Last night Ken and I had the opportunity to attend a gathering of the 20/20 Club which is a winery membership club which supports sight-health organizations and meet Founder & Owner of Humanitas Wines, Judd Wallenbrock, who created Humanitas Wines to help give back to the community charitably He said that “One day the light bulb clicked on, and inspired by companies such as Paul Newman’s Own, . . . a vision was born to make wines ‘so good’ they could change the world – both in the quality of the wine & the quality of life the sale of the wines could create for those less fortunate.
The 20/20 Club is the vision of Dr. Vance Thompson, ophthalmologist and co-owner of The Good Life Wine Collective.which specializes in small-lot, handcrafted wines sourced from the Napa Valley’s finest vineyards including.Jessup Cellars, Handwritten Wines and Humanitas Wines. As part of the 20/20 Club membership launch, and mission to support sight-health, people are encouraged to join the wine club and receive 40 bottles of wine throughout the year, of which 20% of the cost of each shipment will be donated to SightLife.
SightLife CEO, Monty Montoyaalong with his wife, Tiffany, were there to greet guests and join in the wine tasting. In case you didn’t know, SightLife is our amazing local corneal eye bank and is the only non-profit global health organization solely focused on eliminating corneal blindness in the U.S. and around the world. SightLife works in partnership with surgeons and health organizations in more than 29 countries. Along with their global eye bank partners they provided nearly 17,000 corneas for transplant in 2013; over 17,000 lives changed for the better!
Some of the ZINO Society guests joining us at the wine tasting were Tina & Peter Weiss, Ina & Ira Dauberman, Katherine Kitzmiller, Ann Rogers, Ken Battie and Ram Dutt.
Joining the 20/20 Wine Club and listing SightLife as the beneficiary helps change more lives because there are over 10 million people with corneal blindness still waiting to have their sight restored. With our help, we can help them see the world through new eyes. For anyone interested in becoming a member, email email@example.com and let them know that you are joining to support SightLife.
What a great event ZINO Society hosted yesterday at Bellevue City Hall! It was the 6th annual ZINO Life & Wellness Investment Forum. Emma Landis, ZINO Dealflow Manager, did a superlative job of sourcing 15 great companies that are in just the right place for angel investing and the Coach/Mentor members successfully helped them each be the best they could be. Every single ZINOpreneur Selectpresenting member was spot on with his or her presentation. And Claire Dillow, Events & Marketing Manager and our crackerjack intern, Jillian Tyack, handled the myriad details that are required to produce such an event from registration to name tags, to programs, to ballots to food to featured libations to . . . and we even ended on time as promised.
One of my favorite parts of the program which brought tears to his eyes along with others in the audience was when Monty Montoya, CEO of SightLife, talked about how emotionally challenging it was for him when he visited China for the first time and was holding an 18 month old boy in his arms who needed corneal transplants and realized that he would not be one of the recipients of the 8 corneas they had available for transplant for the over 150 people who were waiting in line in the hopes of receiving the gift of sight. That was really one of the turning points for him in putting SightLife on an entrepreneurial path to increase the availability of corneas available for transplant.
ZINO Woman Intentional Investment Forum this past week at the Columbia Tower Club was a big success with 200 angel investors, entrepreneurs and business professionals attending including 24 Judges, 13 Elevator Pitchers, 8 Volunteers, 7 Business PItchers, 6 Panelists, 5 ZINO Team Members, 4 Winemakers, 2 Event Sponsors, 2 Dealflow Flight Facilitators, 1 ZINO Annual Angel Fund $100,000 check presented and 1 Traction Updater. Surprisingly however, there was not a partridge in a pear tree.
The big “Triple Crown” winner of the evening was Lori Salow Marshall of BYNDLwith a brilliant business that provides a mobile transaction services platform, enabling companies to extend their own software or machines to transact with any mobile device. For example, it enables mobile payment and customer data collection at unmanned vending machines. She received the Judges’ Award for best investment opportunity, the ZINO Zenith Award for best investment opportunity and was also one of the 3 potential fund finalists selected for further consideration for an investment from the ZINO Annual Angel Investment Fund-2014. Runners up for both awards and also potential fund finalists were Justine Smith of Kids Go Co. and Mhairi Voelsgen of broVo Spirits.
