Baird will focus on bringing corporate and incentive business to The Meritage Resort from San Jose, San Francisco’s East Bay area, Los Angeles, Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.

With a family heritage rooted in Spanish winemakers and armed with a certificate from the United States Sommelier Association Baird’s background and knowledge gives her a unique perspective and ability to bring group business to The Meritage Resort and the Napa Valley. Baird is a Los Angeles native and has wealth of experience within the hospitality industry after working in both catering and sales for hotels, resorts and convention centers in Southern California and New Mexico.

“My enjoyment comes from creating extraordinary experiences for my clients,” said Mary Jo “MJ” Baird, group sales manager at The Meritage Resort and Spa. “The Meritage Resort is a beautiful property that has a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces for groups large and small, ranging from the two largest ballrooms in the Wine Country to covered terraces and the spectacular Estate Cave for up to 200. Memories of these experiences are created because of the exceptional four-diamond service, the beautiful Tuscan-inspired resort, the beautiful surroundings and all of the amenities offered to guests.”

“We are pleased to welcome MJ to our sales team,” said Sheri Thomas, director of sales and marketing for The Meritage Resort and Spa. “Because of her experience and knowledge of wine and wine country MJ will be an asset to her clients as they bring their groups to the ultimate food and wine destination and the best resort for meetings and incentives in wine country.”