Elizabeth Neuman (2018)
Elizabeth Neuman, Joseph Phelps Vineyards
RHD welcomes Elizabeth Neuman of Joseph Phelps Vineyards as honorary chair for the 2018 Main Line Wine Gala.
The oldest grandchild of winery founder, Joe Phelps, Elizabeth Neuman was the first member of the third generation to join the family-owned winery in 2011. For the next five years she served as a sales representative in New York and subsequently as regional sales manager representing the winery on the East coast and in the Midwest. In 2016 Elizabeth was promoted to Director of Business Development. In this role Elizabeth is responsible for evaluating the winery’s business from a large-scale perspective and completing strategic assessments of areas of opportunity such as direct-to-consumer and international strategy, production and operations optimization.
Though Elizabeth knew from an early age that she wanted to join the family wine business, Joe Phelps encouraged her to first gain experience elsewhere. “I really had to prove myself. That was the tone my grandfather set.” And so, in the early part of her career, Elizabeth did just that, exploring all sides of the industry she had come to love.
During college, Elizabeth designed her own internship at Joseph Phelps Vineyards, a vocational program that involved working in the retail room and the cellar, attending strategic planning meetings and acting as a sales representative for the brand. In 2005, following graduation, she took a position with a NY-based PR agency planning marketing events nationwide for prestigious Champagne producers. In 2008, she worked a harvest at Ceretto Wines in Barolo, an experience she treasures but which taught her that management and marketing was more to her liking. When she returned to New York she was hired as a Wine Consultant at Southern Wine & Spirits’ Fine Wine Division, a position she held for three years. Finally, in 2011, when she learned that Joseph Phelps Vineyards was looking for a sales representative in the New York area, she applied for the position and got the appointment. “It was one of the best days of my life.”
Today, in addition to her day to day duties, Elizabeth is mindful of the responsibility of carrying on her grandfather’s incredible legacy. “It all starts with Joe - his vision, the people he brought together, and the way he lived his life. A phrase we use too often, but it’s true, is that we are stewards of this asset, stewards of the land. My grandfather wanted us to continue his legacy, and if his life was any example, he didn’t mean in any prescribed way - but through taking risks, remembering our values and continuing to pursue excellence.”
Elizabeth graduated from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania with a degree in Business Administration. She is currently studying for her Global Executive MBA. She and her husband Clayton reside in New York with their daughter Eloise.