We are not just a company. We are a group of tight-knit individuals all working together to achieve our common goals. Founded on the values of respect for each other and the environment, moral and intellectual rigor, open-mindedness, humor and creativity, we believe we are great because of the people on our team, the people backing us up, and the people we work for.
These principles have lead us to adopt the Strengthsfinder method, in which everyones' natural talents are identified, honored and strengthened. Through the Strengsthfinder method, we are able to foster every employee's personal leadership abilities, expressing a more stregth-based leadership style and thoughtful job descriptions rather than company hierarchy. Find everyone's TOP FIVE listed below their name, role and photo.JOIN US
I am a Napa Valley native, grateful to live in such a beautiful place! My career started out in healthcare management but I have always had a passion for the wine industry. With a background in operations and management and a passion for sustainable farming and the science behind making great wine, I look forward to putting the two together while working for such a progressive and innovative company.
Benjamin earned in 2009 a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences with a major in distributed computer systems from CPE Lyon. Prior to Fruition Sciences, Benjamin worked 6 months in 2009 for his final year project as a Software Engineer in the European IT consulting company Sopra Group on the web upgrade of a real estate software system. He also worked one year as a web developer for SugarCRM, an open-source CRM software company in the Bay Area between July 2007 and September 2008. Benjamin is mainly working on the Fruition web application and on the IT infrastructure.
Stephanie graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelors in Biological Sciences and a focus in Environmental Sciences. Previous jobs and school courses gave Stephanie experience in quality control, lab work, horticulture, environmental sciences/studies, bioenergy, sustainability, and office management. Stephanie joined the Fruition Sciences California team as a field technician upon graduation in 2014. Later that year, she was promoted to the role of Technician Manager, where she manages the field team, oversees quality control of field equipment, manages the data collection process, and assists in office management responsibilities at the St. Helena office. Being from the Midwest, Stephanie loves the California weather and the ability to work for a company that is focused on the wine industry and the environment.
Vincent holds a master of science in wine and a master of marketing from the Toulouse France based Purpan school. After doing an internship at the Hafner vineyard (sonoma) in 2009, he decided to come back to the US to work in the wine industry and finally joined Fruition sciences has a Marketing director.
Thibaut holds a Ph.D. in viticulture from the French National Institute of Agronomy at Montpellier, France. His research focused on vine water status variations under dry climates and their consequences on berry ripening. Thibaut also serves as a scientific consultant for various high end vineyards in Napa Valley. Prior to his Ph.D., Thibaut worked as a winemaker for various companies throughout the world (Chile, California, France and Australia). In 2001, he was hired by Robert Mondavi winery as a research viticulturist: his projects focused predominantly on mapping the vineyard variability, analyzing vineyard practices and vine water deficit impact on fruit composition. Thibaut earned a Masters degree in Viticulture and Enology in 1997 and a Masters degree in Winemaking in 1998 from SUPAGRO, one of the top agronomy school in France.
Hello! I'm Brandon. I was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs and lived there until I was 22. While attending college I worked part-time as a dog washer and eventually became a full-time dog groomer. Pet grooming is a job that is needed everywhere and it allowed me to take a chance and move to Napa. While in Napa I craved change and decided to try my hand in the wine industry; having no previous wine experience. What I did have, was applicable knowledge from taking classes and labs such as horticulture and biology, a strong attention to detail, a love of the outdoors and a hard-working Midwestern mentality. After proving myself as an intern, I became the Head Vineyard Technician for Fruition and I couldn't be happier. The places I get to go, the people I meet and the sites I see always keep the job fresh and exciting. When I'm not working I enjoy watching the Chicago Blackhawks win, running, hiking, golfing and spending time with my dogs.
Sébastien holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Management of Technology certificate from Haas Business School. His Ph.D. work included the development of sensors, micro-technology and polymer materials. As part of his work, he designed novel micro-biosensors to detect changes in pH using plastics and polymers, resulting in one US and international patent. In addition to his PhD, Mr. Payen is a Mayfield Fellow 2006. Prior to coming at UC Berkeley, Mr. Payen served one year in the French Navy as a deck officer on a mine-hunter. He also worked as a scientist and process engineer in a small biotechnology start-up in the Bay Area between June 2003 and May 2004. Mr. Payen received his Master of Sciences from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley in May 2003. In July 2001, prior to coming at UC Berkeley, Mr. Payen graduated from Ecole Polytechnique, one of the top engineering schools in France.
During my studies of computer engineer at Epitech Montpellier, I had the chance to travel and discover the South Korean culture. When I returned to France, I joined Fruition Sciences for my final year internship. Having farmer parents, it is important for me to associate my passion for new technologies and the agricultural field, to take part of its progress. Having graduated, I am now part of the team and I am still working on the development of the new features of Fruition 3.0. Outside of work I enjoy walks in nature and discover new places, I also devote myself to DIY to improve the objects around me.
