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Wine Industry Financial Symposium Opens Registration for 25th Annual Event

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Game Changers for the Next Twenty-Five Years

Wine Industry Symposium(Napa, CALIF.) – The Wine Industry Symposium Group has opened registration for the 25th Annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium, scheduled for Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel Conference Center in Napa, California. Registration is now open at WineSymposium.com with special Early Bird Pricing available only through September 4.

The founders of the Wine Industry Symposium Group met in early 1992 with the hope that by forming a new industry conference, they would create an open exchange of thoughts and ideas concerning financial aspects of the California wine industry.  “I am extremely pleased with the impact that 24 years of Financial Symposiums have had on building strong relationships between the wine and financial communities,” said David Freed of the Silverado Group and Wine Industry Symposium Group Co-Founder. “While the world has changed incredibly over the past twenty-five years, we have similarly witnessed the wine industry dramatically shift, evolve and grow,” added Kathy Archer, President of the Wine Industry Symposium Group and Co-Founder.

The 2016 Wine Industry Financial Symposium Program, with the theme of “Game Changers for the Next Twenty-Five Years,” will feature intense wine industry insights that will help attendees improve their businesses, presented by a dynamic line-up of wine business leaders including Dr. Robert Smiley of UC Davis, who will present the 25th Annual Wine Industry Executive Survey. David Freed of The Silverado Group will present an overview of the Wine Industry. Keynote speaker Robert Trone of Total Wine & More will speak about the Changing Landscape of Retailers and Russell Miller of RBC Capital Markets in New York will present Wine 2020:  How to Think about the Future and Money. A highly-anticipated Mergers and Acquisitions panel will include Robert Nicholson of International Wine Associates, Hugh Reimers, President of Jackson Family Wines and Roger Nabedian, General Manager of E & J Gallo.  John Gillespie, Founder & CEO of Wine Opinions will present data on the iGeneration, followed by a panel led by the Glenn Proctor and Chris Welch of Ciatti Company, featuring Karl Wente of Wente Vineyards, presenting information about the current grape market and Harvest 2016. A panel on Selling Wine will feature, Jon Moramarco of BW166, Robert Trone of Total Wine and More, Curtis Mann of Raley’s, Daniel Grunbeck of Young’s Market and Michael Osborn of Wine.com.

The two-day event will begin with a lunch at noon on Monday, September 26,  followed by two sets of seminar sessions from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., followed by a 25th Anniversary Celebration VIP Dinner at Inglenook Napa Valley that night.  The first set of Seminars will cover: The State of the Art Tasting Room; Mergers and Acquisitions; Lessons from the Latest Wine Business Studies; and Deferred Compensation for Key Employees.  The second set will cover: The Future of Finance; Big Data in the Wine Business; Leveraging Online Media to Drive Incremental Sales; and The State of Water in California. The 25th Anniversary Celebration VIP Reception and Dinner at Inglenook Napa Valley will feature James Laube of Wine Spectator as special guest speaker.

The 2016 Wine Industry Financial Symposium event sponsors include: Aspect Consumer Partners, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Bank of the West; BMO Harris Bank; BPM – Burr Pilger Mayer; Farm Credit (CoBank, American AgCredit, Farm Credit West); G&J Seiberlich & Co.; Live Oak Bank; Manatt, Phelps & Phillips; MetLife Agricultural Finance; Moss Adams; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Prudential Agricultural Investments; Rabobank International & Rabobank, N.A.; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton; Umpqua Bank; Union Bank; Wells Fargo Bank; Zepponi & Company; Wine Business Monthly and Wines & Vines. To become a sponsor contact Waunice Orchid at 707.666.2525, send an email to [email protected] or visit the Sponsorship Page at WineSymposium.com.

About the Wine Industry Symposium Group

The founders of the Wine Industry Symposium Group met in early 1992 with the hope that by forming a new industry conference, they would create an open exchange of thoughts and ideas concerning financial aspects of the California wine industry.  The Wine Industry Financial Symposium was born. A couple of years later, in 1994, the group started a similar program, the Central Coast Insights Program, to fit the needs of that region. A year later, the Vineyard Economics Seminar was created for grape growers. Because of consistent globalization and consolidation in the wine business, the Wine Industry Symposium Group continues to operate with the mission of providing a critical platform for important communication and dialogue between the multiple facets of the wine business and the lending community. For more information visit www.winesymposium.com or call (707) 666-2525. Like the Wine Symposium Group on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/WineSymposiumGroup and follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/wine_symposium.

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