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Sack Lunch Lecture
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 • Posted December 1, 2010

The public is invited to a December 9th sack lunch lecture at the Stribling Room Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library at 11:30 a.m.

The Library Board proudly invites you to the first in a series of Sack Lunch Lectures. Our speaker is local vineyard owner, Don Pullum, who will be bringing us a lecture on the growing wine industry in the Hill Country of Texas.

Don graduated from Harvard in 1979 with a degree in English and American Literature and pursued acting as an apprentice actor at the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Profidence, Rhode Island. After spending several months helping Trinity’s business manager with payroll, he realized acting was not a widely lucrative opportunity.

Don became a banker, managing operations and sales departments for one of the Texas Commerce Banks in Houston, Texas and then moved into Executive, Professional and Small Business lending. In 1990, he became a trailing spouse in a move to the D.C. Area, joining a small publicly traded venture capital firm, Allied Capital Advisors and its sister companies where he started the investment servicing group and became an investment management officer, managing a portfolio of $86MM invested in just over 300 investments. In 1998, he changed careers and founded the first commercial vineyard in Mason County, Texas.

In 2004, Don joined with Scott Haupert and Manny Silerio to start Sandstone Cellars Winery in Mason, Texas. He expanded his winemaking in 2009, consulting at Torre di Pietra winery in Stonewall, Texas. At both wineries, Don’s wines have received numerous medals from prestigious international wine competitions.

Don has served as a Director for the Lipe Foundation, a not for profit that raised and granted monies for winemaking and grape growing research in Texas. He has been a Director of the Texas Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, and was appointed by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs as an inaugural member of the Texas Wine Industry Development and Marketing Advisory Committee, an industry committee that advises the Commissioner about the Texas Wine Industry and makes recommendations for the use of 2MM per year in monies earmarked for Texas wine education, research, and marketing. Don was reappointed to the committee by Commissioner Todd Staples.

Please come join us as we learn about this exciting industry. You are welcome to bring a sack lunch. Drinks and deserts will be provided by library board members.

For further information you may contact Mary Polk at 347-8615 or via email at mb_polk@hotmail.com

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