Gabe Barkley


Gabe is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NextGen Growth Partners. Prior to NGP, Gabe was the Director of Operations at VinConnect, a direct-to-consumer wine sales platform for top international wineries, where he was also the first U.S.-based employee. During his tenure at VinConnect, Gabe drove growth from zero customers in the U.S. to over 2,000 within two years, as well as increased the vendor-base from two to 33 suppliers over the span of three years.

Prior to VinConnect, Gabe served as the Director of Marketing and Operations at La Cave Warehouse, a wine retail and private storage firm based in Dallas, TX, where he was responsible for revenue growth, customer service, and cost-cutting initiatives. During his time at La Cave, Gabe led growth and operational improvements that increased EBITDA by 39% in two years.

Gabe was also a Senior Consultant of Strategy and Operations at Deloitte and a Consultant at Accenture, where he focused on financial process improvement strategies.

Gabe received a BA from The University of Dallas, where he graduated first in his class in the College of Business, and an MBA from Chicago Booth, where he graduated with Honors.