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Curtis Mann

Curtis Mann is a 17-year veteran of the California wine industry, with experience in hospitality, direct-to-consumer sales and wine marketing. As the wine, beer and spirits buyer for Raley’s, he is responsible for alcohol sales across 118 stores in California and Nevada. Mann began his career at ZD Wines and later served as tasting room manager at Baldacci Family Vineyards. After earning his MBA from the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, he assumed a number of roles buying and selling wine in the retail and restaurant industries. Mann has completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust diploma and is enrolled in the Masters of Wine program. He is also a judge at the California State and Calaveras County Fairs.

David Glancy

David is the Founder & CEO of San Francisco Wine School, the largest wine school in the USA. Previously he created the Certified Sommelier Program at the former Professional Culinary Institute where he coached more than 400 students to pass the Court of Master Sommeliers' Certified Sommelier exam. In 2011, Glancy founded San Francisco Wine School to create the ideal educational setting from the ground up. Glancy is one of only twelve people in the world to hold both the revered Master Sommelier diploma and the Certified Wine Educator credential. A certified French Wine Scholar, Italian Wine Professional, and Certified Specialist of Spirits, Glancy has earned the credential for every program he teaches, and more. Previously he managed restaurants in the Bay Area and abroad, taught wine and business management at Le Cordon Bleu’s California Culinary Academy, served on the editorial board of Sommelier Journal and was a 3-term member on the board of directors for the Society of Wine Educators. Currently he is on the advisory board for SommCon and the American Institute of Wine & Food.

Debbie Zachareas

Debbie Zachareas is the proprietor and managing partner at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant in San Francisco’s restored Ferry Building, and at the Oxbow Wine & Cheese Merchant in downtown Napa. She is the consulting wine buyer for Boulibar in the Ferry Building and a well-known wine judge, lecturer, sommelier and guest speaker. She developed some of the most innovative wine programs in the Bay Area: She was the founder of one of the wine program at Bacar Restaurant, the wine buyer for the Ashbury Market, EOS Restaurant and Wine Bar, the opening sommelier at Rubicon Restaurant and the opening wine director at Vertigo in the TransAmerica Building. She won the inaugural Wine Director of the Year award from San Francisco Magazine and was the only sommelier ever to have won the award twice.

Ray Johnson

As Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University, Ray Johnson's role includes organizational development and program execution as well as operational oversight of programs and events at the future Wine Spectator Learning Center. Previously his work in the VESTA alliance as well as with his company - TasteWine - has led to teaching seminars from San Francisco to New York. His international experience and network in Australia, Europe, Canada, and South Africa will connect students and alumni to wineries across the globe. 

Barbara (Bibi) Gelfand Summer

Barbara (Bibi) Gelfand Summer served as art director of Wines & Vines from 2013 to 2016. During her tenure, Gelfand Summer redesigned Wines & Vines’ magazine and logo and created logos and marketing materials for the W&VPack and W&VOak conferences. She is a graduate of the Wine Executive Program at the University of California, Davis, and spent three vintages helping harvest and produce wine with the staff of Wines & Vines. Previously she was the art director for Stringletter Publishing overseeing digital and print design as well as video and book production for Acoustic Guitar and Strings magazines. She has won design awards from the American Graphic Design Association, the Western Publishing Association and the Tube Council of North America. Gelfand Summer attended Pratt University’s Graduate Communications Design program. She served as a city commissioner for the Architectural Heritage and Landmarks Commission in Vallejo, Calif., and as media director for USTA and masters tennis tournaments in the western United States. Currently she teaches book arts and bookbinding in Marin County.

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