Michael Wangbickler - President, Balzac Communications & Marketing (USA)
Years In Industry:
Seventeen. I began my wine career working in the tasting room of a major producer which gave me a firm foundation in wine education. All the while, I made friends and looked for my opportunity to marry my love of wine with my experience in communications. In 2004, the opportunity to join the Balzac team was a dream-come-true and after more than a decade managing key accounts, I acquired the company and became president in 2016.
My Biggest Challenge To Wellness:
Physical and mental stress. With my very busy schedule of travel and meetings, it’s difficult focusing on eating healthy, exercising, and getting enough sleep. The stress of running the agency sometimes takes its toll.
I also suffer from Depression. Depression has a habit of sneaking up on you, and at times of extreme stress, it can be overwhelming. It isn’t something that can be cured… it’s with you always, waiting to pounce when least expected.
How I Keep It Together To Stay Well:
Therapy and quiet time. Mental health issues continue to carry a stigma. They are often ignored or downplayed, so those of us with Depression are often uncomfortable talking about it. But I firmly believe that if we don’t share, we give it power, and more of us suffer.
I see a therapist every few months to talk through my issues. It’s amazing how helpful it is to talk to somebody who doesn’t judge you for your faults, and can help guide you through your troubles. It’s also important to have some quiet time alone, where I can collect my thoughts, or just relax with a book. It’s how I recharge my battery.