Attended his first computer class in 1975 where he discovered his appreciation of computers. In the early 1980’s he started working full time as a systems analyst and computer programmer for companies such as Pacific Southwest Airlines, Price Club, Integrated Health Services, Reynolds &Reynolds (where he met Vern), Care Partners and Callaway Golf. Ted has managed multiple programmers in the development of extensive business systems.
Ted met Deanna in 1989 when he was Director of Information Services and she was Director of Nursing. They teamed up in a multi-million dollar healthcare computer ground floor up design and programming project. In 1993, Ted created a software company then located in Southern California.
Ted developed his wine tastes in the late 70’s while working in a specialty wine store in Coronado, California. As avid wine enthusiasts, Ted and Deanna amassed a large personal wine collection, while belonging to over twenty wine clubs.
At the request of a Sonoma California winery, he started development of the VinNOW winery software package in 1999. In 2001, Ted and Deanna purchased Milano Family Winery in Hopland, California. At that time, Ted directed the software company to intensify their focus on the wine software business and moved their office to the Winery in Hopland.
CFO & Winemaker
As a registered nurse and home winemaker, Deanna decided to change her career and become a full-time winemaker. Along with being Milano Winery’s winemaker, Deanna brings her extensive computer experience to VinNOW clients.
Deanna worked in management positions in multi-specialty medical groups, hospital materials management and home health services. She was in charge of converting a 425 bed hospital’s manual purchasing system to an automated purchasing and inventory system in 1986.
Deanna was the Clinical Consultant for the development of a patient database, medical record and remote 24-hour telephonic monitoring system for a home health agency and pharmacy covering patients throughout California. She furthered her computer experience by participating in the selection of and hands-on implementation of a patient documentation and billing system for a ten-office home health agency located in California and Ohio.
At Milano Winery, as winemaker, she is responsible for all production, inventory purchasing and compliance tasks as well as overseeing the Tasting Room, Wine Club operations and accounting.