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Think Positive! 2012 Wine Industry Financial Symposium\

Submitted By: Waunice Orchid, July 27, 2012
Napa, Calif., July 30, 2012 - The Wine Industry Symposium Group is pleased to announce its 21st Annual Wine Industry Financial Symposium© on September 24-25, 2012 at the Napa Valley Marriott. This year’s theme is“Thinking Positive: A Bright, New Day for the Wine Industry.”

For the past 21 years, we have been honored to have Robert Smiley, Ph.D. speak to us about the results of surveys given to key industry professionals. He will once again present the results of his telephone and written surveys. Professor Smiley began this strategic partnership with the Wine Industry Symposium Group in 1991 as dean of the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis and is currently Professor Emeritus and Director of Wine.

The 2012 Industry keynote speaker is Jay Wright, chief operating officer, Constellation Brands. He will discuss “Capitalizing on Growth and Building Brands that People Love.” Constellation Brands is a S&P 500 Index and Fortune 1000® company with more than 100 brands in their portfolio, sales in about 125 countries and operationsin approximately 30 facilities and has been a very active player in the wine industry this year.

Robert H. Frank, is the H. J. Louis Professor of Management and Professor of Economics, Johnson Graduate School of Management, at CornellUniversity. Since February of 2005, Professor Frank has been writing an economics column for The New York Times, now called "Economic View" and appears every fifth Sunday. He has appeared on the PBS News Hour, USA Today, The New York Times, MSNBC discussing his most recent publication, The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good (published by Princeton University Press in 2011).

Robert Trone, owner of Total Wine & More, will be part of a panel discussing changing consumer trends. Total Wine & More operates 80 wine superstores in 12 states, with expansion reaching 14 states by year's end. The company's vast selection of products, combined with low everyday prices and expertly trained wine associates, brings a unique shopping experience to the consumer. Total Wine & More has the distinction of being Beverage Dynamic's 2008 Retailer of the Year, Market Watch's 2006 Retailer of the Year, and Wine Enthusiast's 2004 Retailer.

For a complete program, go to Online Registration begins Monday, July 30.

About the Wine Industry Symposium Group:

When the Founding Sponsor Group originally met in the spring of 1992, it was our hope that a regular, open exchange of thoughts and ideas concerning financial aspects of the California Wine Industry would form the basis for a new industry conference. After 21 years in the conference business, we can honestly say that there has been a need for such an event. The Wine Symposium Group sponsors three events per year, Central Coast Insights Program, The Vineyard Economics Seminar, and the Wine Industry Financial Symposium. We are also affiliated with the Wine Industry Technology Symposium and The Green Wine Summit.

Kathryn G. Archer, President
Waunice Orchid, Conference Coordinator