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eWinery Solutions Names Barry Gilbert to Board of Directors

Submitted By: Tara Thomas, February 04, 2013
Napa, CA – Barry Gilbert has been appointed to the board of directors of eWinery Solutions of Napa. With previous top positions at Smith & Hawken, The Sharper Image, and Warner Bros. Studio Stores, industry veteran Gilbert brings years of CEO and strategic board vision to the company.

“Barry Gilbert is one of the true experts in the field of Direct to Consumer marketing at the highest level,” says Richard Kline, founder and CEO of eWinery Solutions. “He brings tremendous vision and experience, and a willingness to put those resources completely at the service of our customers. He really brings world-class DTC expertise to the wine industry. With our recent merger with Napa Valley POS and accelerating growth trajectory, I’m particularly pleased that Barry agreed to join our Board.”

In 2001, Gilbert was named CEO of outdoor product leader Smith & Hawken, where the company saw four years of consecutive growth. Previously he held the position of chairman and CEO for Miadora. Under his guidance the company became an innovator in the e-commerce world. Prior to Miadora, Gilbert held the position of COO and Vice Chairman of The Sharper Image. The company’s stock increased four-fold under his supervision.

In 1990, Gilbert led the rollout of retail entertainment stores for Warner Bros. Studio Stores (WBSS), opening more than 80 stores over three years. Gilbert has held various merchandising and operational positions for both May and Federated Department Stores. Gilbert earned his BA and MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. He has served as a director for several companies, including: Reading Revolution, Inc.; Informative, Inc.; Cleverset, Inc.; GPA Media, Inc.; Thermaclear, Inc.; Nextsport Inc. and The Santa Clara University Retail Management Institute.

Today Mr. Gilbert leads GCG, a consultancy to early-stage consumer products companies looking to grow and build their infrastructure.

About eWinery Solutions
eWinery Solutions provides a complete wine-industry-specific software solution to help wineries around the world manage their DTC business from the first point of contact to extended customer interaction. The company is committed to being the industry leader and providing access to the latest tools and features to streamline day-to-day activities in the wine industry. eWinery Solutions recently merged with Napa Valley POS, which has been a pioneer in POS software and its application throughout the wine industry. More than 70% of the $600M direct-to-consumer wine business in the USA in 2012 was with clients of eWinery Solutions or Napa Valley POS.

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