He retired as Senior Vice President, External Affairs, for Constellation Brands, Inc. and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.Additionally, Mr. Finkle was on the Board of Directors of the Wine Institute, Wine America, and the Associated New York State Food Processors and assisted the US Department of Agriculture's Technical Advisory Committee for Trade
Jim Finkle, President of FIVS, the international federation of alcohol beverage producers, said, "The Asia Pacific region trade in rice, grape and other fruit wine has grown dramatically in importance for both exporting and importing member economies.
James P. FinkleMr. Finkle is Senior Vice President, External Affairs for Constellation Brands, Inc. (formerly Canandaigua Brands, Inc., parent company of Canandaigua Wine Company, Inc.).He started with Canandaigua Wine Company in 1973 as Director of Grower Relations and in 1980 became Vice President/Director of Grower Relations.Mr. Finkle currently is on the Executive Committee of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States and serves on the Boards of Directors of the Wine Institute, Wine America, and the Associated New York State Food Processors.Mr. Finkle is also Vice-President of the Congressional Wine Foundation.He also serves on the US Department of Agriculture's Technical Advisory Committee for Trade.He has served as a Chairman in several other capacities, including for the following organizations: the Eastern Section of the American Society of Oenology and Viticulture, the New York State Wine and Grape Foundation and the American Vintner's Association (now, Wine America).He formerly served as the President of the Finger Lakes Wine Growers Association and as the Secretary of the New York State Wine Producers Association.He is a member of the American Society of Horticultural Science, the American Society of Oenology and Viticulture, the Canadian Society of Oenology, the New York State Horticultural Society and Sigma Tau Epsilon.Mr. Finkle was also Vineyard Manager for Niagara Falls Wine Cellars.Mr. Finkle received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University in 1971 and his Masters of Science Degree also from Cornell University in 1980.
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