Lisa Adams Walter
Director of Programs
Wine Industry Symposium Group

Lisa Adams Walter joined the Wine Industry Symposium Group in 2014. She brings a diverse background that includes PR, promotional marketing and writing experience in wine, travel, entertainment, high-tech, publishing, pro sports and corporate environments. Lisa opened her boutique PR agency, Adams Walter Communications (with a focus upon wine, food and the arts) 15 years ago, and simultaneously continues in that role while working as Director of Programs for the Wine Industry Symposium Group.

A “native” of California’s Wine Country, Lisa began her wine industry career in the Hospitality Center of Inglenook Napa Valley in the early ‘80s. She majored in Communication Studies at California State University Sacramento, graduating with an emphasis in PR and Advertising. Her prior professional experience includes working as the Director of Marketing and PR for Wine Business Publications, for the Napa Valley Vintners on the second Premiere Napa Valley and as the Director of Public Relations for the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance. She has served as the Assistant Executive Director of the Academy of Wine Communications, as well as an appointed representative on the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee to the Napa County Board of Supervisors and is a founding member of Napa County’s “100 Women Who Care.”

Brad Alderson
Wine and Winery Consultant

Brad Alderson shares and continues to promote the late Robert Mondavi’s vision for producing wines of style, personality and quality that would stand with great wines of the world. His focus for the last 35 years has been to accomplish this first as the founding winemaker of Robert Mondavi’s Woodbridge Winery and then as a Vice President and General Manager for Robert Mondavi. After leaving Woodbridge at the end of harvest in 2007 he is now working as an advisor on wines, winemaking and winery operations for wineries both in Lodi and in other wine regions.

Brad began his winemaking career after graduation from the University of California at Davis with degrees in Chemistry and Food Biochemistry with a focus on Enology. At the University he had the privilege to study under Drs. Maynard Amerine, Vernon Singleton, Dinsmoor Webb and James Guymon, the academic founders of the Davis winemaking program. These California wine industry pioneers ignited his passion for making great wines as well as giving him the scientific and professional tools to make great wines.

His first winemaking position was at the A. Perelli-Minetti & Sons Winery in Delano, California where he met and married his wife Sandra Perelli-Minetti and started his family. In 1975 he moved to Lodi to be winemaker at the Montcalm winery. In 1978 the Robert Mondavi family acquired the Montcalm winery and it was renamed Woodbridge Winery. The Robert Mondavi family working with Brad, developed what is now known as Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi. “Our goal,” says Brad, “was to produce great wines that could be enjoyed everyday, wines with depth of personality and style that captured and retained people’s interest.” The success of Woodbridge, a winery that grew from nothing to the nation’s leading wine brand and then stayed as a leader over three decades, proved the power of this vision. Working with Robert, Michael, and Tim for over 30 years gave him tremendous opportunity, resources and the encouragement to participate in making great wines all over California and the world.

Brad also recognized the potential of the Lodi region for growing premium grapes and producing excellent wines. He authored the petition for establishing the Lodi appellation, and in 1986, Lodi was recognized as one of the first American Viticultural Areas (AVA) in California.

An excellent innovator who is always striving to improve quality, Brad developed the “small lot” program at Woodbridge in 1983. This program enabled a grower to taste wine from his own vineyard, and together with the Woodbridge winemaking staff, evaluate winegrowing techniques that would contribute to higher quality. When Woodbridge growers began sharing and comparing vineyard practices, they instituted the Quality Enhancement Team (QET). Brad involved these growers in wine tastings, seminars, world wide travel, and viticultural research projects aimed at constantly enhancing grape quality.

Brad has also received a Masters in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He has served as board member and President of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) and during his tenure he co-founded the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium with Robert Hartzell and Richard Peterson. He also has been President of the Lodi District Vintners Association. He belongs to the American Wine Society, the Society of Wine Educators and the Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine. He serves as a judge and panelist in numerous U.S. wine competitions, including the California State Fair. In 2004 he was named “Agribusiness Person of the Year” by the Lodi Chamber of Commerce for his dedication to the region’s agricultural success. In 2008 he received the Lodi Winegrape Commission’s Award of Merit for his service to the Lodi wine community.

