Pete Richmond, Silverado Farming Company
President of the Board
After receiving his degree in agriculture business from Fresno State University, Pete spent 15 years working as a vineyard manager in the Central Coast and Napa Valley. He worked for a number of wineries, eventually managing the Napa and Lake County Vineyards for Kendall Jackson, affording him his first exposure to growing grapes for high-end wines, including the Lokoya and Cardinale brands. In founding Silverado Farming Company, Pete’s goal is to work with small estate wineries where the focus is on wine quality and not the short-term bottom line. Additionally, Pete and his partners founded the One Percent for the Community Fund, where they pledge one percent of gross revenue to at-risk children and farm worker-related issues in Napa County. Pete is currently on the Board of the Napa Valley Farmworker Foundation and was named the 2019 Grower of the Year.
Karen Cakebread, ZIATA Wines
Vice President of the Board
The driving force behind boutique Napa Valley label ZIATA, Karen Cakebread relishes every small step that brings a wine from vineyard to table. Karen launched ZIATA—named for her beloved mother Mary Annunziata Webb—in 2008 with a widely revered Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Today, the collection also includes the Mia Madre Red Blend, a moving tribute to Karen’s mom. Karen's first foray into the wine industry came in 1988, when she began marketing Cakebread Cellars wines. Her role spanned 18 years and would see Karen traverse the globe as director of the winery’s corporate hospitality, wine education and international marketing initiatives. Karen’s roots are firmly planted in Calistoga, where she tends to her Sauvignon Blanc vines at the home ranch, with her affable Labrador Neela by her side.
Meaghan Becker, In Vino Veritas
Treasurer of the Board
Meaghan Qian-Fu Becker is a wine business executive based in Napa, California. Meaghan began her career in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs and eventually moved to San Francisco for a Strategy role in Silicon Valley after receiving her MBA at Harvard Business School. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for wine, moved to Napa and joined the wine business. She was most recently General Manager at Quintessa, an estate winery in the heart of Napa Valley and Publisher at JamesSuckling.com, overseeing all business and operational matters for the internationally renowned wine critic. She recently founded her management consulting practice In Vino Veritas LLC, focused on supporting winery clients in their path to growth. Currently she serves as Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee and is a partner, along with her husband, in Realm Cellars.
Kendall Hoxsey-Onysko, Yount Mill Vineyards and Napa Wine Co.
Secretary of the Board
Kendall, a fifth generation grapegrower in Napa Valley, is the Business Manager for Yount Mill Vineyards and Napa Wine Company. Managing over 15 varieties spread across 600 acres, her family takes pride in producing three distinct brands, Ghost Block, Oakville Winery, and Elizabeth Rose, from their organically certified vineyards. She holds an MBA in Wine Business from Sonoma State University and serves on the Marketing & Communications and Industry Issues committees.
Capital Campaign Committee
Finance & Audit Committee
Grower Services Committee
Oakville Building Committee
Viticulture & Environmental Stewardship Committee