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The People of PlumpJack: Jacqi Almond

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This week on The People of PlumpJack we feature Marketing Manager at The Carneros Inn, Jacqi Almond. She has been with The Carneros Inn for nine months, and has worked in the Napa Valley resort industry for eight years. For Jacqi one of the greatest parts of her job is the ability to share the property and connect with people who haven’t had the opportunity to experience it yet.

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Originally from Woodbridge, Virgina, Jacqi lives in Santa Rosa. She is an avid football fan and always roots for the Washington Redskins. When she’s not working, you can find Jacqi reading and running, she has run over 15 half marathons, marathons and ultra relays. This upcoming July she is reregistered for the Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon. Clearly a disciplined women, Jacqi has a personal goal to read 100 books this year. One of her favorites is Zero to One by Peter Thiel. We hope you enjoy getting to know Jacqi a little more in this weeks post on The People of PlumpJack.

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What would your last meal be?
Authentic street tacos

What is the best advice you have ever received?
If you want to be successful, prepare to be doubted and tested. Be stubborn with your goals, and flexible with your methods.

What is the last thing you googled?
Avengers Movie Times

What is your personal mantra?
“Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

If you could travel back to any one point in time what would it be?
The last dinner I had with my dad

If money were not an object what would you do?
Travel and experience as many cultures as possible.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
I would want to opportunity to experience space.stephen curry shoes 2013

At Odette Estate Winery

At Odette Estate Winery

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
Professional dancing. Dancing is one of my favorite activities and would love to be better at it.

What was the last gift you gave someone?
Seth Godin’s latest book to a few of my favorite marketersstephen curry blue and yellow shoes

If you could learn any language fluently, what would it be and why?
French and Italian because why choose?

When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time?
I generally listen to marketing podcasts like #AskGaryVee & Social Media Examiner Show

“I love Jacqi’s robust and contagious energy of elevating The Carneros Inn brand and social media presence.” – Amanda Heath, Buyer for PlumpJackSport

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The People of PlumpJack: Rob McCormick


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This week on The People of PlumpJack, we feature Rob McCormick. He is the Director of Sales at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn for the past 19 years. On his free time, Rob enjoys exploring Truckee and North Lake Tahoe. He often opens a map, looks for a region he has yet to explore and ventures out there to hike, ski or 4 wheel. When he isn’t skiing at the resort with his wife and son, he goes backcountry skiing. Another passion of Rob’s is music, he has been djing as a hobby for 15 years.
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 “When I go into the backcountry I have a fairly selective rotation of ski partners.  Who you choose to travel with in the wilderness is very important because you want to make sure your partners have similar attitudes toward goal flexibility and risk tolerance.  Getting into adventures with the right people is so much fun in so many ways, but most of all just being away from the constant distractions of everyday life.”

In 2011 Rob was lucky enough to fly around the mountains outside of Truckee in his friends Cessna 180, where they discovered an amazing couloir (a steep, narrow gully on a mountainside). Two years later when conditions were just right, they navigated their way into the location and skied it in perfect conditions. Rob describes it as an unforgettable experience and found it rewarding to put in the time researching maps and weather conditions and getting to eventually go.

1. What would your last meal be?
Maine Lobster
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2. What is the best advice you’ve ever received? 
It’s better to under promise and over deliver than the other way around.
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3. What is your top bucket list item?
Trip to Europe with my wife and son.

4. If you could travel back to any one point in time when would it be?
February through May 2011 – I’d really like to relive that ski season.

5. If they made a film of your life what star would you like to play you?
John C. Reilly
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6. What is your personal mantra?
Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from poor judgment.

7. If today was the last day of your life, how would you spend it? 
A backcountry ski adventure followed by a BBQ on Donner Lake with my friends and family.
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8. What is the last thing you Googled?
Ski conditions at Grand Targhee, WY.

Check out Rob’s Ski blog here

Rob’s enthusiasm for all things outdoors & Lake Tahoe in general transfers into his day to day interaction with all of our Clients. Rob is always sharing favorite activities and his passion for Squaw Valley with corporate groups and wedding couples to add to their experience during a stay at PlumpJack. It is always fun catching up with Rob after the weekend or a day off. Rob takes full advantage of living in Lake Tahoe and is often plotting a fun camping trip, BBQ with friends, bike ride or backcountry ski trip. Other places you may find Rob .. a ski movie, a DJ party, or his favorite vacation destination .. Mexico.

