Meet the team
President / Partner
The President of PlumpJack Group since 2009, Hilary Newsom joined the company as Director of Marketing in 1996 after an early career working in fashion merchandising. These days she collaborates with department heads and oversees operations and marketing of the individual businesses. Passionate about philanthropy since childhood, she is a committed fundraiser and serves on the boards of several charitable organizations.
Co-President / Partner
Jeremy Scherer joined the PlumpJack Group in 1994 and since then has touched virtually every facet of the company. He was named Executive Vice President in 2008 and in 2015 he joined Hilary Newsom as co-President. He’s responsible for the operations and finance of PlumpJack’s portfolio of businesses, as well as targeting new development opportunities. Jeremy brings a wealth of project planning and construction management experience to the company and has been an integral part of PlumpJack’s success and growth.
General Manager, PlumpJack Winery
General Manager & Partner, CADE and Odette Wineries
A longtime wine industry executive, John Conover joined PlumpJack in 1999. Under his direction, PlumpJack has received critical acclaim for our Estate and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines, including many 90+ scores. Prior to joining PlumpJack, John held sales, marketing, and management positions with Grgich Hills Cellar, Monticello Cellars, and Lockwood Vineyard.
Vice President of Finance
Milham Wakin joined PlumpJack in 2005, bringing with him more than 27 years of hospitality accounting and finance experience. He's responsible for all aspects of finance and accounting for each of our businesses, which includes overseeing cash and profitability forecasts, advising on business strategies, and ensuring banking and loan compliance.
Vice President of Human Resources
DeeAnn Graffigna is responsible for overseeing the Human Resources Division for all properties in the PlumpJack Group portfolio. With the assistance of her HR Team, she is responsible for onboarding new team members, benefit administration and all employee focused programs. She works closely with PlumpJack's Co-President Hilary Newsom to develop positive employee relations and career development opportunities. Previous to joining the PlumpJack team in 2016, DeeAnn served
as the HR director at The Carneros Inn for over 12 years.
Director of Marketing
McKenzie Ward leads marketing for the brand and the individual businesses under the PlumpJack portfolio. She oversees marketing strategy; public relations initiatives; digital marketing efforts; and content marketing.
McKenzie has more than 10 years experience as a hospitality marketing professional, and previously, six years experience in public relations and public affairs, both on the agency side and in-house.
In 1992, Gavin Newsom opened his first business, PlumpJack Wines, combining his passion for wine and his driving entrepreneurial spirit. Over the next decade, the PlumpJack Group began to grow under his leadership to include many of the restaurants, wineries, and retail establishments in the current portfolio. In 2003, Newsom was elected the 42nd Mayor of San Francisco, and in 2019 was sworn in as the Governor of California. He lives with his wife and First Partner, Jennifer Siebel-Newsom, along with their four children in Sacramento, California.
For more information about Gavin Newsom, visit his website GavinNewsom.com