10 debut on North Bay’s Best Places to Work

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Ten Best Places to Work award-winners appeared for the first time in the 2016 survey.

These companies include a diverse array of North Bay firms representing business categories that have not been seen among award nominations in the past, as well as traditional enterprises making their initial appearance on the list starting this year.

The newcomers adding depth and breadth to the mix include:

• An organic grocery that also markets conventional fare comprising more than 3,000 items from 300 local farms and producers in Sonoma County.

• A professional practice focusing on mental health issues and counseling.

• An iconic lumber company that first opened its doors almost a century and a half ago.

• A private jet charter and management services firm with a nationwide footprint of some 40 bases and a flight crew of 400.

• An ergonomic office products designer and manufacturer with a catalog of solutions for creating a health work environment.

• A high-technology networking firm focusing on telecommunications and data communications.

The traditional business category features a pair of specialized law firms — one focusing on real estate law and the other on the wine industry — along with two nonprofit organizations — one helping women victims of domestic violence and another providing a home, a high school, personal growth and career guidance for at-risk teenage boys.

Collectively, all ten entities add to the rich economic fabric and business culture of the region and provide services in high demand today.

In terms of longevity, the youngest firm is seven years old and was founded in 2009, while the oldest is 141 years young and dates back to 1875.

The century and a quarter between the launch dates of these two businesses has seen dynamic and forward-looking changes in terms of how enterprises were, and are operated, the technologies that they embody and the products and services offered.

One common denominator has not changed – People are still a very necessary ingredient needed to own, manage and staff these firms, attract customers and service clients, calling for human relations skills that are still practiced today.

The following profiles briefly describe each new winner. More detailed information provided in the section devoted to all 98 winners this year.

Beyers Costin Simon PC (started in 1974 and employing 30) has built a reputation as one of the top real estate and business law firms in the North Bay.

Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty (1965, 50 employees) is a full service law firm with experience serving the wine industry with offices in Napa and Sonoma Counties.

Hanna Boys Center (1945, 105 FTE employees) offers hope for struggling youth at a residential treatment center with an on-campus accredited high school serving boys in grades 8-12.

Healdsburg Lumber Company (1875, 78 employees) has been a trusted consultant and supplier for landscaping, construction, remodeling and home improvement needs for 141 years.

Oliver’s Markets (1988, 950 full and part-time employees) are locally owned and operated grocery stores carrying 6,000 fresh, natural, organic and conventional Sonoma County products.

PsychStrategies, Inc. (1994, 36 employees) delivers a wide range of psychological services to Sonoma County residents including individual therapy, couples counseling, and family counseling.

Solairus Aviation (2009, 84 employees) specializes in aviation asset management and optimization solutions, and offers private jet charter flight services at 40 U.S. locations.

Top Speed Data (2002, 15 employees), provides telecom project management and network design services for GPS, MPLS, Internet, wireline, wireless, VoIP, WAN and video conferencing.

Workrite Ergonomics (1991, 98 employees), is an internationally-recognized leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative ergonomic office products for the workplace.

YWCA Sonoma County (1975, 25 employees) provides safe places for women and girls, along with crisis intervention, childcare, health and fitness support, job training and career counseling.

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