In this installment of Hispanic Lifestyle we talk to a Latino winemaker who has survived and thrived. We also gain valuable financial insights from a banking executive who share tips on preparing your business to secure a loan.

Rolando Herrera – Owner / Winemaker Mi Sueño Winery
His journey took him from El Llano, Michoacán, to washing dishes at Auberge du Soleil, and eventually becoming the owner/winemaker of a highly regarded, boutique winery in Napa Valley. Proof that dreams do come true, Rolando has constructed a network of complementary businesses over the last 16 years, including vineyard management, wine consulting, custom crush, vineyard leasing, and of course, Mi Sueño Winery. All of this has been done with one singular focus…….making better wines each and every year! Although always busy tasting barrels and making blends, Rolando always has a big smile and firm handshake for visitors to the winery, and welcomes everyone to share his dream.

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Ben Alvarado Executive vice president and president of Wells Fargo’s Orange County-Inland Community Bank

Financial Insights
Ben Alvarado is executive vice president and president of Wells Fargo’s Orange County-Inland Community Bank. He oversees approximately 2,000 financial professionals at 121 banking stores and manages more than $18.9 billion in deposits and $5.9 billion in loans.

Alvarado, a 23-year banking veteran, assumed his current role in July 2011. Prior to being named president for the Orange County-Inland Community Bank, Alvarado served as area president for the Long Beach Coastal Community Bank. He also has served in various positions at the company, including retail bank district manager for the Pasadena and South Bay markets; commercial loan officer; sales development coach; banking store manager; personal banking officer, and bank teller.