Banking & Finance

James Wright was appointed vice president, senior relationship manager of Mechanics Bank in St. Helena. Most recently Mr. Wright was executive vice president and regional manager for Charter Oak Bank in St. Helena, an office he opened and managed for three years.

Business Organizations

The Napa Valley Destination Council hired Catherine Heywood as office manager and Jessica Trujillo as marketing coordinator.  The new NVDC offices are located at 1001 Second St. in Napa.

Sonoma State University business professor Armand Gilinsky along with Noorein Inamdar of San Jose State University won a 2010 Best Case Award from the North American Case Research Association for their case, “Good Hotel: Doing Good, Doing Well?” The case described the implementation of strategic corporate social responsibility at Good Hotel in San Francisco.

Business & Professional Services

Olivia Perreault is a new business partner at Mill Valley-based ACTive Business Systems, a CRM technology consulting firm. Ms. Perreault was operations manager for Strategic Marketing Solutions in Mill Valley.


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Landscape architect Michael Cook has become one of three Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditors in Sonoma County.  Additionally, Mr. Cook has become a partner with the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program, a program developed to promote water conservation.


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Napa attorney Charles Gravett completed a mediation training class offered by Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.

Nonprofit Organizations

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Anjana Utarid was named executive director of The Children's Village of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa. Ms. Utarid is the former chief operating officer of the Village.

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Ali Pourghadir, senior accountant at Beels Soper LLP, joined the board of directors of Mentor Me Petaluma. Mr. Pourghadir has more than five years of public accounting experience.

Medtronic employee Mark Dolan and his wife Thea Dolan were named 2010 Philanthropists of the Year by United Way of the Wine Country.


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HumanConcepts, a Sausalito provider of work force decision support solutions, appointed Chris Staskus vice president of global sales. He was most recently vice president of sales for CrownPeak and has held sales management positions with Vendavo, Clarify and Sybase.

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