Dacota Haselwood Named Executive Director for Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association
The Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association Board announced the appointment of Dacota Haselwood, former long-time TWGGA staffer, to the position of Executive Director. Dacota's selection follows the resignation of the current Executive Director, April Mitchell, who resigned to pursue other business interests.
Dacota began her tenure with TWGGA in September of 2004 and served as Executive Director until late 2008.
At that time, Dacota became TWGGA's part-time chief governmental affairs officer to better accommodate her young family. In early 2014, Dacota decided to become a stay at home mom, and has enjoyed that role ever since. As the family is becoming more independent, Dacota has decided to re-enter the workforce.
During her time with TWGGA, Dacota proposed and exceeded budget goals five years in a row. She fostered growth each year in the areas of commercial membership, event participation, vendor and sponsor participation and legislative advocacy. It was a prosperous time for the industry and the Association's growth followed suit under her direction.
Dacota is eager to work with the Board and its members to help facilitate a strategic vision for the Association that supports the exponential growth of the industry. The board will review and discuss a proposed course of action to facilitate industry and member input into that vision at the February 2019 board meeting. As a valued member of the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, please take these next few months to consider and discuss with your fellow members the ways in which the Association can have the greatest positive impact on your business through education and research, marketing, and legislative advocacy.