Welcome to North Bay Business Journal’s 13th annual Women in Business: Leaders, Innovators, Visionaries.
With this year’s 16 winners, 131 exceptional women business leaders have been honored since 2001. The recipients and past winners will be honored July 10 at a gala awards reception and dinner.
Winners were chosen from nearly 50 nominations based on many factors, including leadership roles in the organization, business-related innovations, vision and community involvement.
Throughout the 13 years of these awards we have strived to remain true to the original vision of the award’s founders, especially Deborah Meekins, today the CEO of First Community Bank.
Ms. Meekins wanted one event to focus on the accomplishments of women business leaders and the unique challenges they overcame.
This year, the Journal welcomes a new underwriter for the awards and event, Wells Fargo. The bank has shown exceptional commitment to the recipients, including placing their photos in its ATM network. The bank’s chief marketing officer, Jaime Moldafsky, is the event keynote speaker.
It’s always illuminating for us at the Business Journal to ask the question “What if these awards never existed?”
For Women in Business, it would have meant 131 inspirational stories – stories that without doubt inspired others – would have gone untold. We could not let that happen.
Congratulations to this year’s winners for their accomplishments.
—Brad Bollinger, Editor in Chief, Associate Publisher
Business Journal staff writers Jeff Quackenbush, Dan Verel and Eric Gneckow collected personal profiles in this report.
Owner of Bradley Real Estate
Executive vice president and chief operating officer of First Community Bank
Founder and owner of Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services
Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dominican University of California
Proprietor and winemaker at Bryter Estates
Associate medical group administrator at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Rafael, Petaluma, Novato
Chief executive officer of Ygrene Energy Fund
Owner of Rustic Bakery
Chief executive officer of Development Plus, Inc.
Vice president of operations at Petaluma Valley Hospital
Vice president at Wells Fargo Private Bank, St. Helena
Senior manager and BPM Construction Industry Group leader in the North Bay for BPM, Accountants and Consultants
Vice president of winemaking at J Vineyards & Winery, LLC
Executive director of PEP Housing
Owner of Timber Crest Farms
Attorney and managing director at Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher & Gray
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