North Bay Business Journal names Forty Under 40 professionals

Forty Under 40 awards gala

April 20, 4–6:30 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel., Rohnert Park

$65 per person


Forty Under 40 Network:

The North Bay Business Journal has selected the winners of its 10th annual Forty Under 40 awards.

The winners, selected by the Journal editorial staff from more than 125 nominations, were chosen on the basis of their leadership in companies and organizations as well as their participation within the community across the North Bay.

The awards are underwritten by Exchange Bank.

“We were told when we started this award 10 years ago we would not find 40 outstanding professionals under the age of 40,” said Business Journal Publisher Brad Bollinger. “Well, they were correct we didn’t find 40. We have found hundreds. It has been our privilege to recognize these young professionals who will carry the North Bay forward in the decades ahead.”

Winners of the 2016 awards - who join the hundreds of recipients from previous years - will be honored at a gala reception April 20, 4–6:30 p.m., at Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park.

Tickets are available for $65 per person or $675 for a table of 10, including company name on the table. To attend, preregister at

2016 Forty Under 40 winners

(listed alphabetically)

Malia Anderson, owner, Style by Malia, Santa Rosa

Jeff Ballus, owner and chief financial officer, Sift Dessert Bar, Santa Rosa

Kevin Chapin, LEED AP BD+C, architect, Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, Santa Rosa

Gene Davis, sales manager, VinoPro, Santa Rosa

Nick Egan, head of school, The Healdsburg School, Healdsburg

Jamie Emerson-Heery, manager, Burr Pilger Mayer Inc., Santa Rosa

Kirk Faris, senior tax manager, Moss Adams LLP, Santa Rosa

Lilly Fogleman, operations manager, Clear Blue Commercial, Petaluma

Joseph Foppoli, owner and chief operating officer, Christopher Creek Winery and Benevolo Wines, Healdsburg

Aaron Friedman, owner, Signarama, Santa Rosa

Stephanie Friedman, director of consumer sales and marketing, Gary Farrell Winery, Healdsburg

Chris Frost, CEO and owner, West County Net Inc., Santa Rosa

Jose Gomez, M.D., general surgeon, Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center, San Rafael

Christopher Hall, proprietor, Long Meadow Ranch Winery, St. Helena

Nancy Hall Bennett, regional public affairs manager, League of California Cities, North Bay Division, Marin County

George Hamel III, managing director, Hamel Family wines, Sonoma

Beth Huang, assistant vice president for compensation, benefits manager, Exchange Bank, Santa Rosa

Brandon Jewell, director of business development, Sonoma County BEST, Santa Rosa

Steven Knudsen, communications and development coordinator, Sonoma County Farm Bureau, Santa Rosa

Ben Lehr, president, Lehr Insurance Agency Inc., Santa Rosa

Chris Louton, winemaker, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Santa Rosa

Noah Lowry, co-owner, Santa Rosa Ski & Sports, Santa Rosa

Lupita Martinez Cruz, R.N., B.S.N., director of administrative services, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, Santa Rosa

Cameron Mauritson, vineyard manager, Mauritson Farms, Healdsburg

Jennifer McClendon, manager of business development and strategy, Northern California Center for Well-Being, Santa Rosa

Michele McEntee, clinical director, Child Parent Institute, Santa Rosa

Andrew McNeil, principal, Arrow Benefits Group, Petaluma

Michael McNeil, general manager, Chateau St. Jean Winery, Treasury Wine and Estates, Kenwood

Nikki McQuaid, senior pursuit professional, GHD, Santa Rosa

Betty Mullen, assistant vice president and human resource director, Summit State Bank, Santa Rosa

Carli Ortiz, partner, Linkenheimer LLP CPA & Advisors, Santa Rosa

Krystalynn Schlegel, agent and owner, MG Schlegel & Associates Inc., Novato

Tara Sharp, chief marketing officer, Sonic, Santa Rosa

Brian Sosnowchik, Ph.D., senior research and development engineer, Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa

Allison Spitzer, vice president and business banking credit administrator, Bank of Marin, Novato

Javier Tenorio, controller, La Tortilla Factory, Santa Rosa

Luana Vaetoe, CEO, Becoming Independent, Santa Rosa

Mayra Vega, director of client services, St. Helena Hospital (Adventist Health), Deer Park

Ben Wade, director of the oncology service line, St. Joseph Health, Santa Rosa

Brent Young, vineyard and ranch manager, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Healdsburg

Forty Under 40 awards gala

April 20, 4–6:30 p.m.

Doubletree Hotel., Rohnert Park

$65 per person


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