Below are just some of the speakers at the 2018 Wine Bloggers Conference. We will continue to update this page as speakers are added.
Publisher and Executive Editor of Wine Industry Insight
Lew is currently Publisher and Executive Editor of Wine Industry Insight, as well as Chairman of the Center for Research on Environmental Chemicals in Humans. Wine Industry Insight’s daily News Fetch email briefing enjoys one of the largest daily subscribership (25,000+) in the North American wine industry. He founded Wine Business Monthly in 1991 and Wines West, a Los Angeles-based wine importer/wholesaler/distributor specializing in high-end Italian brands.
Lew has served as a top aide to a U.S. Senator and a state governor, run Congressional races, worked as a Washington correspondent (Ottaway/Dow-Jones, States News Service), a columnist for Gannett, The Wall Street Journal Online, CBS Marketwatch and TheStreet.Com. He has served on the faculties at UCLA and Cornell University, authored 22 published books including The French Paradox and Beyond, the Wrath of Grapes and several bestselling thrillers (LewisPerdue.Com).
Lew is currently developing Clans, a patent-pending recommendation algorithm that is far more accurate than any other in use for wine, music, books, movies and other products. He is currently Co-Principal Investigator, Stealth Syndromes Human Study and has recently wrapped up three years as Chief Marketing Officer at TM Technologies.
Julie Brewer leads social media marketing for the Rodney Strong Vineyards brands including Rowen Wines, Upshot Wines, RSV Rosé, and Davis Bynum Wines. With more than 15 years of experience working in communications, marketing and advertising; Julie is passionate about storytelling in a digital age. An expert in both organic and paid social media marketing, she has collaborated with brands across the food and beverage, healthcare, fashion, non-profit, sports, and entertainment industries. Using analytics to inform strategy, she crafts innovative social media campaigns that deliver results.
Michelle Kaufmann is a Portland, Oregon native, and earned her degree in journalism from the University of Oregon, focusing on public relations and communications. Prior to joining Stoller Family Estate, she served as communications manager for the Oregon Wine Board for six years. Michelle currently serves on the Board of Director for the International Pinot Noir Celebration and marketing committee for the Willamette Valley Wineries Association. In her role, Michelle oversees all media relations and communications efforts for the Stoller Family Estate, Chehalem, and History wine brands.
Carin is the CEO of award-winning digital advertising agency Angelsmith, Inc. She developed Intercept & Influence™, a proprietary work process that maps how consumers use digital channels along their path to purchase. She is dedicated to understanding how affluent Americans make purchase decisions in wine, health & fitness, and restaurants. With more than 20 years of marketing experience, she loves to share her knowledge. Although never a high school geometry teacher, Carin is a great lover of test, iterate, and test again. You can find her in her Point Richmond office with her husband and partner, Eric and their intrepid digital advertising team.
Jana is a savvy strategist and clever marketing communicator with extensive marketing, design, and public relations experience. She founded her first company in 1998 and offers nearly 20 years of award-winning experience in corporate communications, print & digital design, marketing strategy, social media strategy, & brand strategy. She’s also the proud mother of four kids, wife, a lifestyle and travel blogger, speaker, and rarely sleeps.