Derek Engles is the founder of Virtual Restaurant Manager, a management application for the hospitality industry, as well as Somm.Site, an education website and app for wine enthusiasts. 

Derek has built a career as a sommelier and hospitality professional through various positions with celebrity chefs and high-end restaurants from New York to the Las Vegas strip.

Derek has held positions with the following celebrity restaurateurs and organizations:

  • Chef Tom Colicchio

  • Chef Charlie Trotter

  • Chef Charlie Palmer


  • MGM Resorts International

  • Wynn Resorts

  • BR Guest Hospitality

  • Four Seasons Hotels

Before launching Virtual Restaurant Manager LLC, Derek held positions as a manager, wine director and sommelier; having been trained in all hospitality management disciplines. Derek has been the recipient of numerous industry acknowledgements, most recently as the head of the Best of Award of Excellence wine program (by Wine Spectator Magazine) at Lakeside Restaurant inside the Forbes 5-star resort, Wynn Las Vegas.


"While I was college educated in Organizational Leadership as well as holding multiple certifications and diplomas in hospitality sciences, I believe that my experience & ability to learn new tasks quickly is the real value I bring to organizations as an employee or consultant. I have taught myself masters level project management, having been managing a team of technology developers in India for the past 2 years and my wine & hospitality experience has culminated in multiple web development projects and my first restaurant consulting project in Greenwich Village, New York."

CV Highlights - (Formal CV Available Upon Request)

-10+ years of hospitality management, sommelier and beverage program management.

-Steady employment record with 5+ years of average tenure at previous positions held.


Advanced Sommelier, Court of Master Sommeliers

Advanced Certificate, Wine & Spirits Education Trust

Certified Wine Specialist, Society of Wine Educators

Certified Sake Specialist, Sake Education Council

B.A. in Social Science & Organizational Leadership