Below are just some of the speakers at the 2017 Wine Marketing & Tourism Conference. We will be adding to this list in the coming weeks as speakers are confirmed.
Michelle Baran | Wine Country – It’s Not Just About Wine Anymore
Michelle is Senior Editor at Travel Weekly, one of the most influential B2B news resources for the travel industry. Before her ten years at Travel Weekly, Michelle wrote for Budget Travel and Conde Nast Next Gen. Michelle wrote an excellent article on Beer Tourism and will be providing her insights to the conference audience.
Caroline Beteta | Keynote
Caroline is president and CEO of Visit California, a nonprofit organization created to market California as a premier travel destination. She simultaneously serves as the Director of Tourism in California’s Governor’s Office of Business & Economic Development (GO-Biz). Beteta is responsible for implementing Visit California’s $116 million global marketing program and serves as the lead spokesperson for California’s $125.7 billion travel industry.
Tammy Boatright | Perfecting the Guest Experience
Tammy is president at VingDirect, which provides tasting room management and sales tools to the wine industry. 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.
Mike Cann | Experiential Travel In A Digital World
Mike is founder and chief executive officer at Wine Country Media, an online media company which runs the platforms winecountry.com, napavalley.com, and sonoma.com. These websites provide visitors to wine country with critical information about accommodations, food, and services in addition to wine. Mike is also a founder and partner of KEMA Partners, a boutique investment banking firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Chris Chandler | Wine Country – It’s Not Just About Wine Anymore
Chris is Executive Director of Livermore Valley Wine, an organization dedicated to advance, protect and promote the quality wines, vineyards and experiences of the Livermore Valley Wine Country. Among its many activities, Livermore Valley Wine recently launched a Barrels, Bottles, & Brews event which actively sought both to engage local breweries and distilleries but also to introduce beer and spirits consumers to member wineries. Chris will be discussing this at the conference.
Mark Chandler | The PR Expert’s View of the Wine World
Mike is a 30 year veteran of the wine business, having been a winemaker, grape grower, marketer, educator and CEO. He is most well known for his 20 years at the helm of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, where he transformed the Lodi wine region into one the most vibrant, innovative and rapidly growing wine appellations in North America. At Chandler & Company Mark applies his decades of experience to marketing and promoting wine and wine regions, and he is a widely popular wine educator.
Ken Fischang | Winery Associations and DMO Summi
Ken is President / CEO at Sonoma County Tourism, the official destination marketing organization for one of the leading wine regions in the world. Ken is on the Board of Directors for US Travel Association and the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce. He will be speaking at our “Winery Associations and DMOs Summit” pre-conference workshop.
Tim Hanni, MW | Rethinking the Wine Consumer
Tim is an internationally renowned ‘flavor maven’ and dubbed the ‘wine anti-snob’ by the Wall Street Journal. A professionally-trained chef, he is one of the first two resident Americans to successfully complete the examination and earn the title Master of Wine. He is a Certified Wine Educator accredited by the Society of Wine Educators. MyVinotype assesses individual taste sensitivities and tolerances, then introduces consumers to wines that will appeal to their unique, personal combination of sensitivities and values.
Andrew Healy | Getting Visual on Social Media
Andrew is the founder and “Chief Social Officer” of 3 Rock Marketing, a Napa Valley-based company that specializes in social media and online presence. Andrew is a native Irishman who has lived in five countries and traveled the world. 3 Rock Marketing offers services primarily to the wine industry but also to businesses in craft beer, travel, food, and events.
Sandra is the founder of DTC Wine Workshops, which supports wineries of all sizes in the areas of e-commerce, CRM, DTC Strategic Planning, and Training Services to grow direct to consumer wine sales and retain loyal customers. Prior to joining the wine industry, Sandra served small to mid-sized businesses as well as global corporations in the areas of CRM software, website design, online marketing, public relations, compliance management and workflow automation solutions.
Karissa Kruse | Winery Associations & DMO Summit
Karissa is President of the Sonoma County Winegrowers, a marketing and educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier grape growing regions. She has 20 years of experience in various aspects of marketing, brand management, strategic planning and business development. Karissa has worked for companies such as General Mills, Universal Studios, Mattel, and Dairy Management.
Lisa Mattson | Practical Photography & Videography
Lisa is Director of Marketing & Communications and Jordan Vineyard & Winery. She possesses nearly twenty years of experience in writing, event planning, public relations, marketing and digital media strategy in the wine industry. She is particularly noted as a leader in social media and video marketing and will be teaching a workshop on Practical Photography & Videography.
Bethis in charge of marketing for Zephyr Adventures and Taste Vacations, operators of wine and other vacations around the world. She handles content marketing, social media marketing, online advertising, partnerships, and everything else. Beth has a background in digital marketing with two marketing agencies in Chicago.
Robyn handles all marketing and communications for the six annual conferences operated by Zephyr Conferences, which includes the Wine Marketing & Tourism Conference. Her responsibilities including email communications, content creation, social media marketing, online advertising, and more. She previously worked as Operations Manager and Director of Marketing for a vacation rental company and spent seven years working for a digital marketing agency.
Jean Arnold Sessions | Winery Associations & DMO Summit
Jean is Executive Director of Sonoma County Vintners, for more than 70 years the leading voice of Sonoma County Wine. Jean has served as the former president of Hanzell Vineyards in Sonoma, a consultant to the wine industry, and creator of Women in the Business of Wine, a mentoring service for women in the wine industry.
Elizabeth Slater | Keep Customers Coming Back
Elizabeth is the founder of In Short Direct Marketing, recognized throughout North America as an authority on marketing wines, wineries and wine regions to consumers. The company, led by Elizabeth, is a loosely-formed alliance of marketers, public relations and design professionals. Elizabeth focuses most of her efforts on seminars and workshops, which are presented on a variety of marketing and sales subjects to wineries and winery associations throughout North America.
Dr. Liz Thach, MW | Best Practices in Global Wine Tourism
Liz is the Distinguished Professor of Wine and a Professor of Management at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California. Her areas of expertise include Wine Business Strategy, Human Resource Management, and Leadership Development. In addition to teaching, she currently conducts research and does consulting with multiple wineries and other local businesses. Prior to coming to SSU, she worked more than 10 years as an HR manager and executive in Fortune 100 companies.
Paul is president of Balzac Communications & Marketing and is also an instructor for Napa Valley College’s Viticulture and Enology department, Sonoma State’s Wine Business Program, and the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. With Rick Kushman of Capital Public Radio, he hosts “Bottle Talk”, a weekly conversation about wine. Paul Wagner has judged many national and international wine competitions, is a founding member of the Academy of Wine Communications, a member of the nominations committee of the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintner’s Hall of Fame, and was inducted into the Spadarini della Castellania di Soave in 2005. In 2009 he was honored with a “Life Dedicated to Wine” award at the Feria Nacional del Vino (FENAVIN) in Spain. With Liz Thach and Janeen Olsen, he authored: Wine Marketing & Sales, Strategies for a Saturated Market.