Episode 9- Sam Filler, Executive Director of the NY Wine & Grape Foundation

Sam Filler serves as the Executive Director of the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, the main trade association responsible for statewide investments in research and promotion on behalf the New York wine and grape industry.  He previously served as Director of Industry Development at Empire State Development, New York State’s chief economic development agency.  In that role, Sam worked closely with the alcoholic beverage industry and policy-makers to implement Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s craft beverage initiative.  Sam is a graduate of the LEAD NY program and serves on the boards of Cornell AgriTech Advisory Council, National Grape Research Alliance, Wine Market Council, and the New York Kitchen.