INDEPENDENT GRAPE GROWERS — PASO ROBLES AREA
An Association of Viticulture Industry Members Dedicated to the Advancement of Superior Wine Grape Growing
Board of Directors 2015 - 2017 Terms
Ken Bray, Kobra Vineyards
A graduate of Michigan State University and a Marketing Executive for wine and spirits import companies in Chicago, New York and San Francisco for 22 years, Doris and I moved to Paso Robles after retirement to begin our second careers. In 1999 we purchased an old almond orchard on the west side of Paso and began our journey of wine grape growing. We learned the business the hard way; relying on books, seminars, educational classes, viticulture experts and trial and error. Along the way we had help from several members of IGGPRA, planted our first vines in 2003 expanded the vineyard in 2005 and never looked back, except to thank those that helped by joining IGGPRA and running for office, our way of paying back. In 2006, I was asked to join the Board as an Associate Director and was elected to the Board in 2008. In 2012, we sold our 28 acre vineyard and purchased another smaller vineyard in the hills west of Atascadero. At the same time, I was reelected to the Board, served as Vice President and am currently President of the IGGPRA Board of Directors.
It is my hope that the IGGPRA membership will reelect me to the Board so that I can continue to strive for the completion of several projects that we believe will significantly increase the value of being a member and to payback for the guidance provided by the Association that contributed substantially to the success of Doris and my vineyard operations.
Bob Fonarow, KW Commercial Real Estate
Bob Fonarow is an Incumbent Board Member;
Your Treasurer for the past 4 years;
Scholarship Committee Chair 2012-13-14;
Executive Committee; booth set up grunt with Joe Irick;
Ad Hoc Committee for contract with AR& Co. Worked with Linda Galano during 2014 on planning our socials.
MC at Socials hoping each of you win the 50/50.
Many thanks for electing me to serve you and fulfill the mission of IGGPRA, which is to provide quality educational seminars on vineyard management and bi-monthly social for all of us to break bread together and drink the fruit juice of our labors.
Michelle Hido, MJ Fronty Vineyard
Michelle has been overseeing/managing her family’s vineyards for the last 4 years. Last year she became IGGPRA's Special Events chair. Throughout the year Michelle has strengthened IGGPRAs relationships with the local Chambers, and decorated the Paso Robles’ Chamber window for Harvest. She also worked on the committee that updated IGGPRA's Mission Statement and ran IGGPRA's booth at the Central Coast Grape Expo. Michelle created a float that was entered into the Pioneer Day Parade and Paso's Holiday parade with members riding and live grapes entertaining the crowds. Michelle designed the IGGPRA Bumper Sticker, expo wine glasses, stemmed glasses, and sourced the items for the Holiday Social's silent auction.
Michelle strongly believes in the importance of community and wants to continue doing her part to keep IGGPRA involved in our local communities.
Michelle looks forward to being a part of IGGPRA's future.
Joe Laraneta, Laraneta Vineyards & Melinda Laraneta, Laraneta Vineyards
Laraneta Vineyards, Winery, Olive Oil, and Honey Oak House B&B
I was running our small business in Thousand Oaks when my wife, Melinda, and I purchased our 20 acre farm in Templeton in 1998. We planted grapes and olive trees and opened our B&B in 1999. We sell most of our grapes but also make wine and olive oil commercially. I’m a conservative man when it comes to most things, business and otherwise. I believe my experience in most of the farming areas that involve our membership gives me a good basis for helping support our members to move forward in the economic environment of today. Thank you.
Angela Mitchell, Mitchella Vineyard and Winery
I would be happy to represent the IGGPRA Board of directors. I have 25 years of board experience and my husband and I own Mitchella Vineyard and Winery. Currently, I serve as the 1st district Trustee for Cuesta College and I have been active in the Paso Robles community serving on various committees of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce including president/chairman of the board, treasurer of Paso Robles ACORN, I served on the Paso Robles Public Safety Memorial committee and was a founding director of the Paso Robles Library Foundation. I have BS Degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and management information systems, and a minor in speech communication from Cal Poly, and my Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.
