Business Organizations

The Association of Fundraising Professionals Wine Country Chapter in Windsor will recognize Ivan Chang as Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy and Bob Burke (posthumously) as Outstanding Individual or Family Philanthropist at its National Philanthropy Day luncheon.

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The Santa Rosa Chamber appointed Cassie Johnson manager of its new Advocacy Council.  Ms. Johnson will be implementing the chamber’s public policy program on behalf of the council.

Hospitality & Tourism

Cindy Pawlcyn, owner and founder of Mustards Grill in Napa among other North Bay restaurants, was selected by the Monterey Bay Aquarium to oversee its self-service cafe, full-service restaurant and private event catering.

The Napa Valley Destination Council appointed Allison Lane Simpson vice president of communications. Ms. Simpson previously held public relations and corporate communications positions at Beringer Vineyards and Foster’s Wine Estates, and she most recently owned Leap Forward Communications, a St. Helena-based communications consulting company.


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Jenee Menconi was hired as an account executive with the North Bay Business Journal in Santa Rosa. Ms. Menconi is a recent graduate of the Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics. The Business Journal also hired Mario Pometta, formerly with the Bay Guardian and the SF Chronicle, as an account  executive.


Agustin Huneeus, owner of the Quintessa estate in Rutherford, was honored by Chilean President Sebastian Pinera with a medal and the title of “Grand Official” for meritorious service to the Republic of Chile, recognizing his efforts to promote Chile and its wine industry on an international level.

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