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TINA ANDERSON

Chemist, Skin and Wine by Tina Marie Fort Worth, TX

TINA ANDERSON

Chemist, Skin and Wine by Tina Marie Fort Worth, TX
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TIFFANY BOBBS

General Manager, Wine Director, and Sommelier, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Jackson MS

Tiffany Bobbs started in hospitality in 1999 and worked her way up from host at Char to current position as General Manager, Wine Director, and Sommelier at The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen. She is currently studying for WSET Level 3, CSS with SWE, and Oregon Wine Expert.

TIFFANY BOBBS

General Manager, Wine Director, and Sommelier, The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, Jackson MS
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JAMES BROWNE

Independent Contractor, Houston, TX

Retired Parks & Recreation Director for the cities of North Richland Hills, Rowlett and Sugar Land, Texas. 35+ years administrative and management experience leading nationally recognized parks & recreation systems. Currently an independent contractor/sole proprietor providing business development and planning services for Brinkley Sargent Wiginton Architects, specializing in recreation centers, senior adult & multi-generational facilities, natatoriums, waterparks and aquatic facilities.

JAMES BROWNE

Independent Contractor, Houston, TX
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BARRY CRISCO

Dallas, TX

BARRY CRISCO

Dallas, TX
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KAY DEBOLT

Travel Industry Professional, Bedford, TX

KAY DEBOLT

Travel Industry Professional, Bedford, TX
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MARCUS FARRAR

Pricing Manager, Chevron Phillips Petroleum, Dallas, TX

MARCUS FARRAR

Pricing Manager, Chevron Phillips Petroleum, Dallas, TX
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RACHAEL GOMEZ

Owner, Rachael the Wino Consulting, Texas Wine Ambassador, Dallas, TX

RACHAEL GOMEZ

Owner, Rachael the Wino Consulting, Texas Wine Ambassador, Dallas, TX
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JULIETTE GUST

Founder and President, Ethics Suite, Phoenix, AZ

Juliette Gust is the founder and president of Ethics Suite, a company that helps businesses identify, investigate and resolve alleged wrongdoing at their organization by providing a comprehensive solution for internal whistleblower reporting and tracking of workplace misconduct, fraud, or theft. Ethics Suite also provides expert support for internal investigations and ethics and compliance-related consulting services, and is the creator behind HotelEthics. com and RestaurantEthics.com.

Ms. Gust has personally conducted or led close to 2,000 investigations spanning 75 countries and has advised on more than 10,000 employee ethics line reports. She developed and was the Director of the Fraud & Investigations team for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide with 180,000 employees in more than 100 countries. She also served as the Project Manager and a core member of the company’s Anti-Corruption compliance program, leading the development of a best-in-class global anti-corruption risk assessment, audit plan, and third-party due diligence program.

Juliette has been a Certified Fraud Examiner since 2007, and was the 2003 recipient of the International Food & Beverage Forum’s Food & Wine Founder Michael Batterberry Award. She is also a former Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance Showcase of the Star’s “Star”, and the 2004 winner of the Wall Street Journal Award for Excellence in Accounting. She is fluent in Spanish.

JULIETTE GUST

Founder and President, Ethics Suite, Phoenix, AZ
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ELAINE HEIDE

Wine Director, The Allison Inn & Spa McMinnville, Oregon

Elaine’s career in wine spans 20 years of experience in hospitality, retail, distribution, and importation. She currently manages the wine program for a luxury resort in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. She has achieved the WSET Diploma and is currently working toward acceptance to the MW study program.

ELAINE HEIDE

Wine Director, The Allison Inn & Spa McMinnville, Oregon
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BRAD HOLT

Producer and Director of Photography, HoltArts Entertainment, Dallas, TX

BRAD HOLT

Producer and Director of Photography, HoltArts Entertainment, Dallas, TX
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STEPHANIE IKEOGU

Beverage Manager, The Ranch at Las Colinas, F.B. Society, Irving, TX

Stephanie Ikeogu is the Beverage Manager for The Ranch at Las Colinas, F.B. Society’s Texas-inspired Steakhouse in Dallas, TX. She started in the hospitality industry with humble beginnings as a hostess at a local restaurant during her college years. She always aspired to be an Athletic Trainer for a professional soccer team, never having any intention to stay in the industry. Realizing that hospitality was built in her DNA, she took a management position at Pappasito’s Cantina in 2012 and started diving into the Beverage program. Her wine journey began when she accepted a position at another F.B. Society concept, Haywire. She’s is a first-generation Nigerian-American and currently studying wine through the Court of Master Sommeliers-America and the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust.

