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Our Board


Visit Napa Valley Board of Directors Fiscal Year 2019:

Member Affiliation Term Officer
Thomas Bensel The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and Copia 2020 Board Member
Stan Boyd Boyd Family Vineyards 2019 Board Member
Sara Brooks Napa River Inn 2019 Past Chair
Greg Brun Napa Valley Wine Train 2019 Board Member
Gary Buffo Pure Luxury Transportation 2019 Board Member
Erik Burrow Doubletree Napa Valley 2020 Board Member
Chris Canning Napa County Chambers of Commerce 2019 Board Member
Tom Davies V. Sattui Winery 2019 Board Member
Steve Davino Hotel Villagio, Vintage House and The Estate Yountville 2020 Board Member
Whitney Diver McEvoy Yountville Chamber of Commerce 2020 Board Member
George Goeggel Auberge du Soleil 2019 Board Member
Clay Gregory Visit Napa Valley 2019 Board Member
Michael Gyetvan Azzurro Pizzeria, Norman Rose Tavern and Atlas Social 2019 Board Member
Philip Hansell The Hess Collection 2020 Board Member
Michael Lennon Calistoga Spa Hot Springs 2020 Board Member
Alain Negueloua Las Alcobas 2020 Board Member
Shashi Poudyal The Meritage Resort & Spa and Vista Collina 2020 Board Member
Don Shindle The Westin Verasa 2019 Chair
Reynaldo Zertuche Embassy Suites Napa 2019 Board Member

Thomas Bensel

Managing Director of The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

(707) 967-2310


Thomas Bensel is managing director of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) at Greystone. His responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the college’s campus in St. Helena, CA, including its degree programs.

Stan Boyd

Boyd Family Vineyards


Stan Boyd's tenure in the hotel industry spans over 35 years, including a long career with the Fairmont and co-ownership of Holiday Inn Express in American Canyon. Boyd is currently owner of Boyd Family Vineyards.

Sara Brooks

General Manager of Napa River Inn

(707) 251-8500


Sara is a 3rd generation Napa native with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. She has been the General Manager of the Napa River Inn and Historic Napa Mill since 2007.

Greg Brun

Partner of the Napa Valley Wine Train

(707) 337-6996


Greg has been involved in real estate investment and development for more than 30 years and is a partner in the Napa Valley Wine Train. His responsibilities include managing day to day operations, business development and real estate.

Gary Buffo

President/CEO of Pure Luxury Transportation

(707) 775-2920


Gary Buffo, owner of Pure Luxury Transportation, founded the luxurious, full-service worldwide executive ground transportation company in 1991. Gary has more than 26 years of expertise in the tourism and wine industry sectors, and currently serves on executive boards for the National Limousine Association (in the capacity of President for the past 5 years), Visit California (in the capacity of CFO), CalTravel and more.

Erik Burrow

General Manager of Doubletree by Hilton


Erik Burrow recently began his 26th year in the Hospitality Industry, spending the past five years at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley.

Chris Canning

Executive Director of Calistoga Chamber of Commerce

(707) 942-6333


Chris Canning has served as the Executive Director of the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce since December 2009, following a sixteen-year career in management with Nestle Waters. In 2010 he was elected to Calistoga's City Council and was later elected Mayor in 2012, a position he still holds today.

Tom Davies

Managing Partner of V. Sattui Winery

Tom began his wine career at V. Sattui Winery in the summer of 1980 and was among the winery’s first 10 employees. He was promoted to President in 1993 and now is the Managing Partner of the winery.

Steve Davino

General Manager of The Estate Yountville

As General Manager of The Vintage Estate, Steve oversees the Villagio Resort and Spa, the Vintage Inn and the V Marketplace. With over 20 years in the hospitality industry, his career includes leadership roles at the Ritz-Carlton, the Fairmont Hotel, and most recently, the Hotel Yountville.

Whitney Diver McEvoy

President & CEO of Yountville Chamber of Commerce

(707) 944-8008


Whitney Diver McEvoy has been the President & CEO of the Yountville Chamber of Commerce since July 2016, following three years with the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce as Vice President of Sponsorships, Programs and Events. She also serves on the Arts Council Napa Valley Board of Directors and Silverado Country Club Board of Directors.

George Goeggel

Owner/General Manager of Auberge Du Soleil


In 1990, George A. Goeggel became the Managing Partner of Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, California. He has been a Director and Principal of Auberge Resorts, an operator of unique boutique hotels, resorts and clubs, since its inception in 1997. Mr. Goeggel also serves as a member of the Executive Board and Vice President of Relais & Chateaux, based in Paris, France.

Clay Gregory

CEO of Visit Napa Valley

(707) 260-0111


Clay Gregory has more than 25 years of marketing and management experience in multiple industries. Prior to Visit Napa Valley, he served as President of Jackson Family Wines, and VP/GM of Robert Mondavi Winery.

Michael Gyetvan

Owner of Azzurro Pizzeria, Norman Rose Tavern

(707) 258-1516


In 2001 he opened his first restaurant, Pizza Azzurro in downtown Napa. In late 2009, he opened the second restaurant, the Norman Rose Tavern. Michael has established himself among Napa Valley’s culinary leaders.

Philip Hansell

Director, Direct to Consumer of The Hess Collection

(707) 732-1335


Following a 20 year career in the lodging industry that included Embassy Suites and the Silverado Resort, Philip joined the wine industry. He held management positions with Treasury Wine Estates and Vintage Wine Estates, until taking on his latest role with The Hess Collection.

Michael Lennon

General Manager of Calistoga Spa Hot Springs

(707) 942-6269 x400


Michael Lennon assumed the role of General Manager at Calistoga Spa Hot Springs in September of 2011. Prior to Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Michael held similar roles with Larkspur Hotels, The Meritage Resort at Napa and Omni Hotels. In addition to his board seat at Visit Napa Valley Michael is the immediate past chairman for the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce.

Alain Negueloua

General Manager of Las Alcobas

(707) 302-5450


As General Manager of Las Alcobas Napa Valley, Alain oversees all operations of the resort and spa. With 34 years in the hospitality industry, his career began with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts earning leadership positions in operations and human resources. In 1997, he joined Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and was General Manager at group hotels in San Francisco, New York, and Boston. This is Alain’s second time in the valley as he previously served as General Manager of Meadowood Napa Valley.

Don Shindle

General Manager of The Westin Verasa


With more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry, ranging from rooms division, food and beverage, to sales, marketing and finance, Don Shindle brings a wealth of knowledge to The Westin Verasa Napa.

Reynaldo Zertuche

General Manager of Embassy Suites Napa

(707) 320-9500


An executive with a proven track record of leadership, Reynaldo was appointed General Manager in 1995 at the Embassy Suites Napa Valley where he has been recognized with The Pinnacle Award of Excellence in 2000.