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."

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Tim Hanni

Tim Hanni MW is the one of the first two Americans to earn the title Master of Wine a professionally trained chef and has been professionally involved with food and wine for over thirty-five years. Hanni is a widely recognized leader in developing wine marketing and education programs that break down barriers that historically hinder the unfettered enjoyment of wine. He is involved in sensory and behavioral research projects focused on fostering a better understanding of consumer wine preferences. He has recently joined forces with Dr. Virginia Utermohlen, M.D. to form Taste Science, a new research and consultancy venture with aims of expanding global wine consumption.

Hanni has a unique perspective and passionate curiosity in the worlds of food, wine and sensory sciences. He is known for his modern and innovative approach for creating consumer-centric education programs, products and services. His techniques for creating easy to use wine lists, including the invention of the Progressive Wine List format, and retail wine programs are combined with tried and tested culinary philosophies on “balancing” food and wine flavors and are employed by thousands of restaurants and hotel outlets around the world. His work in the sensory and culinary fields led to the development of Napa Seasoning Company’s unique new product, Vignon™, the first Flavor Balancing Seasoning design to make food delicious while eliminating unpleasant wine and food interactions.

Tim is a frequent keynote speaker, combining a sense of humor with first class presentation skills and an intimate knowledge of wines and international cuisines while making the enjoyment of wine and food much more accessible. 

"What Tim Hanni is proposing … represents a quantum leap forward for globally expanding the enjoyment of wine and food.  (The) message is easy to grasp, empowering and useful to anyone who is the least bit curious about wine, and … stands to revolutionize the wine industry."    Robert Mondavi

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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.