left1border left2border topborder
right2border right1border
gwslogo
bluebar
bluespace










end of nav
Marriott

Join us on Facebook

 
2011 BIOGRAPHIES

Andrew Arnold
Program Manager, SureHarvest

Mr. Andrew Arnold manages the Professional Services arm of SureHarvest, where he collaborates with commodity associations and agrifood companies to design and develop sustainable practice programs. Mr. Arnold leads the development of Web-based tools to support sustainable practice data collection and benchmarking. Throughout his 20+ year career in the agri-food industry, he has focused on the intersection of information technology and business with experience in strategic planning, product development, project management, marketing, sales, and business development. Mr. Arnold brings experience in using information sharing tools to build collaborative value chains from his work with John Deere’s FoodOrigins group. He also managed information systems for the grape supply, logistics, and winemaking sector at E&J Gallo Winery. Mr. Arnold earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California-Berkeley and a Master of Science from the University of Arizona.

logo

Lesley P. Berglund GREEN WINE SUMMIT CHAIR
Chairman, WISE Academy

Lesley is an accomplished wine industry entrepreneur and CEO with a focus on change management. Over the past 20 years in the wine industry she has started up the equivalent of seven new businesses, acquired and integrated four companies and led during periods of dramatic change. As co-founder and former CEO of the Ambrosia Wine Catalogue/the Winetasting Network (which she sold to 1-800 Flowers in 2004) she has deep experience in consumer direct marketing of fine wines. Lesley has served on the board of nine wine-related companies and trade associations. In 2006, she co-founded the Specialty Wine Retailers Association. In 2008, she co-founded the WISE Academy, which provides education, training and certification for winery consumer direct professionals. Lesley also serves as co-chair of both the Wine Industry Technology Symposium and the Green Wine Summit.

logo

Su Birch
CEO, Wines of South Africa

Su Birch is CEO of Wines of South Africa (WOSA), a position she's held since May 2000. Birch holds a BA Honours degree from Stellenbosch and a teaching diploma and a MBA from UCT. In 2005 she was awarded the Lanson Woman In Wine Trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition in London. In 2006 the Cape Masters of Wine honoured her as Wine Personality of the Year and in 2009 she was named The Drinks Business's Woman of the Year.

logo

Susan Sokol Blosser
Founder, Sokol Blosser Winery

Susan Sokol Blosser, wine industry pioneer, community activist, environmental advocate, and author, is a contemporary Oregon icon. Known for her leadership of Sokol Blosser Winery, she was a forerunner in instituting environmentally friendly business practices and practicing the triple bottom line concept of people, planet, profit. With its certified organic vineyard, the first LEED (U.S. Green Building Council’s certification) certified winery building in the U.S., and business practices based on the Natural Step model of sustainability, Sokol Blosser Winery made social responsibility and its environmental ethic priorities, while pursuing its vision of making fabulous wines. For its leadership, Sokol Blosser Winery has received multiple honors, including Sunset Magazine’s 2007 Green Winery of the Year, the State of Oregon’s 2008 Governor’s Award for Sustainability in the Small Business category, and Oregon Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, and 100 Best Green Companies to Work For awards.

Susan holds a B.A. from Stanford University and an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Portland, citing her entrepreneurship within the context of environmental and social responsibility. Other awards include Lifetime Achievement Awards from Women for WineSense and the Oregon Wine Board. Her memoir, At Home in the Vineyard: Cultivating a Winery, an Industry, and a Life, was published by the University of California Press in 2006, and her business philosophy, Gracious & Ruthless: Surprising Strategies for Business Success, appeared in 2008. In 2008, she turned the presidency of Sokol Blosser Winery, Dundee, Oregon, over to her children, stepping back with the title of Founder.


logo

Larry Brill
Segment Sales Manager, Longview Fibre Paper and Packaging, Inc.

Larry Brill is the Segment Sales Manager to the Wine, Beer, and Glass Industries for Longview. In this role, he is responsible for corrugated carton sales to these markets. He is also involved in the marketing and planning efforts to grow and develop this segment.

Since 2007, Longview has been on a path of major transformation beginning with the purchase by Brookfield Asset Management. During this time, the company has been recognized globally by the industry for its management turnaround and safety improvements. Sustainability management at Longview is ongoing. From initial involvement in papermaking utilizing residual chips to increased use of recycled fiber, Longview has been a leader in green efforts. Recent years have seen overall reductions in GHG and carbon footprint. Longview has also been in the forefront of developing alternative materials for kraft paper, multi-wall bags, and packaging allowing for fiber reduction and increased recyclability.

