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.
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.
Laura Larson, Editor
Laura Larson is the Editor for Napa Valley Life Magazine as well as a contributing writer and photographer. Laura is the Founder of Virtual Vines, a sales and marketing consultancy focused on helping small businesses adapt and launch into new markets and working with them to create market strategies that build closer connections with customers.
Her success is based on best practices she learned during her three decades of sales and marketing leadership roles in the Fortune 500 Global Sector.
Laura is an active member of the Napa Winery community and serves on the Board of the Napa Valley Hospitality Forum, a consortium of over 85 wineries focused on hospitality sector collaboration. She is also a featured speaker, panel expert, and judge at various Wine Industry events. Laura has been a writer for Napa Valley Life Magazine since 2018 and is a regular contributor as a featured columnist for Wine Industry Network. 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 Napa-based winery, “601 Cellars “in Spring 2018
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 email@example.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
Laurie Jo Miller Farr, Contributing Writer
A career-long tourism, destination, hotel sales and marketing pro, Laurie is an Ameri-Brit with one foot on each side of the pond. A dedicated urbanite who loves walkable cities, weekend getaways, and trips back home to London, she hasn’t made up her mind about the Oxford comma and will never be finished exploring Northern California. A member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Laurie’s byline also appears in USA Today, CBS Travel, Haute Living, Where Traveler, Frommers, Fast Company, Food & Travel and other titles.
Daniel Mangin, Contributing Writer
Daniel Mangin is the author of Fodor’s Napa and Sonoma and coauthor of The California Directory of Fine Wineries. A travel journalist for nearly three decades, he has also written or coauthored books about California, New York City, San Francisco, and the Central Coast wine region. He served five years as the editorial director of Fodors.com and three in the same position at the Compass American Guides. His photos, travel writing, and arts-related features have appeared in numerous print and online venues. A resident of Marin, he often takes to the county’s many hiking trails when not covering the Wine Country.
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.
Elizabeth Smith, Contributing Writer
Elizabeth Smith is a contributing food, wine, and travel writer to the Napa Valley Register as well as the newsletter copywriter for the Rare Cheese of the Month Club at MonthlyClubs.com. She has also written for American Winery Guide, WIN Advisor, and Snooth. In 2017, she won the Born Digital Wine Award for Best Tourism Content with a Focus on Wine for her story entitled, “Lodi: Beyond the Zinfandel.” In addition to her writing, Elizabeth is the communications and social media specialist for Matt Parish Wines and Vinture LLC. Her past professional experience includes community college teaching, wine club management, social media marketing, and remote travel management. Elizabeth holds a doctoral degree in community college education and Wine & Spirit Education Trust’s advanced certification. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s Sacramento Chapter and the International Food, Wine, and Travel Writers Association.
Layne is the founder of RTS Communications/Roma to Sonoma, a luxury marketing, copywriting, and PR firm based in Sonoma County, California. She has worked with artists, aristocrats, and adventurers, bringing their unique stories and personalities to life through the power of words. While living in Italy for a decade, Layne dusted off her Journalism degree and began freelance writing. She gallivanted around the boot as a celebrity reporter for Us Magazine and happily contributed to a variety of magazines in Italy and America. Layne’s recent portfolio includes crafting copy for luxury wines like Napa Valley’s Cardinale, Lokoya, and La Jota Vineyard Co. Fun Fact: Layne is an attorney. She studied international law at Università di Torino and worked as a FENDI attorney in Rome. Her appreciation of la dolce vita led her to write about travel, lifestyle, and wine and eventually pursue her love of prose full time.