The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University today announced the latest contribution in support of the future Wine Spectator Learning Center from Robin and Michelle Baggett, owners of Alpha Omega Winery in Napa and Tolosa Winery in San Luis Obispo. The generous donation of $200,000 will be put toward the construction of a new Learning Center conference room, which is slated for completion in 2017. The Alpha Omega and Tolosa Wine Business Institute Conference Room will provide a state-of-the-art collaboration and mentoring space for current and future wine industry professionals to further their education.
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced a series of public information sessions about its advanced degree programs will take place October 5 and 31 on the SSU campus in Rohnert Park, and October 24 on the St. Helena campus of Napa Valley Community College. Information sessions are designed for incoming students and interested professionals to meet with administrators, faculty, alumni, and current students for an overview of the program, outline of courses, and application counseling and support.
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that Dr. Armand Gilinsky, Jr., Korbel Professor in Wine Business, has a new book slated for release tomorrow, October 2, 2015, entitled, Crafting Sustainable Wine Businesses: Concepts and Cases. Dr. Gilinsky's latest work focuses on methods being used by organizations inside and outside the wine industry to set and measure business sustainability standards. The book includes New and Old World case studies, including from contributors at universities in Spain and New Zealand. It was written by Dr. Gilinsky as part of ongoing research within the Wine Business Institute, an education and research institute of SBE.
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that alumnus and watchmaking impresario, Justin Eterovich, is gaining traction in the world of limited edition luxury brands with Blacklist Watches, automotive-inspired timepieces designed by Eterovich and manufactured in Switzerland. The company boasts sales of more than $125,000 in its first 12 months of operation and expects to double that number in the coming year. Eterovich graduated Cum Laude from SSU in 2015 and occasionally returns to campus to share his story with new business students.
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced today that two of its students, Bozhidar Chakalov and Edward D'Emidio, both seniors and Economics Majors, were each awarded a $500 scholarship by the Department of Economics for strong academic performance. The scholarship is named after former SSU Department of Economics faculty members, Sue Hayes and Steve Lewis, and allocated annually to offset student textbook costs.
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that Business Professor Robert Girling has released a new book entitled, The Good Company: Sustainability in Hospitality, Tourism, and Wine. The book focuses on sustainable innovations in business that can serve as a learning tool for both practitioners and educators in hospitality, wine, and environmental studies. The book is a sequel to The Good Company: Compassionate Companies that are Changing the World, published in 2012.
Choosing a health plan has become an annual task since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. The Individual Mandate now places a penalty on those who can afford health care but choose not to purchase it. The fee for not having coverage in 2015 is either 2% of your yearly household income or $325 per person for the year (with lots of tiny print in the details). Choosing a health plan can be very confusing because of all the choices but really boils down to cost versus choice. HMOs are generally less expensive- PPOs tend to be more flexible.
Six months ago, a paper I wrote was accepted for presentation at the European Group for Organizational Studies conference in Athens on July 2-4. At the time, I had no idea that Greece would become such a hotspot at exactly that time. The referendum conducted by the socialist Prime Minister Tsipras to gauge the interest of Greek voters and EU debt deal was held on July 5, with one week notice. I was in Athens from July 1 until July 7.
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the addition of well-known financial industry experts from the region's top firms to its roster of instructors for the upcoming Wine Industry Finance and Accounting Certificate program. Applications are still being accepted for the program beginning September 11, 2015.
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that a group of Executive MBA (EMBA) students and faculty are embarking on a two-week international excursion, September 12 through 25, 2015, for meetings and activities with executives and industry officials at companies in Denmark and Estonia. The group will spend one week in Copenhagen, Denmark and a second week in Tallinn, Estonia, to gather a global business perspective on their studies, companies, and U.S. commerce, by interfacing with experts in European business, education, government, technology, and healthcare industries.
The School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University announced that Steven Tradewell, Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Class of 2013 and CFO for Napa Valley Vintners, was honored today by the North Bay Business Journal during its fifth annual North Bay Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Awards. Eleven CFOs were recognized from various industries, including natural products, technology, energy, finance, and wine, among others.
Sonoma State Offers New Wine Business Financial Planning and Strategy SeminarRohnert Park, CA - On September 11th the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University will offer a new seminar as part of their fall professional development programming. The new...
