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Wine Industry Symposium Group Appoints Lisa Adams Walter Director of Programs

Date: 12/17/13

The Wine Industry Symposium Group has appointed Lisa Adams Walter as their new Director of Programs. After producing landmark wine trade events such as the Wine Industry Financial Symposium, the Central Coast Insights Program and the Vineyard Economics Seminar for more than twenty years, the Wine Industry Symposium group is poised to build on their continued success by expanding social media and improving its reach to the entire wine community.

“After an extensive selection process, Lisa was clearly the most appropriate candidate to join our team,” said Kathy Archer, Wine Industry Symposium Group President, “As our group is keenly focused on the future of the wine industry, she brings a distinctive blend of wine business experience and enthusiasm that will expand and enhance our educational programs.”

“The Wine Industry has dramatically evolved since Kathy Archer and I founded the Wine Industry Symposium Group more than twenty years ago,” said David Freed, Chairman, The Silverado Group, “We are pleased to have Lisa join our group as our programs will continue to evolve to match the future needs of educating the wine industry”

“I am truly honored to join the Wine Industry Symposium Group,” said Lisa Adams Walter, “I have long had enormous respect for this organization and the contributions that David Freed and Kathy Archer have made to the wine trade. I look forward to working closely with Kathy Archer and the esteemed Steering Committee on the events already scheduled for 2014.”

Lisa Adams Walter majored in Communication Studies at California State University Sacramento, graduating with an emphasis in PR and Advertising. She has run her own PR consulting firm Adams Walter Communications for 15 years, and will simultaneously continue in that role. Her prior professional experience includes working as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Wine Business Publications, for the Napa Valley Vintners Association on the second Premiere Napa Valley and as the Director of Public Relations for the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers Alliance. She currently serves as the Assistant Executive Director of the Academy of Wine Communications, as well as an appointed representative on the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee to the Napa County Board of Supervisors.

About the Wine Industry Symposium Group

The founders of the Wine Industry Symposium Group met in early 1992 with the hope that by forming a new industry conference, they would create an open exchange of thoughts and ideas concerning financial aspects of the California wine industry. The Wine Industry Financial Symposium was born. A couple of years later, in 1994, the group started a similar program, the Central Coast Insights Program, to fit the needs of that region. A year later, the Vineyard Economics Seminar was created for grape growers. Because of consistent globalization and consolidation in the wine business, the Wine Industry Symposium Group continues to operate with the mission of providing a critical platform for important communication and dialogue between the multiple facets of the wine business and the lending community. For more information visit or call (707) 255-9222.

Region: North America

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