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Our Board

 

Visit Napa Valley Board of Directors Fiscal Year 2020:

 
Member Affiliation Term Officer
Thomas Bensel The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and Copia 2020 Board Member
Greg Brun Napa Valley Wine Train 2020 Board Member
Gary Buffo Pure Luxury Transportation 2021 Board Member
Erik Burrow Doubletree Napa Valley 2020 Chair
Michael Collins Archer 2021 Board Member
Tom Davies V. Sattui Winery 2021 Board Member
Steve Davino Hotel Villagio, Vintage House and The Estate Yountville 2020 Board Member
Nathan Davis Harvest Inn 2021 Board Member
Whitney Diver McEvoy Yountville Chamber of Commerce 2020 Board Member
John Evans Silverado Resort & Spa 2021 Board Member
Linsey Gallagher Visit Napa Valley   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
Linda Reiff Napa Valley Vintners 2021 Board Member
Don Shindle The Westin Verasa 2021 Past Chair
Reynaldo Zertuche Embassy Suites Napa 2021 Board Member
 

Thomas Bensel

Managing Director of The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

(707) 967-2310

Email

https://www.ciachef.edu

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.

Greg Brun

Partner of the Napa Valley Wine Train

(707) 337-6996

Email

http://www.winetrain.com

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

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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

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

Michael Collins

General Manager of Archer Hotel Napa

(707) 819-2600

Before joining Archer Hotel Napa, Michael spent more than 16 years with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company at various properties in roles ranging from sales to operations. He has also held positions with the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, CA; Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica, CA; the Umstead Hotel and Spa in NC; and the Palazzo in Las Vegas.

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.

Nathan Davis

General Manager of Harvest Inn

(707) 967-4681

Before joining Harvest Inn in early 2018, Nathan served as GM at the Bodega Bay Lodge of the Woodside Hotel Group. From 2014-2017, he was the Resort Manager for the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa. Previously, Nathan spent four years with Kimpton Hotels in San Francisco, and eight years with Starwood Hotels and Resorts.

Whitney Diver McEvoy

President & CEO of Yountville Chamber of Commerce

(707) 944-8008

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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.

​John Evans

General Manager of ​Silverado Resort & Spa

(707) 257-5430​

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John has been with the Silverado Resort, home of the Safeway Open PGA Tournament, since July 2010. Previously, John worked with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, as well as The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, CA. He also served as a Corporate Executive with HEI Hotels and Resorts. In 2017, John was the recipient of American Hotel & Lodging’s General Manager of the Year.

Linsey Gallagher

President & CEO of Visit Napa Valley

(707) 492-3099

Email

https://www.visitnapavalley.com

Linsey Gallagher is President and CEO of Visit Napa Valley (VNV), the official destination management organization for Napa County. VNV promotes the region as an attractive travel destination and enhances its reputation as a dynamic place to visit, live and work. Linsey serves on the Board of Directors of US Travel, CalTravel, and Visit California. Previously, she spent 10 years working at Wine Institute as Vice President of International Marketing, leading the California Wine Export Program with programs in more than 25 countries worldwide. She has also worked for E&J Gallo Winery, NBC TODAY Show, and GE Capital Services.

Philip Hansell

Director, Direct to Consumer of The Hess Collection

(707) 732-1335

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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

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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

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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.

Linda Reiff

President & CEO of Napa Valley Vintners

(707) 963-3388

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Linda Reiff joined the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) in 1995. Under Linda’s leadership, NVV’s marketing, promotions, communications and education efforts have expanded around the world and the organization has become an influential leader in the global wine industry. Prior to joining the NVV, Linda worked for Congressman Vic Fazio and served as his communications director and then chief of staff in Washington, DC. She was also a journalist covering agricultural and environmental issues in California.

Don Shindle

General Manager of The Westin Verasa

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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

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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.