Cassie Bott New IWGA President
Cassie Bott of Fireside Winery in Marengo has been elected as president and Mike Vincent of Wooden Wheel Vineyard in Keota as vice president of the Iowa Wine Growers Association Board of Directors.
New Board committee assignments were also made recently, which include Suzie Berregaard (In Vino Veritas) and Steve Larson (Train Wreck Winery) serving as the Legislative Committee; Cassie Bott and Mike Vincent as the Annual Conference Committee; Andy Hrasky (Prairie Crossing Vineyard & Winery) and Brian Jones (Three Sons Vineyard) as the Membership Committee; and Shelly Skahill (Wabash Wine Company) and Cassie Bott as the Marketing Committee.
In addition to new Board assignments and committees, Nicole Eilers has been hired as the new marketing director for the Association. Eilers brings years of experience in nonprofit PR and communications, event planning and marketing through positions with the national office of Mosaic, and prior to that, the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben Foundation and Growth Energy, all located in Omaha.
Eilers also has previous knowledge and involvement in the Iowa grape/wine and beer industry, having established an acre of Iowa grapes with her family in 2011, and serving as co-owner of Brick Street Brewing Company in Woodbine, Iowa.
‘I am excited and honored to serve as the President of the Iowa Wine Growers Association Board. I think this is a tremendous time of growth and opportunity for the wine industry in Iowa, and I look forward to helping shape our future,” said Bott.
Bott is the Onsite Manager with Fireside Winery, a family owned vineyard and winery located in eastern Iowa.