Below are just some of the speakers at the 2018 Wine Marketing & Tourism Conference. We will continue to update this page as speakers are confirmed.
Managing Director of Travel, Google
In his position, Rob manages and develops integrated and innovative advertising campaigns to help some of the world’s biggest travel brands reach consumers. Before joining Google, Torres was the Vice President of Strategic Hotel Partnerships at Expedia. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Business Administration from Georgetown. He also sits on the board of directors for many nationally recognized travel business trade associations.
Tammy is president at VingDirect, which provides tasting room management and sales tools to family wineries. Prior to founding VingDirect in 2009, Tammy served as the head of Foster’s Wine Estates U.S. Direct to Consumer division. In this role, she was acting President of Windsor Vineyards from 2005-2007 and President of International Wine Accessories from 2004-2007.
CEO, Digital Firefly Marketing
John Cashman is Founder and CEO of Digital Firefly Marketing, a seven year old digital marketing firm. Under Mr. Cashman’s leadership, Digital Firefly Marketing has grown from a one man company working from his dining room table to a $2 million a year company working with companies like Capital One, Chobani and Arm and Hammer. Mr. Cashman is a seasoned start-up veteran with over a decade of experience. He has worked in three venture-backed start-ups in all phases of digital marketing, from website design, to SEO, to pay-per-click, to social media and web analytics. Mr. Cashman holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from California State University – Long Beach and is a two-time rowing world champion.
Regional Director, Americas, The South Australian Tourism Commission
Prior to joining as the Regional Director, Americas for The South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC), Ernst’s love for travel and international business led him to a globetrotting career that has included stints with The Canadian Tourism Commission, and advertising agencies in Toronto and the Baltic region of Europe. Now working with the agency (Wagstaff Worldwide) that represents SATC across North America, Ernst has the delight of convincing more travelers to choose South Australia’s WOW (Wildlife, Outback, and Wine) experiences for their next vacation down under. At home, Ernst’s wife and two young children share in his love of getting lost on meandering drives—which is when the best discoveries are made! And, as a proud Canadian, he plays hockey, albeit with a lot more enthusiasm than talent.
Director of Content, Digital Firefly Marketing
Nancy is a Wine and Spirits Education Trust student working toward her Level 2 pin. In addition to this formal education, she travels various wine-producing regions touring, tasting, and learning through experience. She is Director of Content writer for a small but fierce digital marketing firm. Nancy lives in downtown Bennington, Vermont with her husband, Kris, two dogs, a cat, and a lot of wine. She leads weekly tastings in her town. When she’s not writing she’s playing outside or traveling with Kris. They particularly enjoy active vacations and road trips to see the world’s best band, My Morning Jacket.
Executive Director, Hearst StoryStudio
Alison has more than 10 years of experience developing, selling and managing custom integrated content solutions for businesses across multiple verticals including retail, tech, wine, travel, financial services and more. Before joining Hearst Bay Area, she developed content marketing solutions for multiple national brands including NBC Universal, Nike, L’Oréal, and Pepsi Co.