Kevin Evans, President
Kevin Evans is President of WEB Media Group, a niche media company specializing in the relocation / newcomer and lifestyle market. Currently, WEB Media Group produces 17 titles and 11 websites across 6 states, with three new branches in 2017. In 2002 he started with a single employee, single market concept that has grown to a national company employing 20 people.
Evans caught the publishing bug early in college, he served as Editor-in-Chief of his college newspaper, then worked for Auto Trader, traveling the country fixing problem publications and establishing new markets. After leaving Auto Trader, he served as Vice-President of New Business Development with the Los Angeles Times before moving to Austin and launching the Austin Relocation Guide. He has over 30 years of publishing experience.
The newest venture for Evans has been the Napa Valley Life Magazine. Kevin began managing the magazine and website two years ago and today is the President of Napa Valley Life Magazine.
Doris Hobbs, Account Executive
Doris Hobbs is an Account Executive for Napa Valley Life, where she represents an elite portfolio of luxury wine labels and related retail brands through out the wine industry. She graduated from Delta College, with a Communications Degree in Media Studies and Marketing in 2003. After graduation she embarked a fruitful journey throughout the publishing industry working alongside some of today’s renowned Editors and Publishers. Named “Best of the East Bay” in 2014 as well as featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, British Vogue, Hawaii News Now, CBS13/CW31 and KPIX-TV CBS television networks. Doris is also a highly recognized Diabetes Awareness Advocate and Motivational Speaker. Follow her on Twitter – @doris_hobbs or reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Erin Hayden Seal has been working on the creative side of the magazine publishing industry for twenty-years and has been Creative Director with WEB Media Group for the majority of that time. She began contributing to Napa Valley Life a few years ago and took over the design of the magazine in 2018. Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin where she fell in love with all things design, and Austin. When not at her computer working to make deadline, she loves to travel, spend time with friends and hang with her husband and son at their home in Austin.
Cecile Adams has been working in the publishing and digital media marketing sector for close to twenty-years. Previously (and currently) working chamber of commerce and convention and visitor bureau publications, Cecile began working with Napa Valley Life Magazine two years ago. She holds a corporate meeting planner accreditation and has previously hosted interns from the Conrad Hilton College of Hospitality. Currently working on website development to give users the best experience possible on www.NapaValleyLife.com.
Fran Endicott Miller is a travel, dining, and wine-focused freelance feature writer for a variety of lifestyle publications and websites. Prior to her journalism career, she held positions in the fields of politics, television, and professional sports – having established the Golden State Warriors’ first community relations department and programs. Principled and genuine, she prides herself on lyrically capturing and conveying the heart of each of her stories. When not traveling, she can be found in her East Bay neighborhood walking her beloved golden retrievers Reggie and Nate – See more examples of Fran’s Writing
Laura Larson, Contributing Writer
Laura Larson is a contributing writer specializing in winery and lifestyle experiences and is the feature editor for NVL’s Hidden Gems series. Laura is the Founder of Virtual Vines, a DTC sales and marketing consultancy focused on helping wineries build closer connections with customers through relationship marketing. Laura is an active member of the Napa Winery Community. She is an appointed Board Member of the Napa Valley Hospitality Forum, a consortium of over 85 wineries focused on inter-winery collaboration. She is a member of the DTC Wine Symposium Steering Committee as a content contributor and workshop moderator and over the past few years, served as a panel expert and judge for the SF Luxury Marketing Council Winery Bootcamp and Rising Star Awards. Laura also writes blogs and a feature column for Wine Industry Advisor, The V FILES ™; a Winery DTC best practices report scored by Mystery Shoppers. As an accredited sommelier, Laura’s passion for wine led her to explore some of the most prestigious wine regions all over the world and to the ultimate launch of her own wine label “601 Cellars “in Spring 2018.
Mallory Uran, Contributing Writer & Blogger
A fifth-generation Napan, Mallory Uran McEligot works as the Membership and Industry Relations Manager at Yountville’s Silver Trident Winery, and is the creator of BANG, the By Appointment Networking Group. BANG is instrumental in establishing valuable relationships between by appointment wineries, concierge, drivers and caterers throughout the wine industry. Mallory’s passion and knowledge for wine, fashion and this beautiful place she’s always called home shines through her lifestyle blog VineLiving, an insider’s guide to Napa Valley.
Lowell Downy, Contributing Photographer – Art Clarity
Since 2001, Lowell has served as cover and editorial photographer as well as an occasional editor and writer for Napa Valley Life Magazine. Lowell is an accomplished international photographer/artist with commissions by museums and book publishers, aerial photography commissions, and a host of fine art exhibitions. He received a five year assignment to document the landscapes and cultures of Bolivia, Chile, Dubai, Switzerland and India from the advantage point of hot air balloons. Lowell is co-owner of Art & Clarity, a photography and video company based in Napa.
Eve Bushman, Contributing Writer
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits.
Michael Koehn, Contributing Writer
Michael Koehn grew up in St. Helena and graduated from U.C. Davis. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Billboard and Cabo Living magazine. He was awarded the Nick Gallo award for Excellence in Journalism in 2010.