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2019 Ahead of the Curve - Supporting the Preservation of Agriculture


NEW LOCATION: Blue Note - 1030 Main St, Napa, CA 94559


8:00am - 2:00pm


What makes Napa Valley so special is our commitment to agriculture, excellence in sustainable farming practices, producing world-class wines, and setting the gold standard for labor practices. As growers and vineyard & winery owners, we believe that our agricultural heritage forms the foundation of our valley and community; however, the pressures on our industry as we contend with challenges related to climate, water, labor, changing consumer trends, and community perception have never been greater. Join us to learn from experts and leaders in agriculture, sustainability, leadership, wine trends, and demographics, as they provide thought-provoking inspiration as we look towards the future and how to ensure that we preserve and promote Napa Valley's vineyards for many generations to come.

For those unable to attend in person, this program will be available via Livestream.  Choose the Livestream Ticket option on the registration page. 


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Registration Begins at 7:30am with coffee and pastries.  Lunch included in ticket price. 

Moderated by DLynn Proctor, Director, Fantesca Estate & Winery, Sommelier

8am - 8:15am
Welcome & Introduction
Remi Cohen, Vice President & General Manager, Lede Family Wines
DLynn Proctor, Director, Fantesca Estate & Winery, Sommelier

8:15am - 8:45am
Standing Up for Agriculture - A Case Study
Tim Johnson, President & CEO, California Rice Commission

8:45am - 9:30am
Keeping Napa Relevant
Margareth Henriquez, President & CEO, Krug
9:30am - 10am
Sustainability Certifications - Why They Matter
Bonnie Holman, Program Manager, Sustainability Certifications, SCS GLobal Services

10am - 10:15am

10:15am - 11am
More Good, Less Bad: Redefining the Way We Think About Sustainability 
Jeffrey Hollender, Co-Founder & former CEO, Seventh Generation; Co-Founder & CEO, Hollender Sustainable Brands LLC
11am - 11:30am
Transforming Wine: How Changing Consumer Behaviors are Revolutionizing How We Sell and Market Wine into the Future
Paul Mabray, CEO, Emetry.io

11:30am - 12:45pm
Finding Your Happiness at Work and Sustaining Positive Cultural Change
Eric Karpinski, The Happiness Coach, GoodThink, Inc.
12:45pm - 1pm
Q & A

1pm - 2pm

Meet the Experts:

DLynn Proctor has been a prominent figure in the beverage and hospitality industry for over 15 years. He joined Fantesca with extensive experience working with Michelin starred Chefs, retail and web sales, fine and rare wine brokerage, global education, and corporate sales, marketing, and strategy. Mr. Proctor is a passionate ambassador, instrumental in winery education programs, media relations and international communication. He often contributes to food and wine content and to TV shows and print magazines. In addition, he travels extensively to speak publicly and represent Fantesca to customers, consumers, journalists, and distributors in a variety of global forums.

Mr. Proctor has been involved in widespread sensory testing, winemaking, and training with top winemakers in California, Washington, Texas, South Australia, and Italy and is an adjunct lecturer and wine show judge at some of the world’s most famous universities and wine shows. Named ‘Best Sommelier in America’ by Wine and Spirits Magazine in 2008, Mr. Proctor was also a finalist in The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Société Mondiale du Vin ‘Best Sommelier in America Competition’ in 2008 and 2009, and was named to the National RUDD Scholars of 2011. He was bestowed the honor as one of Wine Enthusiast’s Magazine’s Top ’40 Under 40’ Tastemaker’s for 2014. Mr. Proctor has been featured in the 2017 UPSCALE TV series, and is one of the four featured subjects in the internationally acclaimed wine documentary ‘SOMM’ which premiered in 2012, covering the three-year journey through six countries of filming to becoming a coveted Master Sommelier. A special follow up film, ‘SOMM: Into the Bottle’, was released in 2015. A third installment, SOMM 3, was released in 2018.
As founding President & CEO of the California Rice Commission, Mr. Johnson leads one of the state’s most highly regarded agricultural organizations. The Sacramento-based commission represents all growers and handlers that comprise the state’s rice industry, which annually contributes more than $1.8 billion to California’s economy.  Mr. Johnson is actively engaged in national farm policy and regulatory issues. His travels have taken him to the industry’s major export markets in Asia to develop effective promotion campaigns that introduce new consumers to California rice. Prior to heading the California Rice Commission, he gained more than a decade of food industry experience with companies including Frito-Lay, Producers Dairy and the California Rice Promotion Board.  He holds a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from San Jose State University. Tim and his wife Ann are also partners in a family vineyard. Their Sierra Foothills vines are known for producing award-winning Zinfandels.