Ilana Heyne
Catering & Sales Manager at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn

The People of PlumpJack: Sandra Roberts


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Welcome back to The People of PlumpJack, the series that introduces you to the people inside the PlumpJack community. Featured this week is Sandra Roberts, Director of Sales for PlumpJack Estate Winery, CADE Estate Winery and Odette Estate Winery. She has been with the PlumpJack team since 2011, overseeing all wholesale operations, as well as strategic planning for the three wineries. In her spare time, she pursues international adventures—everything from following the old Irish hunt trails on horseback to crossing the Dalmatian Coast by bike. At home in Napa, she enjoys gardening, LSU football, cooking, hiking and exploring the outdoors with her 150-pound puppy (and the official winery dog of Odette), Sophie.
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Sandra on the wall in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Sandra on the wall in Dubrovnik, Croatia


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1. What would your last meal be?
Burgers!  Grilled in my backyard surrounded by all of my friends and most of my family!  
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2. What is the best advice you have ever received?
Be yourself, and be kind…you never know what others are going through or working on right now.
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3. What is your top bucket list item?
Bali is next…but it’s a full bucket!

4. If you could travel back to any one point in time what would it be?
To have dinner with my dad.

5. If they made a film of your life what star would you like to play you?
I’m stumped! Seriously….hum – Julia Roberts
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6. What is your personal mantra?
“What will you do with this one wild and precious life” – Mary Oliver
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7. If today was the last day of your life, how would you spend it?
Living! And in the backyard referenced above for my last meal!
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8. What is the last thing you googled?
The poet who’s quote I quoted!

“Wine Sales isn’t something done remotely, it’s a relationship business and requires a feet on the street approach to share our story, bring a sense our vineyards and our passion for winemaking to our customers. We take nothing and no one for granted.” – Sandra Robertsstephen curry christmas shoes

The People of PlumpJack: Chef Ben “Wyatt” Dufresne

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Get to know the People of PlumpJack! This week get a behind the scenes look at, Executive Chef of PlumpJack Cafe at the PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, Wyatt Dufresne. Originally from New York, Chef Wyatt started in PlumpJack Cafe‘s pantry in 2002. He worked his way to sous chef, left and came back in 2010 as the executive chef for 5 years, this March. Dufresne’s cuisine draws off his love for sustainable, organic, and seasonal ingredients as well as his educational background in science. His knowledge of how things grow, the anatomy of animals and fish, and the environmental impact of sourcing sustainable products has great influence on his menu selections. Here is more to know about Chef Wyatt.nike air max one

1. What would your last meal be?
My last meal would be my Mother’s mac and cheese.  I used to help her make the pasta from scratch when I was a kid and I’m sure it helped to influence where I am today.  I have her make it for me every time I visit home!

2. What is the best advice you have ever received?
One of the most influential Chefs I’ve worked for (Larry Dunning at PlumpJack and West Shore Cafe) said, “Pay attention to the small things and you’ll be successful,” on our last day working together.

3. What is your top bucket list item?
Travel the world.air jordan all

4. If you could travel back to any one point in time what would it be?
The 60’s and 70’s.  It just seems like people were creating a lot of changes in the world while having tons of fun:)

5. If they made a film of your life what star would you like to play you?
Daniel Day Lewis with his “Gangs of New York” mustache.

6. What is your personal mantra?
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7. If today was the last day of your life, how would you spend it?
With my wife, family and friends eating awesome food and drinking great wine.  I would never forget our dog, Winter, either!

8. What was the last thing you searched for on google?
“Mignonette,” because I wanted to make sure the spelling was correct on the menu I just wrote.

 “My favorite dish Wyatt has made is, Cervena Venison Cheek: Black Winter Truffles, Asian Pear, Five Spiced Butternut Squash – to me this dish encompassed it all – rustic, but elegant, simple yet refined.  I can still taste everything in my mind – great dish.”

 “Wyatt’s best characteristic in my mind is he’ll always rise to the challenge and do what it takes to get the job done.”  nike air max junior

“My favorite memory with Wyatt was watching him win the 2014 Blazing Pans competition at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival this past September.”

Steve Lamb, General Manager at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn