August 12, 2013
SONOMA — Nelson Family of Companies on Monday said Donna Farrugia, who led a creative and marketing talent agency with three Bay Area offices, will be the staffing-services group’s new chief executive officer.
Ms. Farrugia, most recently executive director of Robert Half International’s The Creative Group, has more than 30 years of experience in marketing, business development and management. Effective Sept. 9, she will focus on keeping Nelson (nelsonhr.com) at the forefront of an ever-expanding staffing and compliance market, according to the company.
August 12, 2013
Richard Reid is Marin General Hospital’s affiliate chief financial officer for Sonoma Valley Hospital and Palm Drive Hospital.
July 22, 2013
NAPA — Free Flow Wines is quadrupling the size of its keg-filling operation in a move to southern Napa Valley to keep up with demand for providing wine to on-premise accounts in a format that allows for more sales and less waste.
June 24, 2013
Terin Ignozzi is owner and winemaker of Bryter Estates near Sonoma.
June 11, 2013
SONOMA — Sonoma-based luxury lodging management company BeautifulPlaces acquired McLaughlin Anderson Luxury Villas, a 28-year-old U.S. Virgin Islands vacation rental company.
June 10, 2013
The following citizens were honored at the annual Napa Valley Community Awards in late May. …
Scott Newman, administration manager at Smith Ranch Homes Homeowners’ Association in San Rafael, recently earned the professional community association manager credential from Community Associations Institute. …
Star Staffing hired Steffanie Chaviano and Mary Ann Mancuso for its Napa office. …
Don Sebastiani & Sons promoted Tom Hawkins to chief financial officer and general manager. …
June 3, 2013
First Northern Community Bancorp, the holding company for First Northern Bank, announced that John Carbahal was elected to a three-year term as chairman and Foy McNaughton was elected to a one-year term as vice chairman. …
Sonoma Bank recently hired Linda Sims as a treasury management sales consultant at its Walnut Creek SBA and Loan office. …
Sonoma Bank also hired Jon Daco as a sales manager and loan officer at its Walnut Creek Home Loan Division. …
Codding Investments board of directors appointed Eric Reid to serve as the company’s chief financial officer. …
Creative Counseling for Elders and Families, Inc. announced the addition of Kira Reginato, therapeutic care manager, to its staff. …
The Olive Press in Sonoma hired Chris Gilmore as its new production manager. …
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company appointed Erik W. Matson to the position of commercial insurance field executive. …
Susie Bynum, national sales manager for Ehret Family Winery, was re-elected to a third term as chairman of The Meritage Alliance at the group’s annual meeting in May. …
May 13, 2013
Diana Brennan, who has worked in Sonoma Raceway media relations since 1999, was promoted from director to senior director of media and community relations. …
Altus Equity Group in Santa Rosa hired Kristy Brooks as operations manager. …
Kyle Young is the newest agent of commercial real estate brokerage Keegan & Coppin Company, Inc./ONCOR International’s Santa Rosa office….
Novato-based Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical, Inc., appointed Eric Yuen, MD, chief medical officer and senior vice president. …
Marla Carroll was named winemaker at Franciscan Estate Winery in St. Helena. …
April 15, 2013
SONOMA — Food products co-packer MPK Sonoma Corp. shut down at the end of February after a customer that made up 95 percent of revenue took production in-house in March.
April 5, 2013
SONOMA — The Cline family who make two Sonoma Valley wine brands purchased The Olive Press, an olive mill that produces gourmet oil, food and personal-care products from olives.
The business has its mill and a tasting room in Sonoma and a tasting room at Oxbow Public Market in Napa.
March 11, 2013
The two largest wine label printing companies in the North Coast have been expanding through acquisition, organic growth and equipment upgrades in the past year and a half as sales of wine bottles have been accelerating.
December 17, 2012
The Business Journal honored 14 building projects last Thursday at its seventh annual Top Real Estate Projects Awards reception. The event allowed us to pause for a moment during this busy time of year to consider the accomplishments of the organizations, architects, designers, builders and others behind these significant projects.
