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MIKE HENSLEY

Mike Hensley, President

Mike is a Texan who owns and operates commercial printing businesses in the Houston area. He is graduate of Memorial High School in Houston and holds a BS in Business from Trinity University in San Antonio. He is an MBA/CPA. Mike started his career in the Big 8 accounting environment. Over the years, he pursued opportunities at smaller firms in the medical, technology and energy industries that allowed him to get involved in the full spectrum of operating decisions. He used this platform to make his first asset acquisition and has continued to build on this base. After visiting Napa Valley for 15 years and establishing relationships that have helped him identify an appropriate structure for entering the wine business, Mike made the decision to establish a footprint for his own wine label, Hensley Family Vineyards.

CAROL HENSLEY

Carol Hensley, VP-Marketing

Carol is a Texas native who has worked primarily in corporate communications, investor relations and product sales. She is a graduate of Connally High School in Waco, Texas, and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Carol started her career in the communications department of a leading dairy products manufacturer. Over the years, she worked in positions of increasing responsibility in the energy and biotechnology industries. She continues to work in print sales and as a marketing writer.

JEFF FONTANELLA

Jeff Fontanella, Winemaker

Throughout his career, Jeff Fontanella has crafted wines that have received several 90+ point ratings from Robert Parker, the Wine Spectator, and the Wine Enthusiast. Jeff began his winemaking career in the cellars of Opus One and ZD. Soon after, he took a position at one of Napa’s great cult wineries, Saddleback Cellars. While challenged with the task of producing wines from 13 different varietals, Jeff was able to display his versatility as a winemaker, matching different winemaking techniques with specific vineyards in order to achieve the wines full potential. Since 2005, Jeff and his wife, Karen, have owned Fontanella Family Winery (www.fontanellawinery.com). Jeff is intimately involved with the viticulture practices used in the vineyards where our fruit is sourced. He is able to extract the true potential of each vineyard through the delicate and strategic process of shepherding the grapes from crush to bottle.