WSWA Appoints New President and CEO

Slug: American Land Title Date: 03-17-2011 Photographer: Mark Finkenstaedt Location: American Land Title, Washington, DC Caption: American Land Title - Michelle Korsmo

The Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) Executive Committee has named Michelle L. Korsmo as incoming president and CEO.

Korsmo is currently CEO of the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the advocacy, education, networking and industry standards organization serving the real estate settlement and land title industry. She will join WSWA full-time in mid-September.

Korsmo follows former WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf in this role.

“Michelle’s experience and vision will lead the association and the industry during a pivotal time,” says WSWA Chairman Barkley Stuart. “From our bipartisan team of state and federal advocates and industry-leading Political Action Committee, to our dynamic annual convention and the suite of valuable programs for the membership, she will increase our influence and effectiveness. Michelle is an inspiring leader who will ensure that our industry and association are strong today and anticipating the ever changing consumer environment.”

Prior to joining ALTA, Korsmo served as executive vice president of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation and previously served as deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Labor. She began her career as a business owner in North Dakota, where she built an advocacy and communications firm. She attended North Dakota State University and lives in Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown neighborhood with her husband and three daughters.

“During his remarks at the WSWA Convention & Exposition in April, Chairman Barkley Stuart called on all three tiers of the beverage alcohol industry to commit to diversity — recruiting, retaining, training and promoting a workforce that reflects its customer base,” says Korsmo. “I am inspired by his call to action and look forward to working with the many voices among WSWA’s membership, employees, industry partners and associations to continue forging consensus and achieving mutual success in the days ahead.”



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