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Sonoma-based V2 Wine Group announced the appointment of wine industry veteran Scott Ericson as its new vice president of sales. Mr. Ericson, who has 25 years of sales and marketing in the wine industry, will oversee all sales functions for V2’s portfolio, including Dry Creek Vineyard, Steelhead Wines and Toad Hollow Vineyard. He will also manage the group’s export business.

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards announced the appointment of Robert Boyd as vice president and chief financial officer. Mr. Boyd will have overall financial responsibility for both of the Phelps family's wineries:  the iconic Joseph Phelps Vineyards in Napa Valley and its Sonoma Coast sibling, Freestone Vineyards. Mr. Boyd replaces retiring CFO David Lockwood

Three Sonoma County wine industry professionals have joined the Sonoma County Vintners Board of Directors for 2011. They  are Jean Arnold, President of Hanzell Vineyards; Corey Beck, Director of Winemaking and General Manager of Francis Ford Coppola Winery; and Caroline Shaw, Chief Communications Officer for Jackson Family Enterprises.

Health Care

Ruth Skidmore, CEO of Northern California Medical Associates, received the Patriot Award from the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The award recognizes employers who support a strong National Guard and Reserve force with policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve.

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Three health care practitioners from the North Bay received national recognition from Kaiser Permanente. Patricia Gahagan is one of 11 individual recipients of the 2010 David Lawrence Community Service Award. Dr. Richard Fleming received the group award for his domestic volunteer work and retired physician Dr. Peter Sherris is working for a program that received recognition for its international service.

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Dentist Dr. Sean Wilson will carry on the practice of Dr. David Etchell, who is retiring. The two practices will merge to Dr. Wilson’s practice at 98 Montgomery Drive in Santa Rosa.

Hospitality and Tourism

The Napa Valley Destination Council announced the appointment of Angelicia de Vere to the position of vice president, direct-to-consumer marketing. She previously worked for Constellation Wines, U.S., managing all aspects of the retail and direct-to-consumer business across ten brands.  In her new position, she will oversee all direct-to-consumer marketing including the website, e-commerce, mobile and social media.