Our Team

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, Creative Director


 

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

 



Cecile Adams, CMP,  Online-Editor & Social Media Marketing

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.

 


 

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 doris.hobbs@napavalleylife.com.

 



Fran Miller, Contributing Writer 

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

 


 

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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 manginDaniel 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.