Life-long Central Coast resident brings along wine industry knowledge & expertise.
As COO of Broken Earth Winery, Hillary Trout brings business knowledge and expertise specific to the wine industry. Professionally trained as a CPA, Hillary gained her early industry knowledge by serving numerous Central Coast winery clients in her capacity as Senior Manager of Business Advisory Services at Longcrier & Associates CPAs.
Upon leaving public accounting, Hillary managed Villa San-Juliette Vineyard & Winery as their President/COO, launching their direct to consumer segment and establishing the Villa San-Juliette and Fat Monk brands as premier Paso Robles brands. Upon learning about the Broken Earth story and focus on sustainability, Hillary was enthusiastic to join Broken Earth as Chief Operating Officer.
Education & experience
Hillary received her master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University and her bachelor’s degree with honors in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She has been recognized for her numerous achievements, including being honored as a 2008 recipient of the Central Coast Tri-Counties Top 40 Under 40, and a 2007 recipient of San Luis Obispo’s Top 20 Under 40. Hillary has also been recognized by CalCPA’s as one of their Women to Watch and by Central Coast Tri-Counties Who’s Who in Civic and Education Leadership.
In addition to her passion for wine, Hillary currently serves as a board member for the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and has previous served on the board of directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates and the Central Coast Software and Technology Trade Association.
Hillary, and her husband, Robert, are life-long residents of the Central Coast and enjoy spending time with their son, Emerson, and partaking in the many activities the Central Coast has to offer.
Learn more about the staff and wines at Broken Earth Winery at 5625 Hwy 46 East in Paso Robles. Call (805) 239-2562 or go to brokenearthwinery.com for a complete list of wines, tasting room hours, news and special events.