Paul Chartrand, owner and founder, worked in the natural foods and organic farming movement after studying chemical engineering at Columbia University. He discovered many wonderful European organic wines while working as an apprentice on French organic farms and vineyards in 1982. Since then, he has been developing relationships with Europe’s finest organic wine makers in order to bring their wines to American wine lovers! Paul now balances his time living and operating out of our French office just outside of Paris, while still coming home to Maine and enjoying New England’s beautiful simple pleasures!
Marion McCord, our Office Manager and Queen of Compliance, has been holding down our Rockland, Maine office for more than 10-years. Her passion for French culture began in the 1970’s when spending time abroad, and learning the ways to dive into Parisian-night romance. When not keeping the men in order, Marion enjoys gardening, and spending time outside and on the water, ideally with a bottle of rosé in tow.
Justin DeWalt, Sales Director, is the newest member to join Chartrand Imports. His passion for agriculture and organic growing solidified while working on a produce farm in the Virgin Islands in 2008. Since then, he has remained dedicated in his support of a local-economy built on the foundation of farmer’s and grower’s. After spending 5-years in the Portland, Maine Restaurant Management World, while earning his American Sommelier Association level 1 Certification, Justin worked and lived in South Africa managing the tasting room at Springfontein Wine Estate. Upon his return in 2016, Paul and Justin met each other and have been developing a relationship built upon dedication to organic wine, and supporting our growers the best possible way we can as a team.