Andy Christensen
General Manager
Woodbridge Irrigation District

Andy Christensen has had a lifelong experience in agriculture and water development for both domestic and agricultural water usage. Christensen has been directly involved in the design and construction of over $175,000,000 in water project development including the complete reconstruction of WID’s Dam in 2003-2005 and the Woodbridge fish screening project of 2009. He began working for the Woodbridge Irrigation District (40,000 Acre, 100 miles of Canals and Pipelines) in 1991. He has also worked prior as the General Manager of Clark Rural Water District, Clark South Dakota and as the Water Resources Coordinator, Oahe Irrigation District, Aberdeen, South Dakota. He earned his BS in Business and Political Science from Northern State University, Aberdeen, South Dakota and is a recipient of the Mokelumne River Stewardship Award in 2014 as well as the Consulting Engineers & Land Surveyors Award and the American Council of Engineers Grand Award, both for the Woodbridge Dam & Fish Passage Facilities in 2007.

Jeff Clark
Domain Specialist
Live Oak Bank

Jeff Clark began his wine and craft beverage lending career in 1993 in Napa Valley. He has worked with wineries, breweries and distilleries throughout the United States. His experience spans the spectrum from small, family-operated businesses to large syndicated deals and publicly traded companies. He managed a private banking group that assisted entrepreneurs with business succession planning. Jeff appears regularly as a guest speaker to numerous wine and craft beverage industry groups nationally, covering financial and banking-related matters.

Tony Correia
Accredited Rural Appraiser
The Correia Company

Tony Correia is widely recognized as a leading authority on the valuation of agricultural and rural properties, with a special emphasis on vineyards and wineries. He holds the professional designation of Accredited Rural Appraiser (ARA), and is currently an owner of The Correia Company. He provides a wide array of valuation and consulting services on agricultural and rural properties, specializing in more challenging valuations involving wineries, vineyards, estate planning and settlement, undivided partial interests in real property, and water rights. He is also an instructor of valuation courses and seminars throughout the nation and Mexico, and is also a frequent public speaker on agricultural properties, appraisal, taxation, estate planning issues, water rights, and the vineyard and wine industries. Tony has extensive experience in appraisal of vineyards and wineries, having been professionally engaged in such appraisals for over thirty years. He has also planted, replanted and operated his own vineyards, and has operated vineyards as a professional manager. He has developed and taught most of the professional appraisal seminars and courses on the topic, and has contributed to several textbooks published on the subject. Tony also provides expert witness valuation services and is qualified as an Expert Witness in many local, State and Federal courts in California, Arizona, Nevada and Illinois.

After undergraduate work at Saint Mary’s College of California and Syracuse University, Tony graduated from California State University, Fresno, with a major and post-graduate work in English and a second major in Russian. Prior pursuits include former lives as a grape grower, partner in a large commercial real estate brokerage, and various government positions, including tours as an IRS examiner, and as a military intelligence analyst, cryptologist, and linguist. He now lives in Sonoma, with his wife Stephanie, and enjoys travel, photography, great literature and music, fast cars, slow cooking, gardening, the study of wine, and the pursuit of knowledge.

Nat Dibuduo
President
Allied Grape Growers

Nat DiBuduo is a native of the San Joaquin Valley, being born and raised in the Fresno/Clovis area. Nat attended California State University, Fresno where he earned a B.S. in Plant Science/Viticulture and a minor in Business. Nat is also a graduate of the California Ag Leadership Program. His roots in the wine grape industry run deep. His family was among the first to plant varietal wine grapes in the San Joaquin Valley back in the early 1970’s. Nat’s involvement with wine grape production and processing through a family owned winery has given him a large breadth of industry experience. Nat’s former work experience has ranged from being an independent consultant to overseeing the farm management of 24,000 acres of winegrapes, nuts, and vegatables. In his previous position overseeing this ag land, he had direct exposure to regional wine grape growing through property management in the Central San Joaquin Valley, the Lodi region, the Central Coast, and also acreage in the Napa Valley and Sonoma County. Nat’s experience is virtually unmatched. He has been with Allied Grape Growers since May 2000.

