Lisa has 13 years of experience working in the wholesale industry selling wine and training both distributor sales people and restaurant staff. For the past 11 years, she has developed and/or expanded international study and certification programs for wine trade first with the Society of Wine Educators and now currently with the Wine Scholar Guild. She was knighted by the French government in 2016 (Ordre Mérite Agricole) for her contribution to French agriculture (namely, the French Wine Scholar program). Lisa created an Australian Wine Academy for Pernod-Ricard-USA, provided the content for Banfi Vintners’ on-line study modules on up-selling and food and wine pairing and wrote a weekly wine column for Patuxent Publishing and its syndicate of newspapers from 2005-2012. She earned her Certified Wine Educator credential in 1995 and, as high scorer, received the Banfi Award that year. She became an Accredited International Bordeaux Tutor through the CIVB in 2006 and a Certified Burgundy Instructor through the BIVB in 2008. She is a Maryland Master Gardener and author of two novels (published by Aakenbacken & Kent, NY).