Larry has a mechanical engineering degree from Kettering University and a MBA degree from University of Dayton. During his thirty plus year career in the corrugated industry, he has held various positions in engineering, operations management, sales management, and general management.

logo

Joe Browde, Ph.D.
Professional Services Manager, SureHarvest

Dr. Joe Browde joined the SureHarvest Professional Services team in June 2010. Joe was the key architect of the Cycle of Continuous Improvement for the Sustainable Winegrowing Program during his tenure as the Senior Project Manager for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA) from 2004 through 2010. As a co-author of the California Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices Self-Assessment Workbook, Dr. Browde led projects in pest management, air quality, water conservation and quality, and risk management, educating over 7400 growers through130 events. From 2000-2003, Dr. Browde directed the Winegrape Pest Management Alliance as a consultant to the California Association for Winegrape Growers. As a result of Dr. Browde’s outreach efforts to more than 2600 growers, pest control advisors, vineyard managers and workers, the industry achieved a 30 percent reduction in the use of higher-risk pesticides. Dr. Browde began his career with Zeneca Ag Products, where he served as an Entomology Specialist and Team Leader of an interdisciplinary research team. His experience spans a breadth of cropping systems including commodities such as cotton and soybeans, as well as, specialty crops.

Dr. Browde received his Ph.D. in Entomology from Iowa State University. He also holds a Master of Science in Entomology and a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from North Carolina State University.


logo

Andrew Bryson
Vice President Consulting, Saatchi & Saatchi S

Vice President of consulting at Saatchi & Saatchi S, Andrew leads teams of strategists in building activation solutions for Fortune 100 clients. He has led both strategy and activation work across multiple industries and with a wide range of clients including Frito-Lay, Starwood and Vestas Wind Systems. Andrew has a long history of working to create positive change in both the for-profit and nonprofit spheres. Notably, Andrew spent a number of years as the Executive Director of the Beastie Boys' non profit The Milarepa Fund, where he led the innovation of various strategies focused on activating young people on local, national and global levels. He also designed and directed the organization's philanthropic strategy, which focused on empowering small, locally-led organizations to create lasting change in their communities. Andrew has received a BA in Philosophy from Connecticut College and a Masters in International Development from the University of Pittsburgh.

logo

Bob L. Bunting
President, International Federation of Accountants

Bob Bunting is the president of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and a past chair of the AICPA Board of Directors (2004-2005). He spent the bulk of his career (from 1982-2004) as the president and chairman of Moss Adams LLP. Prior to that position, Mr. Bunting was the director of the firm’s consulting practice for ten years. Currently, he leads the Moss Adams International Services Group.

Mr. Bunting has been a member of the governing Council and many AICPA committees, including the Audit, Finance, Compensation, Nominations and Management of an Accounting Practice Committees. He served as chairman of the Board of Examiners, Assurance Services Executive Committee and as a member of the Special Committee on Standards of Professional Conduct for CPAs. He was also recently honored with the AICPA Gold Medal for Distinguished Service.

Additionally, Mr. Bunting is a past president of the Washington Association of CPAs and a current member of the boards of the Catherine Wilkins Foundation, United Way and Historic Seattle.


logo

Christy Consler
Vice President of Sustainability, Safeway

As Vice President of Sustainability, Christy Consler is responsible for developing Safeway's sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy across the enterprise. She works to ensure that Safeway takes a leadership position in the grocery retail industry with respect to sustainability, including coordinating, developing, and driving our CSR position and efforts throughout the company. Her responsibilities also include providing strategic input, benchmarking, goal development, helping forge relationships with external entities, and ensuring that our leaders and employees approach their roles with a broader mindset of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

Ms. Consler joined Safeway in October 2006 as Vice President of Leadership Development and Planning, where she led a team to develop and drive Safeway’s leadership bench strength and talent initiatives. She moved full-time into her Sustainability and CSR role in August 2010. Prior to joining Safeway, Ms. Consler held a variety of brand management and strategy roles, including at General Mills, and ran her own leadership consulting firm specializing in women’s leadership development.

Ms. Consler was named one of the Top 100 Women in Grocery in 2011 and 2010 by Progressive Grocer. She was elected to the Board of the Network of Executive Women as Safeway’s representative and is a member of the American Society for Training and Development.
Ms. Consler is a graduate of the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her MBA and of Cornell University, where she received a BS in Applied Economics.


logo

Eileen Crane
Founding Winemaker and President, Domaine Carneros

Eileen, Domaine Carneros' founding winemaker and president is equally at home in the world of food and fine dining. Raised with a keen appreciation for fine wines and haute cuisine, Eileen originally prepared for a culinary career, earning a master’s degree in nutrition followed by professional training at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America.

