Winebusiness.com - Homepage for the Wine Industry

Washington State Wine Commission hires new Executive Director


Date: 02/09/12

The Washington State Wine Commission today announced the hiring of Steve Warner as Executive Director. 

Mr. Warner comes to the Commission from Merck & Co., Inc., where he was Managing Director based in Bucharest, Romania. Prior to that, he held General Manger and marketing positions in global and regional marketing in the Asia Pacific region and led teams while living in Seoul, South Korea; Bangkok, Thailand; and several domestic markets.

Mr. Warner holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from East Tennessee State University and a master’s of business administration in international business and finance from Rutgers University.

Born and raised in Washington State, Mr. Warner graduated from West Seattle High School before serving in the United States military’s Special Operations Command, first as a Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and then as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy.

“I could not be more excited about joining the Commission and the industry at this particular time in our evolution,” Mr. Warner said. “We have tremendous opportunity ahead of us, and I look forward to working with our state’s growers and wineries to realize our full potential as a unified industry.” 

Kent Waliser, Chairman of the Washington State Wine Commission, said, “We are very excited that the industry has come together unanimously behind the best possible candidate for the job, and we look forward to adding Steve’s extensive marketing and leadership experience to help take our industry to the next level.” 

“We’re proud of the collaborative process that we’ve undertaken with our industry partners – the Washington Wine Institute and the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers – to fill this critically important role,” he added. “Our industry stands united and ready to greet Steve with open arms.”

Mr. Warner will join the Commission effective March 12, 2012.

Karras Consulting, a family-owned human resources consultancy based in Olympia, Wash., assisted in the international search process

Region: Washington

submit people news

Submit your press release and photo to people@winebusiness.com

wines & vines directory

Search wineries, growers, distributors, and industry suppliers in North America

latest used barrels

- used barrels  •  yesterday at 7:46AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Sep 30, 2014 at 1:52PM PDT
- used barrels  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 9:16AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 8:09AM PDT

latest real estate

- real estate  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 1:20PM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 11:48AM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 8:18AM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 26, 2014 at 1:59PM PDT
- real estate  •  Sep 21, 2014 at 5:00PM PDT

latest used equipment

- used equipment  •  1 hour ago
- used equipment  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 9:49AM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 29, 2014 at 9:49AM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 28, 2014 at 4:26PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 4:26AM PDT

latest services & supplies

- services & supplies  •  51 minutes ago
- services & supplies  •  Sep 30, 2014 at 2:51PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 5:56PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 25, 2014 at 9:21AM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Sep 22, 2014 at 11:29AM PDT

industry events

Oct 4
CA
Oct 5
CA
Search Events:

Copyright© 1994-2014 by Wine Communications Group. All Rights Reserved. Copyright protection extends to all written material, graphics, backgrounds and layouts. None of this material may be reproduced for any reason without written permission of the Publisher. Wine Business Insider, Wine Business Monthly, Grower & Cellar News and Wine Market News are all trademarks of Wine Communications Group and will be protected to the fullest extent of the law.