Sam Baxter - Terra Valentine Winery
Sam Baxter stands tall among an esteemed few, of the next generation of Napa Valley winemakers. Baxter literally grew up in the grapevines, trailing father Phil, whose winemaking made a legendary mark in the late '60s when the Napa Valley first experienced international notoriety as a respected winegrowing region. After graduating from University of California, Davis with a degree in fermentation science in 1998, Sam extended his experience with a pivotal internship position at Sterling Vineyards and stints abroad in Australia. His first encounters with Terra Valentine were cultivated during the early years at the winery, dubbed the "cowboy" era (1999-2001) due to the rough-and-tumble condition of the winery and its vineyard land, which allowed for barely enough energy to run the lights, but no hot water. Working under these off-the-grid conditions went a long way in building Baxter's strong winemaking foundation–one that.
Tony Malkin - Empire State Building NYC
The world famous Empire State Building is "turning green". - Anthony E. Malkin received a B.A. Degree cum laude from Harvard College in 1985. In 1989, Mr. Malkin joined Malkin Holdings. He is now President of this firm and of its affiliates, including W&H Properties. Altogether, these firms comprise the real estate acquisition, management, construction and marketing arm of the Malkin family, which has been active in real estate for four generations. Through his real estate business, Mr. Malkin has been a leader in existing building energy efficiency retrofits through coordinating the team of Clinton Climate Initiative, Johnson Controls, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Rocky Mountain Institute in a groundbreaking project at the Empire State Building (www.csbnye.eom). Mr. Malkin is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Real Estate Roundtable and Chair of its Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee, the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York among tohers. Mr. Malkin guest lectures on real estate and family businesses at the McIntire Schooll of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He has appeared on The Today Show, WABC, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, InStyle. USA Today, among other notable publications. Once the inspiration and seed for the construction of all tall buildings around the world, now the Empire State Building is again a trend setter – this time for its energy efficient reconstruction. The world famous Empire State Building is "turning green".
Shannon Staglin - Staglin Family Vineyard
AUCTION NAPA VALLEY THIS WEEKEND - Shannon Staglin is President at Staglin Family Vineyard. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in Cultural Anthropology she moved back to Napa to work as a harvest intern in 2001 where she learned the details of production and viticultural practices. In 2002 she moved from the winery into the office where she honed her skills in marketing, hospitality, consumer and trade sales. After earning her MBA from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management she chose to work for several years outside of the wine business to gain insight, a different perspective and valuable experience that she could one day share with Staglin Family Vineyard. She was recruited to create the marketing program for Wells Fargo Family Wealth, providing multifamily office solutions to ultra-high net worth client families. In 2011 Shannon returned to Staglin Family Vineyard where she oversees all aspects of the business. Her educational and professional experiences provide a new perspective and a fresh outlook that will enhance the family business.
Sharelle Klaus - DRY Soda
Soda, a four ingredient, all natural, less sweet soda has been setting a new national standard for soda with unique flavors including Cucumber, Lavender, Rhubarb, Vanilla Bean, Juniper Berry, Blood Orange and Wild Lime. Simply put, the independent, Seattle-based company is on a mission to change the way America thinks about sodas. Soda ingredients have been in the news in California lately, from the negative effects of caramel coloring to high fructose corn syrup and childhood obesity. DRY is simple, refreshing and delicious, while avoiding artificial colors, sweeteners and flavors. With 45-70 calories per bottle and 11-19 grams of pure cane sugar – as opposed to traditional sodas 140-180 calories and 39+ grams of sugar – DRY is clearly a better-for-you choice.