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Pisenti & Brinker LLP recently promoted two staff members to senior associate. Erica Barlas, CPA, is a graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, and has been with the firm since May 2014. Previously she was employed by a firm in Santa Barbara. She specializes in real estate development taxation. Alyssa Foster, CPA, joined the company in January 2014 after being in the banking industry. She is a graduate of Simpson University in Redding. She works primarily in the firm’s assurance services department.
Long Meadow Ranch, Napa-based producer of grapes, wine, olives, olive oil, grass-fed beef and lamb, fruits, vegetables, and eggs, named Brad Groper vice president of sales, leading the wholesale division. Groper began his career, including three decades of distribution management experience, working for his family’s wholesale business, Branded Liquors. He co-founded Italian goods importer Dufour & Co in 1991, and as managing partner established U.S. distribution channels. After the sale of Dufour in 2004, he joined Domaine Select Wine Estates as vice president of sales and worked there 11 years.
Bank of Marin members of its 2015–2016 Marin County advisory board: Norma Howard, business consultant and bank board director; Diet Stroeh, partner of CSW/Stuber-Stroeh and bank director; Laura Bertolli, Bertolli’s Auto Body; Jeff Brusati, T&B Sports; Ronald Clausen, Clausen Law Group; Jack Diego, Diego Bros, Inc.; Stephen Easley, senior vice president and partner, DTZ; Melissa Prandi, president, Prandi Property Management; Dean Moser, HCA Management; John Williams, Sperry Van Ness/Delta Group Realty; Coy Smith, Novato Chamber of Commerce; Mike Flaherty, Flaherty Partners; David Gilmour, former CEO, Paradise Foods; Andrea Schultz, Greenbrae Management; Richard D. Spotswood, attorney.
Douglas M. Kuznik retired as president of Benicia Plumbing, Inc., after 35 years. Suceeding him is Bill Cawley III, son of founding owners Bill and Leeann Cawley. He began working in the shop during weekends and summer vacations as a young boy. Throughout high school and college, he worked as a laborer, fire sprinkler fitter and plumber’s helper. While at Texas A&M, he worked as an assistant field engineer performing building layout and surveying, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in construction management. After several years in construction, he joined Benicia Plumbing as an estimator and project manager. Later, he was promoted to vice president and mentored by Kuznik. In other news, Heidi A. Benjamin was named vice president, treasurer and secretary. She graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and Empire College School of Business’ computerized accounting program. In 2003, she earned a B.A. degree in strategic management and leadership from Dominican University. In 2005, she was hired as Benicia Plumbing controller and in 2009 as corporate secretary and board member.
Glassdoor online employment service named Brad Serwin general counsel. He has decades of legal and operational experience at global organizations, including four public companies, and was most recently senior vice president and deputy general counsel at eBay, Inc.
Camille Applin-Jones, R.N., joined Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center as the new medical group administrator for The Permanente Medical Group. A nurse with clinical and administrative experience, Applin-Jones was most recently an associate medical group administrator in Kaiser Permanente’s Napa–Solano service area. Her professional experience spans over the last 20 years in various inpatient areas, community health clinics, Kaiser Permanente, and the Army. She is a graduate of the Academy of Health Sciences U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston, Texas (R.N.), University of Phoenix (B.S.B.M.) and Frederick Taylor University (MBA).