Kathleen Heitz Myers, of Heitz Wine Cellars in St. Helena, has been elected board chairwoman for 2012-13 of Wine Institute, the public policy advocacy group representing nearly 1,000 California wineries.
The election was held at Wine Institute’s 78th annual meeting of members at Lake Tahoe where other board officers elected included: Chris Fehrnstrom, of Constellation Wines U.S. in San Francisco, first vice chairman; Carolyn Wente, of Wente Family Estates in Livermore, second vice chairman; Greg Coleman, of E. & J. Gallo Winery in Modesto, treasurer; and Margie Healy, of Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville, secretary. Robert P. (Bobby) Koch remains president and CEO of Wine Institute.
“I am honored to support the Wine Institute’s work on state, federal and international public policy,” declared Heitz Myers during the annual meeting. “We will continue to focus on defeating tax increase proposals, expanding direct-to-consumer shipping, enhancing our wine exports and promoting the adoption of sustainable winegrowing practices.
“As vintners and grapegrowers, we have a long-term commitment to California with deep roots in many communities. We recognize the importance of communicating to the public that the wine industry generates 330,000 jobs and nearly $62 billion in economic impact to California annually.”
Heitz Myers has been president of Heitz Wine Cellars since 1998. As the second generation to lead the family business, she has continued to advance the winery’s international reputation. She is an advocate for California wines and is highly regarded for her leadership as past president of the Napa Valley Vintners, past chair of Auction Napa Valley, member of the Land Trust of Napa County Advisory Council and past president of the Napa Valley Exposition board of directors.