Our Board

 

Visit Napa Valley Board of Directors Fiscal Year 2018:

 
Member Affiliation Term Officer
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

Managing Director of The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone

T_Bensel@culinary.edu

(707) 967-2310

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.

Stan Boyd

Holiday Inn Express

stan.boyd@sbcglobal.net

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.

Sara Brooks

General Manager of Napa River Inn

SBrooks@NapaRiverInn.com

(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

brun@winetrain.com

(707) 337-6996

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

gary@pureluxury.com

(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

Chairman of the American Canyon Chamber of Commerce

EBurrow@hotelpros.biz

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.

Chris Canning

Executive Director of Calistoga Chamber of Commerce

chris@calistogachamber.net

(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 Vintage Estate

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.

​John Evans

General Manager of ​Silverado Resort

​john.evans@silveradoresort.com

(707) 257-5430​

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.

George Goeggel

Owner/General Manager of Auberge Du Soleil

ggoeggel@aubergeresort.com

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

President & CEO of Visit Napa Valley

clay@visitnapavalley.com

(707) 260-0111

https://www.visitnapavalley.com

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

mgyet21@gmail.com

(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.

Michael Lennon

General Manager of Calistoga Spa Hot Springs

mlennon@calistogaspa.com

(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.

Linda Reiff

President and CEO of Napa Valley Vintners

lreiff@napavintners.com

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.

Don Shindle

General Manager of The Westin Verasa

dshindle@westinnapa.com

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 Shipman

General Manager of Las Alcobas

dshipman@lasalcobas.com

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.

Reynaldo Zertuche

Embassy Suites Napa

Reynaldo.Zertuche@Hilton.com

(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.