After two years of teaching nutrition at the University of Connecticut, Eileen made the decision to turn her passion for wine into a profession, headed west, and enrolled in the U.C. Davis Enology and Viticulture program. Upon completion of her studies, she was hired by Domaine Chandon, where she progressed to the position of assistant winemaker. The next move for the young winemaker involved a task that most lifelong veterans of the industry never undertake--building a winery. Hired as winemaker and vice president of Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, she was entrusted with the dual responsibilities of overseeing the design and construction of the facility in addition to developing the line of sparkling wines.

It turned out to be an experience that served her well. Selected personally by Claude Taittinger for the position of President/Winemaker of Domaine Carneros, dedicated to producing world-class sparkling wines made in the French tradition from famed Carneros region grapes, Eileen oversaw the planning and development of the beautiful Carneros landmark chateau, vineyards and winemaking facility. In 2003, Eileen directed the planning and construction of Domaine Carneros' second winemaking facility, dedicated exclusively to the production of Pinot Noir wines.

Eileen Crane is one of a handful of women who are now in the forefront of the wine industry in California. Recently recognized as one of the 75 Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times, Eileen is actively involved in numerous wine and civic organizations and is a past president of both the Carneros Quality Alliance and the California Classic Methods/Classic Varieties Society (CM/CV) and currently Chairs the Board of Napa Valley Hospice.


logo

Nigel Dart
Vice President, Sustainability, Owens-Illinois

Nigel is vice president of sustainability at Owens-Illinois, Inc. He is responsible for developing strategies and processes aimed at improving O-I’s position as a sustainable company delivering one of the most sustainable packaging materials - glass. He directs projects that focus on key opportunities in the areas of energy, environmental compliance, recycling and related issues.

Prior to holding this position, Dart served as vice president of manufacturing for O-I’s North America region. He has an extensive background in manufacturing and operations and has also held Lean Six Sigma positions in O-I’s Asia Pacific region.


logo

Michael E. Duffy
Principal, Michael E. Duffy & Associates

Mike Duffy is the person behind WineryWebSiteReport.com, a blog focused on helping wineries sell more wine by improving their online presence. He is a successful and experienced startup technologist, and was part of the teams that created best-selling programs like Chessmaster and Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. Among Mike's other accomplishments, he went to high school with Kevin Costner, and college with Bill Gates. He lives in Sebastopol and enjoys drinking Russian River Pinot Noir, green or otherwise.

logo

John R. Epperson
Special Counsel, Farella Braun + Martel

John R. Epperson is Special Counsel in the Environmental Law Department. Mr. Epperson represents clients regarding a broad range of legal issues relating to environmental and occupational health and safety regulatory compliance counseling. This includes permitting, defense of enforcement actions, site investigations and remediation. His practice includes regulatory compliance and counseling in myriad facets of use of hazardous chemicals, including solid and hazardous waste, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act, RCRA, CERCLA and state law equivalents, as well as federal and state OSHA and pipeline safety issues.

Mr. Epperson is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Environmental Law Section and is a former Committee Vice-Chair for the ABA Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Epperson had over ten years of technical experience in radiation safety in the nuclear power industry.


logo

Lisa Francioni
Project Manager, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance
Environmental Affairs Coordinator, Wine Institute


Lisa Francioni is Project Manager for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, a non-profit organization incorporated in 2003 by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers to promote environmental stewardship and social responsibility in the state’s wine community. She also serves as Environmental Affairs Coordinator at Wine Institute, a public policy advocacy association of more than 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses. She has helped implement the California Sustainable Winegrowing Program, a voluntary educational program for California wineries and vineyards, since February 2005 and also helps manage the new certification program, Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing. Previously, Lisa was a project coordinator and communications manager at Sustainable Monterey Bay and she also worked for environmental and planning consulting firms in England. She graduated with a Master's of Science in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco, and a BA in Environmental Studies and a BA in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

logo

Steven French, MBA
Managing Partner, Natural Marketing Institute (NMI)

Steven French’s background includes 25 years of corporate marketing, business development, and management experience with PepsiCo, Mars, Inc., and Marriott Corporation. Throughout his professional career, he has accumulated unparalleled experience and knowledge across a broad range of multi-faceted business disciplines, including business unit general management, brand marketing, multi-channel business development, corporate market research management, new business start-ups, new product concept development, competitive/product category analysis, and strategic plan development. Steven holds a Bachelors of Science in Marketing from Penn State University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Scranton.

