David R. Duncan is the President and CEO of Silver Oak Cellars and Managing Partner of Twomey Cellars. David’s father, Raymond T. Duncan, founded Silver Oak Cellars with winemaker Justin Meyer in 1972.
Born and raised in Colorado, David always knew he wanted to work in the family business, and after graduating from University of Notre Dame in 1988, he began his career at Denver-based Duncan Oil, Inc, his family’s oil and gas exploration business. He spent the next several years there, and earned his MBA from the University of Denver in 1994. While at DU, David built a financial model for Silver Oak Cellars, his first work for the winery. From that point forward he was involved in the broader family business, including Silver Oak.
In addition to his duties at Silver Oak Cellars, David was instrumental in the development of the Duncan family’s brand, Twomey Cellars, which launched in 1999. In 2002, Ray asked David if he and his wife, Kary Duncan, M.D., would move to the Napa Valley to run the family’s wine business. They moved to California later that year.
David remains active in the oil business as President of Duncan Oil. He also served as Lead Director for Noodles & Company, a chain of restaurants founded in Boulder, Colorado, and serves on the First Western Trust Bank Board of Directors and JustRight Surgical. He is a member, and past Chapter Chairman, of the Northern California Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, serves on the board of directors of the St. Helena Hospital Foundation and the current Board of Directors Chairman for the Napa Valley Vintners.
David lives in Saint Helena with his wife Kary, who practices medical dermatology, and their three children.