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People: Week of Feb. 24, 2014

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    Banking & Finance

    Timothy Jorstad, founder of Marin County accounting firm Jorstad joined San Rafael-based wealth management firm Private Ocean as an owner. Mr. Jorstad began his career in public accounting in 1975 with an international accounting firm now known as KPMG. After earning his CPA certification in 1978, he specialized in income tax law. In 1994, he established Jorstad in San Rafael. He has served as a receiver for the superior courts of San Francisco, Marin and Mendocino counties. He was a founding shareholder and chairman of Business Bancorp, a state-chartered bank in San Rafael, and is founder and chairman of AltaPacific Bank in Santa Rosa.

    Health Care

    Linda LiBrize

    Linda LiBrize, RN, joined the nonprofit Hospice by the Bay’s provider relations team in Sonoma County after nine years serving patients and families from the agency’s San Francisco office. A bilingual Spanish speaker, Ms. LiBrize has more than 30 years as a health care professional.

    Insurance

    Scott Gaddy

    EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center) announced that construction insurance and surety executive Scott Gaddy joined EPIC’s North Bay property and casualty insurance operations in Petaluma. He joined EPIC’s San Francisco Construction Practice in 2009 after more than 20 years serving the insurance and surety needs of contractors throughout Northern California. He will continue to manage the surety practice in EPIC’s San Francisco office. He began his career with management consultants Cresap-Tillinghast, a subsidiary of Towers Perrin. After several years of consulting, he shifted his focus to the insurance and surety business, initially working as a claims examiner at Fireman’s Fund Insurance and later as a senior surety underwriter at the Fidelity & Deposit Co. of Maryland. Mr. Gaddy then went on to found and lead his own agency, Gaddy Ward & Company, where he served as president and focused on property and casualty insurance and surety services for commercial construction clients.

    Nonprofits

    Melissa Delaney

    Buckelew Programs welcomed three new members to its board of directors: Melissa Delaney, Wendy Todd and Scott Maclise. Ms. Delaney is a higher education consultant who most recently served as the director of admissions and student services at The Wright Institute, a graduate school of psychology in Berkeley, where she continues to work as a consultant.

    Wendy Todd

    Ms. Todd, MPH, is a nonprofit and philanthropy consultant. She previously led Marin Community Foundation’s health and aging grant portfolios, totaling $4 million annually. She has held co-chair positions with the Marin County Mental Health Board and the Northern California Grantmakers’ organizational effectiveness and professional development committee.

    Mr. Maclise is a self-employed investment adviser and wealth manager with more than 35 years of experience in finance. He has lived or worked in Marin for 55-plus years.

    Public Relations

    Jennifer Imbimbo

    Jennifer Imbimbo was promoted to senior manager of media and community relations at Sonoma Raceway. She will help oversee the planning and execution of all media relations events at the raceway, including the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup, NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing and IndyCar series race weekends. She will also take on a larger role in developing and executing community events and fundraising activities for Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of the raceway. She has worked for Sonoma Raceway since 2006, serving as manager of media and community relations since 2008.

    Cheri Plattner has been named community events manager at Sonoma Raceway, where she will take over responsibility for the raceway’s charitable fundraising, grant distribution and other community outreach programs. Ms. Plattner will oversee the planning and production of the raceway’s fundraising events and administer the annual distribution of grants from the Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities. The local chapter has donated more than $4.5 million to youth-serving organizations in Sonoma County since 2001. She will also serve as the liaison to the local chapter’s board of trustees. Before joining the raceway team, Ms. Plattner worked for 13 years at Hospice of Petaluma, most recently as fund development and event coordinator.

    Residential Real Estate

    Dan Mayer

    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced that Dan Mayer and Randy Tallariti were elected to president and vice president, respectively, of the Sebastopol chapter of North Bay Association of Realtors. Mr. Mayer has more than 30 years of real estate experience and worked with commercial properties, new construction developments and specialty retail before earning his residential real estate license in 2010. He was vice president of the Sebastopol chapter for 2013.

    Randy Tallariti

    Mr. Tallariti is a 10-year local real estate veteran and worked with Frank Howard Allen Realtors in Santa Rosa prior to affiliating with the Sebastopol office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. He was named Frank Howard Allen’s Rookie of the Year in 2004. This is Mr. Tallariti’s first post with the Sebastopol chapter, and he will be eligible to serve as president in 2015.

    Stephen Liebling

    Stephen Liebling, longtime manager of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Sebastopol office, received the 2013 Spirit of Sonoma Award from the Sonoma County Economic Development Board. Mr. Liebling was nominated by the North Bay Association of Realtors. The award recognizes contributions to economic development of local communities and donation of time and expertise to other businesses and professionals. Mr. Liebling began working in real estate in 1993 with a small independent Sonoma County real estate company and earned the President’s Gold Award of Distinction for three consecutive years of top sales performance. In 2001, he was recruited to Coldwell Banker Residential as a branch manager.

    Wine

    Aaron Pott

    Adler Deutsch Vineyard, producer of estate-grown Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon, hired winemaker Aaron Pott. He studied enology at the University of California, Davis, and became assistant winemaker at Newton Vineyard under John Kongsgaard and at premier grand cru producers Chateau Troplong Mondot and Chateau La Tour Figeac. He earned a master’s degree in viticulture from the Universite of Bourgogne then remained in France for nearly six years. He returned to the U.S. as Beringer Wine Estates winemaker for international brands in France, Italy and South America. After making wine at St. Clement and Quintessa wineries, he launched his own label, Pott Wine. Food & Wine magazine in November named him “Winemaker of the Year.”

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