matter what.

What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
Definitely getting promoted to Export Manager. I couldn’t believe it, only seven months after I started working for B&G.

Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Be adaptable to the opportunities presented to you and react quickly to take advantage of them. Nothing is given, everything is earned. Most of all: be yourself.

When you’re not working, how do you love to spend your “Me” time?
With my amazing husband working on our home. I love having friends over to wine and dine and share stories with. Snowboarding, hiking, going to the beach, and most outdoor activities are also favourites.

Where is your favourite place to travel? Why?
Cap-Ferret in France. This is where my family spent our summers growing up. The second you arrive you feel like you’re on vacation, and I especially enjoy the time I spend with my family there.

If you had to choose a theme song, what would it be?
“Femme Like You” by K-Maro.

If you weren’t doing what you’re doing, what would you be doing?
I would be a veterinarian, most likely working somewhere in Africa.

Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
I support Relay for Life because I have family members and friends who have battled cancer.

What to you is notable?
The things that bring peace and happiness in life are what are notable to me. Sharing a glass of wine and laughs with friends and family are often the best moments.