Erik McLaughlin is CEO of METIS, llc. With offices in Oregon and Washington, METIS
provides strategic consulting, financial planning, and M&A advisory services to the
adult beverage and hospitality industries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Erik has
been named one of the Top 50 Wine Industry Leaders in the world by Wine
With nearly three decades of experience in
the fine wine and hospitality industries, Erik provides the unique industry specific insight, relationships, and operational expertise to maximize value and guide clients through successful transactions.
Erik has completed over thirty capital transactions in the wine and hospitality industries, including sales, acquisitions, recapitalizations, and mergers. Erik also consults privately for many of the region’s leading wineries. Previous to METIS, Erik served in senior management roles for Seven Hills Winery, Corliss Wine Estates, Willamette Valley Vineyards, and Cost Plus World Market. He also previously owned and operated a collection of award winning restaurants.
Erik has been extensively involved in industry groups including the Oregon Wine Board, Washington Wine Industry Foundation, Oregon Winegrowers Association, Washington Wine Commission, Idaho Wine Commission, Walla Walla Valley Wine, Washington Winegrowers Association, and the American Association of Wine Economists. Erik served on the steering committees for both the Beverage Business Management Program at Washington State University and the Wine Studies program at Linfield College. He has served on numerous public and private boards including currently serving as a Vice-Chairman of the Walla Walla Planning Commission, Director and Treasurer for the Washington Wine Industry Foundation, Director for the non-profit winery Vital Wines, and Director for Walla Walla Valley Baseball Club. Erik has taught and lectured widely on wine and the business of wine including at the Wine Industry Financial Symposium, Oregon Wine Symposium, Washington Winegrowers Convention, and the London Wine Fair. He is a frequent guest instructor at both the Institute for Viticulture and Enology at Walla Walla Community College the Wine Studies program at Linfield University.
Erik graduated cum laude from Linfield University in the heart of the Willamette Valley and is a fourth generation native of the Pacific Northwest. Erik lives in Walla Walla with his wife and their four children. In his spare time he enjoys skiing, coaching youth sports, and sharing great wine with friends.