Fiercely independent from a young age, Travis traveled frequently without her parents to participate in horseback riding competitions across the country. These trips fostered in her a love for adventure and travel and most importantly, a curiosity in people. As a young adult, she racked up a wide range of experience - from promoting nightclubs, selling beer and throwing raves, to working at newspapers and managing a small law firm. Though her occupations were diverse, Travis found a common thread and something she was passionate about: relating to and connecting with people.
Travis honed in on her skills and passion by founding her own consulting firm in 2001, while simultaneously earning her MBA from Seattle University. At around the same time Travis's father Ray had become a partner at Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars.
Inspired by the community she saw forming in Walla Walla and the excitement building around the developing wine region, Travis made the move from Seattle in the early 2000s and expanded her consulting business to include wineries. Travis had no intention of joining the family business, but on the eve of a big pitch to a competing winery, life threw a curve-ball her way. Her father called and asked her to join the Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars teams. While she cherished the independence she had established and was "afraid of getting her wings clipped," she took a leap of faith and accepted her father's offer.
Nonetheless, Travis never envisioned herself growing up to be simply the boss' daughter, so after a few years, she bought into the wineries and became a partner in both in Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavi Cellars in her own right.
Travis is a Certified Sommelier (via the Court of Master Sommeliers) and continues to further her wine education whenever possible. A side project that is close to her heart is working behind the scenes at TEXSOM, the nation's pre-eminent gathering of wine professionals known for its promotion of wine education and spirit of camaraderie.
Travis may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.