At NMI, he works with many global Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, start-up companies, associations, and various other organizations. He has pioneered a range of NMI consumer research databases that analyze consumer attitudes, behavior, product usage, and demographics within the health, wellness, and sustainability marketplace. More specifically, Mr. French established the LOHAS Consumer Trends Database™ (LCTD), an annual research study of the U.S. marketplace that focuses on sustainability, corporate social responsibility, environmentalism, social issues, and other planetary health and wellness topics. Since 2002, this research has been conducted in the United States. Steven also established the research in eight European countries and Japan. He is also a frequent author of research reports, articles, and a contributor to numerous domestic and international consumer media, including Fox TV, NBC News, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, and many others. As a recognized industry expert, Mr. French’s expertise is also utilized on a regular basis by many trade publications such as Brandweek, Progressive Grocer, Supermarket News, and over 30 business journals, among others.


logo

Wendy Garcia
Senior Environmental Engineer, Constellation Wines

Wendy Garcia is the senior environmental engineer for Constellation Wines North America. In this position, she is responsible for environmental compliance and environmental policy development. Before joining the company, Wendy worked as a government regulator for air and water and pollution control. Wendy has worked for the past seven years with Constellation to promote holistic approaches to winery process wastewater treatment and reuse integrating agriculture, chemistry, and engineering solutions. She is an active participant in California Wine Institute and California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. Wendy holds bachelor’s degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Last year she implemented a web-based metrics tracking system for Constellation wineries and vineyards to be able to monitor their consumption and to gather savings data key to getting financial support for conservation projects.


logo

John Garn
Co-founder, Viewcraft

John Garn is a ViewCraft co-founder, info-cartographer and resource consultant. His experience includes private, non-profit and governmental entities such as the US EPA, CalEPA, the Association of Bay Area Governments, The Wine Institute, The California Association of Winegrape Growers, the National Association of Counties and the United States Conference of Mayors. In 1999 John's work on the collaboration-based Sonoma Green Business Program was recognized with a national sustainability award from the D.C.-based Joint Center for Sustainable Development.

logo

Mimi Gatens
Winery Sales and Marketing Consultant

A 20 year wine industry veteran, Mimi Gatens began her career at Merryvale Vineyards as Special Events Manager. She then spent 10 years with Pine Ridge and Archery Summit wineries as Vice President of Hospitality and Human Resources. She also was a member of the national sales team covering the Sierra Nevada and Las Vegas territories. Mimi worked with Pat Kuleto as co-general manager of his Napa Valley winery where she focused on sales, marketing and hospitality. She joined Benziger Family Winery in 2005 as vice-president of Marketing and in 2007 focused her efforts on the winery’s many green business practices, including its energy efficiency and recycling systems, environmentally preferable purchasing, educational outreach and the family’s comprehensive certified-sustainable farming program. She now has her own sales and marketing consulting firm focused on assisting small wineries with national sales, consumer direct sales, sustainability, marketing and public relations. Her current project has her working on the launch of Flavor! Napa Valley.

A resident of Napa, she has served on the steering committee of Auction Napa Valley for 15 years and on the board of directors for the Napa Valley Conference and Visitors Bureau (NVCVB). She currently serves on the Charter Council for Stonebridge School. She was president of the NVCVB in 1999 and 2004, and a founding member of the Wine Brats. Mimi graduated from Chico State in 1990 with a MA in Business Communications.

logo

Sue Giampietro
Director of Environmental Resources, The Wine Group

Sue Giampietro has worked at The Wine Group for seven years in Environmental Services. During this time, she has worked closely with the Wine Institute Environmental Committee on current regulatory issues, greenhouse gas accounting and sustainability measures. She worked at Golden State Vintners for three years, prior to its acquisition by The Wine Group, as Director of Safety and Manager of Laboratory/Food Safety. She came to the wine industry with 17 years' experience as Plant Manager of chemical processing and distribution facilities. She started her career with a degree in Chemistry, working as an Analytical Chemist.

logo

Jonathan Green
Manager of Natural Resources, Winemakers Federation of Australia

Jonathan Green is the manager of the Australian sustainable wine production program Entwine Australia as part of his role as Natural Resources Manager at the Winemaker's Federation of Australia. Jonathan's background includes environmental and resource management policy advice, legislative amendment and land use change project management for State and Territory governments within Australia. Jonathan has also conducted land use, biodiversity and climate research with projects ranging from tropical to cold alpine regions of Australia, the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.

logo

Tony Hansen
Partner, Seven Streams Group

Tony is a consultant and entrepreneur, focused on the design and implementation of value-creating sustainability strategies. Specialty areas include business development, project management and stakeholder engagement. With 20 years of experience in implementing complex projects with leading multi-national corporations, governments and NGOs, he has consistently demonstrated a flair for getting the job done.

