Mr. Franson writes about wine and winemaking for both consumers and the wine business. He was formerly editor of a national business magazine, and has written for many publications, including Wine Business Monthly, Wine Enhusiast, Decanter, The San Francisco Chronicle, Food & Wine and the Napa Valley Register, as well as his own newsletter NapaLife. He maintains two websites, napalife.com and traveltastes.com. Franson wrote Spinning the Bottle, a book about wine industry public relations with Harvey Posert, and is working on another wine marketing book.
Ms. Mengali is the Production Manager for Truett-Hurst, Inc., a publicly owned wine producer of premium and super-premium wines. Notable for launching “first-of-its-kind” innovative packaging, Truett Hurst is focused on creating a new way of thinking in the wine industry that promotes changes in the way people buy and enjoy wine.
Dr. Lapsley is an internationally known author, winemaker, and instructor. His main areas of research are the economics of wine production and marketing, and the history of California wine. Lapsley has authored Bottled Poetry, a history of the emergence of the Napa Valley as it evolved into California’s premiere wine region. He co-edited, along with Kirby Mouton, Successful Wine Marketing, which was awarded the OIV Grand Prize in 2001 for the Best Book on Wine Economics.
Longtime wine industry executive Mr. Conover is General Manager of PlumpJack Winery and Partner in CADE Winery. He helped focus the direction of PlumpJack on Cabernet Sauvignon, the varietal that achieves unparalleled expression in the Oakville region of Napa Valley. The results have been high critical acclaim for our Estate and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines, including many 90+ scores and Wine Enthusiast’s designation of our 2001 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon as “The Number One Wine in the World.” Our PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay is a regular favorite at the White House.
Michael Ward is the head of Morrison and Foerster’s patent practice and co-chair of the Intellectual Property group. Dr. Ward is founder of the firm’s Plant IP practice and is a member of the steering committee for the firm’s Cleantech practice.
Before founding Merrill Research in 1986, Mr. Merrill had been the Director of Marketing Research for Regis McKenna Inc. a leading high tech marketing strategy and communications consultancy. He was responsible for all primary and secondary research activities for RMI on a worldwide basis. Prior to Regis McKenna Inc., Mr. Merrill’s experience included senior research positions at Activision, Levi Strauss & Co., Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co. and Heublein Wines.
Mr. Lechner is the Vice President, Group Client Director for Nielsen’s West Premier/Beverage Alcohol team. Lechner has nearly 20 years’ progressive experience in analytics, custom research and beverage alcohol marketing.
With over 15 years’ experience in the wine industry, Ms. Crowe helped found Napa-based Plata Wine Partners to create wine brands with compelling stories backed by unparalleled quality. Crowe is the Director of Winemaking for Plata Wine Partners (formed in 2005) as well as Winemaker for Garnet Vineyards, a small cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay brand. Crowe sources her wines from within her company’s 10,000+ acres of premium North and Central Coast vineyards, literally growing her client’s projects from the ground up.
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Agilent Technologies’ Electronic Measurement Group is a $3.6 billion business that over the past decade has seen a dramatic shift in its customer base from U.S., and Western European customers to predominantly Asia-based customers. Today, the majority of the division’s revenues are generated outside of the U.S., with an increasing concentration in China.
(Davis, CA) — The UC Davis Graduate School of Management’s full-time MBA program has been ranked among the top six percent of AACSB International-accredited programs nationwide, according to U.S. News & World Report’s latest graduate business school rankings released today.