​Equine and Wines is comprised of a team of world renowned experts, very rarely found in one company. The unparalleled commitment to excellence from this elite team of Executives is to build a beautiful destination community and the legacy which will arise from a passionate blending of craft, earth, art and their love for this region. Discover more about each of these Managing Members, regarding how they will help elevate this one-of-a-kind community.

Thomas Heshion


​Tom has had an exciting career in entrepreneurship as well as horsemanship. He developed the vision behind Equine and Wines. As an owner and manager of 29 horses, Tom swears that he is not addicted to horses, but admits he is addicted to the therapy they have provided him during his stressful years in executive management.

Doug Frost

CEO of Plouton Winery

​Doug Frost is a Kansas City author who writes and lectures about wine, beer and spirits. In 1991 he passed the rigorous Master Sommelier examination and two years later became America’s eighth Master of Wine. He was the second person in history to complete both exams and almost two decades later; he is still one of only four people in the world to have achieved both these remarkable distinctions.

Daniel Fischl, PhD

Viticulturist, CEO of Silver Thread Vineyard Management

​Daniel is a highly-regarded international advisor providing broad knowledge with detailed technical advice to numerous respected leaders in the wine industry covering the development, management and supervision of world-leading vineyards. He is internationally recognized as a leading vineyard management consultant, specialist in adaptive strategies for climate change, integrative wine and vineyard technology advisor, agricultural scientist, vineyard development and re-development scientist, research director of climate change innovation, environmental ecosystem planner, organic and sustainable farming consultant, vineyard technical specialist and global wine business development adjuvant.

Scott Dahmer

Director of Wine Processing

Born and raised in Canada, Scott Dahmer attended Concordia University in Montreal before graduating from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. His future as a grape grower and winemaker might have been foreshadowed by his maternal grandfather, who was an accomplished groundskeeper and gardener in Scotland.

Daniel Barnard

International Investment Director

Born in Bettendorf, Iowa, Dan grew up in the Quad Cities and surrounding area. As a teenager, he was active in soccer, golf, speed skating, downhill skiing, baseball and local charities. He was a member of the Rock Island Arsenal Club team and worked several jobs.

Dan earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in Economics and Investments while attending Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. A college student-work program gave him the opportunity to be a student research assistant for two College of Business professors.

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