Banking and Finance
Summit State Bank hired Peggy Wyman as its new branch manager in Rohnert Park. Ms. Wyman has worked in the banking industry for over 30 years and has lived in Rohnert Park for 28 years. She most recently worked as branch manager in Petaluma for Sonoma Bank. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together Petaluma and serves on numerous other boards.Health Care
Sanovas Inc. appointed Stephen C. Schimpff, M.D., a former University of Maryland Medical Center CEO, as chairman of its scientific advisory board. Dr. Schimpff has more than four decades of experience as a physician and health care administrator. He served as the CEO of the University of Maryland Medical Center, which includes the world's preeminent trauma center and a National Cancer Institute (NCI) - designated cancer center. He was the founding director of the University of Maryland (now Greenebaum) Cancer Center and went on to become the University of Maryland Medical System's executive vice president and chief operating officer.Insurance
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company appointed Leslie Rippley to the position of commercial insurance zone executive for the West.
In this new role, Ms. Rippley will have underwriting responsibility and leadership for Fireman’s Fund’s middle market and small business in the West zone. Ms. Rippley will be based in Fireman’s Fund’s Chicago office. She has experience in underwriting, sales, marketing and claims, and in both personal and commercial insurance lines. Most recently, she served as a regional sales director for Travelers, and held leadership positions at Liberty Mutual and Hartford.Nonprofits
Allen Gummer is stepping down, when his term ends in August, after serving on the Redwood Empire Food Bank’s board of directors for six years. Mr. Gummer will continue to serve a vital role on the REFB’s Capital Campaign Finance Committee. He thanked the board for the opportunity to serve an efficient organization that maximizes efforts to help the greatest number of people.Sports
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Grace Chen has been named director of marketing at the raceway in Sonoma. Ms. Chen will manage and oversee all aspects of marketing, including advertising campaigns around the raceway’s major events. She will also oversee the raceway’s Web-site, social networking and at-event entertainment, as well as developing new and creative ways to market the raceway. Prior to coming to the raceway, Ms. Chen was the Director of Marketing for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings.Wine
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Joseph Phelps Vineyards appointed Will Phelps as sales representative. In this position, he will support National Sales Manager K.K. Dirickson and Regional Sales Manager Jim Phelps with sales and distribution of Joseph Phelps wines in California. He grew up in the Napa Valley and graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in Business Administration. He then traveled to France to work the 2008 harvest at Domaine E. Guigal in the Northern Rhône Valley. Prior to joining Joseph Phelps Vineyards, he successfully completed a harvest internship at Paul Cluver Winery in Elgin Valley, South Africa.
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Londer Vineyards in Anderson Valley announced Eric Stern as its new consulting winemaker. His first crush was at Acacia in Napa Valley. He then worked at Carmenet in Sonoma. In 1989, he began his long tenure at Landmark Vineyards in Windsor.