Santa Rosa, CA (June 24, 2016) Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) announces that Jean Arnold Sessions has been officially appointed the organization’s Executive Director. She has been serving as Interim Executive Director since February 2016.
“The past few months Jean has truly proven her dedication and commitment to Sonoma County and the Sonoma County Vintner’s Association. Her passion, commitment and energy for Sonoma County brings tremendous value to our membership providing leadership for the many initiatives we are driving for our members and the broader AVA community”, said Caroline Shaw, President of the Sonoma County Vintner’s board of directors.” It is her extraordinary industry expertise, deep regional roots and the respect and admiration of her peers across the county that makes her a terrific choice to lead our expanding mission, receiving a unanimous approval of her nomination to be the next Executive Director of Sonoma County Vintners. She will definitely take the organization to the next level,” Shaw added.
Previous to her interim role with SCV, Sessions was president of Hanzell Vineyards from 2002 through 2013. She is founder of the Jean Arnold Group, a strategic consulting firm, and creator of Women in the Business of Wine, a platform for mentoring women in wine, food, and hospitality. Sessions also serves on the board of directors of the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation and has been named a woman of the year in wine by North Bay Business Journal. She also served on the board of directors for SCV from 2003 to 2009.
“I am very honored to accept this position and make this commitment,” Sessions said. It has been a long-held dream of mine to be a leading voice for our wine community. The vintners of Sonoma County have many stories to tell. These stories bring to life the challenges of working with such diversity of land, dedication to sustainable grape growing for the highest quality of winemaking, while working together to care and support our agriculture and our community. This is an exciting time to be part of the Sonoma County Vintners.”