In the last few years, Mike has supported our Military Family through his generous donations and networking for the cause. Mike lives with his wife Valerie in Napa Valley and has raised two daughters – Erika and Erin.
After graduating from UCLA, Mike followed a career path in the food, beverage and wine industries, starting with 11 years with Procter & Gamble in sales and management. This experience prepared him in the early 1990’s to take the presidential reins of Beringer Winery and other various companies. In 1994 Mike circled back and purchased Beringer from Nestle and took it public. Since then Mike has been concentrating on Luna Vineyards, where they specialize in the production of Italian style varietals.
Among many other philanthropic projects, Mike’s interest in wine and wine making led him to serve as President of Wine World Estates and Sunmark, Inc. Mike is a founding partner and Chairman of Napa Valley Kitchens and has served on the boards of Ruiz Food Products and the Monterey Pasta Company. Mike was the founding President of Robert Mondavi Center for Wine, Food and the Arts: a Napa Valley charitable organization.