Nick Donovan
Partner
Gaw, Van Male

While he represents clients in a variety of industries, Nick is the head of the firm’s Winery & Vineyard Team and his primary practice at Gaw Van Male focuses on clients in the wine industry. Nick represents established brands and helps to create and develop new wine brands. Representation includes drafting and negotiating primary documents including custom crush agreements, alternating proprietorship agreements, grape purchase agreements, licensing of intellectual property and operating and shareholder agreements. For established wineries and brands, representation includes corporate governance issues, acquisitions, buyouts among owners, transfers to family members, and sales of wineries, wine brands and vineyards.

Generally, Nick’s areas of practice are mergers and acquisitions (including family business purchases and sales), equity and debt financings, general corporate matters and corporate governance and general business representation including entity formation and restructuring, buy-sell agreements and contract negotiation.

Nick has acted as lead counsel representing acquirers and sellers of companies in a variety of industries including the wine industry, food manufacturing industry and construction industry among others. He has also acted as lead counsel representing issuers of equity and debt securities.He works closely with the firm’s Estate Planning Group on business succession issues, including the transfer of family businesses to children, employees and third parties.

Nick earned his JD, UCLA School of Law University of California, Los Angeles in 2001 after earning his Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1997 Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude.

Matt Frank
Viticulturist
Trinchero Family Estates

For any viticulturist, all roads lead to the vineyard. To the rows of vines that ebb and flow with each season. To the hills and the soil and the grapes. A career in agriculture might have seemed inevitable, but Matt initially chose a different path. After seven years as a social worker, a strong pull back to the land—and to his agricultural roots—prompted Matt to earn a second degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of California at Davis. There, his coursework in the renowned viticulture program changed the course of his life. “I’ve always been a plant geek at heart, so viticulture was a natural fit for me. I like figuring out what the vines need and how that will translate in the bottle.” Matt joined Trinchero Family Estates in 2011 and has managed more than 4,000 vineyard acres throughout California.

Camron King
President, National Grape & Wine Initiative
Former Executive Director, Lodi Winegrape Commission

Camron King is the new President of the National Grape & Wine Initiative and the most recent past-Executive Director of the Lodi Winegrape Commission, where he oversaw all of the commission’s marketing, promotion, strategic planning and branding efforts, as well as constituent relations while serving as the primary spokesperson for the Lodi wine industry.

Camron King serves as the Secretary/Treasurer for the California Wine Education Foundation, is a member of the Board of Directors for the California FFA Foundation, a member of the Program Development Committee for the Unified Wine and Grape Symposium, member of the Board of Directors of the National Grape and Wine Initiative, a member of the Advisory Committee for Delta College’s Culinary Program and contributes his expertise and knowledge to a number of other organizations.

King has served the wine industry for over a decade, working prior as the Vice President of State Government Relations for the California Association of Winegrape Growers, serving as a public policy representative and spokesperson for the statewide winegrowing industry.

King attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and California State University, Sacramento studying Environmental Horticulture and Government/Public Policy and Administration, respectively. King also volunteers with a national cancer-focused non-profit organization and has served on the National Consumer Taskforce on Genetic Testing. A resident of Elk Grove, California with his wife Alicia and their two children, King enjoys photography, travel and wine.

Carol Kingery Ritter
Director
Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty

Carol Kingery Ritter is a Director with DP&F’s business and real property practice groups. Carol’s practice includes the preparation and negotiation of essential wine business contracts, such as grape purchase agreements, vineyard leases and vineyard redevelopment agreements, and counseling clients through complex vineyard, winery and wine business sales and acquisitions. Carol’s expertise in the area of real property and business transactions offers clients comprehensive counsel from the formation and restructuring of business entities to acquire assets or launch new businesses to the investigation of complicated real property and title issues. Carol also counsels clients on the formation of American Viticultural Areas through TTB.

