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Sonoma State’s Wine Exec MBA in Napa: Applications Close February 29

Submitted By: Lewis Perdue, February 21, 2012

February 20, 2012

Rohnert Park, CA—Sonoma State University is bringing its Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) to the Napa Valley this spring. Applications are due Wednesday, February 29. “We’re partnering with Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) to make the program accessible to wine professionals in the region who want to support their career growth,” said program director Robert Eyler. Classes begin April 12 and will be held in St. Helena at NVV’s headquarters.

The program provides students with an accredited MBA degree in 17 months, starting with an orientation weekend from April 12-14, 2012. The executive format means classes are on alternating Fridays and Saturdays, from 8am - 5pm. The wine program incorporates a harvest break from September 1 to November 8, 2012.

Courses include strategic brand management, global wine operations, using social media as a strategic tool in marketing, compliance and government relations, financial statement analysis, and talent management, as well as a team sailing exercise and an international travel and business experience to New Zealand associated with the global operations course. The culminating experience is a strategic plan for a new or existing business, which provides budding wine entrepreneurs a way to have their ideas mentored, shaped, and potentially funded.

The application and additional info can be found at Please contact Dr. Robert Eyler at 707-664-4256 or with questions.

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About Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics:

Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics’ mission is to create extraordinary learning experiences for our students and to advance best business practices in the North Bay and beyond. Its Wine Business Institute is recognized around the world for its expert faculty, business-focused research, and the first undergraduate and graduate degree programs in wine business in the United States. With undergraduate, graduate and executive programs serving over 1500 students each year and concentrations in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Wine Business, and Economics, the School offers the most in-demand degree on the Sonoma State campus. The School of Business and Economics is accredited by AACSB (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), making it one of 15% of all business schools in the world to meet these standards for excellence. For more information visit,

About the NVV
The Napa Valley Vintners is the non-profit trade association responsible for promoting and protecting the Napa Valley appellation as the premier winegrowing region. From seven founding members in 1944, today the association represents more than 420 Napa Valley wineries and collectively is a leader in the world-wide wine industry. To learn more about our region and its legendary American wines, visit