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The Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism Marketing Association office is located at 1 West Market Street in Corning, New York.  Open five days a week, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., the organization reports monthly to a seventeen member board of directors and is managed by a highly-skilled team of five full-time employees.  If you need to update your partner contact information or simply have questions about our organization please call or email us anytime.

Laury Ellen Poland, President
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Direct: 607-936-0703 | Mobile: 717-307-0244 

"My love affair with the Finger Lakes started several years ago as a frequent visitor to the region and now I can't help but marvel at what a gift I have been given to promote such a unique area.  I know how much the destination has to offer—it’s my job to help spread the word!  I grew up in Rockville, MD; lived many places—including Virginia, DC, Texas and Connecticut—and I raised my two children in Hershey, PA, but I am thrilled to now call the Finger Lakes my home.  In my role as president, I direct our team with the creation and implementation of all Finger Lakes Wine Country programs and initiatives to promote economic development in the region.  When I’m not wearing my tourism hat, I’m likely outside, donning my hiking boots or gardening gloves.” Team member since 2013 and holds a B.S. degree in Journalism with a concentration in Public Relations from the Perley Isaac Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV.

Christina Roberts, Director of Media Relations & Marketing Programs
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Direct:  607-936-0704 | Mobile:  607-426-1231

"I always took growing up in Finger Lakes Wine Country for granted. It wasn’t until I moved away that I realized what I’d left behind. A classic case of “you don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone”. Although it was always my dream to work in New York City, it was after I decided to move back home that I truly put my knowledge to work and actually enjoyed it. I handle the marketing programs and media relations here and love it. I am the ever-optimistic, bubbly type and a redhead to boot (you do the math). Outside of work I love shopping for a good deal, going to the movies, spending time with family, and will never turn down pizza or ice cream. Best part of my job? I fall in love with this region I call home all over again every single day."   Team member since January 2008 and holds a B.S. in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations, and a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY Fredonia.

Teresa Degarmo, Director of Communications
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Direct:  607-936-0701

"In my position, I am responsible for developing, implementing, and managing e-marketing initiatives. This includes writing and designing content for the Web, email campaigns, advertisements, blogs, and social media communications. I previously held communication positions at Corning Incorporated, Talisman Energy U.S.A., and WENY-TV News Channel 36. I am very proud to be a lifelong resident of the beautiful Finger Lakes region. With my husband, children, and two dogs, I share a love for traveling, photography, and practically everything that involves enjoying the great outdoors. Without a doubt, I am a typical Pisces… creative, a good listener, and I always have a thirst for knowledge."  Team member since February 2010 and holds a B.S. from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania in Mass Communications.
Stephanie (Steph) Jarvis, Finger Lakes Wine Alliance Program Manager
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Direct:  607-936-6670

"I stumbled into the wine industry about three year ago and fell in love!  I never realized how big the wine industry in the Finger Lakes was until I started working part time in the tasting room at Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards.  My tasting room position lead to a Marketing position and that sparked my interest in the wine world.  Now, I am currently working as the Program Manager for the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance and get to spread my love for the region and its wineries nationally (and world- wide someday).  I am honored to work in such an amazing region that continues to flourish every day.  In my free time I like to shop (some say it’s an addiction), go wine tasting, play softball, and my favorite thing of all: spend time with my two sisters (best friends), my loving parents, and the family dog Emma Jean (White Golden Retriever, so cute!)."  Team member since January 2012 and holds a M.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing from Rochester Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Keuka College.

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