Shortly after introduction, I am commonly asked, “are you an engineer? architect? contractor? to which I often respond, “none of the above, I am a mechanic with an economics degree”.
-Chuck Connor

Background & Experience

Shortly after introduction, I am commonly asked, “are you an engineer? architect? contractor? to which I often respond, “none of the above, I am a mechanic with an economics degree”. As this response does not typically engender a deep confidence in my abilities, there is most often a request to explain further.

With regards to land development, it is accurate to say that I was born into it. My father, a land surveyor by profession, started his own business in 1973. By the age of twelve, I was spending weekends and the summer months running surveying crews throughout the farmlands of Yolo, Sutter, and Colusa counties. Once licensed to drive, I went to work with a local general engineering firm for which I would spend the next ten years learning heavy equipment operations and civil construction.

With a desire to advance from the hourly ranks and into management, I left the workforce in 1988 to attend California State University, Chico where I obtained a B.S. in Financial Management and a B.A. in Economics. I graduated CSU Chico in January 1993, and, the following month, accepted a position with a Caterpillar dealership in Pleasant Grove, CA. There, under the title of Main Shop Manager, my primary role was to build trust and maintain long-term relationships by effectively managing equipment repair operations that consistently delivered on expectations for our internal and external customer. Skills developed in this regard form the foundation for which I operate my business today.

In March, 1996, I was offered the opportunity to begin working for E&J Gallo Winery in Healdsburg, CA as their Heavy Equipment Manager. And thus, the adventure began. In an endless string of opportunities and increasing responsibilities, I worked directly with Gallo family members overseeing the development of their marquis vineyard and winery properties throughout Sonoma, Napa, Monterey, and Santa Barbara counties.

Over the span of nearly twenty-five years, I either led the team or, was in a leadership position on the team, that built the “foundation” for what is currently the Gallo Wine Family’s premium business unit. Along the way, I have had the great fortune to build relationships with a broad network of extremely talented professionals within the land development and construction industry. And while I will never claim to be an expert in any field, I proudly boast that within this network, for every land development and construction discipline, there is a talented expert.

In collaboration with this network of industry professionals, contractors, and government agencies, we have entitled and developed premium vineyards, state of the art wineries, luxury tasting rooms, luxury homes and estate properties, agricultural reservoirs, civil infrastructure, and countless other land improvements including the restoration of historic wineries, wetlands, migratory bird refuges, riparian corridors, and critical habitats for rare and endangered species.

My tenure with the Gallo Wine Family ended in May, 2019, following the successful renovation of the historic Louis M. Martini Winery in Napa County, California. In short, the foundation for Gallo’s premium business unit had been built, their backlog of development projects was empty, and I still had the passion to remain active in land development and construction. I formed Chuck Conner Consulting, Inc. in September, 2019, and, for the grace of God, the adventure continues.


At Chuck Conner Consulting, we believe in the principle of private property and all the rights and entitlements bestowed as such to each and every land owner. This is the core of our business and we are committed to protecting and exercising such rights on behalf of our clients. But it is a two-way street. We further believe that every property owner has an inherent obligation to honor their stewardship role over the property, AND in the community in which it is located.

To the extent that a property owner is committed to this concept, then we are committed to that owner. In this way, we have been 100% effective in meeting the objectives of the property owner.