Recent projects have been with the wine, coffee and entertainment industries, exploring industry collaboration as a tool to address large systemic challenges to sustainable agriculture and resource management. From 2008 to 2010, Tony worked for Blu Skye Sustainability Consulting, a dynamic team of business strategists with deep sustainability expertise. In this role, his clients ranged from Walmart to The Nature Conservancy, with a strong focus on responsible sourcing and sustainable merchandising. During this period, the staging of high impact events was frequently used as a strategy to drive momentum and share best practices.

Prior to Blu Skye, Tony worked in the fields of sustainable agriculture, event management and marketing. As a sustainability consultant, he co-created the Biodiversity & Wine Initiative, a transformative sustainable agriculture partnership between the South African Wine Industry and the Conservation Sector. During his 10-year career in event management Tony honed his skills in designing and running high-impact events for diverse stakeholder groups. Most recently, these skills were leveraged through the creation and management of Wal-Mart’s ground-breaking 2008 Beijing Sustainability Summit and the program design for Time Inc’s 2010 Global Forum.

Tony holds undergraduate and post graduate business degrees from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He lives with his family in Healdsburg, California, and has a passion for life, the outdoors, food and wine.


logo

Matthew B. Hoffman
Ph.D. Student, UC Davis

Matthew Hoffman is an applied social scientist whose work focuses on advancing California’s viticulture outreach and education programs through scientific evaluation. He is a Ph.D. student at UC Davis. He holds a B.S. in agriculture and an M.S. in rural sociology and sustainable agriculture. Matthew’s M.S. thesis was an ethnographic study of the cultural motivations the drive Lodi growers to create and participate in sustainability programs. His family grows winegrapes and vintners wine in Lodi, California. His research on how growers define sustainable viticulture was recently published in Practical Winery and Vineyard. Matthew and his colleagues at the UC Davis Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior are currently collaborating with viticultural organization across California to conduct a comprehensive study of winegrape grower and winery manager adoption of sustainability practices, the effectiveness of sustainability-oriented outreach and education programs, and the role social networks play in learning about vineyard and winery management. Their research is funded by the National Science Foundation and the UC Davis Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Matthew and his UC Davis colleagues conduct research that is useful and relevant to viticultural organizations working to advance outreach and education programs, and they welcome future research partnerships with the viticulture sector.

logo

Michael Honig
President, Honig Vineyard & Winery

At the age of 22, Michael took the reigns of his struggling, family vineyard and winery. With an old meat locker for an office, a shoebox marked "miscellaneous" for an accounting system and no training, he began canvassing the streets of San Francisco, selling wine and delivering it himself. As president of the winery, he has built a strong team and transformed the business into a success. With his seemingly endless energy, Michael is often referred to as "the James Brown of the wine industry" and spends 75% of his time out in the world introducing people to Honig wines.

A leader in sustainable farming, he chaired the first California initiative to develop a "Code of Sustainable Winegrowing Practices," a voluntary program establishing statewide guidelines for sustainable farming and winemaking. He is also involved in an innovative pilot program that trains yellow lab puppies to detect vine mealy bugs in the vineyard.

Michael is a director of the Wine Institute, which sets policy for the industry and works closely with federal and state governments. He also serves on the boards of several organizations including: the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance; the Assisted Dog Institute; Tower Road Wine Storage; and the Napa County Destination Strategy Project.


logo

Allison Jordan
Executive Director, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance

Allison Jordan is executive director of the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, a non-governmental organization incorporated in 2003 by Wine Institute and the California Association of Winegrape Growers to promote environmental stewardship and social responsibility in the state’s wine community. She also serves as communications programs manager at Wine Institute, a public policy advocacy association of more than 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses. Jordan previously was a senior associate for SureHarvest and vice president and acting executive director for the Resource Renewal Institute. She holds a Masters degree from the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, a Psychology B.A. from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and is a fellow with the German Marshall Fund's Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program.

logo

Adam Lowry
Co-founder, Chief Greenskeeper, Method Products, Inc.

Adam Lowry believes that business is our greatest vehicle for positive social and environmental change. First and foremost an entrepreneur and change agent, Adam has a proven track record of innovation across multiple categories and consumer segments.

