SAN FRANCISCO, June 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Margie Healy, vice president at F. Korbel and Bros. in Guerneville, Sonoma County, has been elected Wine Institute Board Chairman for the 2016-17 fiscal year. The election was held at Wine Institute's 82nd Annual Meeting of Members in Santa Barbara. Other board officers elected were Steve Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines in San Jose, first vice chairman; Chris Indelicato of Delicato Family Vineyards in Napa, second vice chairman; Hank Wetzel of Alexander Valley Vineyards in Healdsburg, treasurer; and John Sutton, The Wine Group, secretary. Robert P. (Bobby) Koch is president and CEO of Wine Institute.
"I am honored to support the vital work of the Wine Institute on state, federal and international public policy. We will continue to focus on halting tax and fee bills across the country, reforming the federal excise tax on wine, and expanding privileges in direct-to-consumer wine shipping. We will work to avert devastating tariffs and advocate for a level playing field in international trade agreements. Wine Institute will also highlight the positive trends in our industry with our sustainable winegrowing program and promotions such as California Wine Month," said Healy.
Healy has more than 40 years' experience in the wine industry. In 1996, she joined Korbel as communications director and worked closely with Korbel partners to establish the brand as the top premium California champagne in the U.S. Previously, she was director of member relations at Wine Institute in San Francisco where her responsibilities included planning and executing industry events such as the first U.S. conference of the Office of International Vine and Wine (OIV). Since moving to Korbel, she remained active in Wine Institute, serving on several committees, including Public Policy. Healy has received many awards throughout her career, most recently the North Bay Business Journal's 2015 Women in Business award.
Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group for nearly 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses, accounting for 95 percent of California wine production and 85 percent of U.S. wine production. Based in San Francisco, with offices in Sacramento, Washington, D.C., six regions across the U.S. and 15 foreign countries, Wine Institute is guided by 80 vintners who are members and alternates of an active board of directors. The board elects the chairman and officers on an annual basis.
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SOURCE Wine Institute