Stephanie O’Brien

Chief financial officer

The Henry Wine Group/Zephyr Express

4301 Industrial Way, Benicia, CA 94510

707-745-8500

www.henrywinegroup.com

Employees: 200

Professional background: 25-plus years in the wine industry

Education: B.S., business finance, California State University, Sacramento; MBA, St. Mary’s College of Moraga

Get to know The Henry Wine Group’s Stephanie O’Brien, winner of a North Bay Business Journal CFO award.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE ESSENTIAL ROLE OF A FINANCIAL LEADER IN THE CURRENT ENVIRONMENT?

Question everything, root out problems and issues quickly, solve problems collaboratively.

WHAT ARE THE BIGGEST CHANGES YOU’VE SEEN IN YOUR INDUSTRY?

Consolidation

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUNG EMERGING FINANCIAL LEADERS?

Read as much as possible and expose yourself to different ideas. Challenge yourself every single day. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE FOR WEATHERING TODAY’S ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT?

Work together in a collaborative way, bring people to the table that can solve the problem and move forward as quickly as possible.

WHAT IS A DECISION YOU WISH YOU HADN’T MADE? WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM IT?

All decisions come with positive and negative results. I focus on the negative results of all decisions whether good or bad, learn from them, adjust where needed and move on.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE BUSINESS EXPERIENCE?

I don’t have one, every day that there is a challenge or a problem to solve is a very good day.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST BUSINESS SUCCESS?

Anytime I can facilitate bringing a team together to solve problems in a collaborative way feels like success to me.

WHAT WOULD YOUR FRIENDS BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?

Because I like to root out and solve problems and I am pretty direct, I tend to be viewed as a pessimist, when I actually have a very positive outlook and really enjoy my job.

QUICK TAKES

Current reading: “Tribe” by Sebastian Junger

Stress relievers: Anything related to art and design

Stephanie O’Brien

Chief financial officer

The Henry Wine Group/Zephyr Express

4301 Industrial Way, Benicia, CA 94510

707-745-8500

www.henrywinegroup.com

Employees: 200

Professional background: 25-plus years in the wine industry

Education: B.S., business finance, California State University, Sacramento; MBA, St. Mary’s College of Moraga