Dan and Kacey Stotesbery, of the second generation behind Ladera Vineyards, have been named to oversee the national sales program.
The husband-and-wife team will oversee all distributor and trade relationships throughout the United States, while working alongside founders Pat and Anne Stotesbery to guide the future of Napa Valley-based Ladera, the company’s announcement stated.
Pedro Pereira has joined wine-closure firm Vinventions in Napa as senior wine quality solutions and sustainability manager, based out of Northern California.
Prior to joining Vinventions, Pereira was cellarmaster at Donkey & Goat, a well-known producer of natural wines based out of Berkeley. A native of Portugal, Pereira studied viticulture and enology at Universidade do Porto and holds a degree in microbiology from Universidade Catolica Portuguesa. He also studied leadership in sustainability and environmental management at the University of California.
Pereira comes to Vinventions with additional prior experience at Nomacorc, Vinventions’ PlantCorc company, in Thimister, Belgium, where he was an environmental research specialist specializing in life-cycle-assessment benchmarking of different wine closures, sustainability in packaging, and promoting and supporting sustainability strategies within the wine industry.
Michelle Thornburn has been promoted to packaging consultant at wine bottle distributor TricorBraun WinePak in Fairfield.
Prior to TricorBraun WinePak, Thornburn worked for Columbia Packaging in purchasing where she earned a purchasing certificate. In 2008, the company was acquired by TricorBraun and Thornburn moved to TricorBraun WinePak as an account coordinator.
Heidi Cook, a 25-year veteran of the wine packaging industry, most recently as a packaging consultant for TricorBraun WinePak, has retired to pursue interests outside of the wine industry, according to Andrew Bottene, senior vice president.
Prior to TricorBraun WinePak, Cook worked for Richards Packaging as a sales manager. She joined TricorBraun WinePak in 2008 as a sales manager.
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