I value connections, quality time, and seeing people's passion be used to the fullest. I am excited to work with our clients as Fruition Science's Sales Manager and Customer Support. In 2008, I gained a dual BS in Business Management and Theology. I moved to Napa and jumped into wine sales after traveling internationally. After working in wine sales at a few different wineries, getting married and starting to grow up I knew I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of producing, growing and the entrepreneurial spirit Napa has cultivated. I began by taking wine classes and reading stacks of books from the local library, but in 2015 I realized I needed to experience life as a harvest intern. I began at O'Shaughnessy Winery and quickly gained an understanding of how wine was made. I am excited to be a part of the awesome team that makes up Fruition, and I look forward to being a part of the company's bright future.
I began my studies in Montpellier and moved quite a lot from Annecy to Sevilla and succed my engineer diploma in 2007. Then I spend one year in Paris to follow a Master in acoustics, and music processing. Before working for Fruition Sciences I was a Research and Developpement Engineer at Decathlon, a french sport firm, in charge of studying users perception and users datas to create new sports experiences. Passionated by sciences and nature, I joined the Fruition team in 2015 as a polyvalent developer, data scientist. I invest myself to get Fruition products at the forefront of innovation, in order to offer to our clients the best experience by cultivating knowledge. Optimistic, and open minded, I like to share moments of life with ease. In my free time I like to practice sports, play music, and travel contemplating nature.
I began my studies in Tunisia at Tunis (INAT) and completed them in Montpellier. I enrolled at Montpellier SupAgro in 2011 and graduated with a double diploma in engineering in 2013. This allowed me to specialize in information technology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as applied to agronomy. Before working for Fruition Sciences I completed a variety of internships in Tunisia and France, most notably my final internship, with Pellenc Group, where I worked on cartography in precision viticulture. I joined the Fruition team in 2014 and am currently responsible for sales and customer care in the Languedoc Roussillon region. Depending on the season, my responsibilities include project management in the field, data quality control, and other cartography-related projects. Dynamic and sociable, I don't hesitate to go out with the team for a drink after a job well done :). In my free time I like to exercise, travel, and try new things.
I earned a master degree in viticulture and oenology and a master degree in winemaking in 2014 from Montpellier SupAgro one of the top agronomy school in France. During my studies, I had a variety of experiences in winemaking and research in viticulture both in France and abroad (Argentina, New-Zealand). After my graduation internship at Fruition Sciences, I joined the Fruition Team in January 2015. My role is to develop commercial offers in the Bordeaux region. I work especially on the vineyard sampling issues and the mapping of different physiological parameters through the decision support tool "Smart Point".
Cat graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a focus on sustainable agriculture and a minor in Latin American development. Through her work on organic farms abroad and her job in sales for an organic clothing company in Santa Cruz, Cat strengthened her passion for adventure, personal connection and fostering sustainable action. Joining the Fruition team as a Field Technician for the 2016 season, she now assists in all aspects of field operations as Head Technician.
After having studying in Lyon, in Berlin and in Montréal, I have appreciate to be back to France and especially in Montpellier for its yearly heating. I beging as an intern within Fruition Sciences where I have worked on the Geographic Information System of the Fruition application. Now I'm graduated from CPE Lyon and I'm part of Fruition team. I still work on GIS projects. Back to home I work again but in the kitchen! I really like to cook and discover new taste to my papillae and my colleagues ones !
Prior to working with Fruition Sciences Mark was active in exporting wine and food products from the U.S. West Coast by developing country specific market entry plans in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Mark has a deep passion for working in the wine industry, as his family has been involved in growing grapes, nuts and fruit in California for three generations. His interest in developing innovations in the wine industry lead him to his current role with Fruition Sciences, where Mark is tasked with various business development functions including lead generation, managing marketing events, and producing Fruition Sciences’ yearly innovation symposium, the Vintage Report. Mark is a graduate of Wheaton College and lives with his wife in the Bay Area.
With a university course on environments, ecology and then land use planning and geomatics, my previous jobs was as mapmaker and wind farms developer, I like sustainable development. Today, with Fruition Sciences, I want to help winegrowers to improve their practice with a clever understanding of their estates by using and crossing spatial data. Wild ideas addict, I also invest my time in research of interactions to explain ranches observed phenomena. Passionate by photography, street art, and graphic arts in general, my activities and travels are rhythmic by this visual thirst.
I did my studies in Lyon at The Paul Bocuse Institute where I obtained my management hotel licence diploma. I worked during 10 years in the industry of hotels and catering. Through my diferentes experiences, I developed accounting and manager’s skills.Passionated by the universe of wine, with the desire to take new challenges and discover the world of Start-up, I joined the Fruition Sciences team in 2016. I’m accounting and executive assistant. I’m in charge of all administratives parts ! Open-minded and naturaly curious, I like discover new culture, traveling and nature walking !
Chase graduated from Whitman College in the heart of Washington’s wine country, Walla Walla, where he earned a BA in Chemistry-Geology with a concentration in groundwater modeling. He gained experience in scientific data collection, analysis, and quality assurance through research collaborations with professors at multiple universities. Chase has worked in a variety of research and technical positions in recent years, including as the Technical Manager for Semester in the West, a semester-long environmental studies field program offered by Whitman College. His love for the Walla Walla wine industry drew him back to Washington in 2016, when he began working as a Technician for Fruition Sciences. He now lives in Napa, and works as one of Fruition’s Client Data Specialists. In his free time Chase enjoys cycling, fly-fishing, reading a book somewhere outdoors, and testing his latest recipes in the kitchen.
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