BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sunridge Nurseries is pleased to announce the addition of Bill Merz to the company as Sales Manager. Merz brings over 20 years of experience from the winemaking and winery management industries. He will be taking an active role in the day-to-day operations at Sunridge Nurseries and enjoys working with customers to ensure success in product delivery and services.
Merz began his career at Almaden Vineyards in San Benito County, which would be the stepping-stone for him to become Senior Winemaker and Plant Manager for a number of renowned wineries in Kern County and the greater Paso Robles area.
Recently, Merz was Technical Sales Manager for Gusmer Enterprises, a leading supplier in the beverage industry.
“We are thrilled about the experience and energy Bill brings to our team,” says Sunridge General Manager Steve Maniaci. “We are confident in his abilities to meet the needs of our customers and exceed their expectations.”
Merz adds, “By joining the leader of the grapevine nursery stock industry, I am eager to overcome the challenges before us and maximize all opportunities for both Sunridge and its clients.”
Merz has a Bachelor of Science degree in Ag Sciences with an emphasis in Enology and Viticulture from California State University, Fresno and a Master of Education from the University of La Verne.
About Sunridge Nurseries
Founded in 1977, Sunridge Nurseries is a trusted and respected name in the grapevine nursery stock industry. The company’s primary business is the propagation and grafting of grape nursery stock. Sunridge is also a pioneer and developer of scientific techniques and cultural expertise used in the field. Located in Bakersfield, California, Sunridge has more than 600 acres of certified rootstock, scionwood increase blocks, and outdoor nursery blocks. The nursery growing, grafting, and storage facilities have grown to more than 300,000 square feet overall.