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Hess Family Wine Estates Appoints New National Accounts Director


July 19, 2021 – Amy Armstrong Smith has been appointed National Accounts Director for Hess Family Wine Estates, where she will be responsible for building and maintaining customer relationships in major national chain accounts.

Amy brings nearly 35 years of experience in sales having built strong customer relationships in the CPG space, with 11 years spent at Brown-Forman where she managed a portfolio of more than 25 wine & spirits brands.

In her position, she will be responsible for driving brand growth and distribution in top national chains, and forging strong distributor and customer partnerships to bring the Hess Family Wine Estates brand stories to life. 

“As an organization, we are committed to investing in our team members and are excited to welcome Amy to the team. She will play a key role in fueling continued sales growth, and in helping us effectively manage both our regional and national partnerships,” stated Tim Persson, Chairman & CEO for Hess Family Wine Estates.

Amy is a graduate of The University of Dayton, and she is heavily involved in both community and national leadership programs, currently serving as the Cincinnati Regional Board Leader for the Network of Executive Women.


The Hess Collection Winery is a family-owned company founded in 1978 by Donald Hess. Today, the next generation of the Hess family continues to uphold commitment to sustainable wine growing and wine making practices at its original home on Mount Veeder in the Napa Valley. The Hess Collection portfolio is comprised of the Hess Collection and Lions Head collection of wines.

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