Session

Sustainable Business 360 – Today’s Toolkit for Tomorrow’s Success
Business/Operations Breakout Session

This panel will present today’s best practices, from vineyard and winery to management and sales, for achieving ROI in our changing environment. Saving resources, saving money, and positioning our businesses for sustainability today and in the future will take center stage as we act on emergent external conditions and evolving consumer needs.

*Session receives 1.5 CEUs: Professional Development – Business planning, Budgeting and Financial Analysis

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Moderator:

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Erin Kirschenmann
Wine Business Monthly, California

Erin Kirschenmann is the managing editor for Wine Business Monthly and has been with the company since 2012. In addition to production responsibilities for the monthly trade magazine, she writes about business, technology, sales and marketing, and also oversees content and programming for WBM’s symposiums. She speaks on industry trends at numerous conferences, including the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium and the World Bulk Wine Exhibition, and guest lectures on wine, media and public relations.

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Speakers:

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Anna Brittain
Napa Green, California

Anna has worked locally, nationally and internationally on environmental management and policy with organizations ranging from the environmental economics think tank Resources for the Future in Washington, DC to the International Union for Conservation of Nature in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Anna has spent a decade facilitating and growing sustainability in the wine industry, with an expertise in communications and certification standards. She has served as a lead sustainability consultant with Ontario Craft Wineries, Sustainable Winegrowing British Columbia, Crimson Wine Group, the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, and individual wineries including Benziger Family Winery and Seghesio Family Vineyards.

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Katie Jackson
Jackson Family Wines, California

KATIE JACKSON, SVP of Corporate Social Responsibility at Jackson Family Wines. 

The first-born daughter of California wine pioneers Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke, Katie Jackson is a second-generation proprietor working to keep her family-run business at the forefront of quality and stewardship. Katie actively promotes the Jackson family’s belief that environmental stewardship and social responsibility are essential to building family business that will endure for generations.

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Tyler Klick
Redwood Empire Vineyard Management, California

Tyler is a graduate of the UC Davis Viticulture and Enology program and St. Mary’s College in Health Science. Tyler joined his primary position at Redwood Empire Vineyard Management in 1997 on the grounds crew and eventually worked himself up to his present position as co-owner and viticulturist. Among other responsibilities, he oversees the farming of approximately 2000 vineyard acres. Working together at Sei Querce, Tyler and Hal have redeveloped 60 acres of vineyards, converted them to organic farming, achieved Fish and Bee Friendly certifications, restored 1500 feet of our creeks, and are now working with the California Land Stewardship Institute to become one of the first Climate Adaptation Certified vineyards.

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Nate Weis
Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars, California

A Napa Valley native whose father is also a winemaker, Nate grew up with wine on the table and a drawer full of t‐shirts emblazoned with winery logos. His first job after graduating with honors from UC Santa Barbara with a BS in Biopsychology was as a “cellar rat” at Groth Vineyards & Winery. “I loved that first harvest, so I packed my bags, dropped my application for UC Davis in the mail and went off to Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand to work another.” After earning an MS in Viticulture and Enology from UCD, he was hired as cellar master at Etude, and then spent two years as assistant winemaker for Patz & Hall Wine Company.

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