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Monday, February 13, 2012, 5:00 am

People: Week of Feb. 13, 2012

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    Banking & Finance

    Jeff Gerlomes joined Bank of Napa, N.A. (OTCBB: BNNP) as vice president, marketing and relationship manager. Mr. Gerlomes  previously served on the bank’s  board of directors. He is a graduate of Sacramento State University, where he received B.A. He began his business career at American Savings and Loan where he served as a financial analyst, worked as a loan supervisor at World Savings and Loan and concluded his career in financial services working as a vice president and manager for Napa Valley Bank.

    Community  Organizations

    The Napa Valley Opera House hired Deborah White as development director. Ms. White has been raising funds for cultural and environmental organizations in the Bay Area for more than 10 years, and has held development roles at the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, the Bay Area Discovery Museum, and most recently at Marin Agricultural Land Trust, where she served as director of annual giving. She also served as vice president of the Bolinas Museum from 2005 to 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Art degree in Art History from Boston University.

    Chris Messina

    The Napa Chamber of Commerce named Chris Messina as its new executive director.  He replaces Lisa Batto, who stepped down from the position last fall. Mr. Messina has six years experience leading nonprofits, including his recent role as president and CEO of the Foster City Chamber of Commerce. He was also worked extensively with the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, as the former manager of the advocacy division. He spent three years as executive director of Santa Rosa Main Street. He is a graduate of the three-year educational series of the Western Association of Chamber Executives, the Certified Downtown Professional program, and will receive his accredited chamber executive certification in February.


    Hudson Street Design of Marin, a division of HLC Inc., hired Mary Williams to its professional kitchen and bath design staff in Marin.  Ms. Williams, a commercial and residential designer, owned and operated a design studio for over a decade. She holds a BA in interior design, is a certified interior designer, a professional member of ASID and accredited by NCIDQ, CCIDC and the CCRE. Hudson Street Design of Healdsburg hired Lars Von Löwen to its  professional kitchen & bath Design staff in Healdsburg.  An award winning designer and project manager with a background in green building, Mr. Von Löwen has designed and directed hundreds of single family and multi-unit residential projects throughout the US and San Francisco Bay Area.


    Robert Correa joined the Goode Company, formerly known as GPM Print Mail Solutions, as an account executive. Mr. Correa previously worked for the New York Times Regional Media Group, which included the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, the Petaluma Argus-Courier and the North Bay Business Journal. Mr. Correa has over 20 years experience in sales and marketing, specializing in print, digital media and search engine marketing.

    Residential Real Estate

    Alain Pinel Realtors hired Judy Staton and Ray Schuster to its Sonoma office. Ms. Staton and Mr. Schuster will work as team for the independent real estate company. Previously, Ms. Staton and Mr. Schuster worked with Alain Pinel in Los Altos, working with individual buyers and sellers throughout Silicon Valley and developers in three major construction projects.


    Atalon Winery  appointed Brian Kosi as winemaker.  Mr. Kosi has worked extensively with Cabernet Sauvignon from numerous Napa Valley regions, including Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder, Oakville and Rutherford. He brings 11 years of experience to Atalon. A graduate of the University of California-Davis, Mr. Kosi’s career includes positions at Acacia Vineyard, Opus One, Plumpjack Winery, Beaulieu Vineyard and Freemark Abbey.

    Allison Frichti

    Hall Wines promoted Alison Frichtl to assistant winemaker. She previously served as an enologist for the winery. Prior to joining the Hall  winemaking team in 2008, Ms. Frichtl received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Puget Sound and began her winemaking career at Napa Valley’s Etude Wines, Merryvale Vineyards and Lore Olds’ Sky Vineyards.

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