LTS Missouri Speakers 

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Cynthia Bohn

"Ms. Cynthia Bohn, a native Kentuckian, grew up on a tobacco farm in Central Kentucky and retired after 30+ yrs with IBM Corp.  She served in numerous roles within IBM, ranging from electrical engineering, international marketing, executive management and teaching at the IBM Harvard Business Institute.  She pioneered the rebirth of the Kentucky wine industry by chairing the KY Grape and Wine Council in the early 1990's.  She launched a new agri-tourism industry with the start of a vineyard and winery in 1998 in Midway, KY.  Ms. Bohn is an academic at heart, having 4 degrees in the sciences and arts, of which three are from Eastern Kentucky University and her doctorate from University of Kentucky.  

Ms. Bohn founded Equus Run Vineyards in 1998 and it is her full-time job after her IBM Corp. retirement.  The winery is open year round as a full-service winery and agri-tourism destination.  She also just recently launched a craft distillery, named Saddlestone Distillery, located on-premise with Equus Run Winery and produces brandy and spirits.  When not at the winery or distillery, Ms. Bohn is involved with numerous community boards such as the Kentucky World Trade Center, KY Travel Industry Association, Woodford County Chamber of Commerce, Woodford County Tourism Commission, Shriner's Corporate Council, Commerce Lexington Chamber and the Eastern Kentucky University Alumni Board."


Rebecca Ritz

Rebecca is passionate about the wine industry, and making it easier for businesses to achieve their goals. In 2010, she blended two of her loves – design and wine – and began to focus on helping wine brands tell their brand story. Rebecca specializes in integrating this brand story and strategy into print, packaging, website design and development to stand out from the competition. Her motto is: “Will design for wine.”

 Rebecca is pleased to teach brands the marketing strategies and tools they can use to get more customers and increase their sales. Based in Illinois she travels the world to share her 20 years of design and branding expertise via workshops on marketing, website strategy, wine label design, and social media. Rebecca prides herself on providing tangible takeaways that owners and marketing managers can apply to their specific winery. When not speaking, she partners with wineries and vineyards around the country to create unforgettable brands.

 Bauerhaus Design is a member of the Wine Industry Network, Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Alliance, and the Women of the Vine & Spirits, an organization dedicated to the support and advancement of women in the alcohol beverage industry.

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Mike Wangbickler

Mike Wangbickler is President of Balzac, a leading marketing communications company for the worlds of beverage, food, and travel. Before following his heart to wine country, Mike followed his head to Silicon Valley where he spent 8 fast-paced years in technology communications, where he caught the bug for following the latest trends in marketing tech. Armed with a “live to eat” motto and an evident passion for wine, Mike entered Balzac’s life in 2004 and became the agency’s President in 2016.

As a studied disciple of Walt Disney, Mike thinks it’s fun to do the impossible. He believes leadership, imagination, and innovation require a certain level of fearlessness and he encourages his team not to play by the rules. He leads a team who are driven forward by the stories that inspire people to share in a dream. It is with this philosophy that he’s guided successful marketing and communications campaigns for more than 70 global wineries and regions from a dozen countries. Among his many achievements, Mike holds a WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wine & Spirits and WSET Level 3 Award in Sake. In addition, he is a Certified Wine Educator (CWE) and WSET Certified Educator.

 But he’d trade it all to be a Jedi.

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Donniella Winchell

Donniella Winchell is currently the Executive Director of the Ohio Wine Producers Association, and chair of their Vintage Ohio wine festival.

She is on the board of the Winegrape Growers of America and the WineAmerica State Advisory Panel. In addition, she is the recipient of Monteith Trophy given annually to one national figure in the American grape and wine community, is a member of the Knights of the Vine, received Ohio Travel Association’s Paul Sherlock award, the Paul Harris Rotary award and is a member of Ohio Wine Hall of Fame. She helped to create the License to Steal, National Wine Marketing Conference. She was on the founding boards of several retinal tourism organizations and served as a trustee for both the Ohio Travel Association and for many years on the Ohio Division of T and T Advisory Board. She also sits on several regional and state economic development committees.

Winchell is a graduate of Allegheny College with a BA in history and taught in Ohio public schools before retiring to raise a family. She then joined the Ohio Wine Producers Association and has served as their Executive Director for most of her professional career.

The Winchell family also owns a marketing services agency and brochure distribution service as well as a family entertainment center, Adventure Zone, in the resort community of Geneva-on the-Lake, Ohio. She and her husband have three married children, six beautiful granddaughters and three handsome grandsons. They live in the Grand River Viticultural district in northeast Ohio.