Lauren Thorell graduated in May 2017 as a Marketing major. Currently, Lauren works at E&J Gallo Winery as their Tasting Room and Trade Hospitality Ambassador in Napa, CA.
Why did you choose to work for Gallo? I choose to work at Gallo for their amazing company culture. Once you are a Gallo employee, you truly are apart of the Gallo family. They take such great care of all of their employees and want to help you grow in your professional career.
Tell us about your job responsibilities and title. My current job title is Tasting Room and Trade Hospitality Ambassador in Napa, CA. I am one of two ambassadors to represent our distributor, for 6 months, in all winery operations at E & J Gallo Winery. Everyday I further my knowledge about wine production, hospitality, and direct-to-consumer experiences that I can bring back to my next sales position.
What do you enjoy most about working at Gallo? I enjoy the variety of career opportunities that Gallo has to offer. Two years ago, I never would have thought that I would be working in Napa at a winery. I have enjoyed every minute of it!
What is your fondest Eller memory? My fondest Eller memory would have to be working on our first semester Case Competition project. It was such a great opportunity to work with other students in different majors and collaborate on a real life business model.
What advice do you have for Eller students seeking a similar career path?My biggest piece of advice for any student seeking a career in Gallo would be to get involved as much as you can while at the University of Arizona! All of the fantastic leadership opportunities Eller and UA provide are a great way to prepare yourself for life after college (especially with Gallo).