Ted W. Hall
(See Ted's music biography)
Ted Hall is an entrepreneur and business leader with deep experience in agriculture, wine, specialty foods, food service, consumer products, and retailing. He is a frequent panelist and speaker on sustainable farming practices, especially on the science and economics of organic farming.
Mr. Hall is president and general manager of Long Meadow Ranch & Affiliates, an innovative group of family-owned companies producing ultra-premium wine, extra virgin olive oil, grass-fed beef, and organic fruits and vegetables. The businesses have farming operations in northern California on more than 1500 acres in Napa, Marin, and Humboldt counties and include Long Meadow Ranch Winery in Rutherford, CA.
Long Meadow Ranch also operates a sustainable food, wine, and agricultural education destination located in St. Helena, CA, which is anchored by the distinctive farm-to-table restaurant, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch.
Hall serves as a director of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (NYSE:WSM), the leading kitchenware, specialty foods, and home furnishings retailer in the United States; and as a director of Basic American, Inc., a privately owned company, which is the world's leading producer of dehydrated potatoes, beans, and other specialty foods. He served as a director of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Inc. (NASD:PEET), the premier specialty coffee and tea company in the United States from 2007 to 2012.
Hall is a former chairman of the board of The Robert Mondavi Corporation (NYSE:MOND), a global producer of fine wines. Following a strategic review led by Hall in 2004, the company successfully merged with Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ) to create the world's largest wine producer.
A former professional trombonist, Mr. Hall has pursued his musical interests throughout his career. In 1977, he co-founded and led a 17-piece big band in San Francisco, known as the Midnight Rounds. In 1993, he co-founded the independent jazz record label, Monarch Records, which became part of Tambourine, Inc., in 1999. He continues to perform with local ensembles.
Acknowledged for records he creatively produced, Mr. Hall is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Hall served as the chairman of Tambourine, Inc., a specialty music production and distribution company, from 1999 to 2007, and as a director of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB), a leading provider of technology to the global entertainment industry, from 2007 to 2013.
As a former senior partner of the global consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, Mr. Hall has more than 25 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, working with chief executives and boards of directors of Fortune 50-size companies in the areas of strategy and organization. As a co-founder, and later chairman, of the McKinsey Global Institute, he has spoken and written in many forums on the nature of the evolving global economy. Sharing worldwide leadership for the firm, he served for twelve years as an elected member of McKinsey's board of directors.
Mr. Hall holds a BSE degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University and an MBA degree from Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He has served on the boards of directors of a wide range of educational and civic organizations, including the Foundation for Teaching Economics, Stanford Graduate School of Business, SFJAZZ, and San Francisco Symphony.
An avid sailor, Mr. Hall has sailed competitively for more than 40 years in ocean and inland events on the West Coast, including the Transpac. He currently owns and races the classic 58-foot wooden cutter sailboat, Bright Star. He is a member of the St. Francis Yacht Club, the Transpacific Yacht Club, and the Master Mariners Association. He is also a member of the Olympic Club.
Born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, where he lived on a small farm in nearby Potter Township, Mr. Hall and his wife, Laddie, now live at Long Meadow Ranch in the Napa Valley where they also keep Haflinger draft horses.
Active in the local community, Mrs. Hall serves on the board of the St. Helena Farmers Market and Mr. Hall is the chair of the Agricultural Education Advisory Committee for the St. Helena School District, a director of the Napa Valley Grape Growers, a member of the Napa County Local Food Advisory Council, and an advisory board member of the Land Trust of Napa County.
Karen Macneil, May 16, 2014
San Francisco Business Times, February 21, 2014
California Bountiful, October 27, 2012
Forbes, November 24, 2009
Edible Marin, November 2009
Journal of Problem Solving, Fall 2008
Jam Side Down, April 2006
Princeton E-Quad News, Summer 2001