As Chief Greenskeeper, Adam's focus is bringing sustainable innovations to the method business. He also directs the sustainability aspects of product design, sourcing, and production, and provides strategic input for consumer marketing and the press.

When Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan founded method, the environmentally friendly brand of cleaning products, they used packaging stylish enough to showcase on the countertop and pleasant aromas such as green tea and cucumber to transform household products into must-have lifestyle accessories. And when they coined the phrase 'People Against Dirty,' they weren’t just talking about the stuff you track in on your shoes, they also meant the toxic chemicals that make up many household detergents.

Their first book, Squeaky Green, is a totally informative and completely entertaining room-by-room guide to giving dirty the boot. Packed with helpful tips and surprising facts, Squeaky Green is rehab for chemically dependent homes. Prior to founding method, Adam worked as a climate scientist at the Carnegie Institution, developing software products for the study of global climate change. That experience, combined with his earlier experience designing automotive products made from biodegradable materials and recycled content, formed the nucleus of his unique approach to commercial environmentalism that forms the foundation of method's approach today. Adam is a fellow at the Aspen Institute and holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. He is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and Treehugger. He resides in San Francisco with his wife, Mara and daughter, Kenning.


logo

Philip J Manson
Science and Innovations Manager, New Zealand Winegrowers

logo

Mandi McKay
Assistant Sustainability Coordinator, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Mandi McKay is the Assistant Sustainability Coordinator at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. She is one of two full-time coordinators that directly manage the brewery's environmental programs including energy generation, recycling, composting, conservation and efficiency, and employee education. Mandi graduated from CSU Chico in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Conservation and Protection and has been with Sierra Nevada for the past 3 years. Before joining the Sierra Nevada team she worked for a nonprofit organization that educated elementary school children and the general community about recycling and composting. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co has been recognized as an environmental leader and strives to operate as an example of a sustainable business model which aims to balance social, environmental, and economic goals.

logo

Cliff Ohmart, Ph.D.
Vice President, Professional Services, SureHarvest

Cliff Ohmart has a B.Sc. degree in Forest Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a principal research scientist for CSIRO Division of Forest Research in Australia for 13 years where he did basic research on insect pests of Monterey pine and Eucalyptus. From 1989 to 1995 he worked as a private consultant for Scientific Methods, Inc. in Chico, California helping growers develop IPM programs for almonds, walnuts, prunes, and pistachios. From 1996 to 2009 he was the Sustainable Winegrowing Director for the Lodi Winegrape Commission where he helped them develop what has become a nationally recognized sustainable winegrowing program.This included creating the Lodi-Winegrower’s Workbook program and the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing program, California’s first third-party-certified sustainable winegrowing program.

Cliff has recently taken a job as Vice President of Professional Services with SureHarvest, a company that provides a complete set of solutions for growers, grower groups, and agrifood companies interested in developing sustainable programs. He has presented over 300 seminars, conference papers and symposia papers at universities, government research organizations, and grower groups throughout the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden and Finland and is very active at the county, state and national level in pest management and agriculture industry affairs. He serves on the Boards of Protected Harvest and the Association of Applied IPM Ecologists.


logo

Susan Orenstein
Sustainability Consultant

Susan Orenstein is a Bay Area consultant who helps organizations craft their messaging and strategy, with a focus on creating environmental and social change. Her clients have included Gap Inc., SAP, and Williams-Sonoma, among others. A longtime journalist, she earned her MBA in spring 2010 from Presidio Graduate School, a groundbreaking program that was among the first in the country to focus on sustainability. Previously, she was a writer and editor for such publications as the New York Observer, San Jose Mercury News, American Lawyer, Elle, Mother Jones, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Business 2.0. Susan believes that storytelling can support business in new and exciting ways. She is skilled at connecting with people inside an organization and seeing the details that bring their story to life.

logo

Lora Price
Human Resources Manager, Mumm Napa Valley, Pernod Ricard USA

Lora Price has been a human resources professional for more than 20 years, beginning in the manufacturing beauty industry. She has spent the past seven years in the wine industry, first at Duckhorn Wine Company, then since 2008 at Mumm Napa.

Lora was raised in Cuernavaca Mexico where she became bilingual and upon returning to California received her degree in Spanish Interpretation and Translation from UC Santa Barbara. She joined Creative Nail Design in Vista, CA and while there attained her second degree in Human Resource Management from UC San Diego.

