Preparing for and Mitigating the Impact of Natural Disasters and Emergencies
Business/Operations Breakout Session

The U.S. West Coast at large has been forced to react to a seemingly endless series of year-round threats. Being prepared, having a plan to implement the best practices of wine businesses who are staying ahead of the next event will all be discussed.

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Ray Johnson
Sonoma State University, California

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State, the first university in the United States to offer a BS in Wine Business in 1998, the first to offer a Wine MBA in 2008 and the first in the world to offer an Executive Wine MBA in 2012.

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Ibbi Almufti
Arup, California

Ibbi Almufti is an internationally recognized expert in hazard, risk, and resilience and leads the Risk and Resilience practice in San Francisco and Arup’s Americas Region Resilience skills network. His background is in earthquake engineering.


Navdeep Dhillon
California Farm Service Agency State Office

Navdeep Dhillon is Farm Program Chief for USDA, Farm Service Agency in California. Navdeep oversees all farm programs administered by Farm Service Agency in California. She steers the development and delivery of the programs legislated by US Congress.   Navdeep has been working with farmers and ranchers for over 20 years.


Judith Ford
Sonoma State University, California

Dr. Judith Ford leads strategic development and cross-sector sustainability and resilience initiatives, which engage campus, community partners and the wine industry. Her research team in Sonoma State’s Wine Business Institute investigates the influence of organizational culture on strategic response to natural disaster and long term climatic change.


John Wienstroer
NAU Country, California

John was raised on a farm outside of Saint Louis, MO, in Southern Illinois where he worked in several aspects of farming and ag retail before attending Southern Illinois University, where he holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agribusiness Economics and a minor in Plant and Soil Science.

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