Christopher W. Silva


President & Chief Executive Officer, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Sonoma Valley, CA

As President & CEO of St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Christopher Silva has a specific focus:
crafting world class Sonoma wine. St. Francis uses 100% hand picked, Sonoma County grapes in all its wines, and is best known for rich, complex Sonoma County Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and "Old Vines" Zinfandel. Widely awarded as quality leader, St. Francis is committed to being the premier producer of Sonoma wines in each of its categories.

Chris is a fifth-generation Sonoma County native, from a family of Petaluma dairy farmers. A
1989 graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, he retired from practicing law to join St.
Francis Winery in 1998. At the age of 38, Chris became President & CEO of St. Francis in 2003.

Under Chris' leadership, St. Francis has also been recognized for its many green practices. A
457 kilowatt Solar Energy System, installed in 2004, provides up to 40% of the Winery's energy
from the sun. St. Francis has taken aggressive steps in water and creek conservation, recycling,
eco-friendly packaging, and created an on-site sustainable vegetable garden to support its culinary programs. St. Francis received the Sonoma County Best Practices Award in 2009 for its
"environmentally sound business practices."

Chris served on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sonoma County, and is now on the
Dean's National Advisory Board of the UNLV Harrah College of Hotel Administration. In 2011
he was honored by UNLV as the "Food & Beverage Industry Executive of the Year." Chris
was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital for 2011. His
son Joseph and daughter Sydney are sixth-generation Sonoma County natives and attend local
public school, where Chris served on their School District Foundation Board.

He has taught college classes in legal research and legal writing, and lectures nationally regarding wine, law, and business. Chris' life story and approach to running a business have been featured in The New York Times, Luxist, AOL Daily Finance, and Corporate Wellness Magazine.

"Our time at St. Francis will not be measured in years. It will be measured
by the contributions each one of us makes—as individuals—to constantly
improving the quality of our grapes and our wines. 'Good enough' is
contrary to our mission."
--Christopher W. Silva

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