Her Spanish has been indispensable during her career. She has successfully bridged gaps between operations and administration resulting in increased participation in all benefits. At Mumm she has translated all documents into Spanish to ensure that all personnel are informed about the company’s mission, vision, goals and objectives; her ability to communicate with people at all levels, a strength that translates to every industry.


logo
Gerald Rebitzer, Ph.D.
Sustainability Leader, Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas

As Sustainability Leader, Gerald Rebitzer is responsible for Sustainability at Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas. This role encompasses both environmental management and social responsibility from an operations perspective as well as working with customers and suppliers to enhance the performance of the packaging products Amcor provides to the food, home- and personal care, and pharmaceutical industries. From 2007 to 2009 he was head of product-related sustainability management at Alcan Packaging, globally. Prior to this, he had several roles related to EHS and sustainability within Alcan, focusing on the various aluminium production and fabrication businesses (2003 – 2007). Gerald has more than 15 years of experience in implementing sustainability initiatives and life cycle approaches in sectors such as Packaging, Building and Construction, Automotive, Aerospace, Electronics, and Metals. He holds a Ph.D. in Life Cycle Management from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne and a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the Technical University Berlin. He is editor for The International Journal of LCA, lecturer at the ETH Zurich, member of the Executive Committee of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the Steering Committee of the WRI/WBCSD GHG Protocol’s Product and Supply Chain Initiative. Gerald has published more than 100 papers in the area of life cycle thinking and sustainability.

logo

Michele Rodriguez, AICP, LEED AP
Regional Program Manager, Bay Area Region, Energy Upgrade California, Bevilacqua Knight, Inc.

Michele Rodriguez works at Bevilacqua Knight, Inc (BKi) as a Program Manager for regional building retrofit programs for local governments. She oversees the program administration of the Retrofit Bay Area program on behalf of the Association of Bay Area Governments and the eight counties in the Bay Area. She also manages the Sonoma County Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program, and the Better Buildings Program Whole Neighborhood Sonoma, Los Angeles, the On Water Bill Financing pilot, and the EM&V program of 22 pilots statewide. Key program elements include program design and implementation, workforce development, information technology, marketing and outreach, stakeholder engagement, and financing and incentives.

Michele previously worked at ICF International, where she specialized in carbon reduction strategies such as Climate Action Plans, Energy Efficiency Programs, Carbon Product Labeling, and other Sustainability Programs. Michele was on the Advisory Committee of the State Department of Transportation to amend the transportation guidelines related to SB 375 which connected land use planning with carbon, energy, transportation, and housing on a regional level.

In the past Ms. Rodriguez worked at Marin County managing long range planning where she was the Project Manager for the Marin Countywide Plan, the first comprehensive general plan in the nation with the overarching theme of sustainability. This long range plan linked the local climate action plan to public policy and program implementation. She managed the development, funding and operation of their Green Building Program, the Green Business Program, the Solar Energy Program, the Energy Efficiency Program, and a Targeted Industry Study done through the lens of sustainability.

Ms. Rodriguez earned a master's degree in urban planning and economics from San Jose State University and she is a United States Green Building Council Accredited Professional, as well as a nationally certified planner from the American Planning Association.


logo

Daniël Schietekat
LPW Manager, Wines of South Africa

Daniël Schietekat is a graduate of the Elsenburg Agricultural College (Viticulture and Oenology) and expanded his studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa. With over 13 years of experience in the fruit and wine industry in South Africa, he is currently the manager of the Integrated Production of Wine Scheme (IPW). The IPW Scheme specialises in environmental sustainability in the South African wine sector .

logo

Laura Levy Shatkin
Executive Producer, Blogger, Freelance Writer

Ms Levy Shatkin, a decade and a half veteran food and wine critic for the Chicago Reader Newspaper, also served as Emmy-Nominated Executive Producer and Food/Wine Critic for "Taste," a 30-minute food and wine show on NBC5 Chicago. Following emerging trends in the rich media landscape, Ms. Levy Shatkin brought the Taste onto the internet for on-demand viewing via www.WineTasteTV.com, where Ms. Levy is a Partner/Owner. Keeping with today’s constantly changing social media landscape, Ms. Levy now contributes her video blog onto Today’s Chicago Woman and the Tribune’s ChicagoNow.com aggregate blog site (http://www.chicagonow.com/profiles/llshatkin ). She freelances in print for Today’s Chicago Woman, as well, and for the food section of the Chicago Sun-Times, Make IT Better, among other publications. Currently, she is in production for the new Green Plate Club, a 30-minute farm-to-table food, wine and lifestyle TV show to air on NBC Chicago in fall 2011.

logo

Marc Stoiber
Author & Green Steward of Futureproof Brands

Marc Stoiber is a creative director, entrepreneur, green brand specialist and writer. He works with clients to build resilient, futureproof brands.

