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People: Week of March 4, 2013

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    Doug Wright, shareholder in charge of the International Tax Services Group of Burr Pilger Mayer, was selected as a new board member of the Northern California World Trade Center after receiving unanimous approval from current members. As part of the World Trade Center’s Association, which operates in over 100 countries, the NorCal WTC is California’s largest and most influential organization for international business, hosting events and programs throughout the year. With 30 years of experience as an international tax and transfer pricing specialist, Mr. Wright leads BPM’s fast-growing ITS group.

    Banking & Finance

    Brian Pon

    Brian Pon

    Brian Pon, a partner in Financial Connections, a Corte Madera-based financial planning and wealth management firm, has been named Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member at Golden Gate University for 2012. Mr. Pon was selected for this award by the entire full-time faculty of the Edward S. Ageno School of Business for his commitment to students and excellence in teaching. Mr. Pon teaches tax planning in the university’s Finance and Economics Department, a part-time position he has held since 2007.

    Business Organizations

    Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce hired Steve Lyman as membership sales manager. Mr. Lyman, a Santa Rosa native, brings more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience . He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and has a B.S. in marketing.

    Kim Link

    Kim Link

    Kim Link has been hired as the marketing project and research support with the Santa Rosa Convention & Visitors Bureau, focusing on special marketing, sales and media projects. She brings experience in marketing and events in the Russian River area.


    Kristina Combs is the new executive director of human resources and labor relations at College of Marin. She replaces Anita Morris, who served a short time as interim executive director. Ms. Combs arrives at College of Marin from Alliant International University, headquartered in San Francisco. She was a senior administrative official responsible for academic and staff human resource programs for Alliant, an accredited university with five professional schools, 4,000 graduate and undergraduate students, 1,600 represented and non-represented faculty, staff and student employees. 

    Health Care

    Angwin resident Julie Crow-Petersen, R.N., was hired as a flight nurse by California Shock Trauma Air Rescue, better known as CALSTAR. Ms. Crow-Petersen obtained a nursing degree from Pacific Union College, also in Angwin. Before joining CALSTAR, she worked in Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit for nearly three years and previously worked in the cardiac unit at St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley.

    Residential Real Estate

    Joan Kermath joined Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty in Marin County. Ms. Kermath has placed in the top 1 percent of realtors in Marin from 2004–2012. She is a member of the Top Agent Network, the Marin Platinum Group and other private forums. She specializes in southern and central Marin real estate, Mill Valley, Tiburon, Belvedere, Kentfield, Ross, Corte Madera, Greenbrae, Larkspur and Sausalito. She received her bachelor of business administration degree in marketing and economics from Central Michigan University and an MBA in real estate and finance from University of Denver.

    Rocky Vannucci

    Rocky Vannucci

    Veteran Marin real estate agent Rocky Vannucci joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as sales manager for central and southern Marin County. As a vice president and manager of the Frank Howard Allen Realtor 60-agent office in San Rafael since 2006, he oversaw one of the top real estate offices in the county in sales and dollar volume. He began his real estate career in 1976 and received his broker’s license in 1978. He managed William Timmer Realty for five years before joining Frank Howard Allen in 1984.

    Carra Clampitt of Eugene Burger Management Corp. in Rohnert Park has been elected to the statewide board of directors for Laguna Hills-based California Association of Community Managers. The board also serves as an advisory body for the association’s educational and certification programs, focused strictly on California law and the needs of California homeowners.

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