November 4, 2013
Tina Laviolette joined Mechanics Bank’s new north Napa office, serving as the financial services manager. …
John Stayton joins the leadership team at Sonoma State’s School of Business and Economics as executive director of graduate and executive education. …
Fairfield-based Partnership HealthPlan of California announced that Margaret Kisluik has been named northern region executive director. …
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company appointed Jay Dipasupil as vice president of professional liability. …
October 14, 2013
ROHNERT PARK — Graduate-level business education is growing in popularity and prominence at Sonoma State University, prompting leaders there to organize those programs under a single unit headed by a well-known innovator in graduate education from San Rafael’s Dominican University of California.
October 7, 2013
Dan Condron is vice president for university affairs at Sonoma State University. He discusses the impact of the newly built Green Music Center.
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center was opened on Sept. 29, 2012.
September 30, 2013
With thousands of new homes on track to built and with the attention-getting Green Music Center and Graton Rancheria casino on opposite sides of the city, Rohnert Park is poised to be at the center of Sonoma County housing, cultural and entertainment development for years to come.
The city’s future, along with the release of the inaugural Business Journal-Summit State Bank countywide Business Climate Survey and a report on the expansion of the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, will be the focus at the Business Journal’s annual Impact Sonoma Conference from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center.
September 9, 2013
Kathi Metro has joined Bank of Napa as executive vice president and chief credit officer. …
United Mechanical Incorporated announced Shannon Rund has joined its team as an account manager serving the North Bay, greater San Francisco and East Bay. …
The Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County’s Board of Directors announced two new members: Santa Rosa Police Department Captain Craig Schwartz and David Garcia. …
Marin General Hospital appointed Linda Lang as chief human resources officer, replacing Theresa Gianfortune, who retired. …
The Northern California Health Care Authority, a regional joint powers agency, appointed Kurt Hahn interim executive director. …
John Lowry announced his candidacy for the California Assembly in the North Coast’s second district, a seat currently held by Wesley Chesbro. …
Joining Frank Howard Allen Realtors in Sebastopol were Geoffrey Apple, Linda Sundheim, Jeanne Woods and Teresa Clark. …
Alex Ryan of Duckhorn Wine Company, Ning Zhang of Purlieu Wines, and Erle Martin of Crimson Wine Group, joined Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute Board of Directors. …
St. Francis Winery & Vineyards added winemaker Chris Louton plus Barbara Hawkins as new tasting room operations manager, Kelley Mingram as event coordinator and Erica Petersen as senior marketing specialist. …
Dana Estates appointed Jason Heller as national sales manager and Vanessa Conlin as sales and hospitality manager. …
Benovia Winery named Jen Walsh as its new assistant winemaker. …
August 26, 2013
Napa County increasingly draws a workforce from outside of the county, particularly in the wine and hospitality industries, while most people who live there work in a neighboring county, according to a new study.
August 26, 2013
Touro University on Vallejo’s Mare Island opened a newly renovated library and pharmacy teaching facility to students this fall semester, the latest in a series of property improvements made to the historic, 44-acre cluster of 23 former U.S. Navy facilities since the nonprofit private university first opened a campus there in 1999.
July 1, 2013
Bear Republic Brewing Company is taking part in a new food donation initiative started by North Bay beef ranchers, the Range to Table donation program. …
Culinary Institute of America launched a new program that allows students to study farm-to-table cuisine with chef Larry Forgione at CIA at Greystone in St. Helena. …
Sausalito’s Sanovas, Inc., a developer of micro invasive surgical solutions for the Interventional Pulmonary Science, announced that it has entered into a patent license and joint development agreement with Mayo Clinic to commercialize a significant innovation in the emerging science of bronchial smooth muscle modification. …
A $5 million historic sailing brigantine currently under construction in Sausalito has officially entered the process of earning Forest Stewardship Council project certification to demonstrate that it will be constructed from timber produced with responsible forestry practices. …
Sonoma State University met with Sun Yebao, mayor of Penglai, China, to announce an academic partnership between Sonoma State and the University of Jinan, Quancheng Institute. …
Like the Old Vine (Kao Stara Loza), a documentary about the life of Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, a Vintners Hall of Fame inductee and owner of Rutherford-based Grgich Hills Estate, won the Grand Jury’s Special Award at the 20th annual Oenovideo International Grape & Wine Film Festival. …
June 10, 2013
ROHNERT PARK — With a hope of attracting and supporting entrepreneurially minded students both inside and outside of the School of Business and Economics, a newly formed “Entrepreneurship Society” at Sonoma State University is among the school’s latest efforts to broaden its role in cultivating cross-disciplinary connections between current and future entrepreneurs.
