As President and CEO, Kathleen Heitz Myers is the second generation to lead Heitz Wine Cellars since the Napa Valley winery was established in 1961. Inspired by her parents’ dedication to producing the finest wines in the world, Kathleen decided that an international education would best prepare her to contribute to the family business. She began with scientific studies in Switzerland and completed her degree in biology at the University of Oregon. She also studied the culinary arts in France and Thailand. Today Kathleen is the winery’s most visible ambassador, and she has also become one of the wine industry’s leading advocates, having served as Chairman of the Board of the California Wine Institute and President of the Napa Valley Vintners.