Napa, Calif. — Jim Caudill has been appointed Director of Public Relations & Hospitality for The Hess Collection winery in Napa, overseeing the Hess visitor center, wine club, e-commerce and public relations for several Hess Family wineries, including The Hess Collection, Artezin, Sequana, Amalaya, Colomé, Glen Carlou and Peter Lehmann.
Caudill previously served as Vice President, Public Relations for Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates, and as the California-based public relations manager for Brown-Forman wine brands including Sonoma-Cutrer, Bonterra and Sanctuary.
Earlier in his career he consulted with public relations agencies such as Ketchum Communications,
Carl Byoir & Associates and Kamer/Singer, and also served as Vice President Public Relations for Amfac Hotels & Resorts.
Most recently he served as a marketing communications consultant in his own firm for a diverse roster of clients in wine, art and travel.
Caudill is a former board member of the Sonoma County Vintners, and is an accredited Fellow of the Public Relations Society of America. He is a past President of the Public Relations Round Table and the San Francisco chapter of PRSA. He served as an adjunct instructor at Golden Gate University in the MBA concentration for public relations, and earned an MA from Western Michigan University in organizational communications. He has served as a wine competition judge for the San Francisco Chronicle, Grand Harvest, West Coast and Green Wine competitions, and is a member of the Wine Century Club.
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Hess Family Estates produces terroir driven wines on four continents, and includes the wines of The Hess Collection on Mount Veeder in the Napa Valley; Artezin from California’s North Coast; Sequana, highlighting Sonoma’s Russian River Valley and the Santa Lucia Highlands of the Central Coast; Colomé and Amalaya from the Salta Province of Argentina; Glen Carlou from Paarl, South Africa; and Peter Lehmann wines from Australia’s Barossa Valley. Hess imports Brancaia from Tuscany. Visit Hess Family Estates at http://www.hess-family.com/