Michael Votto is the chief executive officer of Votto Vines. Mike is responsible for securing and negotiating contracts with producers, distributors and third party companies both in the US and Italy as well as overseeing the company’s strategic initiatives. He has spent time living and studying in Florence, Italy and has a degree in European History from Union College and a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University. Mike spent six years as a commercial real estate and corporate attorney in New York City and Boston at two American Lawyer Top 100 law firms focusing on the representation of private equity funds and real estate development and management companies primarily in connection with hospitality industry transactions. He has also completed Wine Studies Level II coursework at the Boston University Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center and is a published author in the fields of commercial real estate finance and Italian citizenship and genealogy. Mike is a dual citizen of the United States and the Italian Republic. Mike was named to Connecticut Magazine’s 40 under 40 future business leaders in 2013.