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Monday, November 23 • 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Maintaining Your Food & Wine Festival’s Identity

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With the rise of VIP ticket prices, celebrity chefs and the epicurean experience, food and wine festivals are feeling the pressure to succeed in a fiercely competitive space. That said, these leaders understand their market and work hard to provide the experience that keeps their loyal fans coming back while they build a new group of attendees to sustain their festivals.

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Matt Kettmann

Contributing Editor, Wine Enthusiast
Matt Kettmann is the senior editor of The Santa Barbara Independent and a contributing editor to Wine Enthusiast, where he reviews more than 150 wines per month. He co-founded New Noise Santa Barbara, an annual music festival and conference now in its seventh year, regularly moderates food and wine panels across the Central Coast, and has also written about various topics for the New York Times, TIME Magazine, Smithsonian, and others.

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Dominique Love

CEO & Founder, Atlanta Food & Wine Festival
Entrepreneur, philanthropy expert and lover of food and drink – especially the Southern variety – Dominique Love has built a career on her passions from working in community and founding the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival to her latest role leading The IWSC Group North America. | | A passion for community and giving back, led Love to a career in philanthropy, which included work as a fundraising consultant generating more than $70M... Read More →
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Kate Mider Pajo

Festival Director, Austin Food + Wine Festival, Music City Food + Wine Festival, Chicago Food + Wine Festival
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Rebecca Robinson

Executive Director, Zinfandel Advocates & Producers
Rebecca has 24 years of experience developing marketing programs, communication and public relations strategies. Her extensive background includes serving as a staff consultant in the California Legislature and coordinating a national legislative task force. A former Sales Operations Manager for Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards in Sonoma County, Rebecca honed her marketing skills by creating strategies that substantially increased sales. In 1997, she... Read More →
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Denise Yamaguchi

Executive Director, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
Denise Hayashi Yamaguchi is a business development consultant providing both nonprofit and for-profit organizations with fund development, marketing, government affairs, public relations and community relations strategies and solutions. Yamaguchi also serves as the Executive Director for the Hawaii Ag & Culinary Alliance (dba, Hawaii Food & Wine Festival) and the Executive Director of the Hawaii Agricultural Foundation. She has more than... Read More →
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Gillian Zettler

Executive Director, Charleston Wine + Food
Erika began her career in New York City producing a number of award winning campaigns across a broad spectrum of mediums including advertising, events, sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing. She has been instrumental in producing multi-platform campaigns for Microsoft, Diageo, HBO, LG Electronics, American Express, Verizon Wireless, America Online, Fordham University, United States Tennis Association, Amerada Hess and American Red... Read More →

Monday November 23, 2015 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Sierra Madre Room

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