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Banking and Finance
Bank of Marin hired Danielle Phillips as Sausalito branch manager. Her nine years of banking experience include managing a JPMorgan Chase Bank brand in San Francisco for three years and being as a personal banker at Washington Mutual Bank. Ms. Phillips arrives as Bank of Marin plans to move the Sausalito branch to 2656 Bridgeway.
Redwood Credit Union recently re-elected five volunteer directors for three-year terms through 2017. Incumbents Robert Steele, Debra Watts and Robert Wieck were re-elected to the credit union’s board of directors, and incumbents David Gouin and Brian Elliott were re-elected to its supervisory committee. Mr. Steele has been a board member since 1999, and is a commercial insurance product director for Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. Ms. Watts has been on a credit union volunteer since 1976 and held a variety of board positions. She retired after more than 37 years with the county of Sonoma, serving as the manager of the customer services division of the Permit and Resource Management Department. Mr. Wieck has been a credit union volunteer since 1976, and has served on the board of directors since 1979. Mr. Wieck retired after 30 years of county of Sonoma service, where he served as administration division director for the Department of Health Services. Mr. Gouin has more than 29 years of public service with the county of Sonoma and cities of Vacaville and Santa Rosa, and he currently is Santa Rosa’s director of economic development and housing. Mr. Elliott has 40-plus years of local fire service experience. He worked for Santa Rosa Fire Department for 33 years and completed his career in 2011 on retirement as fire chief in Cloverdale. Mr. Elliott has been involved with many community projects, including as a board member for the Cloverdale Performing Arts Center and as the public alternate to Sonoma County Local Agency Formation Commission.
Sonoma Stompers Baseball Club made what it calls its most significant acquisition to date with the signing of 14-year baseball veteran Ray Serrano, 33. He began his career in 1999 at 18 as a prospect for the Atlanta Braves for seven seasons. In 2008, he played for the team’s Triple-A farm club, the Richmond Braves. Mr. Serrano also spent the 2003 season with the Tampa Bay Rays. Last season, he played for eventual 2013 Pacific Association champions Na Koa Ikaika Maui for 58 games, hitting an average 0.297, with eight home runs and 42 runs batted in. He was then to Japan’s professional Baseball Challenger League. In addition to playing first base, catching and serving as the team’s designated hitter, Mr. Serrano will be the Stomper hitting coach in 2014.
The 4-H Foundation of Sonoma County added three board directors: Adrienne Uboldi, grower representative for Jackson Family Wines; Kortnie Brockwalder, executive marketing assistant at Kunde Family Estate; and Casey Meints, owner of Truck Tops USA.
Karen Heintz, co-owner of Charles Heintz Vineyard & Winery near Occidental, joined Keegan & Coppin Co., Inc./ONCOR International’s Santa Rosa office, specializing in brokering office space nationally as well as North Coast vineyard and winery properties. She began her career in commercial real estate in 1987 in Silicon Valley, getting involved in worldwide site selection, lease management, construction and facilities management. Before joining Keegan & Coppin, Karen was vice president of FaciliCorp, a San Jose-based facilities project management consulting firm, managing large construction and relocation projects, negotiating leases and managing lease administration.
Lake County Winegrape Commission welcomed two new members to the eight-member board of directors at the May meeting: Bill Oldham of Oldham Vineyards and Bonnie Sears of Beckstoffer Vineyards. Mr. Oldham is a pest control adviser and location manager at the Lyman Group/Ag Unlimited in Lakeport, where he advises winegrape growers throughout the North Coast. A Lake County native, he grows sauvignon blanc winegrapes and pears on a family farm near Upper Lake. Ms. Sears is office manager for Beckstoffer Vineyards’ Red Hills appellation operations. She has worked for various agriculture-related businesses, including Snows Lake Vineyard. Previously she worked for a fruit importer in Kelseyville. She and her family moved to Lake County in 1987 and served two years on the board of the Lake County Winery Association and on the Wine Adventure committee for several years.
B.R. Cohn Winery has appointed Misty Roudebush as director of direct to consumer and marketing for the Sonoma Valley winery. Ms. Roudebush brings extensive winery experience to this new position heading up all direct sales and wine club programs. Previously, she was in charge of member and guest experience at Foley Family Wines’ luxury estates, including the retail teams for Chalk Hill Estate, Lancaster Estate and Roth Estate. She began her career in the wine industry at Chalk Hill in 2005. Earlier, she was associate director of consumer marketing for AT&T.
Bonterra winemaker Robert Blue received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Drinks Business Green Awards 2014, held in London at the Ivy. The award recognizes Mr. Blue for his 25-year commitment to the highest standards of organic viticulture. In addition, Bonterra received a special commendation in the Amorim Sustainability Award for Wine category.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Sonoma County’s largest annual charitable wine event, hired Michael Irvine to the newly created community grant manager position. He will be the primary staff member responsible for Sonoma Wine Country Weekend grant programs, and for managing relationships with the nonprofit community. Mr. Irvine comes to the position with a background in nonprofit work, including positions with EAH Housing in San Rafael, Children’s Cancer Community in Sonoma, and ADESCO and New Horizons El Salvador.
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