Company & Team

The Water Group LLC was born out of our love of brand building in the Wine and Spirits Industry by forging our expertise to create new brands in strategic growth categories.   


Gigi Olah - CEO | Managing Partner
Kim Birkedal Hartmann - VP | Managing Partner
Ricky DeAngelo - VP | Managing Partner
Richard C. Watkins - CFO | Managing Partner
Gigi Olah

A passion for wines

Gigi Olah is a founding partner of the BH Group. Prior to BH Group, Gigi was the creative visionary and owner for Conjure Cognac, a joint venture. In that capacity, she facilitated the successful collaboration between Ludacris, a musical superstar and Birkedal Hartmann. It is well known that Gigi has a natural ability to work with and relate to celebrities, which she attributes to her musical talent and experiences traveling the world as a piano prodigy growing up.Gigi is also the founder and CEO of VINO Miami Inc., a start-up Wine Bar/Boutique with two locations. Gigi was responsible for all...
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Kim Birkedal Hartmann

World wide traveller

Kim is thus the fourth generation in the family company. He lives in Bordeaux, but has lived ten years in Norway and two years in Morocco. The rest of the time he has spent in Bordeaux, with the exception of studies in London and California. As a twenty-year-old and after his military service in Norway, he was sent as a “wine trainee” to his uncle Sir Guy Fison in London (chairman of the great English wine company Saccone and Speed). Then he studied for a year in San Francisco, where he became acquainted with foreign wines and distribution in the United States. Another year in Los Angeles...
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Richard C. Watkins

Richard C. Watkins

Richard C. Watkins is currently the Chief Financial Officer and partner in The Water Group LLC. Prior to The Water Group LLC, Richard was the Chief Financial Officer for a local multi-state grain company. His twenty-five-year tenure was dedicated to the continued growth and success of the patron owned company. He shares his vast knowledge of accounting and finance to The Water Group LLC.Richard graduated high school from the local Catholic school and furthered his educational journey at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi. He enjoys spending his free time with family and friends....
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Richard (Ricky) P. DeAngelo

Richard P. DeAngelo

Richard (Ricky) P. DeAngelo is currently a Vice President, founder, and partner in The Water Group LLC. Before starting The Water Group LLC, Ricky spent over forty years as an active owner of Chillie’s Package Store in Greenville, Mississippi. He became known as “Chillie” to numerous patrons and friends during his tenure while maintaining and growing the establishment started by his father in 1968. Ricky is proud of his Catholic upbringing and education. He enjoys spending free time donating his time and talent in support of Catholic education. He is truly a family man and enjoys...
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Godfred Hartmann

Young and ambitious

Godfred Hartmann was born in Bordeaux on October 4, 1990.

After studying international trade and obtaining a master’s degree in commercial promotion of wines and spirits, he started catering in Morocco where he was director of the restaurant Le Kimmy’z for 2 years.

Following this experience, he became brand ambassador wines & champagnes for one of the largest importer / distributor in Morocco.
Today he joined the family business: Birkedal Hartmann and deals with the development of new products in new markets.
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Louis-folke Martin

Designer and wine lover

Swedish Frenchman, Louis-Folke grew up in Bordeaux, in southwestern France. From an epicurean family, it forms naturally to the universe of wines and spiritieux, but also gastronomy.
He is very passionate about photography and printing techniques of all kinds. Now, mature very attracated by communication ...

Today, he combines his knowledge and skills in graphic arts and food to his clients satisfaction.
He supports them in their projects, maintains a privileged relationship and follow them through the all process.
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