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VinoPRO, a rapidly expanding direct-to-consumer wine sales, marketing and technology solutions company, has made the Inc. 500, an annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States published by Inc. Magazine.

The Santa Rosa company sells ultra-premium wine and wine club memberships for companies such as Constellation Brands, Jackson Family Wines, Treasury Wine Estates, Iron Horse Winery, Benziger Family Winery and other brands.

“This award is a testament to how hard the team has worked over the past several years and I’m incredibly proud of this accomplishment,” said CEO Jeff Stevenson in a statement.

Class offered for winery financial professionals

Brotemarkle Davis & Co., a St. Helena accounting and advisory firm specializing in the wine and hospitality industries, will be offering a class for winery financial professionals on Oct. 17.

The course, which usually costs $300, will be free to members of the Napa Valley Vintners Association. It aims to help financial professionals communicate with non-financial people.

Brotemarkle Davis & Co., which offers regular training and coaching on topics related to improving business results, looks to the people and processes behind the numbers for ways to improve the bottom line.

For more information visit www.bdcocpa.com.

SSU Wine Business Institute adds three to board

Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute has named three new members to its board of directors who all hail from Napa.

Alex Ryan, president and CEO of Duckhorn Wine Co. in St. Helena; Ning Zhang, proprietor of Purlieu Wines in St. Helena; and Erle Martin, president and CEO of Crimson Wine Group of Napa have joined the board.

“Each new member is the leader of their respective wine companies, so they’ve seen everything,” said Ray Johnson, director of the Wine Business Institute, in a statement.

Compiled by Cathy Bussewitz. Submit items to cathy.bussewitz@pressdemocrat.com.

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