Trent Preszler

Trent Preszler

  • Visiting Professor of Practice

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Faculty Expertise

  • Food and Agricultural Economics
  • Environmental Economics and Policy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

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Trent Preszler grew up on a cattle ranch in South Dakota, interned for President Bill Clinton at The White House, and was awarded a Rotary Scholarship for study at the Royal Botanic Garden (U.K.). Since 2010, Preszler has been the CEO of Bedell Cellars, a Long Island vineyard whose Merlot was served at President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Luncheon. Preszler was one of the founders of Long Island Sustainable Winegrowing, the first sustainable viticulture certification program in the eastern U.S., and he has served as Chairman of the Board for both the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and Wine America. In 2015, Preszler used the tools he inherited from his father to build a wooden boat—and subsequently he founded Preszler Woodshop. His canoes are the most expensive and luxurious in the world—the super yachts of canoes—as featured in Bloomberg, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, Financial Times, OUT, Robb Report, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal Magazine, This Old House, and Town & Country. His Instagram feed @preszlerwoodshop has 188,000 followers and his social media posts were viewed 48.1 million times in 2021. Preszler’s memoir, Little and Often, was A Best Book of 2021 by USA Today and reached #1 on the Amazon Books best sellers list. A documentary about Preszler’s life won the 2018 New York Emmy Award for Best Lifestyle Feature.

Recent Courses

  • AEM 4000 - Grand Challenges Project
  • AEM 4940 - Undergraduate Special Topics in Applied Economics and Management

Academic Degrees

  • PhD Cornell University, 2012
  • MS Cornell University, 2002
  • Post-Graduate Diploma University of Edinburgh, 1999
  • BS Iowa State University, 1998