Team

Staff

Rebecca Robinson
Executive Director
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Rebecca Robinson

Executive Director

Rebecca has 25 years of experience developing marketing programs, communication, and public relations strategies. Her extensive background includes serving as a staff consultant in the California Legislature and coordinating a national legislative task force, where she produced meetings and special events on a local and national basis. A former Sales and Operations Manager for a premium wine producer, Rebecca honed her marketing skills by creating strategies that substantially increased revenues. An intuitive producer, she brings a broad base of knowledge, tough negotiating skills and a proven track record of exceeding expectations. She currently serves as Executive Director for the Zinfandel Advocates & Producers, a non-profit educational organization dedicated to the preservation and recognition of Zinfandel as America's Heritage Wine.
Glenda Cunningham
Winery & Sponsor Manager
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Glenda Cunningham

Winery & Sponsor Manager

Robert Trent
Membership & Development Director
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Robert Trent

Membership & Development Director

With an entrepreneurial spirit and business savvy, Robert Trent is a respected advocate for small and emerging businesses. Early in his career, Robert was involved in creating a firm specializing in consumer-level wireless networking. The company that started in the garage was acquired by a major Silicon Valley company. With a Master’s degree in Educational Technologies from San Francisco State University, Robert’s corporate experience includes management and director positions in the high tech industry, including positions with Compaq, Intel, Oracle, and Bröderbund. In 2001 Robert founded the award winning marketing communication firm, Velocity7 - with a portfolio of respected clients including: the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, Airstream, Inc., South Yuba River Citizens League, Amy's Kitchen, and Sierra Business Council. In 2009, Robert founded and became Executive Director of Sierra Commons, a business incubator in Nevada City that provides a platform for small businesses to launch and grow. Robert believes that fostering mentoring relationships, creating training opportunities, and providing infrastructure are the core strengths of successful incubators, and has integrated these into the Sierra Commons environment. After four years at Sierra Commons, Robert became Executive Director of the Nevada County Economic Resource Council. As ED, Robert led the effort to make Nevada County a model for a resilient and vibrant rural economy.

Board of Directors

Chris Leamy - Terra d'Oro
Board of Directors President
Randle John - Artezin Wines
Board of Directors Vice-President
Jonathan Lachs - Cedarville Vineyard
Board of Directors Secretary
Bruce Walker - Starry Night Winery
Board of Directors Treasurer
Robert Biale
Robert Biale Vineyard
Erin Cline
Three Wine Company
Duane Dappen
D-cubed Cellars
Agostino ("Gus") Gamba
Gamba Vineyards and Winery
Jeannie Graham
At-Large Member
Natasha Hayes
At-Large Member
Donald Laffert
At-Large Member
Michael McCay
McCay Cellars
Richard Parducci
McNab Ridge Winery
Joel Peterson
Ravenswood
Kevin Riley
Proulx Wines
Kent Rosenblum
Rock Wall Wine Company
Miro Tcholakov
Trentadue
Mark Vernon
Ridge Vineyards
Diane Wilson
Wilson Artisan Wines
Brandon Lapides
Armida Winery
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