Auction of Washington Wines Names Doug Dorton Director of Development and Partnerships

Auction of Washington Wines Names Doug Dorton Director of Development and Partnerships

Doug Dorton, Director of Development and Partnerships, Auction of Washington Wines

SEATTLE—March 27, 2015—The Auction of Washington Wines announces Doug Dorton has been named Director of Development and Partnerships. Dorton’s responsibilities include strategic planning for donor and audience development and the recruitment of business partners and consumers with a passion for wine.

Dorton will be working under the direction of interim Executive Director Sherri Swingle, and alongside Event Director Melissa Pederson to execute this year’s annual event. His role is new as the organization works to increase their fundraising goals and build increased awareness of our mission within the immediate community as well as outside the region.

“We are thrilled to add Doug Dorton to our team at Auction of Washington wines,” said Sam Baker, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Auction of Washington Wines. “He brings extensive project management experience and a passion and enthusiasm for the Washington wine industry that will help propel this organization towards our big goals.”

Dorton has more than 15 years of experience marketing global brands and supporting non-profit organizations. He was most recently on the Business Leadership team at Slalom Consulting where he worked with AT&T and Providence Health & Services. Previously, Dorton was a Senior Brand Solutions Manager with Microsoft where he partnered with top-tier companies including Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Company, Kraft Foods, Toyota and Delta Air Lines. He spent three years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a Network Specialists, served as a member of the Board of Directors for PAWS and has been active on the Marketing Committee for the Auction of Washington Wines.


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The Northwest Wine Benefit Foundation, DBA Auction of Washington Wines, is committed to supporting the growth and awareness of the Washington state wine industry through a series of celebrated events benefiting our community. We have raised over $63 million since our inception in 1988. 

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