Georgia Wine Producers Hires Executive Director


Georgia Wine Producers is proud to announce they have hired Karla Roper as the Executive Director of their statewide organization.

“This opportunity beautifully pairs my experience with my passion,” Roper says. “I am thrilled at the opportunity of using my skills to support and expand the Georgia Wine Producers as a thriving industry in the State of Georgia.”

Karla has spent more than ten years developing and utilizing marketing and communication skills to promote events, businesses and organizations. During the last five years with the Gilmer Chamber & Welcome Center she served in various roles expanding tourism growth for Gilmer County, developing membership, as well as managing and marketing events for the organization.

“We are proud to have Karla Roper help lead our organization. Hiring her will help us reach our goals and continue to support the growth of commercial wine production in Georgia,” says Gary Engel, president of the Georgia Wine Producers.

Karla will be serving as legislative liaison for the Georgia Wine Producers to accomplish legislative goals set forth by the board through relationship building, communication, and representation at legislative functions. She will work with event committees to organize and run all aspects of the Association’s major events, currently the Annual Conference and future Georgia Wine Producers sanctioned wine events. She will also organize and execute additional seminars and educational opportunities for members and associate members, as well as implementing additional benefits of membership for the organization.

If you would like more information about the Georgia Wine Producers, please contact Karla Roper at 706-669-8184 or email