California Wine Grapes from San Luis Obispo County, USA
The Independent Grape Growers of the Paso Robles Area (IGGPRA) is dedicated to the advancement of superior wine grape growing in the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area, the largest and fastest-growing wine appellation in California and the home to a distinct variety of soils, micro-climates, and grape varietals.
Through our online marketplace listing service, ongoing seminars, and other critical services, IGGPRA provides a networking forum to promote cooperation and collaboration between the over 300 IGGPRA Member Grape Growers in Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County (representing 27,000 fruit-producing acres and 40 grape varietals), and interested international grape growers, grape buyers, vintners, and vineyard suppliers.
Take a Leadership Role with IGGPRA
Run for the 2015-2016 Board of Directors
The IGGPRA Board of Directors Elections will be held during the February 2015 Social. At the December Social, we will ask for nominations to fill 4 seats on the Board for a 2-year term beginning February 2015.
We will also ask for volunteers to fill vitally important committee positions. We need members to step up into a leadership role as a Director, committee chair or committee member to serve the association, and help fulfill our mission of "Growers helping Growers."
If you don't attend the December Social, you may apply for the Board or Committee positions by filling out the form below or contacting the committee members listed here.
Apply for Board or Committee today.
Contact one of the below Nominating Committee Members no later than JANUARY 31, 2015:
Mike Collins, 805-462-0171, email@example.com
Lowell Zelinski, 805-434-3331, firstname.lastname@example.org
Joe Irick, 805-237-2309, email@example.com
Click here to download the Board of Directors/Committee Volunteer Form.
Scholarship Winners Announced
IGGPRA is proud to announce its two local scholarship winners for the 2014-2015 academic year: Linda Jaimez, and Adam Hinrichs. Each student will receive $3,000 toward college tuition fees as they pursue degrees in viticulture-related fields.
Scholarship winners Adam Hinrichs, recent graduate of Templeton High School, will study Agricultural Engineering at Cal Lutheran beginning September 2014 and Linda Jaimez, a Paso Robles native and current fourth year at Fresno State University is now studying to become a vineyard manager and hopes to return to the Paso Robles community to work in the industry after graduation.
“Our 2014 scholarship award winners embody the goals and ideals of IGGPRA,” says Bob Fonarow, IGGPRA Scholarship Committee Chairman. “The local IGGPRA members and supporters who make these scholarships possible feel there is no better way to advance the success of the Paso Robles wine growing region than to do our part to support such passionate, promising future wine industry leaders.”
IGGPRA initiated its viticulture scholarship program in 2012. Scholarships are awarded based on academic excellence and financial need. Students interested in applying for scholarships may contact IGGPRA Scholarship Committee Chair Bob Fonarow at (805) 857-4400 for an application.
IGGPRA’s 2014 Member Directory
Our new 2014 membership will be available shortly. In fact, members will receive a copy in the mail in early July. The Board is especially proud of this latest effort that, we believe, will improve the visibility and recognition of the Association. If not, you know how to reach us and we will seriously consider your input in future efforts. In the meantime, the Board encourages you to frequent member Associate Businesses, many of which contributed through advertising to the Directory project.
CLICK HERE to Join IGGPRA TODAY and receive a complimentary Membership Directory!
NEW IGGPRA Membership Signs – NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!
$35 per sign – reserve your new sign today!
IGGPRA is pleased to announce that the new Membership Signs are now available for purchase! This new design is more impactful, registers the IGGPRA name instantly and carries the logo that appears on our Website, newsletter and various mailings. The new sign is the essence of impactful simplicity. For those of you who are married to the old design please consider that “pretty” doesn’t necessarily equate to successful communication and at normal highway speeds it is difficult to determine just what the sign represents. To purchase a new Membership Sign, contact IGGPRA President Ken Bray by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (805) 459-6075.
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