The Washington Wine Industry Foundation (WWIF) recently welcomed five new board directors to the team: Bill Shibley, Stephanie Meier, Bradley Walker, Simon Siegl, and Mark Wheeler.
WWIF is a nonprofit that focuses on meeting the needs of the grape and wine industry including scholarships, education, outreach, research and other information. The foundation works in partnerships to accomplish the activities identified as priorities by the industry. The new board members each have a skill set to assist the foundation in helping Washington wine industry grow.
Bradley Walker, principal at Walker and Associates, began his career within the aviation industry with Alaska Airlines in 1983. Walker was a founding member of the carrier's commercial strategy team that led the carrier's strategic direction. He organized and led the carriers in-house tour company Alaska Airlines Vacations, as well as leading all of the airlines domestic and International sales efforts. In late 2010, Walker left Alaska Airlines and joined lastminutetravel.com as vice president of business development. Following a long time desire to start his own company Walker left lastminutetravel.com at the end of 2011 and started Walker & Associates. Walker & Associates provides consulting services to airlines, hotels and online travel companies in the travel industry and is based in Seattle, Washington. Walker has been a member of several tourism boards for the state of Alaska, California and Mexico. He was selected by Washington state's governor to participate as a member of the State's first Tourism Commission and was asked to lead the Marketing committee as chairmen. Walker is a past chairman of the board for the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau and is currently an active member of the board of directors. Along with his wife Marisa, Walker created a wine/travel themed auction (VINE) 11 years ago to support the Boys and Girls Clubs of King County. To date VINE has raised over $1.1 million dollars for kids in the community.