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.
CEO, Digital Firefly Marketing
John Cashman is Founder and CEO of Digital Firefly Marketing, a seven year old digital marketing firm. Under Mr. Cashman’s leadership, Digital Firefly Marketing has grown from a one man company working from his dining room table to a $2 million a year company working with companies like Capital One, Chobani and Arm and Hammer. Mr. Cashman is a seasoned start-up veteran with over a decade of experience. He has worked in three venture-backed start-ups in all phases of digital marketing, from website design, to SEO, to pay-per-click, to social media and web analytics. Mr. Cashman holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from California State University – Long Beach and is a two-time rowing world champion.
Mary is a writer, wine educator, Certified Sommelier through the Court of Master Sommeliers, a Wine Location Specialist through the Center for Wine Origins, and founder of Vindulge, Wine Education & Consulting — a wine consulting company focusing on enhancing the consumers wine experience through classes, seminars, and private buying. As a freelance writer Mary has contributed to print and online publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Serious Eats, Snooth, Bottlenotes, Barbecue America Magazine, Oregon Wine Press, Wine.4.Me, The Gorge Guide, Multiplicity Magazine, in addition to her blog Vindulge.com.
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.
Director of Content, Digital Firefly Marketing
Nancy is a Wine and Spirits Education Trust student working toward her Level 2 pin. In addition to this formal education, she travels various wine-producing regions touring, tasting, and learning through experience. She is Director of Content writer for a small but fierce digital marketing firm. Nancy lives in downtown Bennington, Vermont with her husband, Kris, two dogs, a cat, and a lot of wine. She leads weekly tastings in her town. When she’s not writing she’s playing outside or traveling with Kris. They particularly enjoy active vacations and road trips to see the world’s best band, My Morning Jacket.
Director of Operations and Editor, GuildSomm
After working in the nonprofit and food technology sectors, Stacy made her way into the wine industry through a stint at Ordinaire Wine Bar. She guides GuildSomm’s internal and external operations, manages member communication, oversees content development, and edits the site.
As a reporter for 20 years, Doug used his nose for news and to scout out interesting regional foods and beverages — and the people behind them. When he left daily journalism in 2000, he started sharing food and wine notes with friends and launched his blog, WineAndFoodWorld.com in 2004. In addition to his full-time reporting for USA Today and other media in the past, Doug’s freelance work and reviews have been published in the San Francisco Chronicle. He also works with WeBlogTheWorld, an online travel and culture magazine. Doug’s investigative reporting has earned numerous awards, including a Peabody.
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.