Business Journal names 67 Best Places to Work

NORTH BAY -- The Business Journal has selected a record 67 businesses and organizations as honorees in its sixth-annual Best Places to Work in the North Bay, it was announced today.

The winners were selected by the Business Journal editorial staff from more than 120 nominations based on several criteria, including the results of an anonymous employee survey and a company application that provided information on issues such as diversity, benefits and community involvement.

The companies range in size from 20 employees -- the minimum required -- to 4,500. There were nearly 5,000 responses to the employee survey.

Seven outstanding companies are six-time winners: Burr Pilger Mayer, Exchange Bank, First Community Bank, Ghirado, CPA, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa and San Rafael Medical Centers, Redwood Credit Union and Valley Tire & Brake. The total number of winners was up from 55 in 2010 and include many new participants.

"First, congratulations to the winners and thank you to all the companies that participated in the process over these last several months," said Business Journal Editor and Associate Publisher Brad Bollinger. "What was so clear about our winners is how hard everyone from management to the front line work at maintaining a environment where people feel valued and can thrive even in challenging times like now."

Profiles of the winners will appear in a special publication supplementing the Sept. 26 issue, and winners will be honored at a gala reception Sept. 29 at the Hyatt Hotel in Santa Rosa. For more information, call 707-521-5264.

The winners are listed by employee size and survey score (highest to lowest):20-50 employees

Innovative Business Solutions Inc.

Metier, Ltd

Codding Enterprises

O'Brien Watters & Davis LLP

Smith Dollar PC

Bank of Napa

Accuchex Payroll Management Services

Private Ocean

Quattrocchi Kwok Architects

Friedemann Goldberg LLP

Ghirardo CPA

Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

Burr Pilger Mayer Inc.

Schurter Inc.

Groskopf Warehouse & Logistics

Ledcor Construction

Inn Marin

Heffernan Insurance Brokers

Optio Solutions LLC

Valley Tire & Brake

Summit Engineering Inc.

Carlile Macy

Westminster Woods Camp and Conference Center

TLCD Architecture

Frank Howard Allen Realtors

Vantreo Insurance Brokerage

Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Sonoma County

Cardno ERI

Play-Well TEKnologies

Dal Poggetto & Company LLP

BKF Engineers

Ghilotti Bros. Inc

Marizco Landscape Management Inc.51-100 employees

Golden Living Center -- Petaluma

Moss Adams LLP

Sonoma Technology Inc.

Summit State Bank

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sequoia Senior Solutions

First Community Bank

Costeaux French Bakery, Inc.

Umpqua Bank

Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc

Petaluma People Services Center

Circle Bank

George Petersen Insurance Agency Inc.

Infineon Raceway

Filtration Group Inc.

Coast Landscape Management101-250 employees

Embassy Suites Hotel

Petaluma Health Center

Collotype Labels USA, Inc.

Nova Group Inc.

REACH Air Medical Services

W. Bradley Electric Inc.

Cagwin & Dorward

IDEX Health & Science

Bank of Marin

Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire

La Tortilla Factory251-500 employees

Bradley Real Estate

Redwood Credit Union

Exchange Bank

Becoming Independent1001+ employees

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa & San Rafael Medical Centers

Agilent Technologies

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