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced that a group of students in the Brand Marketing course of the Executive Wine MBA program were invited to present their final project findings to tasting room managers at Duckhorn Vineyards, a Napa Valley wine producer. The culminating project was designed to evaluate brand "touch points", or the various points at which the public interfaces with the winery - before, during, and after a transaction. Based on the group's findings, company officials requested that the students return to provide additional context and present their results directly to Duckhorn Vineyard team members.
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the addition of new faculty members beginning Fall Semester 2015, including three full-time tenure track faculty and six adjunct faculty. Dr. Adele Santana and Dr. Damien Wilson are both full-time faculty members in Business Administration, and Dr. Astha Sen is a full-time faculty member joining the Economics Department. New adjunct faculty teaching this fall include Steven Angel, David Gary, Tiffanie De Liberty, Jerry Kohler, Meredith Rennie, and Dave Macias. Gary, Rennie, and Macias are graduates of SSU.
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced the fall schedule of wine business seminars and certificate programs, including the online Wine Business Management Certificate, Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Certificate, and Wine Industry Finance and Accounting Certificate. The first of three online courses required for the certificate in Wine Business Management begins September 2, 2015. Half-day seminars leading to certificates in both direct-to-consumer sales and accounting and finance, take place every Friday on campus for eight weeks beginning September 11, 2015. Both the online courses and seminars may be taken individually or together to earn a certificate.
The School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University today announced that Dr. Liz Thach, MW received the "Excellence in Education" award from leaders of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce and its members. Dr. Thach is a wine business and management professor teaching in both the undergraduate, MBA, and Wine MBA programs. The annual Chamber event brings members of the business and education communities together to recognize the contributions of area teachers at all education levels.
The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced preliminary results of a study designed to examine Californians' perceptions of the wine industry and its impact on quality of life in five of the state's wine-producing regions. Results show the majority of residents in these areas view the industry in highly positive terms, citing benefits to the economy and quality of life. The survey was conducted as part of ongoing research to establish baseline data that informs industry, communities, and future policy decisions in the state of California.
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced a public information session regarding the Executive MBA program will be held Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Darwin Hall, Room 101 on the SSU campus in Rohnert Park, CA. Info sessions are designed as an opportunity for incoming students and interested professionals to meet with program administrators, faculty, and staff for an overview of the program, outline of courses, and to address any questions. Admissions coordinators will also be in attendance to provide application counseling and support. Breakfast and coffee will be provided.
The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) announced a public information session regarding the Executive Wine MBA program will be held Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Beringer Vineyards in St. Helena, CA. Info sessions are designed as an opportunity for incoming students and interested professionals to meet with administrators, faculty, and staff for an overview of the program, outline of courses, and to address any questions. Admissions coordinators will also be in attendance to provide application counseling and support. Continental breakfast and coffee will be provided.
School of Business Alumni Launch North Bay STEM Camp: Specialty Camp Uses Drone Technology to Fill Millenial Knowledge GapJuly 20, 2015 8:40 AM
Sonoma State Executive MBA (EMBA) Alumni, Matt Spence and Brian Ambrosini, recently launched a first-ever regional youth camp designed to provide children the opportunity to gain and improve skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) . The innovative camp uses drone technology to teach the fundamentals of engineering, with the goal of narrowing the gap in STEM knowledge among youth and inspiring participants to seek STEM career pathways and professions.
Rohnert Park, CA - Ron Rubin, of The Rubin Family of Wines, is honored to have committed a gift to the Wine Spectator Learning Center, the future home of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. The generous gift,...
Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute has partnered with Napa Valley College to offer a Craft Brewing Workshop presented by the Viticulture and Enology Science and Technology Alliance (VESTA). The workshop will be held at Napa Valley College's St. Helena Campus.
Master of Wine, Liz Thach is named Sonoma State University's (SSU) Distinguished Professor of Wine. The new title came as part of the Wine Business Institute Board's resolutions to support the growth of the WBI and its academic and research programs. "I am pleased to grant this well-deserved title of Distinguished Professor of Wine to Liz Thach. Her accomplishments as a professor and Master of Wine make her the ideal candidate to carry out the initiatives of the Wine Business Institute within the scope of this new role," said Ruben Armiñana, president of Sonoma State University.
