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2012 Best Places to Work winner profiles: 20–50 employees


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    Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery


    Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & EmerySANTA ROSA — This 91-year-old law firm has an open, positive and nurturing environment that fosters dialogue, and where everyone listens to divergent opinions.

    Best Places to Work 2012

    A year of milestones; how the winners were chosen; facts and figures of winners over the years
    Best Places to Work 2012 winner profiles
    Winners: 20–50 employees

    Listed alphabetically

    • Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery
    • Bank of Napa
    • BKF Engineers
    • Burr Pilger Mayer
    • Cardno ERI
    • Codding Enterprises
    • Dal Poggetto & Company LLP
    • Frank Howard Allen
    • Friedemann Goldberg LLP
    • Ghilotti Brothers, Inc.
    • Ghirardo CPA
    • Heffernan Insurance Brokers
    • Inn Marin & Rickey’s
    • Innovative Business Solutions
    • M.A. Silva USA, Inc.
    • Marizco Landscape Management, Inc.
    • Métier, Ltd.
    • Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Sonoma County
    • O’Brien Watters & Davis, LLP
    • Petaluma People Services Center
    • Play-Well TEKnologies
    • Private Ocean Wealth Management
    • Quattrocchi Kwok Architects
    • QuieTrack Insurance Services
    • Schurter, Inc.
    • Scott Technology Group Inc.
    • Smith Dollar PC
    • Summit Engineering
    • TLCD Architecture
    • Valley Tire & Brake
    • Vantreo Insurance Brokerage
    • Vasyli, LLC
    • Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.
    • Wright Contracting, Inc.

    According to one employee, “This is a very respected firm and excellent place to work with a top-notch team of attorneys who take the time to mentor younger attorneys.”

    CEO and President Richard W. Abbey said, “Everyone works hard advocating for our clients and has fun while doing it. Our team is more than workmates — we are friends and genuinely care for each other. We throw great parties, too, and have an active, ongoing commitment to the community. Every trial victory is celebrated together by the entire firm.”

    Other employees said, “Every one of our 30 colleagues gets along. When a person is ‘slammed,’ someone will always offer to help. We all take pride in what we do. I feel fortunate to work with such great talent. We believe we are the best law firm in the county.”

    Bank of Napa


    NAPA — “The family atmosphere at Bank of Napa always makes you feel welcome to be here and be yourself, which helps us be more productive,” one staff member said.

    Bank of Napa“From executive management levels to staff levels, every employee has the ability to make a difference in our organization — and they do make a difference,” said Tom LeMasters, president and CEO.

    Employees describe the company culture as friendly, relaxed, hard-working and efficient.

    “We have great leaders who care and lead by example. Ours is a positive, flexible and fun workplace where management believes in the importance of family and the value of work–life balance. Happy families make happy employees and happy clients!”

    When asked what makes your company great, an employee said, “The dedication and loyalty of my co-workers.”

    Another said it is due to the personal, caring attitude within the bank, and working as a team to meet goals.  “Everyone is important here, staff as well as customers.”

    BKF Engineers


    SANTA ROSA — BKF takes care of its employees by providing great benefits, free food, fun parties, companywide bonuses as well as profit sharing.

    BKFStaff members say career opportunities are very real. Most of BKF’s principals started as entry-level engineers or interns, and most project managers were promoted from within.

    “BKF is awarded many of the most sought-after, high-profile projects in the greater Bay Area, as we design the infrastructure for a sustainable future,” President and CEO David LaVelle said. The company is based in Redwood City and has an office in Santa Rosa. “We encourage employees to achieve civil engineering excellence by being creative and innovative.”

    About 80 percent of BKF’s projects are repeat business. Expanding markets are adding even more assignments, resulting in hiring back former employees.

    “It is a positive company that allows flexible schedules and understands the importance of family,” an employee said.

    Good teamwork, accurate scheduling and a clear delegation of project tasks result in on-time delivery within budgets.

    “BKF is socially and financially successful. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?” another employee said.

    Burr Pilger Mayer


    SANTA ROSA — Adhering to founding principles and core values contributes to BPM’s success as a full-service accounting, audit and tax consulting firm.

    BPM ”Our client-service approach is relationship-driven and totally focused on the client’s success,” according to Carol O’Hara, managing partner of BPM’s North Bay region. “Regular communication with all staff members is essential.”

     In the words of one employee, “A very positive attitude fills the office with lots of laughter and shared fun from all levels of staff and management. Our focus on giving back to the community makes me proud to be part of the team.”

    Officers and managers are on the boards of directors of more than 10 nonprofit organizations. The entire firm packs boxes at Redwood Empire Food Bank and helps maintain Kids Street Learning Center and Hanna Boys Center.

    “BPM cares about its people, clients and community more than any other company I have worked for,” an employee said, echoing responses from several.

    Cardno ERI


    PETALUMA — This fast-growing environmental consulting firm is viewed by employees as having a strong sense of direction, vision and concern for clients and people.

    CardnoERI“The sense of camaraderie is the best part of working here. Everyone is very understanding and appreciative,” an employee observed.

    “The company goes above and beyond to make sure that employees’ personal needs are met. Management truly understands that we all have lives outside of work and that sometimes the paths cross each other. We have flexible work schedules.”

    Genuine care and commitment to each other and Cardno ERI clients is a hallmark of the company. “Our culture can be described as team-oriented, a family environment with employee empowerment and recognition for safety,” said Keith Romstad, division manager.

    Company employees support Friends of the Petaluma River and participate with Mentor Me Petaluma.

    “Everyone has a sense of personal commitment to make sure that each guest and client is welcomed and their needs are met,” an employee said.

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