Facilities Managers Recognition Awards 2014: Sean Ashby, Trinchero Family Estates

Director of operations, Trinchero Family Estates, PO Box 248, St. Helena 94574, 707-302-3095, tfewines.com

Age: 44

Residence: St. Helena

Education: St. Helena High School and attended Mendocino Community College and College of the Siskyous. A number of facility management courses. Advanced-level Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic (EMT-P) certification.

Staff: I have five direct reports.

Describe the facilities you oversee: My responsibility includes overseeing the needs of 11 campus facilities throughout Napa and San Joaquin counties. These are winery facilities that operate from crush to bottling production. Also included are a number of small facilities that incorporate the same crush and bottling functions as well as hospitality and retail sales rooms.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I love the challenge of multiple project balance at one time. I grew up in St. Helena and after college I joined Trinchero Family Estates where I have worked for 20 years. I have also been an assistant chief with the St. Helena Volunteer Fire Department for 14 years. My lovely wife and I live in St. Helena.

What do you see as the role of the facilities managers within your organization?: Providing excellent customer service to co-workers while always keeping in mind the fiscal responsibility of my department to the winery.

What is the achievement you are most proud of?: My participation in obtaining ISO certification, SQF (Safe Quality Food) certification and working with our EH&S (Environmental Health and Safety) Team.

What is your biggest challenge today?: Staying consistent and up to date with regulatory affairs including both state and local compliance requirements for storm water issues, for example, when changes are occurring rapidly.

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