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John Rydman

John Rydman

President/Owner

I joined Spec’s in 1971 with my wife and second-generation family member, Lindy. I had to learn the business from the ground up, and by 1974 we introduced the largest selection of wines in Houston. Our goal is to serve you better in everything we do.

Lindy Rydman

Lindy Rydman

Second Generation Family Owner

I’ve been dedicated to serving Spec’s customers ever since I joined my father’s business in 1971. Now with over 100 stores in Texas, I think my dad would be proud of our efforts… although he might be disappointed that we no longer wear roller skates inside the store like he did!

Lisa Rydman

Lisa Rydman

Third Generation

As the granddaughter of Carroll ‘Spec’ Jackson, I am extremely proud to be third generation family. I handle all of Spec’s charitable giving as well as all marketing and advertising. I joined the family business in 1995 and have loved every minute since, especially seeing the good our charity work has done for Texans in need.

Mike Sanford

Mike Sanford

VP Construction and Development

I’ve been with Spec’s and the Rydman family for almost 30 years and the VP of Construction and Development for over 10 years. I love the satisfaction of starting a job and seeing it all the way through to completion. I enjoy hanging out on my deck and following our local sports teams.

Bear Dalton

Bear Dalton

Fine Wine Buyer

I’ve been in the wine business for over 35 years and Spec’s Fine Wine Buyer since 1996. I travel the world learning from winemakers and grape growers, and then I get to share my knowledge with customers. My wine friends think I am quite the cowboy, but my cowboy friends know I am quite the wine guy.

Dimitra Kriticos

Dimitra Kriticos

Director of Kitchen Operations

After years of cooking in restaurants and as a culinary instructor, I joined the Spec’s team to oversee all the fabulous food made in our delis. Visit our kitchens across the state and meet our chefs… we look forward to feeding you!

Mike Garcia

Mike Garcia

Director of Human Resources

I’ve been the Director of Human Resources at Spec’s for over 5 years. I love that there are so many people who are supremely dedicated and exceptionally loyal who work at Spec’s. I am proud to be part of this team and family. Also, I own a dog whose full name is Toro Biggio Bagwell Olajuwon Garcia.

Bill Coates

Bill Coates

Wine Consultant

I’ve been a Wine Consultant at Spec’s for over 30 years. My goal is for each customer to leave with what they need, while feeling comfortable, satisfied and happy. I provide a personal shopper experience, and help customers with everything from party planning, wine pairings, choosing the perfect gift, and building and stocking wine cellars.

Ryan Holder

Ryan Holder

Cigar Expert

I’ve been in the cigar industry for over 20 years, traveling and learning about cigars and their production. I started with Spec’s 16 years ago as the District Manager and Tobacco Buyer. I love talking with customers and teaching them about cigars. I also enjoy shooting sporting clays and spending time with my family.

Jim Detmore

Jim Detmore

Spirits Buyer

After being in the industry for over 35 years, I have extensive experience and knowledge about scotch, bourbon, gin, vodka, liqueurs, tequila, cognac and brandies. It is my responsibility to seek out new brands and make sure Spec’s has the most varied, extensive selection available.

Justin Cody

Justin Cody

Craft and High-End Beer Buyer

I’ve been working with Spec’s for eight years and have enjoyed being a part of the craft beer revival. It is my responsibility to ensure that our stores are kept up-to-date on all the latest beer trends and newest products. I’ve always had an interesting obsession with beer, from collecting vintage cans to commissioning artists to paint bottle portraits of my favorite beers.

Oscar Sicola

Oscar Sicola

Beer Expert

I’m the Senior Beer Buyer with a focus on customer service and domestic beers. I’ve been with Spec’s for 16 years and in the beer industry for 25. I love getting to meet and learn from people around the world who share my love of beer, especially customers. I also have a knack for fixing things that shouldn’t be fixed.

Peter Gryska

Peter Gryska

Food Buyer

Originally from the Boston area, I got my start in the food industry as a commercial fisherman off Cape Cod. I moved to Texas, earned my MB at UT and developed my passion for Texas foods and artisanal producers. It’s thrilling to be a part of the Spec’s family and sharing my love of gourmet foods with customers!

Steve Moore

Steve Moore

State Operations Manager

A member of the Spec’s family since 2009, Steve’s passion is searching out new ways to improve our selection and enhance each guest’s experience. “I do whatever it takes to make sure Spec’s is a great place to be—for customers and co-workers. We have the best team anywhere and we take pride in providing an amazing array of products and services.“

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