Join us to raise money for children's charities at a five-course dinner featuring the premier wines of Spire Collection from their North American portfolio in California and Oregon. Kelley Jones, one of the top female leaders in the wine world today, will join us to tell the story of these famed wines. The dinner menu will be curated by Charlotte’s renowned chef and Bank of America Executive Dining Room Chef, Tom Condron (formerly of Lumiere). The evening will end with a live auction featuring exceptional wine lots and experiences.
Kelley Jones has spent the past 25 years with Jackson Family Wines, leading sales and marketing divisions, strengthening the company’s national distribution and spearheading successful brand initiatives. Kelley is currently Executive Vice President of Jackson Family Wines and President of the Spire Collection, the company’s portfolio of luxury wines that includes such esteemed wineries as Cardinale, Lokoya, Capensis, Hickinbotham, La Jota Vineyard Co., and Gran Moraine.
Kelley’s career in wine began early on. A New York native, Kelley’s first introduction to the industry started in 1987 at the Bridgehampton Winery in New York and then as the Northeastern Regional Sales Manager for McDowell Valley Vineyards out of Mendocino County, California. It was only natural that Kelley’s next move would be out west, and in 1992, she moved to California.
In July 1993, Kelley met wine pioneer, Jess Jackson, and Rick Tigner, current President and CEO of Jackson Family Wines. Finding synergy with Jackson, and inspired by his vision for the industry, Kelley soon found herself working for Jackson Family Wines. Kelley quickly moved up the ranks and in 1998 relocated from Southern California to Sonoma County to join the national sales team at the company’s headquarters in Santa Rosa, California. In 2007, she became Executive Vice President of Marketing and began working closely with Jess Jackson, spearheading marketing strategy and brand development across the entire company portfolio. In 2011, she was made President of the Spire Collection. As President, she manages all strategy and development including brand marketing, national sales, direct-to-consumer, hospitality and culinary. In addition to leading the Spire Collection, Kelley also oversees the Public Relations, Hospitality, Culinary, and Creative and Strategic Development departments for Jackson Family Wines.
With over three decades of wine industry experience, Kelley has always felt very fortunate to find herself working with the Jackson Family early in her career, learning from them to never take shortcuts, and stay committed to excellence above everything else. Kelley holds a degree in Business and Marketing from State University of New York, New Paltz. When she isn’t leading her various teams, Kelley enjoys seeking out new restaurants and chefs and traveling the world with her family and friends.
From the renowned mountain vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma to the remarkable hillsides of Bordeaux and Tuscany, The Spire Collection is comprised of the most esteemed wineries from the Jackson Family portfolio. The wines of The Spire Collection express the unparalleled terroir from some of the finest vineyards around the world — reflecting the family’s resounding commitment to quality and excellence.