Brian Lechner
Vice President – Group Client Director
Nielsen – Nielsen Design Solutions

Brian has nearly 20 years of progressive experience in analytics, custom research and beverage alcohol marketing. He has managed research teams at Central Garden & Pet and Clorox, served numerous and varied clients during his Nielsen tenure and was previously in brand marketing, trade marketing and sales for Beringer Wine Estates. Brian has an MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at UC Irvine, and a BA from Arizona State University, where he spent many nights “studying” for his eventual beverage alcohol focus.

Craig Ledbetter
Vice President & Partner
Vino Farms, LLC

Craig Ledbetter graduated from California State University, Fresno; with a BS in Agriculture Economics. He is the part of the third generation that has recently joined Vino Farms, LLC, and the fourth generation in California farming. While in college Craig gained experience in the agriculture industry working for Campbell’s soup during tomato season in 1998. He also spent over two years with Wells Fargo Bank in Fresno.

After Craig’s graduation from CSU, Fresno, he went to work as a recruiter for Management Recruiter’s International (MRI) in Fresno. After his brief stint with MRI, Craig was hired by Yosemite Technologies in Fresno. While with Yosemite Technologies he polished his sales skills and became the leading sales rep in the company for thirteen consecutive months.

Craig joined Vino Farms, Inc May 1st, 2006 as Vice President of Sales. While he manages the day-to-day operations of the family and clients 5300 acres of vineyards in Lodi. He also handles all winery relations and grape sales for Lodi and Paso Robles areas. He is part of the G3 generation that operates roughly 16,000 acres of vineyards throughout CA. He is also closely tied to several of Vino Farms large clients which requires him to be all over the state. Craig has been heavily involved in Lodi Rules, the third party certification process for Sustainable vineyards, developed by the Lodi Winegrape Commission. Add to that his involvement in all the company’s decision making as part of the family’s management team. In Craig’s time with Vino Farms, LLC he has become involved with many organizations at the local, state and national levels. The Lodi Chamber of Commerce Board Member and Past Chair, Agribusiness Committee member and past Chair, Commissioner and past Chair on the Lodi Winegrape Commision Board, Grower Marketing Committee member, a member of the California Association of Winegrape Growers, (CAWG) Wine Grapegrowers of America (WGA) and is a Director on the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau, this is only a sampling of his involvement. When Craig is not busy with work and outside organizations, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Suzanne Ledbetter, his son Chase, friends and family.

Mark Mariani
Chariman and CEO
Mariani Packing Company

Mark Mariani was born in Mt. View, California, on April 11, 1952. He graduated from California Polytechnic College in San Luis Obispo, CA, earning a Degree in Agricultural Economics. Mark received an additional Degree from Harvard University in 1995. He began his management career in the family business in his teenage years. During the summers while in high school and college, his father Paul A. Mariani Jr. had him operate a seasonal frozen foods company with over 400 employees.

After college, Mark began developing the family properties in Silicon Valley as Managing Director. The properties included a Foreign Trade Zone, industrial park and office complexes. After his father’s premature death, Mark at the age of 27 became CEO of Mariani Group of Companies, President of Mariani Packing Co., Inc., and Managing Partner of the Mariani Packing Partnership real estate portfolio. He transitioned the Mariani brand from a small commodity-based company into an international presence which is now the largest independent dried fruit company.

Mark is presently the Chairman and CEO of Mariani Packing Co., Inc. and continues as the managing partner of Mariani Packing Partnership. He currently serves as Chairman of the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council, Chairman of the California Dried Fruit Association, and a board member of the General Electric NCMM in collaboration with Ohio State University. Mark is a retired board member of the Grocery Manufacturing Association. He has volunteered his time over the years as a board member of the Boy Scouts of America and 4H groups, and Director of the Foothill De Anza Performing Arts Center. Mark also served on the Board of Regents for St. Mary’s College, and on the board for the local school districts in which he lived.

