Stories of North Bay’s Forty Under 40 outstanding young professionals in 2017

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Read profiles of the 11th annual Forty Under 40 award-winners, representing some of the leaders in a variety of North Bay industries.

Below are the 2017 winners as well as a list of young professionals to watch.


Listed alphabetically.

  1. Jeffery Allen, CPA, chief financial officer, Labcon North America, Petaluma
  2. Richie Allen, director of viticulture and winemaking, Rombauer Vineyards, St. Helena
  3. Stefanie Bagala, director of marketing, Mary’s Pizza Shack, Sonoma
  4. Shana Bull, owner and director of digital strategy, Shana Bull Digital Marketing + Social Relations, Santa Rosa
  5. Caitlin Childs, communications and marketing manager, Social Advocates for Youth, Santa Rosa
  6. Barry DeMartini, R&D manager of integrated circuit process engineering, Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa
  7. Corey Eames, store manager, Umpqua Bank, Corte Madera
  8. Stacie Elkhoury, co-founder, Chasing Grace, Sonoma
  9. Theo Fightmaster, vice president and general manager, Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club, Sonoma
  10. Andrew Fishman, vice president of sales, Fishman Supply Company, Petaluma
  11. Marci Furutani, minister of brand engagement, The Republic of Tea, Novato
  12. Willie Ghilotti, co-owner and facilities manager, Ghilotti Construction Company, Santa Rosa
  13. James Gore, vice chair, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, Santa Rosa
  14. Keith Hollander, director of real estate accounting, Mengali Accountancy, Inc., Healdsburg
  15. Rachel Hundley, mayor, city of Sonoma; owner and founder, Drums & Crumbs, Sonoma
  16. Riley Hurd, partner, Ragghianti Freitas LLP, San Rafael
  17. Rachel Judkins, senior project manager and information officer, Pacific eDocument Solutions, Petaluma
  18. Jordan Kivelstadt, founder, CEO, Free Flow Wines; owner and winemaker, Kivelstadt Cellars, Napa
  19. Anya Lopez, senior tax manager, Moss Adams LLP, Santa Rosa
  20. Kenneth Lopez, D.P.M., chief of foot and ankle surgery and assistant physician-in-chief for operating rooms, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa
  21. Mike Mahoney, director of rooms and guest services, Embassy Suites, San Rafael
  22. Ian Malone, director, Aspect Consumer Partners, St. Helena
  23. Zephan McMinn, CEO, Blu Homes, Inc., Vallejo
  24. Stephen McNeil, managing partner, Arrow Benefits Group, Petaluma
  25. Adam Menconi, president and owner, Prosper Real Estate, Santa Rosa
  26. Emily Menjou, vice president and personal trust fiduciary manager, Exchange Bank, Santa Rosa
  27. Paloma Patino, chief operating officer and owner, West County Net, Inc., Santa Rosa
  28. Michael Regan, sales manager, Stearns Lending, Petaluma
  29. Melanie Rempe, vice president and commercial banking officer, Bank of Marin, Novato
  30. Colby Ritch, employee benefits producer, George Petersen Insurance Agency, Santa Rosa
  31. Jordan Rudy, director of client services, VinoPro, Santa Rosa
  32. Mark Sanchietti, owner and president, Sanchietti Farming, Inc., Santa Rosa
  33. David Scott, CEO-president Scott Technology Group; and owner, Scott Pure Water, Rohnert Park
  34. Alex Scott, president, and Zack Scott, CEO, Scott Laboratories, Petaluma
  35. Joti Singh Chandi, vice president and chief operating officer, Chandi Restaurant Group, Santa Rosa
  36. Stephan Stubbins, co-executive director and chief marketing officer, and Brad Suroksy, co-executive director and chief operating officer, Transcendence Theatre Company, Sonoma
  37. Jake Terrell, vineyard manager, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Santa Rosa
  38. Gerard Tuck, CEO and co-founder, Chevoo, Healdsburg
  39. Jonny Westom, executive director, Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, Sonoma
  40. Janelle Williams, senior regional account executive, Sonic, Santa Rosa


The Business Journal will be keeping its eye on these nominees in coming years.

  • J.J. Abodeely, co-founder and CEO, Level Sleep
  • Brian Botteri, outside plant construction project manager, Sonic
  • A.J. Brady, deputy district attorney, Marin County
  • Tanya Bruno, director of community engagement, The Healdsburg School
  • Wynnelena C. Canio, sub-chief, geriatric medicine, high-risk medications in the elderly lead, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa
  • Blythe Carrillo, marketing director, Zentiv Agency
  • Sal Chavez, founder, owner and president, Puente-Internacional, Inc. and Picazo’s Café
  • Rachel Ellis-Admire, CEO, Mirror|Mirror, a fashion boutique
  • Cheriene Griffith, operations manager, Chevoo, Inc.
  • Nicholas Hansen, business assurance manager, Moss Adams LLP
  • Matthew Hunstock, owner and financial adviser, Strategic Planning & Investment Advisors
  • Robert W. Laurie, service unit manager, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center
  • Andrew Leonard, education program officer, United Way of the Wine Country
  • Jenny Levine-Smith, director, Beth Ami Community Nursery School
  • Oriana Lieu, chief operating officer, Blue Apple Dental Group
  • Matthew McPherson, director of marketing, PACE Supply Corp.
  • Valerie Minton, program director, Sonoma Resource Conservation District
  • Tanner Moulding, Application Specialist, Kaiser Permanente
  • Cort Munselle, P.E., principal, Munselle Civil Engineering and Land Surveying
  • Kyle Nuss, youth development director, Sonoma County Family YMCA
  • Mary Piasta Valluzzo, partner, Piasta Valluzzo Law Group
  • Ciera Pratt, marketing manager, Star Staffing
  • Deva Proto, chief deputy county clerk-recorder, county of Sonoma
  • Keith Roberts, economic development and marketing technician, city of Santa Rosa
  • Jason Rooke, owner, Jay Rooke Coaching
  • Josh Rubero, senior associate engineer, DH Charles Engineering
  • Thomas Sanders, photographer and filmmaker,
  • David Short, vice president and branch manager, Bank of Marin
  • Maribel Soto, director of Jordan Estate Rewards, Jordan Vineyard & Winery
  • Rose Souders, CEO and owner, Potluck Consulting
  • Laila Subaie, DTC business development & memberships manager, Miner Family Winery
  • Jerica Tercero, owner, Crush Beauty Bar and Peace and Beauty Salon
  • Brandon Trammell, agent, New York Life
  • Dustin Valette, chef and owner, Valette Restaurant
  • Jessie Vallery, director of DTC, marketing manager, freelance writer and lifestyle blogger, Trione Winery
  • Thomas Wells, owner, The Body Mechanic
  • Martin Wolfe, owner, Wolfe Communications
  • Ryan Wycoff, director of marketing, 3 Badge Beverage Corporation

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