Two new associate accountants have joined Pisenti & Brinker LLP. Alyssa Foster is a graduate of Simpson University and Lilia Moreno graduated from Sonoma State University. Both have prior experience in the financial industry.
Patricia Gill, executive director of Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area, received a Heart of Marin Award for excellence in leadership. In addition to the award, Ms. Gill received $5,000 for her organization from Marin Community Foundation. Since 2008, Ms. Gill has served as executive director at BINBA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide programs and services that improve the quality of life for adults and families impacted by acquired brain injury, and to raise public awareness within the community. BINBA has been located in Marin for 28 years.
Banking and Finance
Private Ocean, a Marin County wealth management firm, has expanded its equity ownership to include four of the firm’s leaders. The new equity owners are advisers Sarah Wotherspoon, Alex Gangl, Charles Pyfer, and Justin Hult, director of investment operations and chief compliance officer. To become an owner, candidates must meet specific criteria and participate in a rigorous application and interview process. The four new LLC members join Dr. Frank Jones, investment chair, and Dr. Susan Dickson, chief operating officer, who became members of the firm in 2011. Additional members are Theo Gallier, CIO, and founding owners Richard Stone and Gregory Friedman.
The Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce announced its Board of Directors and Executive Committee Division Chairs for 2014. Heading the 2014 Executive Committee are: Rolf Nelson, Exchange Bank, chairman of the board; Keo Hornbostel, Pure Luxury Transportation, chair-elect; Doug Hilberman, AXIA Architects, immediate past chair.
Serving as division chairs on the 2014 Executive Committee are: Todd Anderson, Best Western Plus Wine Country Inn & Suites, chair, Convention & Visitors Bureau; Ryan Beach, Argent Bank chair, Leadership Santa Rosa; Dan Condron, Sonoma State University, chair, CPAC; James Conners, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, chair, Young Professionals Network; Evan Hershey, Umpqua Investments, chair, finance; Scott Ormerod, Leap Solutions Group, chair, Membership & Communications; Steve Schofield, American River Bank, chair, Advocacy Council; Jodi Shubin, Pisenti & Brinker LLP, chair, Special Events; Bill Silver, SSU School of Business & Economics, vice-chair, Sonoma County BEST; Fred Van Milligen, JDSU, chair, Workforce Development.
Rounding out the 2014 Board of Directors are: Scott Adams, Comcast; Nicole Arnone, Cipolla Financial & Insurance Services; Brad Bollinger, North Bay Business Journal; Brian Bottari, Pacific Gas & Electricl; Percy Brandon, Vintners Inn; Courtney Cahill, Kaiser Permanente; Pam Chanter, Vantreo Insurance; Frank Chong, Santa Rosa Junior College; Terry Darcy, Darcy’s Fine Jewelers; Ken Fischang, Sonoma County Tourism; Judy James, Republic Services; Karissa Kruse, Sonoma County Winegrowers; Trish McLean, Terra Firma Global Partners; Teresa Norton, Norton & Ingersoll, P.C.; Kelley Rajala, Share Exchange Cooperative; Wanda Tapia-Thomsen, Latino Service Providers Sonoma County; Jeff Weber, Agilent Technologies. 2014 ex-officio members are Bill Arnone, Merrill, Arnone & Jones, LLP; Brett Martinez, Redwood Credit Union.
Commercial Real Estate
HL Commercial Real Estate in San Rafael hired Ethan Sommer to its sales and leasing team. Mr. Sommer specializes in office and retail leasing and sales in the North Bay. He began his commercial real estate career as a tenant representation specialist for technology companies in San Francisco. Prior to working in commercial real estate, he worked in journalism and as a staff member for a U.S. senator in Washington, D.C.
Hospitality and Tourism
Spoonbar, the restaurant in h2hotel in downtown Healdsburg, announced that Tara Heffernon has been named to the position of bar director. Ms. Heffernon takes over from Daniel Sorentino, who is relocating to Los Angeles. Ms. Heffernon got her start bussing and serving at Topolos Greek Restaurant and Winery in Forestville and later moved to Chalk Hill Winery in Healdsburg, working as a server and in the events management department. In 2007, she began working at Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen, the signature restaurant at Hotel Healdsburg. She was recruited to join the opening bar team at Spoonbar restaurant in 2010.
The Sonoma County Family YMCA announced the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors. Joe Costamagna, broker and principal at EPIC Insurance Services in Petaluma, is a North Bay native and he and his family have been members of the Y for more than a decade.
Martin Hirsch is an attorney at Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz. Born and raised in Santa Rosa, and a graduate of Santa Rosa High School, Mr. Hirsh, after practicing for several years in San Diego, and his family recently moved back to Sonoma County.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County selected David Busé, president of Collotype Labels, as the new chairperson of the Board of Directors. Mr, Busé takes the reins from Parke Hafner, winemaker and owner of Hafner Vineyard in Healdsburg. Mr. Hafner will continue serving on the board. Mr. Busé first joined the Club’s Board in 2010.
Goelet Wine Estates appointed Jason Jardine president of Clos du Val Winery in Napa, where he will be responsible for all aspects of winery operations. Mr. Jardine has 15 years’ experience in the industry. Most recently he was president — director of winemaking at Flowers Vineyard & Winery on the Sonoma Coast and an executive at Huneeus Vintners in Napa. Prior to Joining Flowers, he was president — winemaker at Rhys Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Truett-Hurst Inc. in Healdsburg appointed Michael Fine as national sales manager. Mr. Fine will be responsible for managing the distribution network set up for Truett-Hurst Inc. in the U.S. over the next three years, spanning 45 states, among other duties. He most recently worked for C. Mondavi and Family as both southwest regional manager and director of retail chains. Preceding C. Mondavi & Family he was employed by Southern Wine and Spirits, as southwest district manager, sales trainer, and director of education in New Mexico.
Sonoma-based V2 Wine Group appointed Sean Lynch as its Great Lakes regional manager and Josh Brett as its southeast regional manager. Mr. Lynch has a 20-year wine industry background. He will oversee all sales activities in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan for V2 Wine Group’s portfolio.
Mr. Brett’s career has spanned 15 years in the wine industry, holding key management positions with wineries and distributors. He will be responsible for all sales activities for the V2 Wine Group portfolio in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
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