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Journal announces 2014 Best Places to Work


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    Best Places to Work 2014

    The North Bay Business Journal has selected a record 88 companies for its ninth-annual Best Places to Work.

    “These are exemplary companies,” said Brad Bollinger, publisher of the Business Journal. “Their leaders show us how to establish and maintain workplaces where morale is high and employees are engaged.”

    The 2014 recipients include eight companies returning for their ninth year. “And we are particularly pleased to have nearly 20 new recipients,” said Mr. Bollinger.

    The Journal’s Best Places to Work has become an annual performance benchmark for many companies who use the employee survey data to identify both positives in the workplace and areas to improve, according to Mr. Bollinger. The entire process from nomination to awards takes about six months and includes an anonymous employee survey and other submissions from the companies.

    “People frequently ask how is a company selected as a best place to work,” Mr. Bollinger said. “The answer is: employees choose you.”

     The recipients will be honored  at a gala awards reception Sept. 18 at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa. The winners will be profiled in a September issue.

    The companies are listed below by size category and then by their employee survey score, highest to lowest, with a maximum score of 5.

    15–50 employees

    The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship

    DH Wine Compliance




    O’Brien Watters & Davis

    Edgewood Partners Insurance Cener (EPIC)


    Smith Dollar

    Private Ocean

    PEP Housing (Petaluma Ecumenical Properties)

    Century 21 Classic Properties

    Marizco Landscape Management, Inc

    M.A. Silva USA

    Hogan Land Services

    Scott Technology Group

    Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce

    Midstate Construction Corporation


    TLCD Architecture

    VANTREO Insurance Brokerage

    Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services

    Inn Marin and Rickey’s Restaurant

    Ghilotti Bros.

    Adobe Associates

    Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)

    Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

    Hennessy Advisors

    Chop’s Teen Club

    Friedemann Goldberg


    Bank of Napa

    Ghirardo CPA

    Dal Poggetto & Company

    Mr. Rooter Plumbing 

    Small World Trading Company, makers of EO and Everyone products

    Carlile Macy

    Summit Engineering

    Sonoma County Children’s Village

    Burr Pilger Mayer (BPM)

    Quattrocchi Kwok Architects

    The Republic of Tea

    Star Staffing

    Pisenti & Brinker CPAs & Advisors

    Valley Tire & Brake of Santa Rosa

    51–100 employees


    St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

    George Petersen Insurance Agency

    RE/MAX Full Spectrum

    Sonoma Technology

    Moss Adams

    First Community Bank

    Health Services Integration

    Council on Aging

    Petaluma People Services Center

    Vionic Group

    The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control

    Costeaux French Bakery

    Visiting Angels Senior Homecare

    Don Sebastiani & Sons

    Filtration Group

    Summit State Bank

    101–250 employees

    Golden Living Center Petaluma

    AUL Corp.

    Duckhorn Wine Company

    Nova Group


    Bear Republic Brewing Company



    Petaluma Health Center

    Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County

    Sequoia Senior Solutions Inc.

    Boisset Family Estates

    W. Bradley Electric

    O’Reilly Media

    251–500 employees

    Bradley Real Estate


    Redwood Credit Union

    Exchange Bank

    BKF Engineers

    Sutter Novato Community Hospital

    Bank of Marin

    Becoming Independent

    La Tortilla Factory

    501–1,000 employees

    Wells Fargo

    1,001-plus employees

    Keysight Technologies

    Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael Medical Center

    Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa Medical Center

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