His wife of 43 years, Melody, and his five children (Natalie, Christopher, Michael, Nicole and Joseph) live in Napa, CA. His three sons work in the family business.

Peter Mondavi, Jr.
Charles Krug Winery

Peter Mondavi Jr. is the second son of Peter and Blanche Mondavi and grandson of Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, the Napa Valley pioneers who purchased the historic Charles Krug Winery in 1943. As co-proprietor with his brother Marc, he works closely with their father, Peter Sr., on issues of strategic importance, including stewardship of the family legacy.

Peter, born in 1958, grew up on the winery property. “I was born and raised around grapes, wine and food. It has always been part of my being,” says Peter. His education began at the winery, at a very young age, where he and Marc sanded fermenting tanks, unpacked glasses, worked in the winery’s laboratory and cellar, and drove tractors through the vineyards.

He may have started his education at the winery, but following in his father’s footsteps, he attended Stanford University, earning a BS in mechanical engineering, an MS in engineering management and an MBA a decade later. His engineering background has proved a valuable asset to the winery as he has directed a number of key design projects, including the development of a state-of-the-art winemaking facility. His business education has also greatly contributed to the development and execution of the company’s long-term strategic plan.

Peter spearheads the stewardship of the historic Charles Krug winery and vineyards. Peter’s passion is working to reinforce Charles Krug Winery as one of Napa Valley’s premier estates, centering on the family’s tradition of innovation and quality. As Peter says, “Between Dad, Marc and me, we have collectively been making wine from grapes grown on our vineyards for about 100 years. There’s a love and passion here that is reflected in our wines.”

Peter is also a member of numerous wine and food related organizations, including the Wine and Food Society of San Francisco, Chaine des Rotisseurs (Ordre Mondial des Gourmets Dégustateurs) and the American Society for Enology and Viticulture. A prolific fundraiser, in 2015, Peter will embark on his thirteenth year of partnership with Morton’s and Mastro’s to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Peter is a former board member of the Napa Valley Vintners Association, Stanford Graduate School of Business Alumni Association, Yountville Appellation Association, Bottlenotes Advisory Board and Family Winemakers of California. He keeps his academic ties alive as a guest lecturer at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Law School and School of Engineering as well as UC Davis School of Law. He lives in Napa Valley with his wife Katie Williams-Mondavi. They have two children, a son Lucio who is a graduate student at Stanford and a daughter Lia who attends Harvard.

Erica Moyer
Partner/Broker
Turrentine Brokerage

Erica Moyer has successfully expanded Turrentine’s impact in the Central Valley in regions such as the Northern Interior, Lodi/Delta and the greater San Joaquin Valley, in addition to the northern region of the Central Coast. Since joining Turrentine in 2003, she has successfully facilitated thousands of winegrape contracts with a comprehensive group of grape growers and wineries throughout California.
Most of Erica’s career was in production agriculture as a technical sales representative and as a crop manager for a large farming operation. Prior to joining Turrentine, Erica was the executive director of the Lodi District Grape Growers Association representing over 600 growers. Erica has a Bachelor of Science degree in Crop Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is a licensed Pest Control Adviser. Erica enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband; together, they can be found fishing, hiking the Northern Cascades, and spending time with family.

Stephen Rannekleiv
Senior Analyst – Beverages
Rabobank (Food & Agribusiness Research)

Stephen Rannekleiv is an Executive Director of Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group. Mr. Rannekleiv joined Rabobank in 2006 and is the lead research analyst covering the wine and spirits sectors in the Americas. Rabobank is a full-service financial service provider with offices around the globe, and a history of providing services to the food and agricultural sector for over 100 years. The bank maintains a network of over 80 analysts in 12 countries that continually share information creating a global view of the food and agribusiness sectors that they cover.

