Korbel's Gary Heck Honored for SSU Wine Program Vision

By Eric Gneckow, North Bay Business Journal Staff Reporter

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Gary Heck, owner and president of Korbel Champagne Cellars and Kenwood Vineyards, became an honorary inductee of the Sonoma State University chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society last month.

Heck joined students who were inducted into the society at the ceremony to celebrate the group's admission to the prestigious group. The Sonoma State School of Business and Economics cited Heck's role in the formation of the school's Wine Business Institute as reason for his selection.

"I am honored to be chosen as an honorary inductee. I wanted to create a place for the next generation of wine industry families to study the best practices of the wine business," says Heck.

Founded in 1995, the Wine Institute operates in close partnership with the wine industry and now offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs. The institute also offers a number of certificate programs and short courses for current and aspiring professionals in the industry.

(left to right) SSU Provost Andrew Rogerson, Gary Heck and William Silver, dean of the School of Business and Economics.

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