Joan Maxwell — Chief Financial Officer

Growing up in San Francisco, Joan spent her summers vacationing and working in Sonoma County, and she always thought it would be great to move there one day.

In the interim, Joan focused on her education, earning her Bachelor's Degree in Managerial Economics from UC Davis and her MBA from San Francisco State University. After obtaining her CPA, she felt the timing was finally right to make the move she had dreamed of. Joan accepted a position at Glen Ellen Winery and began to build a career in finance that also included experience in operations and human resources. Many promotions and moves followed including: Director of Financial Control and Reporting for the entire Diageo and Estate wine group and Chief Financial Officer at Paul Hobbs Winery.

Having participated in significant growth in several businesses over the years, Joan was ready to work for a small family winery again, and Heitz Wine Cellars was at the top of her list. "It's fun to work at a family-owned property. You get to interact daily with the owner and be involved in all aspects of the business." In the spring of 2016, we were pleased to welcome Joan as our Chief Financial Officer.

Joan and her husband Randy live in west Santa Rosa with their daughter Michelle. Her family's idea of "the good life" includes hiking, kayaking, camping and their shared love of travel.