May 13, 2013
ROHNERT PARK — Efforts continue to secure full funding for constructing an outdoor pavilion at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center, one of a number of construction projects at the school that include a new student center that is nearing completion, according to the university.
May 6, 2013
Offered for the first time this year, the eight-course Wine Industry Finance and Accounting certificate program takes many of the financial skills taught in Sonoma State’s full-blown wine business degree programs and breaks those topics out for focused instruction to a non-student audience.
May 6, 2013
NORTH BAY — At a time of reduced state funding for public education in California, some of the North Bay’s largest and most influential employers are launching and supporting initiatives that seek to bolster programs for students from elementary school through the college level.
May 6, 2013
Gary Heck, owner and president of Korbel Champagne Cellars and Kenwood Vineyards, became an honorary inductee of the Sonoma State University chapter of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society last month. …
Amid the rising popularity of a for-credit “Banking and Finance Academy” program operated in partnership with Santa Rosa City Schools, Redwood Credit Union recent took part in a new “Bite of Reality” financial literacy program in San Rafael. …
Dominican University’s Venture Greenhouse incubator and accelerator program will host a “Marinnovation” showcase for innovators and entrepreneurs from Marin County on May 15, with Netflix co-founder and Mill Valley resident Mitch Lowe as keynote. …
On May 10, College of Marin will host a celebration for its recently opened Science, Math and Nursing building at the school’s Kentfield Campus, featuring a lecture by alumnus Adam Steltzner from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Mars Rover “Curiosity” expedition. …
Stephen Olson, long-time agriculture instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College and a major force behind the college’s Shone Farm programs, has been selected to receive one of the school’s highest honors for staff, the President’s Medallion of Honor. …
April 15, 2013
Matthew Taylor recently joined Sonoma Bank’s commercial banking office, located at 801 Fourth St. in Santa Rosa, as a commercial banker. …
The U.S. Green Building Council Redwood Empire chapter announced the election of nine new members to its board of directors. …
Armand Gilinsky, professor in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, was named as one of two recipients of the Bernie and Estelle Goldstein Award for Excellence in Scholarship. …
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County added James Conners and Kimberly Baldwin to its resource development team. …
W3 Partners, a San Rafael-based real estate investment operating company, named Peter Mette managing partner. …
March 25, 2013
ROHNERT PARK — The North Bay iHub and the Sonoma Mountain Business Cluster are each on the verge of a significant evolutionary step, transitioning from a focus on high-tech startups to the promotion of innovative companies and nonprofits across a broad variety of industries in the North Bay, according to leaders coordinating those efforts.
March 25, 2013
NORTH BAY — Graduates of North Bay colleges are increasingly bracing to enter a job market that often thinks in terms of projects instead of long-term payroll, finding success by adopting the sensibilities of an entrepreneurial self advocate, educators said.
March 4, 2013
ROHNERT PARK — In his annual economic forecast at the Sonoma State University Economic Outlook Conference, Dr. Robert Eyler, director of the university’s Center for Regional Economic Analysis, said that the six North Bay counties of Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Mendocino and Lake could expect “broad growth” across various sectors through 2014.
February 27, 2013
ROHNERT PARK — Opening the 2013 Economic Outlook Conference at Sonoma State University’s Green Music Center on Wednesday, Sandy Weill, former chairman and top executive of Citigroup and a major donor to the project, pointed to the upper seats of the concert hall that his contributions had helped to complete.
February 21, 2013
Monday–Tuesday, March 18–19, 2013, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. This two-day seminar is targeted to wine company principals, senior leadership and their advisers. It will concentrate on what drives value growth and how that is accomplished in today’s ultra-competitive wine industry.
February 13, 2013
ROHNERT PARK — Mark Nelson, former president and chief operating officer of the Nelson Family of Companies, has been selected for a newly created “entrepreneur-in-residence” position at the Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics, according to an announcement today.
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