In the late 1990s, our dream was to bring our far-flung family together in one beautiful place we could call home. After years of searching, we decided Mendocino County, California was that special place, and in 2002 we moved to La Ribera, a benchland vineyard in the heart of the Ukiah Valley.
At the head of the family, Tommy Thornhill Jr., a retired businessman, and Ann Thornhill, an educator, moved from Texas to rejoin sons Tom and Tim and their families. Both enjoy time as great-grandparents, and Ann works with our local elementary schools, designing programs to assist academically challenged students.
“We were looking for a community in which we could make a positive impact and bring our family together,” says Tom Thornhill, Moniker Chief Executive Officer, who first came to California in 1975 to attend the graduate school of business at Stanford University and subsequently became a respected financial professional. “We found our home in Ukiah Valley.” His son, Chase, joins him as Moniker’s marketing director.
Moniker Chief Operating Officer Tim Thornhill couldn’t agree more. “Whether supporting local sports teams or teaching school kids about organic farming, we hold the people who live and work alongside us in the highest regard, an extension of our family.” Tim brings his experience as a noted arborist, horticulturist and landscaper to the day-to-day operations of our vineyards and winery, later purchased in 2004.