Santa Rosa, CA (May 31, 2011) – Benovia Winery Co-owner & Winemaker/General Manager Mike Sullivan today announced Christy L. Simon has joined Benovia as its Chief Financial Officer.
In the newly-created position at the Russian River Valley wine producer, Ms. Simon will be responsible for Benovia’s accounting practices, financial planning, risk management, and supervision of capital investments for future growth and expansion, according to Mr. Sullivan.
Most recently serving as CFO at The Donum Estate winery in Sonoma County, Ms. Simon has held executive positions at such distinguished national and international companies as Coopers & Lybrand, Crum & Forster, and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.
“Christy is driven by a real passion for wine and a deep personal commitment to produce only the highest quality work,” Mr. Sullivan says. “That’s why her many years of experience in both the wine industry and financial sectors is the perfect match for Benovia and will add new strength to our management team.”
“Mike and Joe’s enthusiasm for the winery really is contagious,” Ms. Simon says of Mr. Sullivan and Benovia Founder and Chairman of the Board Joe Anderson. “Their leadership has laid an impressive foundation. Where I think I can add the most value to Benovia is through an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to sound financial decision-making that will ensure the winery’s continued success.”
Ms. Simon clearly demonstrated her passion for wine when she left a highly successful career as an insurance executive to pour wine in a tasting room. “It allowed me to get closer to customers and share the joy of wine with them. It’s an experience I will always treasure,”
Ms. Simon says.
A resident of the California coastal town of Dillon Beach, Ms. Simon lives with her husband Stan Wells, and their dog Rover. When she’s not enjoying exploring the world on her Harley-Davidson, she looks forward to relaxing walks along the beach or escapes into the woods.
Founded by husband and wife team Joe Anderson and Mary Dewane, and joined by winemaker partner Mike Sullivan, Benovia Winery farms more than 72 acres of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel from estate vineyards in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma County. The name of the winery is derived from Joe and Mary’s fathers' names, Novian Anderson and Ben Dewane. Established in 2005, Benovia’s mission is to create iconic and thought-provoking “Grand Cru quality” Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel wines. Benovia wines are sold through an allocation system direct to customers, as well as distributed to select restaurants nationwide. Total production for the current release (2009 vintage) is approximately 4,000 cases. Winery tastings and tours are available daily by appointment only. Benovia Winery, 3339 Hartman Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401. (707) 526-4441. www.BenoviaWinery.com
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