Prior to founding Global Wine Partners and its predecessor firm MKF Wine Business Advisors in 1982, he was an executive with a major international management-consulting firm and member of their U.S. national real estate team advising REIT's and large scale real estate developers, and was previously in the retail wine trade as a manager and wine buyer for the largest U.S. wine retail chain.
My wonderful wife, the fascinating, urbane Sandy Timpson Motto, Thomas Jefferson, the godfather of wine in America, and Socrates, the Greek philosopher, to find the path to the truth.
University professor in the humanities/Military general.
Finding the best human resources locally to grow the business, particularly in the early days. If you look at the wine industry, we’ve got a lot of very well-trained people in growing and wine making. But in the other disciplines — finance, sales, marketing and management, the best opportunities in those fields are often in a big city somewhere.This didn’t use to be the place to start a career. We’ve grown up with the industry.
Although I treasure many things much more than possessions, I do have an 1882 Martin guitar that is very special.
To live as well and as long as my 96-year-old Mother who just renewed her driver’s license for six more years. What a woman.
Robert Mondavi, of course. He is the inspiration for so many, and the reason many of us are here in the fascinating business of wine.
Travel for pleasure and experience. Traveling helps you appreciate what you have, it helps you put things in perspective.
When I was a teenager, I did some professional cartoon work. I did some work for Fred Laswell who had a cartoon strip called “Snuffy Smith.” I was his assistant. I wanted to be a commercial illustrator. But then I got into music. Most people are surprised to learn that I started life as an artist and musician and became a business advisor, but no one is more surprised than me.
Cancer research through various charities, the terrible killer of so many loved ones.
“Like many people I came to the area as a tourist,” said Motto.
He traveled to the area year after year, “until I loved the place so much I decided to move here and open a business in management consulting.”
That was 1981. “I bootstrapped that business into what we have today,” Motto said.
“Wine kept calling and finally I answered.”