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Jon Ballesteros Named President of Family Winemakers of California

Posted on February 04, 2016

SACRAMENTO, CA, February 3, 2016 - Jon Ballesteros has been named President of Family Winemakers of California (FWC), the state's trade organization representing and advocating for the welfare and success of family winemakers and their wineries.

FWC protects and enhances the interest of California's wine industry through advocacy, collaboration and consumer engagement via annual wine tasting events.

"Jon Ballesteros is the right person to lift FWC to new heights," said Bruce Lundquist, FWC Board Chair and Co-Owner of Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services of Healdsburg, California. "He brings extensive experience, great passion for our industry, and tremendous enthusiasm for the organization and its future. I look forward to working with him to meet the challenges we face and take advantage of every opportunity to realize FWC's full potential."

"I am thrilled to accept this opportunity to grow FWC's influence, relevance and value proposition for our members," said Ballesteros. "Those of us in California's winemaking industry are lucky to be in an incredible state that produces the finest wines in the world. I appreciate the passion and commitment of our family winemakers, and look forward to working with the winemaking community from across the state to ensure the industry thrives now and well into the future."

Ballesteros was most recently Senior Vice President of Public Policy for San Francisco Travel, the official destination marking organization for the City of San Francisco where he represented the 18 million travelers that visit San Francisco each year.

Ballesteros' background in governmental and external affairs includes positions with Wells Fargo & Company, Tesoro Corporation, Ultramar Diamond Shamrock Corporation, San Francisco International Airport, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the California State Assembly.

Ballesteros completed coursework for a Masters of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, and graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Economics from Claremont McKenna College.

Jon will begin with FWC on March 14, 2016. He can be reached at jon@familywinemakers.org.

Region: California, USA
Job Function: President/Owner/GM

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