March 31st, 2017

SPEAKERS

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Bill Silver

Dean of the School of Business & Economics
Sonoma State University


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A leadership and strategy expert, Dr. Silver has directed executive education programs for more than 75 client organizations including First Data Corporation, Newmont Mining, Coors Brewing, Kaiser Permanente, Hewlett Packard, and Lockheed Martin.

Terry Creaturo

Adult Beverage Coordinator
Kroger


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As an Advanced level member of the Master Court of Sommeliers, Terry’s career has covered purchasing, and pricing in both on and off premise venues. Assortment selection and brand development are strong subsets within her marketing background, while training and associate development fall under her workforce management leadership. Terry has developed and honed these skills in her distinguished career with National Restaurant Management, the Hilton at Disney World, Harris Teeter, and Kroger.

Karissa Kruse

President
Sonoma County Winegrowers


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As a leader of Sonoma County Winegrowers and Sonoma County Grape Growers Foundation, Karissa has been instrumental in the county’s sustainability initiative and is herself a partner in small vineyard and winery on Sonoma Mountain. She studied economics and marketing at Wharton School of Business, Pennsylvania, and now sits on the Advisory Committee for its Initiative on Environmental Leadership. She has 20 years’ experience in marketing, brand management, strategic planning and business development with companies including General Mills, Universal Studios, Mattel and Dairy Management. She is a Marshall Memorial Fellow and holds board positions with a range of organisations that promote tourism and commerce within Sonoma County.

Rob McMillan

EVP and Founder
Silicon Valley Bank’s Wine Division


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Rob McMillan is the only banker to be named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in the US Wine Industry and has been authoring Silicon Valley Bank’s State of the Wine Industry Report for close on 20 years. He is the founder of the Bank’s wine division, which is now recognised as the leading provider of financial services to the US fine wine business. A frequent media commentator, lecturer at several West Coast universities and regular blogger, Rob’s informed opinions are trusted by wine producers, importers and financiers alike. He has served on a variety of boards over the course of his career in diverse industries, and continues to do so today within the wine space.

Kevin Shaw

Founder and Creative Director
Stranger & Stranger


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Kevin founded Stranger and Stranger in 1995, creating the world’s leading, multi-award winning drinks packaging company with studios in London, New York and San Francisco. Kevin was formerly Creative Director with D4, managing campaigns for Coca Cola, British Airways, Mobil and Coutts Bank. Before that Kevin spent 2 years with Collett Dickenson Pearce Advertising Agency as Design and Art Director working with, among others, Unilever.

Malcolm Thompson

Chief Innovation Officer
Vinventions


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Malcolm leads Nomacorc’s strategy development and implementation processes as well as research and development initiatives. He joined Nomacorc in 2003 as VP of Technology and is now responsible for quality, sales, marketing, and business development globally. Before joining Nomacorc, he spent 22 years with Netherlands-based DSM Corporation, a global leader in life sciences and materials and one of Nomacorc’s original strategic supply partners. Malcolm has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Dalhousie University and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Brunswick.