Sonoma State and Napa Valley College Offer Summer Wine Workshop SeriesRohnert Park, CA - Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute has partnered with Napa Valley College to offer a Summer Wine Workshop Series presented by the Viticulture and Enology Science...
Sonoma State University's (SSU) Wine Business Institute (WBI) announces the launch of its new Wine Business Case Research Journal (WBCRJ) - the first of its kind in the world - a (online) journal dedicated to advancing wine business practices and pedagogy through the enhancement of case research and publishing of exceptional case studies involving real people and real events in the global wine business context. Set to release its first issue in spring 2016, the journal is now accepting both multimedia and traditional document cases until June 30, 2015.
Sarah Scudder is one of those people - if you meet her, you will never forget her! She is one of the SBE jewels graduating Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor Degrees in Economics and Business Administration and a Minor in American Ethnic Studies. Sarah serves as the Chief Growth Officer for The Sourcing Group (TSG) www.thesourcinggroup.com where she has worked since graduation.
This year the Wine Business Institute within the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University gave away seven scholarships totaling $23,7 00 to worthy students. The largest scholarship awarded was the Charlie Palmer Pig's and Pinot Scholarship worth $10,000, made available by Charlie Palmer and Daryl Groom. There were numerous applicants and the review committee ended up selecting two students who show financial need, live locally in a North Coast wine region, and whom will pursue a career locally in the wine or food industry, the main requirements of the scholarship. Undergraduate wine business strategy majors Christian Gutierrez and Itze Pena-Andrade were the two selected to receive the award.
Sonoma State University (SSU) student startups win big at the Future Four Business Concept Competition hosted by Chico State in April 2015. Athletic Board, a website aimed at helping youth athletes prevent potential sports career-ending injuries, won the $4000 Smart Growth Group prize and HOPS, a mobile application designed to connect craft beer connoisseurs with each other, craft breweries, and brew-fests, placed third.
Sonoma State Cellars Adds Zinfandel to Its Wine Portfolio Rohnert Park, CA (June 10, 2015) - On Saturday, June 20th, Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute will celebrate its fourth vintage of Sonoma State Cellars (SSC) with a release party...
Sonoma State Offers Two New Seminars on Vineyard and Winery TaxationRohnert Park, CA - Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute will offer two new seminars during their week-long Summer Seminar Intensive, June 22nd - 26th. The new seminars, Vineyard Taxation...
Sonoma State University's (SSU) Wine Business Institute announces the launch of its new Wine Business Case Research Journal (WBCRJ) - the first of its kind in the world - an open-access, electronic journal dedicated to advancing wine business practices and pedagogy through the enhancement of case research and publishing of exceptional case studies involving real people and real events in the global wine business context. Set to release its first issue in Spring 2016, the journal is now accepting both multimedia and traditional document cases until June 30, 2015. "This is an opportunity to help the next generation of wine business leaders and educators - industry professionals, students, and aspiring case writers - to have better and more exciting tools to use in the field and in the classroom," said Armand Gilinsky, SSU's Korbel Professor of Wine Business and Founding Editor of WBCRJ.
This past week the Faculty Senate of Sonoma State University (SSU) approved a French Language Certificate for Wine Business, the first of its type in the US. Full-time students pursuing a B.S. degree in Wine Business can now add a French language proficiency certificate to their degree at either the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level.
Surani put her business acumen on par with her experience and accelerated her career with an Executive MBA (EMBA) from Sonoma State. Upon completing the EMBA program, Kwan's role as director of operations for Sutter Pacific Medical (SPM) Foundation expanded include oversight of 40 offices in SPM's South Division, in addition to the 27 medical offices, labs, and x-ray departments she already oversees in the North Division.
Top 3 Winning Wine Cocktails Selected by Panel of Master Judges - Results of SSU and Texas Tech Wine Mixology ContestApril 15, 2015 8:15 AM
This week the results of the Wine Mixology Competition were released, selected by a panel of Master Judges. The competition, which was a friendly rivalry between wine business students at Sonoma State University and Texas Tech University, was designed to combat the toll that craft beer and spirits mixology may take on wine market share in the US.
The Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma to Offer Scholarship for SSU's Wine Business Institute Direct to Consumer CertificateApril 14, 2015 12:44 PM
The Concierge Alliance of Napa Valley and Sonoma (CANVAS) has created a scholarship that will support an individual working towards completion of the Direct to Consumer Certificate at Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute this fall. The scholarship will include funds to pay for the certificate program and membership in CANVAS for 2 years.
Sonoma State Offers New Online Course QuickBooks®: A Comprehensive Application for Your Wine BusinessApril 8, 2015 3:05 PM
Sonoma State Offers New Online CourseQuickBooks®: A Comprehensive Application for Your Wine BusinessROHNERT PARK, CA (April 9, 2015) - QuickBooks®: A Comprehensive Application for Your Wine Business is a new online certificate program from Sonoma State's Wine Business Institute launching...
Steve Gross to Lead State Compliance for Direct Shipping Seminar at Sonoma State Rohnert Park, CA (April 7, 2015) - Steve Gross, Vice President of State Relations for the Wine Institute will lead the "State Compliance for Direct Shipping" seminar...
Leveraging his Executive MBA degree and SSU network, Josh Dopkowski landed a job as Product Development Manager at Essential Oil (EO) Products, a complete line of natural and organic bath, skin and hair care products, in San Rafael where he manages the definition, development, and implementation of new products for EO and Everyone Brands.
Sonoma State to Offer Two Wine Business Seminars at the Lake County Winegrape Commission April 15Rohnert Park, CA (March 25, 2015) -- On April 15th, the Wine Business institute will offer two seminars hosted by the Lake County Winegrape Commission...
Sonoma State University is now accepting applications for their new Global Wine MBA program, set to begin in fall 2015. The program is a full-time, one-year accelerated Wine MBA program, focused on serving the global wine business professionals who desire to further their wine industry knowledge while living in the heart of California wine country.
Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute will kick-off it's 2015 Spring Seminar Series with two new seminars on March 12. The seminars, "Exploring a Career in Wine Business" and "Setting Up Your Wine Business from a Legal Perspective" come as a direct response to inquiries from individuals looking to begin a career in wine business.
Students studying wine marketing at Sonoma State University and Texas Tech University are concerned about the toll craft beer and spirits may take on wine market share in the US. In order to combat this, they are engaging in a friendly contest between universities to see who can concoct the most creative and tasty wine cocktail.
$3M Endowment Funds International Scholar Damien Wilson as the Hamel Family Chair in Wine Business at Sonoma StateFebruary 11, 2015 7:47 AM
Sonoma State University's (SSU) School of Business and Economics dean William Silver announced a $3M donation from Pamela and George Hamel establishing the Hamel Family Faculty Chair in Wine Business, and the appointment of Dr. Damien Wilson in the inaugural term of this new position.
Sonoma State Launches New Certificate Program February 25-28, "Creating a Competitive Wine Brand" Branding Leader Barbara Talbott to Co-InstructFebruary 4, 2015 11:26 AM
Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute offers a new certificate, Creating a Competitive Wine Brand, February 25th - 28th. Barbara Talbott, Founder and CEO, GlenLarkin Advisors, LLC and former Executive Vice President Marketing, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, brings her branding talent and expertise to the certificate program in a cooperative effort with School of Business and Economics professor, Kyuho Lee, Ph.D.
"You have to equip yourself. The real world is just around the corner and you need it more than it needs you," an important lesson learned by Sonoma State University Alumni, Davis Jones, who is the co-founder of Eazl.co, a career management training platform for young professionals.
Students at Sonoma State University are getting the chance to obtain valuable consulting experience while still in the classroom by taking the course Business 453, Small Business Analysis.
When my colleagues at work ask me about my recent SSU MBA Europe trip, initially I want to recount the extraordinary tourist experiences: Barcelona's beaches, great paella and vibrant social scene or the intricate "Knights of the Round Table" theatrical reenactment we were treated to in a castle in the Hungarian countryside. Then I stop and remember: this is a work colleague and I disappeared from work for two weeks to study, not to vacation. My mind then switches gears and retrieves the most memorable scholarly experience from the trip: our Spanish consulting project.
Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics dean William Silver announced a $100,000 donation from American AgCredit for the Wine Spectator Learning Center, the first of only ten Icon-Level gifts that are slated for the project.
