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.
Founder, 32 Digital
During the past two decades, Scott has worked with hotels, resorts and tourism organizations around the world to help them drive more business and connect better with their customers. In addition to working within the tourism industry, Scott also works with wineries promoting their club membership and event space, sports associations and athletes to connect better with players and fans, and museums and cultural organizations/non-profits to further their mission and drive more donations and revenue from attendance.
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.
Founder and Managing Director, 5Forests
Pairing a love of behavioural economics with wine marketing and digital innovation, Polly spend her days helping wineries grow beyond the confines of traditional sales channels. Together with a team of designers, developers, content writers, and social media whiz kids, 5Forests empowers wine businesses to understand their digital data and make best use of the web, social media, and rapidly evolving trends to turn fans into brand advocates.
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.
Founder, Think Wine
Andrea Steffes-Tuttle is a marketing, technology, and wine enthusiast. With a Masters in Marketing from the University of Colorado and over ten years of professional experience, she possesses tried and tested marketing experience that she is thrilled to share and empower students with. Her history, leading marketing at companies who serve the wine industry, like ShipCompliant and VineSpring, bred her passion for the business of wine and inspired her to launch Think Wine.