About us!

Richard Chianese

Founder/Chief Executive Officer

Richard Chianese is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Ilaria Imports. After a thirty-seven- year career in the Alcoholic Beverage Industry, he embarked on a journey to create an Import company dedicated to building brands.

Richard was raised in a big Italian Family; he is one of eight children! After attending High School at Mount Saint Michael in the Bronx, he found his way, thanks to a baseball scholarship, to Fordham University. Richard graduated from Fordham with a BS degree in accounting. After one year of public accounting, he settled into an accounting position with the Gordons Dry Gin company. For the following ten years, Richard worked behind the scenes, on the financial side of the industry. He then decided to try his hand at sales and marketing. He took a position with the Sazerac Company out of New Orleans, managing their business in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. After five good years with Sazerac, he joined the Bacardi company working on specialty brands. Soon thereafter an opportunity presented itself to leave Bacardi and join Pernod Ricard, managing their portfolio in New York and New Jersey. Richard did this for a solid ten years, before deciding to create an enterprise of his own making.