The Business Journal recognized 12 recipients of its second annual North Bay Facilities Managers Recognition Awards.

The awards ceremony in late June was intended to recognize the people who work behind the scenes to make their organizations run smoothly.

"The work they do -- and the occasional miracle they perform -- are critical to a successful organization," said Business Journal Editor and Publisher Brad Bollinger. "And their work very often goes unrecognized publicly -- until now."

The 12 recipients from wine, high-tech, commercial real estate, heavy manufacturing, finance, food processing and higher education were selected by the Journal editorial staff from nominations solicited in spring.

Read about winners this year by clicking on the links below:Michael Adams, Mendocino College, UkiahTammy Atwood, Oculus Innovative Sciences, PetalumaBrian Baker, Codding Investments, Rohnert ParkGuy Byrne, Leslie Rudd Investment Co., NapaLeonard Diggs, Santa Rosa Junior College Shone Farm, ForestvilleAtanas Draganski, Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, SebastopolMike Enochs, Nova Group, NapaJolene Graniss, Bank of Marin, NovatoSteve Howard, Redwood Credit Union, Santa RosaLloyd Martin, Schramsberg Vineyards, CalistogaCarolyn Pistone, Green Key Commercial, PetalumaRandy Storrs, Redwood Toxicology Laboratory, Santa Rosa

The awards are underwritten by Trope Group, TLCD Architecture and Scott Technology Group.On the importance of outstanding facilities management

Christina Pratt, co-owner and president of Trope Group at the June 28 Facilities Managers Recognition Awards luncheon:

I would first like to thank the North Bay Business Journal for creating this event and for the wisdom to recognize the efforts of those in the facilities management profession, which have an enormous impact on the organizations they serve. [read more]