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About Us

Our Board

Visit Napa Valley
Board of Directors

 

Fiscal Year 2022

Member

Affiliation

Term

Officer

Thomas Bensel Culinary Institute of America 2024 Board Member
Jean-Charles Boisset Boisset Collection 2022 Board Member
Greg Brun Napa Valley Wine Train 2022 Board Member
Gary Buffo Pure Luxury Transportation 2023 Board Member
Erik Burrow DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley 2022 Board Member
Michael Collins Archer Hotel Napa 2023 Chair
Edward Costa Carneros Resort & Spa 2024 Board Member
Tom Davies V. Sattui Winery 2023 Board Member
Whitney Diver McEvoy Yountville Chamber of Commerce 2022 Board Member
John Evans Silverado Resort & Spa 2023 Board Member
Linsey Gallagher Visit Napa Valley   Board Member
Sean Knight Mustards Grill 2022 Board Member
Joe Leinacker Meritage Resort & Spa 2024 Board Member
Michael Lennon Calistoga Spa Hot Springs 2022 Past Chair
Alain Negueloua Bardessono Hotel & Spa 2022 Board Member
Linda Reiff Napa Valley Vintners 2023 Board Member
Emma Swain St. Supery Vineyards & Winery 2024 Board Member
 

Thomas Bensel

Managing Director, Culinary Institute of America
Tom Bensel

Thomas Bensel is managing director of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). His responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of the college’s campuses, including its degree programs.

Jean-Charles Boisset

President, Boisset Collection
Jean-Charles Boisset

Jean-Charles Boisset was born into the world of wine in the village of Vougeot, Burgundy, France. Jean-Charles leads the family firm with acquisitions in California, including Raymond Vineyards in St. Helena and Oakville Grocery. He has grown the Boisset Collection with JCB tasting lounges throughout Napa Valley, San Francisco and Healdsburg.

Greg Brun

Partner, Napa Valley Wine Train
Gregory Brun

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, Pure Luxury Transportation
Gary Buffo

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, DoubleTree by Hilton
Erik Burrow

Erik Burrow has spent 30+ years in the Hospitality Industry, with the past ten years at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Spa Napa Valley.

Michael Collins

General Manager, Archer Hotel Napa
Michael Collins

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.

Edward Costa

General Manager, Carneros Resort & Spa
Edward Costa

Ed has been Managing Director for Carneros Resort and Spa since 2016 and brings with him more than 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He spent many years leading operations for luxury hotels and resorts between Boston and NYC. Ed serves as the General Manager for Carneros Resort and Spa, where he oversees operations for the 28-acre luxury resort and has led the team to numerous awards and accolades during his tenure.

Tom Davies

Managing Partner, V. Sattui Winery
Tom Davies

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.

Whitney Diver McEvoy

President & CEO, Yountville Chamber of Commerce
Whitney Diver McEvoy

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, ​Silverado Resort & Spa
​John Evans

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, Visit Napa Valley
Linsey Gallagher

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.

Sean Knight

Owner, Mustards Grill
Sean Knight

Sean studied finance at Georgia State University, and went on to chef for some of America’s most acclaimed culinary talents in the kitchens of: Bouley, Le Bernadin, Daniel and Patina. Cindy Pawlcyn persuaded him to join her as director of operations in 2004. Both Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen and Mustards Grill have benefited greatly from his experience and expertise.

Michael Lennon

General Manager, Calistoga Spa Hot Springs
Michael Lennon

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

V.P. and G.M., Bardessono Hotel & Spa and Hotel Yountville & Spa
Alain Negueloua

With 36 years in the hospitality industry, Alain's 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 Las Alcobas, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Napa Valley and Meadowood Napa Valley.

Linda Reiff

President & CEO, Napa Valley Vintners
Linda Reiff

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.

Emma Swain

CEO, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery
Emma Swain

Emma Swain, CEO of St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery has worked in the wine industry for more than 20 years. Emma started in finance, before joining St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery and became CEO in 2009. Emma is a past chair and currently serves on the Board for the Wine Market Council, and is a past board chair of the Napa Valley Vintners.