National Sales Manager
Bill’s career in the wine industry began in 1975 while working his way through college as a stock boy in wine shops in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Upon graduation, with a B.S. degree in Business Marketing from Bryant University (Smithfield, RI) in 1978, he worked for Worldwide Wines in Connecticut as a wholesale wine salesman. In 1981, Bill moved to California where he studied Enology and Viticulture at the University of California at Davis. During the fall of 1982 he worked “crush” at Far Niente Winery, in Napa Valley. Upon finishing harvest, in 1982, he was hired by Carneros Creek Winery where worked for the next 19 years. While at Carneros Creek, he worked in many aspects from wine production to sales and marketing.
In September 2001, Bill joined Steele Wines as the National Sales Manager. His formal education in business and wine making, along with four decades of personal involvement in the wine industry, has given him well-rounded knowledge of this industry which began as his avocation and became his life-long vocation. His support team includes his wife of 34 years, Doreen, and two daughters, Gioia & Eliza.