STEPHANIE IKEOGU

Beverage Manager, The Ranch at Las Colinas, F.B. Society, Irving, TX
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LEA ANNE INGENDORF

Wine Director, Reata Restaurant, Ft. Worth, TX

Lea Anne started with wine in 2009. She worked for Bravo, Brio Restaurant group and wanted to be the wine buyer. She moved on to Max’s Wine Dive in Fort Worth where she started really studying wine. She is currently the wine director for Reata Restaurant in downtown Fort Worth. She is also working on her level two certification as well as CMS and WSET certifications. This will be her first time at the Retreat but she has volunteered with TEXSOM before.

LEA ANNE INGENDORF

Wine Director, Reata Restaurant, Ft. Worth, TX
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MJ INIGUEZ

Academic Assistant, Escuela de Sommelier de Chile, Santiago, Chile

MJ grew up in Concepción, near the Itata valley in Chile. She fell in love with wine after having moved halfway around the world to beautiful Nelson, British Columbia, Canada with her husband. She attended Selkirk College’s Ski Resort Operation and Management program. Soon after MJ completed the WSET Wine level 3, WSET Spirits and Sake level 1 and Court of Master Sommeliers certificate.

After finishing her college degree, she moved to Whistler, B.C. where she had an opportunity to work in Food and Beverage and Customer Service.
She and her husband recently moved back to Chile, where she enrolled in Escuela de Sommelier de Chile, completing all three courses in order to become a professional sommelier, as well as their professional bartender course. During her final semester she placed first in the Best Young Sommelier Chile 2018 competition.

After graduating, MJ quickly began teaching a few classes at Escuela de Sommelier de Chile, and was employed there soon after as their Academic Assistant. She is currently working on her BSc in International Business at DUOC, which she plans on using together with her background in wine in order to help share with the wine world at large some of the lesser-known gems that her beautiful home country has to offer.

MJ INIGUEZ

Academic Assistant, Escuela de Sommelier de Chile, Santiago, Chile
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TOM KINSER

Client Services Manager and Utility Coordinator for Priority Power Management, HQ The Woodlands, TX

TOM KINSER

Client Services Manager and Utility Coordinator for Priority Power Management, HQ The Woodlands, TX
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TERI KREST

TERI KREST

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JOHN LONG

Revenue Manager, Hilton, Dallas, TX

JOHN LONG

Revenue Manager, Hilton, Dallas, TX
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FRAN LUCCHESI WASLASKI

Proprietor, Medical Massage Seminars, Dallas, TX

I have been a licensed massage therapist in Texas and Florida for 25 years. I am currently running a medical massage seminar business that often takes me traveling around the United States and internationally. We teach massage therapists, Chiropractors, physical therapists and other health care practitioners how to help their patients get out of chronic pain and try to prevent surgery. Prior to this career I was a professional dancer in musicals, dance companies and Cruise Ships which also took me from Alaska to the Caribbean Islands. I performed various styles of dance including tap, ballet, jazz, ballroom and Argentine Tango. Dance is still my passion and I participate at every opportunity.

FRAN LUCCHESI WASLASKI

Proprietor, Medical Massage Seminars, Dallas, TX
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BRIDGET MOORE

Owner, Your Wine Concierge, Dallas, TX

Bridget’s passion lies with food and wine – she is a freelance wine educator and wine concierge. She received her Level 1 Sommelier Certification from The Court of Master Sommeliers, is a Certified Specialist of Texas Wine, is on the Board of the Dallas Chapter of Women for Winesense, is TABC Certified, and works wine events such as the TEXSOM Conference, the TEXSOM Awards, and Pinot in the City. She has travelled extensively to different wine regions of the world and has a soft spot for the New York Finger Lakes region, having been married at a winery overlooking the grapevines on Seneca Lake.

