Assemblymember Jared Huffman will present his January Sustainable North Bay Award to Brayton Purcell LLP in recognition of its environmentally responsible business practices. For more than a decade, Brayton Purcell has been striving to minimize its impact on the environment. The firm has demonstrated this commitment to conservation and sustainability by progressively introducing business practices in their facility to reduce its carbon footprint. Some of these green improvements include rooftop solar arrays, extensive paper and E-waste recycling methods, energy-efficient lighting, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and reduced landscaping irrigation. Brayton Purcell also gives back to the community through its extensive philanthropy. It is a strong supporter of local charities like the Bay Institute, Legal Aid of Marin, Marin Humane Society, Novato Human Needs Center, and the North Bay Children’s Center.Marketing
The newly formed Professional Services Marking Group-North Bay (PSMG-North Bay) has launched its website and is continuing to provide educational programs for marketers of professional services companies. The group, established in July 2011, is comprised of North Bay-based marketing professionals focusing on raising the quality of their work. It is the brainchild of founders Ted Grafe, market manager at Burr Pilger Mayer; Melinda Hepp, account supervisor at Blattel Communications; and Tiffani Montgomery, marketing coordinator for Smith Dollar. PSMG-North Bay aims to bring together a highly capable but under-serviced group of North Bay marketing professionals. Industries include: legal, AEC, financial, accounting, insurance, business consulting and other related businesses. PSMG-North Bay has experienced rapid growth since its inaugural meeting in July 2011. Mr. Grafe, Ms. Hepp and Ms. Montgomery established a leadership committee, which includes Jenna Loceff of Friedemann Goldberg LLP, Chris Denny, president of creative strategy at The Engine is Red, Elaina Hunt, director of marketing for Summit State Bank, and Amy Schaus, marketing director for Quattrocchi Kwok Architects. The next program will be in March and will cover the creative process of an advertising campaign. For more information on membership and programming, visit www.psmgnorthbay.com.Hospitality and Tourism
The spa travel website Spas of America recently announced its annual ranking of the Top 100 Spas of 2011. This list was based on consumer behavior from its website. The website, featuring more than 800 spas from around the world, ranked Napa's The Meritage Resort’s Spa Terra as number 39 globally and number 8 in California. The Top 100 Spas of 2011 includes 67 spas in the U.S., 30 spas in Canada, and one spa each from Mexico, Costa Rica and Italy. The spa, located in the 22,000 square foot Estate Cave behind The Meritage Resort and under nine acres of private vineyards, recently expanded to include 12 treatment rooms, including four couples’ rooms.Museums
The Children's Museum of Sonoma County has been awarded a $10,000 grant by Wells Fargo. The gift will be applied towards the capital campaign for “A Place to Wonder,” which seeks to raise funds for indoor exhibits for the new museum. The exhibits will focus on science, nature and the arts. The museum is undergoing a multi-year campaign to raise $1.8 million to finish the indoor exhibits and building upgrades to their site, located at 1835 West Steele Lane in Santa Rosa, adjacent to the Charles M. Schulz Museum . The museum also recently received a grant from California Parks and Recreation for outdoor exhibits and improvements on the four-acre lot. The museum is slated to open in late 2013.