Iowa State University Alumni Association

Trent Preszler

Term expires ’18

Life Member

'98 Interdisciplinary Studies
Cutchogue, N.Y.

Trent is CEO of Bedell Cellars, a Long Island, N.Y., winery founded in 1980 that is the first vineyard in the eastern U.S. to achieve sustainable farming certification. He is chairman of the board of Wine America, a national trade association. Bedell Cellars wines were served at President Obama’s 2013 Inaugural Luncheon and the 2014 Super Bowl. As a student, Trent was involved with the ISU Honors Program, LAS Council, GSB, VEISHEA Review Task Force, Lectures Program Institute on World Affairs, and marching band. He won the Udall Scholarship and the Rotary Scholarship to study botany at The University of Edinburgh and Royal Botanic Garden. After graduating in 1998 he completed an internship in The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and later became chair-elect of the founding ISUAA Young Alumni Council. He holds two degrees from Cornell University: an M.S. in agricultural economics and a Ph.D. in horticulture. In 2015 Trent founded a second business, Preszler Woodshop, which makes high-end luxury wooden canoes. He was featured in full-page articles in Esquire magazine and the Wall Street Journal and has been the subject of a documentary film by Newsday.

As a member of the ISUAA Board of Directors, Trent has served on the Officers Nominating, Governance, and Marketing and Engagement Committees; chaired the Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion; and participated in the Strategic Value Proposition Ad-Hoc Group.

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