Sonoma State Announces Half-Million Dollar Gift from Tatiana and Gerret Copeland of Bouchaine Vineyards for Wine Spectator Learning CenterJanuary 14, 2015 7:00 AM
Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics dean William Silver announced a half-million dollar donation from vintners and philanthropists Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, owners of Bouchaine Vineyards in Napa Valley. The gift will name The Copeland / Bouchaine Terrace and Gardens, which will be a focal point for hospitality and industry gatherings at the new Wine Spectator Learning Center, future home of SSU's Wine Business Institute.
Sonoma State Wine Business graduate, Noam Steinhart, helps launch first online wine company in Israel. "It all started when I got an internship in Israel with top sommelier, Jessy Bodec," explained Steinhart. "When the internship ended, he asked if I could come and work for a new online wine company in Tel Aviv."
Sonoma State University will host two receptions for potential candidates of their MBA programs on the SSU campus on Saturday, January 17th. The receptions - 9:30-10:30 am for the Executive Wine MBA and 11:00 am-12:00 pm for the Evening-, Evening Wine- and General Executive MBA - will help professionals determine if an MBA is the right step to help them reach their career goals while also connecting them with peers over coffee and a light breakfast.
The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University is offering a new certificate course - "Creating a Competitive Wine Brand" on February 25th - 28th, 2015. The short, intensive certificate program is for any wine industry professional who needs to differentiate their product and deepen their understanding of brand.
Career Center for the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University Prospering Thanks to Partnerships in the North BayNovember 20, 2014 2:00 PM
Recent strategic alliances with national companies like Southern Wine and Spirits, Nelson Staffing, Sherwin Williams, and Target are helping Sonoma State's School of Business and Economics (SBE) Career Center thrive.
Sonoma State University will add a Sonoma County based offering of their executive Wine MBA - the only one of its kind in the country - to its slate of graduate and wine business education starting in March 2015. Sonoma County Winegrowers will host an information session for the new program on November 13th at 6:00 pm.
Wines and Vines' Jim Gordon, The Nielsen Company's Peggy Gsell, Full Glass Research and Wine Opinion's Christian Miller, Tasting Panel Magazine's Deborah Parker Wong and Wine Business Monthly's Cyril Penn, will join Liza Zimmerman, wine educator and writer, and Principal of the San Francisco-based wine consulting business Liza the Wine Chick, in a seminar titled Wine Trends: What's Hot & What's Not at Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute.
Call of the Vine: Master of Wine, Liz Thach, defines the top vineyards of Napa and Sonoma in new bookOctober 28, 2014 11:35 AM
What defines the top vineyards of Napa and Sonoma? A new book entitled Call of the Vine: Exploring Ten Famous Vineyards of Napa and Sonoma by Dr. Liz Thach, professor of Wine Business at Sonoma State University, provides the answer in a compelling and beautifully written journey through the vineyards.
Sonoma State University's Wine Business Institute is pleased to announce their alliance with Domaine Chandon to offer a feature seminar series to wine industry professionals in the Napa Valley, as well as Chandon employees on November 4-5th.
Join Sonoma State University Children's School preschoolers, local K-12 students and Sonoma State students, faculty and staff on Friday, October 10th from 10am-4pm at the Stevenson Quad as they "make a village" out of cardboard boxes as part of the Global Cardboard Challenge event.
Wine business students get a taste of what it's like to develop, pitch and implement marketing strategies as a part of a worthy cause marketing campaign to "Stomp Out Student Loans" and promote the Terra Fossil brand to its target audience.
In just 30 days, Cohen generated $12K in seed money from 128 investors on Kickstarter - the world's largest platform for funding creative projects, also putting him in the top 25% for the amount of money raised and success in meeting his goal.
Angie Martinez strongly believes, "there are two kinds of people in this world, people that make excuses and people that make things happen."
Sonoma State University's School of Business and Economics dean William Silver announced that Young's Market Company, the premier fine wine and spirits distributor in the western United States, is making a $250,000 gift to the University that will support the construction of completion of the Industry Boardroom in the new Wine Spectator Learning Center.
Sonoma State University (SSU) President Ruben Armiñana announced that Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator magazine, is making a $3 million gift to the University through the Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation.