Meet the North Bay Business Journal's Forty Under 40 professionals
All of us at the Business Journal
want to extend our congratulations to the 10th annual Forty Under 40 recipients.
These 40 individuals were selected by the Business Journal editorial staff from more than 120 nominations. They were chosen on the basis of their leadership in companies and organizations as well as their participation in their communities. “Over the ten years this award has existed, hundreds of young, exceptional professionals have been recognized,” said Business Journal
Publisher Brad Bollinger. “It is our sincere hope that these awards support and encourage excellence.”
The recipients were honored at an awards reception April 20. -Brad Bollinger, Business Journal Publisher
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER | 38
Style by Malia, Santa Rosa
Running a small business involves a long list of tasks for Malia Anderson, who sees herself as a driven woman engaged in a career most would consider as a hobby or leisure activity.
“I turned something where I excel into a thriving community business.”
Greatest accomplishment: Being the 2014 Spirit of Sonoma winner.
Greatest challenge: Trying to do it all, but learning I had to outsource marketing, PR, accounting, legal and advertising tasks to experts to have time to do what I love.
Best advice received: From Renee Mengali: “You're the owner. You decide your level of success, and you decide how large or small your business is.”
Mentor/admired businessperson: My granny had her own business all her life. She taught me the meaning of hard work and how to love what I do, even when I don't think I can do it.
Community activities: Serving on the board of the North Bay Black Chamber of Commerce and Legal Aid Society of Sonoma County, and working with students of RAMS, RUP and American Heart Association for Go Red for Women.
First job: Making $10 a week filing attendance forms in second grade after school.
Best place to work outside your office: Any place I can shop.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER | 38
Sift Dessert Bar, Santa Rosa
The virtual sweet spot in Jeff Ballus' daily worklife is treating people with respect, being fair and facing anything in life with a positive attitude.
“I believe following these principles greatly increase my chances of success in anything I do.”
Hated industry buzzword: Sweet.
Greatest professional accomplishment: Securing funding for Sift's last growth phase.
Greatest challenge: Measuring and monitoring business performance.
Best advice received: “If you say you are going to do something, do it!”
Key recent event: Being selected to be on the Inc. 5,000 fastest-growing private companies list in 2015.
Sustaining your organization and morale: Constantly innovating, staying engaged, listening to our customers and keeping things fresh - along with launching a customer-rewards program.
Best place to work outside the office: At any of our locations. I love connecting with our team members whenever possible.
Favorite book: Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works.
What parents brag most about you: They always talk about how amazing my wife is. I guess I am a success!
ARCHITECT | 36
Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, Santa Rosa
Managing the design of multimillion-dollar K-12 school projects in the greater Bay Area keeps Kevin Chapin focused on improving the world of education.
“My wife is a high school teacher, and my personal and professional interests are combined by working to improve kids' learning experiences through school designs and community service.”
Greatest accomplishment: Designing the new 77,000-square-foot, $34 million Bella Vista Elementary School in San Ramon, built on a small site with a lot of elevation changes requiring a heightened sense of precision and design creativity.
Best advice received: The easiest client to get is the one you already have. Nurture your clients for long-term mutual benefit.
Key recent event: Gaining school board approval of the $100 million-plus master plan for Sonoma Valley High School.
Community activities: I'm an active member of the Active 20-30 Club, whose goal is bettering the lives of under-privileged kids.
Last vacation: At Lassen National Park with our two young twins.
Hated industry buzzword: Greenwashing.
What parents brag most about you: It used to be my work ethic, but now they brag about their grandkids.
SALES MANAGER | 31
VinoPro, Santa Rosa
When not creating a work atmosphere that is fun and energetic, Gene Davis increases revenue or decreases costs - along with hiring, training, monitoring and overseeing the sales floor, food and wine pairings, setting sales goals and signing up wineries.
“I believe a rising tide floats all boats, and helping everyone around you will end up helping you.”