Banking & Finance

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Krystalynn Schlegel, a sales associate with M.G. Schlegel and Associates in Novato, earned the Charter Financial Consultant professional designation from The American Collge, Bryn Mawr.

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Business Organizations

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Margo Warnecke Merck will be honored today as the Sonoma County Housing Coalition’s 2010 Housing Hero at its annual Affordable Housing Week breakfast. Ms. Merck is an advocate for special needs housing throughout Sonoma County who authored landmark legislation to create a reasonable accommodation ordinance.

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Marketing

Brett Van Emst joined marketing agency Benson’s Napa office as account executive. Previously senior project manager at Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, Mr. Van Emst ran campaigns for RadioShack, Priceline.com and others.

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Wine

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Healdsburg-based Ascentia Wine Estates created a national sales and marketing team led by Todd DeVincenzi, chief sales and marketing officer. Before joining Ascentia Wine Estates, Mr. DeVincenzi managed the national sales team for C. Mondavi & Sons and also worked with Allied Domecq and Beam Wine Estates. Ascentia Wine Estates includes Atlas Peak, Buena Vista Carneros, Columbia Winery, Covey Run, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery, Geyser Peak Winery, Ste. Chapelle and XYZin.

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Grant Hermann was promoted to winemaker at Bennett Lane Winery near Calistoga. Mr. Hermann first joined Bennett Lane in 2005 as cellar master.

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Robert Bath was appointed by the Accelerated Wine and Beverage Certificate Program to teach advanced wine courses in the accredited 30-week program at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in Napa. Mr. Bath writes for Sante magazine and the Sommelier Journal and is a frequent speaker at wine festivals around the world.

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Longtime Napa grower Ron Wicker received the 2010 Grower of the Year award from the Napa Valley Grapegrowers.

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