BRIDGET MOORE

Owner, Your Wine Concierge, Dallas, TX
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LAURA NEITZEL

Director of Branded Content, Lexipol Media Group

LAURA NEITZEL

Director of Branded Content, Lexipol Media Group
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KATHY NOVAK-JOHNSON

Project Leader and Philanthropist Aledo, TX

KATHY NOVAK-JOHNSON

Project Leader and Philanthropist Aledo, TX
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LINDA OLSSON

Recovering Management Consultant and Wine Enthusiast Boulder, CO

LINDA OLSSON

Recovering Management Consultant and Wine Enthusiast Boulder, CO
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BILL PFEIFFER

Project Manager, Principal Engineer, Lockheed Martin and Wine Enthusiast, Dallas, TX

BILL PFEIFFER

Project Manager, Principal Engineer, Lockheed Martin and Wine Enthusiast, Dallas, TX
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SANDRA K SAMUEL

Independent Alcohol Sales Contractor| Brand Communicator/Ambassador Dallas, TX

Independent Alcohol Sales Contractor| Brand Communicator/Ambassador.

SANDRA K SAMUEL

Independent Alcohol Sales Contractor| Brand Communicator/Ambassador Dallas, TX
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ALICE SWANK

Dallas, TX

ALICE SWANK

Dallas, TX
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MICHAEL WANGBICKLER

President, Balzac Communications, Napa, CA

Michael Wangbickler is President of Balzac. With nearly 30 years of experience in marketing and public relations, Mike is a trusted advisor and strategic consultant to his clients. While others are frozen when faced with barriers, Mike is energized by it. He relishes analyzing problems for his clients, finding what is wrong, and providing them with innovative solutions. Mike’s strategic mind enables him to sort through the noise and find the best way forward. He embraces ambiguity and can identify paths to real progress.

Before following his heart to wine country, Mike followed his head to Silicon Valley where he spent 8 fast-paced years in technology communications, where he caught the bug for following the latest trends in marketing tech. Armed with a “live to eat” motto and an evident passion for craft food and beverages and the land, Mike entered Balzac’s life in 2004 and became the agency’s President in 2016.

As a studied disciple of Walt Disney, Mike thinks it’s fun to do the impossible. He believes leadership, imagination, and innovation require a certain level of fearlessness and he encourages his team to step off the worn pathways and break new ground. He leads a team who are driven forward by the stories that inspire people to share in a dream. It is with this philosophy that he’s guided successful marketing and communications campaigns for more than 70 global companies and trade associations from a dozen countries.

MICHAEL WANGBICKLER

President, Balzac Communications, Napa, CA
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CATHY WARD SANDLIN

Realtor, Dallas, TX

I am a third generation Dallasite and a graduate of Texas Tech University. I’ve had a 40 year career in Advertising Sales & Marketing, the majority with The Dallas Morning News. I am currently a Realtor in Dallas working with Keller Williams. I have served with the Los Angeles Advertising League and the Press Club of Dallas. In addition, I have worked with the California Association of Realtors. I volunteer with Meals on Wheels and the Alzheimer’s Association. I grew up in a family that was interested in wine and participated in several wine educational classes. I have also earned my First Level, Sommelier, volunteered for the last five years with TEXSOM, not only in the annual Wine Awards but also have helped with the conference. It is an honor to be affiliated with TEXSOM.

CATHY WARD SANDLIN

Realtor, Dallas, TX
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SHELLY WILFONG

Wine Educator, Writer, Texas Wine Podcaster Dallas, TX

Shelly Wilfong is a wine educator, writer, and Texas wine podcaster. She founded the Dallas Women’s Wine Club in 2019 and the podcast This Is Texas Wine in 2020. Shelly has contributed articles to the SOMMTV magazine, Texas Wine Lover website, and the State Fair of Texas.

SHELLY WILFONG

Wine Educator, Writer, Texas Wine Podcaster Dallas, TX
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