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Ali Tuthill will be succeeding Executive Director Steve Bate at Long Island Wine Council

Posted on June 22, 2016

Long Island Wine Council (LIWC), the leading industry association of the region's wine producers, announces that Executive Director Steve Bate will be leaving the Council on September 1 and that its current Marketing Director, Ali Tuthill, will be succeeding him in that role.

During Bate's dynamic 12-year tenure, LIWC's membership grew by 40 percent and association revenues by nearly 200 percent, including new grant revenues exceeding $3 million. He oversaw various marketing programs, including innovative off-season initiatives that increased wine region tourism from 500,000 in 2004 to more than 1.3 million annually. Additionally, under his leadership, the Council has become well known and respected for its public policy engagement at the local, state, national and international levels.

"We thank our ongoing Executive Director Steve Bate for his 12 years of distinguished service that brought LIWC to the prominence it enjoys today," says Roman Roth, President, LIWC.

Pat Hooker, Deputy Secretary for Food and Agriculture under Governor Andrew Cuomo, said "It has always been a pleasure for us to work with Steve. Throughout his tenure, he has continued to play a key role in our efforts to modernize New York's craft beverage laws and has been instrumental in the Governor's strategy to promote agritourism across the state."

New York Wine and Grape Foundation President Jim Trezise said, "The Long Island wine region has come a very long way in a little over 40 years, and Steve Bate has played a pivotal role in that progress during his time as Executive Director. Additionally, his passion for and expertise in public policy has benefited everyone in our industry, and he has helped laid a solid foundation for our continuing growth and prosperity."

Long Island Farm Bureau Administrative Director Rob Carpenter said, "Steve and I have worked closely together since he joined the Wine Council in 2004. It's been a true pleasure to work with him. He has always been a terrific partner in our advocacy and promotion of the Long Island agricultural industry. Steve has done a great job of representing the wine industry's interests at all levels of government and likewise representing them in community efforts."

Janine Nebons, Founding Officer of the East End Tourism Alliance and General Manager of Tanger Outlets in Riverhead said, "As Executive Director of the Long Island Wine Council, Steve has demonstrated a compelling vision and a clear comprehensive plan that successfully transformed the LI Wine industry into a globally recognized and competitive wine region. And as one of our key tourism partners on East End, he has combined a keen marketing acumen with his exceptional grant writing skills to help us implement programs that have generated significantly higher, year-round tourism traffic."

"I am very proud of the Long Island wine industry's growth in stature and economic impact during my tenure, and I am even more grateful for the active support of our members to help make it all happen." said Bate. "But with the evolution of our members' needs and exciting new changes to the region's branding and marketing orientation, it's really a perfect time for Ali Tuthill to take over the Council's reins."

For more information contact:

Steve Bate, Executive Director
Long Island Wine Council
Tel: (203) 249-8848

Ali Tuthill, Marketing Director
Long Island Wine Council
Tel: (617) 435-9846

Region: New York

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