WHO WE ARE
On January 9, 2018, when a devastating mudflow descended upon Montecito, California, a little shop called Village Cheese & Wine Store kept their doors open to first responders and residents in need of food and refuge. Out of that small kindness a community of leaders came together to form the Montecito Village Recovery Fund, a non-profit dedicated to assisting residents in their recovery.
Each and every product we create celebrates the beauty and prestige of a Montecito lifestyle, from locally and organically grown olives and olive oil to locally roasted premium coffees to the best wines that Santa Barbara County has to offer. But our mission is to go one step further. Not only to we seek to celebrate coastal California's beauty and vitality, we aim to honor it by helping to rebuild and sustain the strength of the communities impacted by natural disaster.
Combining his extensive background in developing strategic relationships with a family legacy of altruism, Patrick Braid is the founder and CEO of Montecito Brands, Inc.
With more than 15 years of private and public financing experience with both high-growth startup and established companies, including wealth senior management and business development positions in the broadband, technology, entertainment and social/mobile gaming industries, Patrick was well positioned to develop multimillion dollar brands in the consumer products goods space.
Mr. Braid is a Senior Advisor and former VP of Business Development of GameCloud Studios, a leading developer of Social & Mobile games led by former CTO of EA Asia. He is owner of Skoodlez World, a children’s plush toy brand leveraging online and mobile games. Most notably Mr. Braid was Director of Business Development for Eagle Broadband where he led and structured strategic partnerships with IBM, Microsoft, General Dynamics and SAIC.
Working with an artistic flair and a passion for humanitarianism, Taylor Roberts was named founding Creative Director for Montecito Brands, Inc. in January of 2018.
Specializing in brand identity, package design, and social media esthetic, Taylor's creative arts background gives brands a character and a voice which resonates with consumers on a personal level.
Before joining Montecito Brands, Taylor was the Creative Director for Porphyrogene Skincare, worked as Art Director for Santa Barbara Life & Style Magazine, and graphic designer for various prestige fashion and beverage companies in California.
She has a BFA from University of North Carolina School of the Arts and has worked with top talents in classical arts fields of theatre, ballet, film, television, and modeling. She is known for her acting roles such as Rachel Clark on AMC’s TURN Washington’s Spies and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth Unhinged.