About the Chamber of Commerce
The Yountville Chamber of Commerce, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, shall actively market the Town of Yountville and Chamber Members to promote tourism and local businesses while contributing to the quality of life for the community.
Click here for our 2012 Annual Report. For more information about membership in the Yountville Chamber, see "quick links" below.
Jeff Smith has been in the Hospitality industry for over 25 years. Presently Smith lives in Yountville with his wife Leziel, and two children Jake and Catie.
As a Board member Smith brings perspective as both a business member and resident of the community, and is dedicated to maintaining and perpetuating Yountville’s reputation as the Napa Valley’s premier destination.
Originally from England, Ross moved to the US in 2002 and to Napa in 2007. He graduated with honors from Nottingham Trent University with a Bachelor’s in hotel and catering, and a Master’s in hospitality mgmt.
Drawing upon more than 10 years in the restaurant industry, Wheatley currently holds the position of Director of Food and Beverage at Bardessono in Yountville. He resides in Napa with his wife Stephanie and are expecting their first child in Feb 2013. They share a house with 3 dogs; Bodie, Otis and Gallagher.
A Sonoma County native, Ty Accornero has been immersed in the hospitality industry for more than 20 years.
Accornero came to Yountville in 2011 to join forces with the team from Palisades Hospitality to transform, re-concept and re-launch the former Hotel Luca as North Block Hotel & Redd Wood. When not at the hotel, Accornero can be seen around Yountville with North Block’s mascot, his black Labrador, Pismo.
Arik is a product of Yountville Elementary School. He attended Pepperdine University and returned to take over the family business. Housley is the owner of Ranch Market Too in Yountville as well as a partner in Il Posto Trattoria in Napa and VP of Housley’s Century Oak Winery.
In his spare time he acts as president of the Napa Valley Soccer Club and coaches his children at both baseball and soccer. He loves Yountville and its story.
Katja is an intellectual property attorney registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 1997.
She focuses her practice on trademark, patent, and copyright registration and protection in the wine and hospitality industries. Katja was born in Missouri where her family grew grapes and made wine for home consumption. Although she has lived on both the east and west coasts, Yountville has been her home for more than ten years.
Erin has been with Vintage Wine Estates for more than 4 years.
She began as the Tasting Room Manager at Girard Winery and when they purchased Cosentino Winery in December 2010, she became the Director of Tasting Rooms for Girard, Cosentino and Windsor Vineyards which is located in Healdsburg.
As the General Manager for Hestan Vineyards Debra is committed to actively participating in and supporting the business community and social and charity events that support Hestan's new home in Yountville. Debra commented, "I happily bring 18 years of winery marketing experience to the Board in support of these objectives."
Debra's past experience in Napa Valley includes: Director of Marketing, Robert Mondavi Winery 1997-2001; Director of Marketing , Sutter Home Winery 2001-2003 and Director of BOND by Bill Harlan 2004-2008.
Jennifer has spent her adult life in the Hospitality and Retail Industry as a sales, operations, and marketing professional creating, developing, managing and implementing innovative programs. Working for NapaStyle and Michael Chiarello for the past 5 years has been an extension of the Napa Valley lifestyle that Jennifer lives every day.
Napa Valley's non-profits have been a focus for her as well. She has served as a Trustee for Blue Oak School, and currently is involved as a Parent Ambassador for Justin-Siena High School.
A 40 year veteran of the hospitality industry, 18 years in the Napa Valley, Mike brings outstanding experience, excellent organization skills, and quick humor to all endeavors. Having worked in Hawaii, Texas and California from Hyatt to Fairmont and Silverado, Mike has had a lifelong passion for food and service.
He resides in Napa with his wife, Cynthia and their three children, Alyx, Nick and Lauren. “I feel Napa Valley is a wonderful place to raise a family and the Town of Yountville has so much to offer in my field of expertise as my home away from home.”