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25th Anniversary WIFS to feature several industry experts
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Registration has opened for the 25th annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium on Sept. 26-27 at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel Conference Center. Early bird pricing is available through Sept. 4 at

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, according to a press release about the symposium. “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 25 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 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.

• 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"

• Russell Miller of RBC Capital Markets in New York will present "Wine 2020: How to Think about the Future and Money."

A panel discussion on mergers and acquisitions will include Robert Nicholson of International Wine Associates, Hugh Reimers, President of Jackson Family Wines and Roger Nabedian, general manager of E. & J. Gallo Winery.

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

The two-day event will begin with a lunch at noon on Monday, Sept. 26, followed by two sets of seminar sessions from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m., followed by a 25th Anniversary Celebration VIP Dinner at Inglenook Napa Valley that night, wich will feature James Laube of Wine Spectator as special guest speaker.


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