Record 103 winners for Journal’s Best Places to Work

A record 103 companies and organizations have earned a spot in the Business Journal's 10th annual Best Places to Work in the North Bay.

The recipients, who will be recognized at an awards reception Sept. 30 and featured in a special section of the publication, include eight 10-time winners and nearly two dozen first-time winners including such prominent North Bay companies as Jackson Family Wines, Raptor Pharmaceuticals, Mike's Bikes, GC Micro and American AgCredit.

'We are over-the-top thrilled with this year's recipients,' said Business Journal Publisher Brad Bollinger. 'The recipients cover a broad range of industries and range from small companies to the region's largest technology company, Keysight Technologies.

'This program started out humbly in 2006 with 24 winners and here we are today with more than 100. And once again, it's not because we made it easier. These winners rose to the challenge with an average employee satisfaction score that was higher than last year.'

The awards are co-presented by founding underwriter Nelson along with underwriters Exchange Bank and Kaiser Permanente.

The 10-time winners are Burr Pilger Mayer, Exchange Bank, First Community Bank, Ghirardo CPA, Kaiser Permanente's Santa Rosa Medical Center and San Rafael Medical Center, Redwood Credit Union and Valley Tire & Brake.

'These are eight very special organizations,' Bollinger said. 'To be selected any year is an achievement. To do so for 10 consecutive years through a brutal recession and years of rapid change is testimony to the enduring strength of these organizations.'

The recipients are selected based on the results of anonymous employee surveys and a review by the Journal editorial staff of worker comments and company applications. More than 7,500 surveys were submitted, and the winning companies represent nearly 16,800 employees.

The winners are, listed alphabetically:

Adobe Associates

All American Containers

American AgCredit

Arrow Benefits Group

AUL Corp.

Bank of Marin

Bank of Napa

Becoming Independent

Best Collateral

BKF Engineers

Boisset Family Estates

Bradley Real Estate

Burr Pilger Mayer

Carlile Macy

The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship

Century 21 North Bay Alliance

Chop's Teen Club


Coast Landscape Management


Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley

Committee on the Shelterless

Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County

Costeaux French Bakery

Council on Aging

Dal Poggetto & Company

DH Wine Compliance

Don Sebastiani & Sons

DriveSavers Data Recovery, eDiscovery and Digital Forensics

EO Products

EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

Exchange Bank

First American Home Buyers Protection

First Community Bank

Friedemann Goldberg

GC Micro

George Petersen Insurance Agency

Ghilotti Bros.

Ghirardo CPA


Health Services Integration

Hennessy Advisors

The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control

Hogan Land Services

Inn Marin and Rickey's Restaurant

Jackson Family Wines

Kaiser Permanente San Rafael Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center


Keysight Technologies


La Tortilla Factory



M.A. Silva USA

Marizco Landscape Management

Mengali Accountancy

Midstate Construction

Mike's Bikes

Moss Adams

Mr. Rooter Plumbing

Nova Group

O'Brien Watters & Davis

O'Reilly Media

Parkpoint Health Clubs


Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz

Petaluma Health Center

Petaluma People Services Center

Pisenti & Brinker CPAs & Advisors

Private Ocean


Quattrocchi Kwok Architects

Raptor Pharmaceuticals

Redwood Credit Union

Redwood Empire Schools Insurance Group

The Republic of Tea

Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce

Santa Rosa Community Health Centers


Scott Technology Group

Sequoia Senior Solutions

Smith Dollar

Social Advocates for Youth


Sonoma County Children's Village

Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit

Sonoma Technology

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Star Staffing

Summit Engineering

Summit State Bank

Terra Firma Global Partners

Valley Tire & Brake of Santa Rosa

Vantreo Insurance Brokerage


Vionic Group

Volt Workforce Solutions

W. Bradley Electric


Woodruff-Sawyer & Co.

World Centric

WRA Environmental Consultants


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