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New York Wine & Grape Foundation selects its next leader

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation based in Canandaigua will have a new leader starting Jan. 1.

Samuel Filler has been named executive director, Chairman Trent Preszler announced Tuesday.

Filler will succeed outgoing President Jim Trezise, who has held the position since the foundation was created more than 30 years ago.

Filler now serves as director of industry development for Empire State Development Corp. In his role there, he serves as a liaison between state government and New York’s wine, beer, spirits and cider industries.

“The New York Wine & Grape Foundation has an extraordinary history of catalyzing the transformation of an industry from an economic crisis into a major economic development engine,” Filler said. 

“I am excited to build on the solid foundation created by Jim Trezise and the staff of NYWGF, and I look forward to using my experience in economic development and the knowledge I have acquired about this industry to advance that success.”

Trezise will remain president until March 31, 2017, working with Filler once he assumes his role as executive director in January.

The foundation an industry group with more than 400 winery members dedicated to the support and promotion of New York wines.

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