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Gary Heck Named Honorary Inductee at Beta Gamma Sigma Ceremony

April 22, 2013 8:00 AM


Gary Heck Named Honorary Inductee at Beta Gamma Sigma Ceremony

rogerson_heck_silver_low.jpgGary Heck, president and owner of Korbel Champagne Cellars, became an honorary inductee of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society, to recognize his founding role in the creation of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He was recognized at a ceremony on campus last Sunday, along with the students being inducted into the honor society.

"I am honored to be chosen to be an honorary inductee.  I wanted to create a place for the next generation of wine industry families to study the best practices of wine business," Heck explained when asked why he helped establish the Wine Business Institute.

"Gary's vision for wine business education made an enormous difference not only in the local area but throughout the wine industry of California.  This is exemplified by the graduates who occupy posts throughout the state in operations large and small," explained Ray Johnson, Director of the Wine Business Institute.

Heck and all others being inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma on Sunday took the oath, "I pledge myself to maintain and uphold the ideals and principles of Beta Gamma Sigma, the scholastic business honor society.  I will guard and cherish Honor; I will strive ever to acquire Wisdom and use it for the betterment of mankind; and I will cultivate Earnestness in all my undertakings."

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  Achieving initial accreditation in 2007, the Department of Business Administration's Bachelor of Science and MBA programs are among the 15% of all business schools in the world that meet the standards for accreditation.

all_students_low_res_1.jpgEach of the Greek letters that make up Beta Gamma Sigma signifies a different principle.  The letters mean Honor, Wisdom and Earnestness, three principles by which their members strive to live in their professional lives. 

More about the Wine Business Institute
Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute is located in the heart of California wine country and was created through a public-private partnership between the university and the wine industry. Founded in 1995, it is the first program in the United States to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees focused exclusively on the business aspects of the wine industry. In addition to its academic programs that include the first undergraduate and graduate degrees with a concentration in wine business, the Wine Business Institute offers an array of short courses and seminars for the industry.  Its faculty members are published experts and active researchers who focus on the arena of wine business.  The Wine Business Institute operates within Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics, a fully accredited AACSB institution. Learn more at

More about Gary Heck
An industry veteran for over 40 years, Gary B. Heck is owner and president of Korbel Champagne Cellars and Kenwood Vineyards located in Sonoma County, California.  His dedication to quality, both in the vineyard and in the cellar, is at the heart of his distinguished portfolio illustrating a commitment to producing award winning California champagne and brandy as well as varietal wines of excellence which reflect the unique characteristics of the world renowned appellations of Sonoma County. Learn more at or

More about Beta Gamma Sigma
Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. Learn more at







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