Business Organizations

The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce hired Gina Marr as business development representative. Ms. Marr currently also works part time with the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau as partnership marketing coordinator. Drake High School senior Stephanie Bullard joined the chamber staff during the next 6 weeks as an intern.

Anita Hawkes is the first woman to lead the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce as president and chief executive officer. Ms. Hawkes was the 136-year-old organization's interim head.

Business Services

Willis Johnson, founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Fairfield-based Copart Inc., a provider of auto auctions, will relinquish the CEO role to A. Jayson Adair, Copart’s current president.


Rob Henley launched Henley Architects & Associates based in Vacaville. Mr. Henley was most recently principal at TLCD Architecture for 11 years, working almost exclusively on Solano County projects. His entire career spans 35 years in architecture, and he is a LEED accredited professional.


[caption id="attachment_18879" align="alignright" width="108" caption="Steve Johnston"][/caption]

Steve Johnston is the new veteran workforce specialist for the Economic Development Department in Santa Rosa, serving as a capacity builder of other service providers, advocate for veterans employment and training, and marketer of EDD veteran programs to employers.


[caption id="attachment_18878" align="alignleft" width="108" caption="Frank Bailey"][/caption]

Santa Rosa attorney Frank Bailey III earned the certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate law accreditation, the highest level of experience recognized by the State Bar of California for this field of law. He is also a certified specialist in taxation law.



.Nonprofit & Community Organizations

[caption id="attachment_18876" align="alignright" width="108" caption="Jennifer Freitas"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_18877" align="alignright" width="108" caption="Madeleine O'Connell"][/caption]

Madeleine Keegan O'Connell of Sonoma Bank was named "Volunteer of the Year" by the Salvation Army in Santa Rosa. The Salvation Army also recently rehired Jennifer Freitas as director of tutoring and mentoring and volunteer services coordinator.



[caption id="attachment_18875" align="alignleft" width="97" caption="Yvonne Roberts"][/caption]

[caption id="attachment_18874" align="alignleft" width="108" caption="Lynne Bender"][/caption]

San Rafael-based Whistlestop appointed  Yvonne Roberts as development and marketing director and Lynne Bender as human resources manager. Whistlestop provides comprehensive and integrated services and activities for older adults and individuals with disabilities.


..Real Estate

Daniel Mayer joined the Sebastopol office of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a sales associate.


Sanjeev Kumar joined solar microinverter systems maker Enphase Energy in Petaluma as chief financial officer. Mr. Kumar brings more than 15 years of experience in global energy markets.


Henry Hansel of the Hansel Auto Group in Santa Rosa was one of 45 nominees for Time Magazine’s Dealer of the Year national award.

Send People items to the North Bay Business Journal, Attn: Business Register, 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401; fax 707-521-5292; or e-mail news@busjrnl.com.