Meet Garen Staglin
Garen's Italian heritage has always influenced Staglin Family Vineyard. Born in 1944, he learned early in this life the importance of wine to the quality of life from his father, Pasquale Stagliano (later changed to Ramon Staglin when he was naturalized) and his mother Darlene Guilliams. Family dinners with relatives and friends were almost always accompanied by wine, and Garen often got a little glass of wine with club soda to taste. As he grew up in Southern California, Garen started to learn more about wine through books and importantly, numerous tastings. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in electrical and nuclear engineering he was fortunate to be accepted to Stanford Business School in the late 60's. While there, he and Shari would take day trips to visit the vineyards in Napa back in the days when surprisingly there were only six wineries in Napa! They were so impressed they felt that it was one of the greatest places on earth, and someday they had to find a way to come back and make their life here.
When he finished Stanford with an MBA, Shari and Garen were married and they traveled to Japan where Garen served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and fought in the Vietnam War. After a year, he was transferred to the Pentagon and worked in the Systems Analysis Group under Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara. While in DC, Garen's passion for wine was cultivated by frequent trips to the main wine shop in DC where favorable import taxation allowed him to purchase 1st Growth Bordeaux for less than $10/bottle. When he was discharged from the Navy, they headed north to New York City where Garen began what has become a lifelong career in venture capital and investments. Frequenting New York's finest wine shops became a Saturday morning tradition. As Garen searched for bargains he found himself experimenting with new varietals to extend his knowledge.
Garen remains active in the world of venture capital and private equity investing, serving on public and private Board of Directors. He couldn't be happier balancing his time between investing, philanthropy, and helping with the wine business, all the time enjoying a wonderful marriage and family, and the pride of having his family all working together at Staglin Family Vineyard.
Chairman and Founder One Mind Institute
Leading fund raising organization to find causes and cures for mental illness, principally depression, schizophrenia, and bi-polar. Since founding we have raised directly and through follow on grants over $515 Million. Initiated One Mind at Work for workplace mental health best practices globally. Initiatied 10 year documentary series with Ken Burns/PBS on Brain Health/Mental Health and celebrity campaign. Formerly known as International Mental Health Research Organization and One Mind Institute.
Founder & Co-Chairman and Interim CEO Healthy Brains Global Initiative (HBGI)
The Healthy Brains Global Initiative (HBGI) is an umbrella set of financing mechanisms developed by global leaders in neuroscience, policy, and finance to fuel an unprecedented increase in brain science breakthroughs, from basic research to implementation, that will change the lives of those living with mental and neurological disorders and bend the unsustainable $3 trillion global cost curve borne today by low, middle, and high income countries. Currently service as Acting CEO while global search for new CEO is completed.
Proprietor Staglin Family Vineyard
71 Acre estate in Rutherford, California dedicated to producing limited quantities of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sangivovese that compete with the finest wines in the world. Family partnership also owned by Shari Staglin (CEO), Brandon Staglin, and Shannon Staglin (President). Our motto is "Great wines for great causes."