Marc's leadership positions have included Vice President of Green Innovation at Maddock Douglas, President and Founder of Change Advertising, National Creative Director of Grey Canada and Creative Director of DDB Toronto.

He has helped two ad agencies rise from obscurity to market prominence, and his work has been recognized by virtually every international industry award for advertising and design.

Marc writes on brand innovation for Huffington Post, Fast Company, GreenBiz and Sustainable Life Media. He also speaks on the subject from coast to coast, and has been featured at TED.


logo

Elizabeth Sturcken
Managing Director, Environmental Defense Fund

Elizabeth Sturcken directs the work of Environmental Defense Fund’s California Corporate Partnerships team, which develops and implements joint projects with leading companies to create environmental change. She currently oversees the work of staff in San Francisco and Bentonville, AR, working on projects ranging from greening the supply chain to energy efficiency. Her direct work currently includes leading EDF’s team of people working with Walmart to create broad environmental change in areas of climate change, China, toxic materials, plastic bags, and sustainable agriculture. In the past Elizabeth led EDF’s FedEx project to develop environmentally advanced heavy-duty delivery vehicles and led the UPS project to create innovative change in their express delivery.
logo

Ann Thrupp, Ph.D.
Manager of Sustainability and Organic Development, Fetzer Vineyards

Ann Thrupp is Manager of Sustainability and Organic Development at Fetzer Vineyards. In this capacity, she provides outreach, technical assistance, and information about organic and sustainable farming practices for growers, wineries, and the broader community. She develops partnerships with many stakeholders involved in sustainability initiatives; and facilitates communication of Fetzer’s sustainable practices. She also serves as a Consultant (and was formerly Managing Director) for the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to education and promotion of sustainable practices.

Previously, Ann worked with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Agriculture Initiative. She also has worked as a consultant in sustainable agriculture for Robert Mondavi, the Roots of Change Fund, and for several other organizations and companies. Ann has many years of experience in international agriculture education, organic farming, research and policy analysis. From 1990-1998, she was Director of Sustainable Agriculture at the World Resources Institute. Ann has a Ph.D. and M.A. from Sussex University and a B.A. from Stanford University, and speaks Spanish fluently. She has written over 70 publications related to agriculture and natural resource management, and is a Board Member of the Organic Farming Research Foundation.


logo

Lisa Adams Walter
Principal, Adams Walter Communications

Lisa Adams Walter has a diverse professional background that spans more than fifteen years and includes public relations, promotional marketing and writing experience in the wine/hospitality/travel industry, high-tech/Internet, trade and consumer publishing, professional sports and corporate and agency environments.

Prior to opening Adams Walter Communications, Lisa managed client programs for R. Eddy Communications, directed the 1998 Premiere Napa Valley Winter Trade Auction for the Napa Valley Vintners Association and was Director of Marketing and Public Relations for SmartWired, Inc., a wine information and media company that published Smart Wine Online, Smart Wine Magazine and Wine Business Monthly.

Lisa majored in Communication Studies, and graduated with an emphasis on Public Relations and Advertising. Her past and present professional memberships and affiliations have included the COPIA (American Center for Wine, Food & the Arts) 100 Cru Marketing Committee, Academy of Wine Communications, Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance Marketing Committee and Community Outreach Committee, Sonoma Valley Olive Festival Public Relations Committee, Wine BRATS Committee Chair, Women for WineSense, the Public Relations Society of America, Wine Hospitality Organization and Silverado Trail Wineries Association Board Member.


logo

Geni Whitehouse
CPA, Brotemarkle & Davis

Geni Whitehouse, CPA, CITP, CSPM is a consulting team member with BDCo. She is the founder of Even a Nerd Can Be Heard, an organization focused on communication skills for accountants and the people who count on them. She is the author of How to Make a Boring Subject Interesting 52 ways even a nerd can be heard, which is available on Amazon.com. Geni is passionate about applying accounting and technology to improve business results. Her primary area of focus is expanding BDCo's strategic management services. Geni's experience ranges from public accounting to corporate tax, from software vendor to software implementer, and from serving small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. She has held executive positions with prominent companies including Elliott Davis Technology Solutions, Gross Duke and Nelson, PC, Navision Software US, and Sage Software. Geni is also an instructor at the WISE Academy, where she teaches accounting concepts to winery staff.



 

© Green Wine Summit | Santa Rosa, CA | Media Phone: 707-261-8716
Coordination: Wine Symposium Group | 707-255-9222 | email: events@winesymposium.com