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Jennifer Layton - "Jen"eral Manager

Jennifer Layton - "Jen"eral Manager

Jennifer Layton

Originally from Pittsburgh, I met my husband, William, while we both were studying at the University of Maryland.  We got married just days after graduation, after eight years of moving around the country William convinced me to settle on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with our two kids, Stephen and Alison.

For the first year of the winery’s operations, I maintained my career as a Project Manager in Salisbury, volunteering her evenings and weekends for the winery. However, in February 2011 I became the General Manager for the winery or as I like to call it the “Jen”eral Manager!  I oversee all of the winery operations. In my life before the winery I never had the same job twice.  I have done credit collections, quality control, continuous improvements teams, managing offices, ran procurement departments and was a project manager for a manufacturing company.  All of these different experiences have been a huge asset in preparing me to run the winery.


William Layton

William Layton - WinemakerWilliam Layton graduated from the University of Maryland with a business degree which he immediately put to use. Growing up, William spent most of his time working on the farm so he was happy to take a job with Toyota after college. He spent 8 years living in different U.S. cities and exploring life off the farm.

However, when the question of succession arose, William answered the call to return to farming. He is the Winemaker, while also overseeing all vineyard and farm operations. This photo shows William with his very first bottle of wine- our 2009 Vidal Blanc.




Laura Layton - Tasting Room Manager

Laura Layton - Tasting Room Manager

Laura Hill Layton

Laura Hill Layton, from Snow Hill, MD, is known throughout Dorchester County after having taught English here for 33.3 years. Although she retired from teaching in 2008, her life stayed busy as she took on office management duties for the winery. She maintains our accounts, handles purchases and ordering, and coordinates private events.

Laura is devoted to reading and her grandchildren. We all appreciate having her calm demeanor when helping out around the winery.




Jennifer Hoffman - Tasting Room Manager

Jennifer Hoffman - Tasting Room Manager

Jennifer Hoffman

Jennifer Hoffman joined Layton’s Chance in the summer of 2011. She comes to us with a variety of experiences, most recently working in the health care field, and she’s really excited to take on new challenges here at the winery.

Jen is a Dorchester County native and alum of North Dorchester High….Go Eagles!






Richard Murphy - Vineyard Manager

Richard Murphy - Vineyard Manager

Richard Murphy

Richard Murphy, originally from Salisbury, began working with the Laytons in October 2009. After serving 9 years in the Marines, he now lives in Easton with his wife and 3 children.

Richard has previous experience in construction and property management, and now, in vineyard management. His primary role is construction and maintenance of the 12 acres of vineyard. Richard and the boys (Jon and Garland, see below) also work in the winery, making wine, cleaning tanks, and doing all the essential things needed to keep the winery running smoothly. In his free time he likes to go hunting and metal detecting.


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