December 10, 2012
Sonoma-based wine company Don Sebastiani & Sons upgraded its south Napa winery, now called Steelbird Cellars after birds that populate the area, with new bottling capabilities, high-tech treatment of water to reduce chemicals used, energy-efficient lighting and “showcase” offices and client reception area. …
Fresh off the dissolution of the Mendocino Wine & Winegrape Commission this summer, the new marketing organization, Mendocino Winegrowers, has partnered with Amazon.com to sell more than 500 wines from the county’s appellations in the large online retailer’s second attempt at wine-to-consumer sales. …
Nearly three years after expanding from franchisees of two Napa UPS Store locations into owner-operators of a wine order fulfillment business in south Napa, Bill and Patti Myers are expanding Eagle Rock Fulfillment for the fourth time. …
Wine Direct to Trade is St. Helena-based company started by two veterans of wine direct sales, marketing and wholesaling are trying to create an Internet-based platform to simplify the process of selling wine to trade accounts. …
Sonoma County Vintners hired Dana Macaulay as director of events. She will be managing the 200-member trade group’s U.S. and international events such as Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, a joint production with Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance. …
Seguin Moreau Napa Cooperage hired Marion Ghiringhelli for a new position in North American sales and marketing of the company’s rapidly expanding oak-alternatives business. …
Novato-based wine accessories developer and distributor Cork Pops, which came up with the eponymous product for opening wine corks two decades ago and the vinOair bottle spout-aerator more recently, just released vinOice, a drip-resistant spout designed to chill a bottle of white or sparkling wine to an optimum temperature and keep it that way for up to an hour.
November 12, 2012
SONOMA VALLEY — Nearly five years after taking over cash-strapped Viansa Winery & Marketplace in Sonoma Valley, a New York-based hedge fund is considering a buyout offer from a former executive who quickly returned Viansa to profitably and has been running it since.
November 5, 2012
Recently I was invited to present at an event called LocalMade at the San Francisco headquarters of Gensler, the second largest architectural firm in the U.S. The goal was to introduce some of the principals’ favorite Bay Area artisans to their staff and also to network Gensler’s internationally known architects and interior designers with other San Francisco designers. It was an especially rich networking event because quality and innovation were requirements for participation.
November 1, 2012
Florida-based Halifax Media Group has agreed to sell the Press Democrat, North Bay Business Journal and Petaluma Argus-Courier to a group of local investors lead by Sonoma Media Investments, LLC, which purchased the Sonoma Index-Tribune earlier this year.
October 22, 2012
Assemblymember Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, honored students from Sun Valley Elementary School for their successful effort to urge the makers of felt-tip markers to develop a recycling program for their products.
The Chiligods, a chili sauce company based in Healdsburg, received one of the highest honors — “double gold” — at this year’s Sonoma County Harvest Fair.
ET Water Systems, Inc., a Novato-based “smart” irrigation management systems developer, significantly upgraded its award-winning ETwater Manager web-based system to accommodate rain forecasts.
NonProfitEasy, a technology startup and winner of the North Bay Business Plan Competition, announced a Series A equity funding commitment.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Envolve Winery in Sonoma will be promoting their campaign “Real Men Drink Pink” to help raise awareness and funds.
October 17, 2012
Nearly two dozen North Bay restaurants were named to the “Bib Gourmand” list, a highly sought-after designation among lower-priced gourmet restaurateurs, according to The Michelin Guide, which also awards the more famous Michelin stars.
August 13, 2012
Chief financial officer, The Other Guys, Inc., Sonoma. “Aside from providing strategic and financial direction to senior management a financial leader needs to be engaged in all levels of your business to ensure continuity and consistency throughout the organization to achieve success.”
August 8, 2012
SONOMA — Small-scale custom vintner Crushpad has new owners, who are busy trying to find a place to crush grapes for a few hundred hobbyist and commercial winemakers as harvest approaches.
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