|Thomas Bensel||The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone||2018||Board Member|
|Stan Boyd||Holiday Inn Express||2019||Board Member|
|Sara Brooks||Napa River Inn||2019||Chair|
|Greg Brun||Napa Valley Wine Train||2019||Board Member|
|Gary Buffo||Pure Luxury Transportation||2019||Board Member|
|Erik Burrow||Doubletree Napa Valley||2018||Board Member|
|Chris Canning||Napa County Chambers of Commerce||2018||Board Member|
|Tom Davies||V. Sattui Winery||2019||Board Member|
|Steve Davino||Villagio Resort & Spa||2018||Board Member|
|John Evans||Silverado Resort||2018||Board Member|
|George Goeggel||Auberge du Soleil||2019||Board Member|
|Clay Gregory||Visit Napa Valley||2018||Board Member|
|Michael Gyetvan||Azzurro Pizzeria, Norman Rose Tavern, Atlas Social||2019||Board Member|
|Michael Lennon||Calistoga Spa Hot Springs||2018||Board Member|
|Linda Reiff||Napa Valley Vintners||2018||Board Member|
|Don Shindle||The Westin Verasa||2019||Chair Elect|
|David Shipman||Las Alcobas||2019||Past Chair|
|Reynaldo Zertuche||Embassy Suites Napa||2019||Board Member|
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’s tenure in the hotel industry spans over 35 years, and is currently a co-owner of Holiday Inn Express in American Canyon, which opened in the spring of 2009.
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, 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, recently began his 26th year in the Hospitality Industry, spending the past five years at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley. He is presently Chairman of the American Canyon Chamber of Commerce.
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.
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.
A veteran of the lodging industry with over 20 years of extensive operational and re-positioning experience. John has been with the Silverado Resort since July 2010, and is currently Vice Chair of Napa’s Chamber of Commerce.
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 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.
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.
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.
Linda Reiff has served as head of the Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) since 1995. Under her leadership NVV membership has grown from 100 to 525 wineries, marketing and promotions programs have expanded.
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.
David R. Shipman, General Manager of Las Alcobas Hotel, has more than 25 years of luxury hotel expertise. Most recently, Mr. Shipman was the GM at Rancho Valencia in San Diego.