One of the very early-stage ZINOpreneur members that pitched was 21 year old UW student, Zoe Mesnick-Greene of StartMark. Passion and enthusiasm for her lip care product which also supports cleft palate surgery for children in developing countries, was so abundant that we didn’t have a chance to hear enough of the business side of the business in the limited time she had available to pitch. She is definitely someone to watch. I personally look forward to watching her continue to grow her business and become more polished at sharing her message more succinctly.
Congratulations to all the entrepreneurs who pitched at ZINO Woman!
David Palmer, Carla Sanders, Jeremy Ruby, Ricky Holm
ZINO Society plans several networking events such as this LOL! during the space of a year in addition to the eleven investment meetings and forums that occur every month except August. These events give our investor members, our entrepreneur members (ZINOpreneurs), our sponsor/corporate members and our social members a chance to interact and connect. It is always fun to see old friends and meet new ones at each of these events.
Ken Hatch, Randy Squires
Denny Dochnahl, Eric Blackstone
Local 360 provided delicious hors d’oeuvres including Bocorones and Soft Boiled Egg, Goat Cheese and Tapenade Crostinis, Rosti Potato with Smoked Salmon and Salmon Roe and my personal favorite, Pork Belly Rillette with Pickled Shallot. The featured ZINO SocietyWine Professional Member was Tim Narby of :Note Bene Cellars and he poured a selection of four of his wines which included his 2007 Syrah, and three Bordeaux blends; 2007 Abbinare, 2007 Miscella and 2008 Cheval du Ciel Vineyard. Though I liked each of the wines, my two favorites were the Syrah and the Cheval du Ciel Vineyard blend which included a major component of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
It was a great party once again! Thank you Marcus and Tim!
Yesterday, our ZINO Business Insights education event for ZINO Society members and guests was sponsored by the Intellectual Property and Winery & Vineyard Practices at the law offices of our annual sponsor, Perkins Coie. Leading the seminar were Perkins Coie attorneys Susan Betcher, Of Counsel, and Julianne Henley, Associate, who talked about the ins and outs of protecting your brand, copyrights, patents and rights of publicity. The over 40 people in attendance enjoyed lunch and then were totally riveted to the presentations and had many questions to ask both during the presentation and afterwards, mobbing the speakers and panelists with their questions.
Ken Myer and Cathi Hatch Last night Mary Holmes and I, representing ZINO Society, attended the Geekwire Gala and it was quite a party! We were greeted by Star Wars alien characters and entered into the beautiful Great Hall at Union Station that was thunderous with noise and energy with 500 people in attendance. I ran… Continue Reading
Patty Barrier and Cathi Hatch at Cool Yule On Thursday, ZINO Society’s annual Cool Yule Holiday Party was a memorable evening. The theme this year was: Unleash Your Inner Vixen (and Blitzen)! First, we were in the “coolest” of showrooms at the new Barrier Mercedes of Bellevue. Shiny red and black Mercedes automobiles were the backdrop… Continue Reading
Mary Holmes working on the Guest Gifts Today, everyone at ZINO Society was busy scurrying around to get ready for our “Cool Yule”, annual holiday party tomorrow evening. It will be held at the beautiful new Barrier Motors Mercedes of Bellevue showroom and we expect to have around 175 members and guests in attendance. ZINO… Continue Reading
ZINO Society members Sandra Fowler, Brad Vancourand Randa Mirkovich Last evening ZINO Society members and guests joined Ken and me along with Wine Gurus, Greg Lill of DeLille Cellars and Stacy Lill of O Wines at Ray’s Boathouse for a beautiful Master of Wine food and wine tasting event. Ray’s Senior Catering Manager, Amy Stevens worked… Continue Reading
Wendy Goffe & Kathryn Garrison Earlier this week, I attended a fascinating ZINO Business Insights luncheon at ZINO Society sponsor member, Graham & Dunn’s boardroom featuring Wendy Goffe, Attorney at Graham & Dunn and another ZINO Society sponsor, CFA Kathryn Garrison of Moss Adams Wealth Advisors. It was a beautiful sunny day to sit in the corner boardroom at… Continue Reading