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Monday, June 24, 2013, 6:40 am

Women in Business 2013: 13 years of leaders, innovators, visionaries

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    Welcome to North Bay Business Journal’s 13th annual Women in Business: Leaders, Innovators, Visionaries.

    2013 Women in BusinessWith 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

    Women in Business 2013 keynote speaker

    Jamie Moldofsky

    Chief marketing officer, Wells Fargo

    Looking back on a professional career that has included marketing and general management roles in fields including financial services, startups and manufacturing, Jamie Moldafsky noted a common thread extending to her to her role today in guiding the overall brand focus of the 265,000-employee Wells Fargo Bank. [read more]

    2013 winners

    Business Journal staff writers Jeff Quackenbush, Dan Verel and Eric Gneckow collected personal profiles in this report.

    Melissa Bradley

    Owner of Bradley Real Estate

    Debbie Fakalata

    Executive vice president and chief operating officer of First Community Bank

    Rebecca Faust

    Founder and owner of Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services

    Katherine Henderson

    Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Dominican University of California

    Terin Ignozzi

    Proprietor and winemaker at Bryter Estates

    Willa Jefferson-Stokes

    Associate medical group administrator at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Rafael, Petaluma, Novato

    Stacey Lawson

    Chief executive officer of Ygrene Energy Fund

    Carol Levalley

    Owner of Rustic Bakery

    Angela McReynolds

    Chief executive officer of Development Plus, Inc.

    Jane Read

    Vice president of operations at Petaluma Valley Hospital

    Pam Rubio

    Vice president at Wells Fargo Private Bank, St. Helena

    Marie Scherf

    Senior manager and BPM Construction Industry Group leader in the North Bay for BPM, Accountants and Consultants

    Melissa Stackhouse

    Vice president of winemaking at J Vineyards & Winery, LLC

    Mary Stompe

    Executive director of PEP Housing

    Ruth Waltenspiel

    Owner of Timber Crest Farms

    Wendy Whitson

    Attorney and managing director at Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher & Gray

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