Margareth Henriquez has over 39 years of experience, of which 28 years have been spent as President and/or CEO of multi-national or global companies in Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina and France. Mrs. Henriquez is renowned for developing and implementing strategies to manage companies in difficult contexts and circumstances.  Since 2009, she has been President and CEO of the House of Krug, in Reims, France.  In January of 2018, Mrs. Henriquez was also appointed President of the MH Estates & Wines division and is responsible for the development of seven Domains around the world.  

 During her experience leading different companies, she was also a member of the International Executive Committees of Seagram, Nabisco, Moet Hennessy Latin America, Caribbean, Canada and Middle East, Moet Hennessy Estates & Wines and now belongs to the Moet Hennessy International Executive and Operational Committee.  Mrs. Henriquez is a systems engineer with a Harvard Degree in Advanced Management.

Video: Behind the Scenes with Margareth Henriquez
Bonnie Holman is the Program Manager of Sustainability Certifications with the Food and Agriculture Division at SCS Global Services.  SCS is an international leader in third-party certification and standards development in environmental, sustainability, and food safety and quality performance claims. Through auditing, certification, testing, life cycle assessment, training, and strategic consulting services, SCS helps organizations affirm and communicate their sustainability success stories.  

Over the past 5 years, Ms. Holman has worked with numerous sustainability programs on the operationalization and scaling of sustainability certification and verification programs with a focus on agricultural and seafood production levels. She manages the SCS teams that conduct social and environmental assessments globally. With over 10 years’ experience in international agriculture and resource management, Ms. Holman credits her US Peace Corps service in an agricultural community in El Salvador for igniting her passion to create more sustainable food systems in the face of a changing climate.

 She holds a MA in International Environmental Policy from Middlebury College’s Monterey Institute of International Studies and a BA in Speech Communication from Northern Arizona University. In her free time, she can be found backpacking in the Sierra Nevada with local California wine in tow.
Jeffrey Hollender is co-founder and former CEO of Seventh Generation, which he built into a leading natural product brand of household and personal care products from 1988 to 2010. Mr. Hollender is also the founder of Sustain Natural, which he launched in 2013. Sustain Natural is a consumer products company that develops and markets reproductive health and feminine care products. He is also Adjunct Professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at New York University and serves on the Morgan Stanley Sustainability Advisory Board. As an author, speaker and consultant, Mr. Hollender is a leading authority on corporate responsibility, sustainability, social equity, global health care, and population issues.  He is the co-founder and co-chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, a coalition of 200,000 business leaders committed to corporate responsibility and also serves on the board of Greenpeace US and Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. He divides his time between Charlotte, VT, and New York City.

Video: What People Get Wrong About Sustainability
Paul Mabray has been a powerful change agent in the wine industry for over twenty years. He began his career working in traditional three-tier sales and marketing with Napa Ale Works and later innovating direct-to-consumer sales and marketing models with Niebaum Coppola. Since then, he has been at the forefront of all major digital trends for the wine industry, working with WineShopper.com and Wine.com when they entered the wine-digital space. Mr. Mabray founded two companies that have significantly changed the US wine landscape for digital. First, by introducing winery e-commerce with Inertia Beverage Group that transformed into WineDirect.com, a pioneering winery e-commerce platform, and then again introducing social media and social customer relationship management with VinTank.com. He is considered the wine industry’s foremost futurist and thought leader, harnessing the power and potential of digital tools and methodologies to move the industry into the future.

Eric Karpinski integrates 20 years of business experience into his talks about implementing and sustaining positive change within organizations.  His former roles as executive, management consultant, venture capitalist and Wharton MBA provide him insights into the workings of both large and small companies.  Mr. Karpinski also trained as a scientist at Brown University and spent his business career at the juncture of medical science and business, easily bridging both worlds and translating between them.  This understanding of science and business allows him to efficiently implement findings from top neuroscience and positive psychology research to make positive change within a company.  He weaves this knowledge into his talks, leaving his audiences with the drive to implement these simple and powerful tools to initiate positive change and maintain it over the long-term.

Video: How Gratitude Changes Your Brain

For those unable to attend in person, this program will be available via Livestream.  Choose the Livestream Ticket option on the registration page. 

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