As an Executive Director in Rabobank’s Food & Agricultural Research and Advisory (FAR) department in New York, Stephen is responsible for researching and analyzing trends in the wine and spirits sectors. His research topics are focused on supporting clients but he is regularly quoted and interviewed in the media. Over the years he has developed a broad range of contacts with wine and spirits industry executives from the U.S., Europe, South America and South Africa. His research has focused on a variety of topics ranging from relative competitiveness of wine regions, strategic sourcing of wine, market assessments, distribution issues and the future of the bulk wine trade. He plays a central role in the publication of Rabobank’s Wine Quarterly Report, which has quickly attained broad global readership.

Before joining Rabobank, Stephen worked for 8 years in Latin America supporting agricultural development projects. His understanding of agricultural dynamics and his training in value chain analysis have provided an ideal background for understanding issues facing the wine industry in particular. Mr. Rannekleiv holds an undergraduate degree from Houghton College and an MBA from Eastern University in Pennsylvania. He currently resides in New York with his wife and two children.

Jay Silverstein, JD, LLM
Partner
Moss Adams LLP

Jay has been with Moss Adams LLP since 2001, and leads the Wealth Services group for both the Santa Rosa and San Francisco offices. Focused on ownership succession strategies and estate planning for closely held business owners and their families, he also provides estate and tax planning for high net worth individuals and their families. Jay assists business owners with designing and implementing income and estate tax ownership transition plans, which are consistent with the owner’s personal financial, business and family goals and objectives.

As a member of the Moss Adams Wine Industry group, Jay is a frequent writer and speaker on complex tax, business, and personal issues involved with succession and estate planning for winery owners and their families. Jay is also a member of the California State Bar Association, past member of the Redwood Empire Estate Planning Council, and a sponsor and participant of the Institute for Family Business.

Jay received his Bachelor of Science degree, as well as his Juris Doctorate, from the University of Oregon. He also has an LLM in taxation from New York University.

Melinda Terry
Manager
North Delta Water Agency

Ms. Terry has served as the Manager of North Delta Water Agency since 2008, working with the CA Department of Water Resources to ensure the water quality and availability assurances in the 1981 Contract are upheld as the State pursues multiple Delta planning efforts including the development of the Delta Plan and the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan (BDCP). She is also the Executive Director of the CA Central Valley Flood Control Association. Prior to working on Delta water and flood control issues, she was the Deputy Secretary for Legislation at the CA Resources Agency, Vice President of Government Affairs for the CA Forestry Association, and Legislative Director for an Assemblyman representing Kern and Tulare Counties.

Paul Verdegaal
UC Farm Advisor, San Joaquin County

Paul has been the UCCE farm advisor for viticulture since 1986 when Jim Kissler retired. From 1992 until 2012, after the retirement of Don Rough he was responsible for Almonds. Since 2008 duties include covering calls for small fruit and bush berries.

He earned his B.S. in Fermentation Science in 1976 at UC Davis. After working for Pacific Agri-Lands, Inc. from 1977 to 1984 as a vineyard foreman in Elk Grove, he began as Field and Lab Technician in the San Joaquin County office, until he became a Farm Advisor. In 1990 he received his M. S. in Plant Science (Viticulture) from UC Davis.

His research interests include: variety and clone evaluation, rootstock performance, irrigation management, trellis system and canopy management effects on fruit quality, and pest management. Currently he is a member of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture. He is a certified Pest Control Advisor and a Certified Crop Advisor.

In 2004 he received the Merit Award of the Lodi Woodbridge Winegrape Commission and was recognized as the Lodi Chamber of Commerce Ag Business Person of the Year for 2010. He grew up in the Ripon area on a grape and almond ranch. Currently he also manages the family Zinfandel vineyard Quail Run, located in Acampo, with the help of Chi-Anne his wife; and the assistance of two Labradors, Wall-E and Eva, and three rescue cats.