Meet the chairs for the 23rd annual Naples Winter Wine Festival

Three NCEF trustee couples come together to chair the highly anticipated event.

BY January 19, 2023
Naples Winter Wine Festival Chairs Nena & Bill Beynon, Libby & Rick Germain, Julia & Robert Heidt, Jr.
Pictured left to right: Nena & Bill Beynon, Libby & Rick Germain, Julia & Robert Heidt, Jr.(Courtesy Images)

Nena & Bill Beynon

Full-time Naples residents for nearly 25 years, Nena and Bill are committed to helping children. They also give their time, treasure and talent to education, hunger, cancer research and initiatives for military veterans. Both have served as mentors for the Champions for Learning Foundation, which helps students with college- and career readiness. Bill—the co-founder of Capital Wealth Advisors and president and CEO of The Marc Bulger Foundation (which aids military personnel and children battling chronic illnesses)—and Nena, a former school teacher for 23 years, are key members of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church. 


Libby & Rick Germain

As the owner of the Germain Automotive Partnership, Rick has more than 40 years of experience in the auto industry. He serves on the boards for Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Recreation Unlimited, a camp for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities. Libby, a proud alumna of The Ohio State University, sits on the foundation board for the school and Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center (she’s also long co-chaired their cancer research gala). The two are integral members of Trinity United Methodist, where they founded the Crossroads Contemporary worship service, serve on multiple boards and direct the youth musicals.


Julia & Robert Heidt, Jr.

Originally from Cincinnati, Julia and Robert are avid donors through the Heidt Family Foundation, which supports initiatives related to education, women’s issues and environmental research, among other causes. Julia, a descendant of the legendary Scripps media family, serves on the board of trustees for the Scripps Family Office, and she and Robert support the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Robert is CEO of Wellington Orthopedic and Sports Medicine, where he has practiced as a physician for 40 years (he also served as the team physician for the Cincinnati Bengals for nearly three decades—a role previously held by his father). The couple has a big heart for children. In 2016, they initiated a challenge grant to open the Heidt Hope House, which provides shelter for Boys Hope Girls Hope Cincinnati children. More recently, the couple led the creation of the Heidt Family Champions Center at Xavier University, a one-stop spot for sports training.

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