Prema Kerollis is the recipient of the inaugural 2023 Wine Business Leadership Award. This award is a partnership between Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) and The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU). It aims to recognize individuals who demonstrate great wine business leadership, vision, innovation, inspiration, and impactful service to the Sonoma County community. The award considers contributions in areas such as marketing techniques, viticulture projects, public policy measures, sustainability efforts, team spirit, and inclusivity. Nominees must be currently employed by one of the 250 SCV member wineries and have ties to SSU or WBI. The nomination and selection process is managed by board members from both SCV and WBI.
Prema Kerollis, General Manager and Co-Founder of Three Sticks and Head High Wines, is the recipient of the inaugural 2023 Wine Business Leadership Award. Prema has worked with Three Sticks and Head High Wines for the past 19 years while also serving the Sonoma County community. Her leadership has been evident through community-centered initiatives during the pandemic, fundraising for various organizations, and promoting inclusivity and sustainability. Prema takes pride in spearheading a company with strong female leaders and supporting emerging talents in the industry. She has also been involved in various boards and volunteer organizations, further exemplifying her commitment to community service.
Along with Prema, SCV and WBI would like to recognize the finalists for the leadership award: Mark Mathewson, Alexandra O’Gorman, Abigail Smyth, Nate Weis, and Stephanie Wycoff. These individuals have also demonstrated exceptional leadership and contributions to the wine industry.
Sonoma County Vintners, representing over 250 wineries, actively promotes Sonoma County as a premier wine region. They provide educational programming, advocate for members, and contribute to the local communities through the Sonoma County Vintners Foundation. The Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University serves as a center for industry and academic collaboration, providing research and programs that inform best practices in the wine business.
Overall, the Wine Business Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the wine industry in Sonoma County, demonstrating leadership, innovation, and a commitment to community service.