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Management Team

Hugh Tietjen (Chairman) has been involved in the wine business since 1971 as a grape grower and investor in wine related activities. Mr. Tietjen graduated from USC, majoring in market research, he joined IBM and later founded Computer Intelligence Corporation (now a division of Harte Hanks), a leading market research firm in the computer and communications industry. Mr. Tietjen serves on the boards of Monticello Vineyards and Wine Communications Group. He is a partner in Elyse Wine Cellars and the Rutherford Group as well as serving on the boards of several information related market research companies.

Eric Jorgensen (President) has over 14 years of Internet and international business experience. Most recently, he was Vice President and General Manager of Messaging and Community for Excite@Home, where he joined in the Company's infancy and remained through its IPO and merger. Before Excite, Mr. Jorgensen spent 5 years at Pacific Telesis International, creating and operating telecommunications businesses overseas. Before Pacific Telesis, Mr. Jorgensen held management and finance positions at Taligent and Apple Computer. Mr. Jorgensen graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a BA in economics and holds a MBA from Wharton.

Cyril Penn (Editor in Chief) joined Wine Communications Group in September 1998 as editor of Wine Business Insider, and in January 2000 he was named editor in chief of Wine Business Monthly.
Mr. Penn has over 15 years of wire service, magazine and broadcast experience. Mr. Penn began his career as a journalist in New York at Reuters in 1987, where he covered the energy industry for more than three years. He moved on to become a freelance reporter specializing in energy, high technology and biotechnology. Prior to joining Wine Communications Group, Mr. Penn was managing editor of the California Energy Markets newsletter in San Francisco. Mr. Penn holds a Bachelor's degree in media studies from Fordham University in New York.