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Biz Buzz: Lincoln Avenue Napa mobile home park sold for $10.2 million
The Napa Valley Manor mobile home park at 770 Lincoln Ave. in Napa has been sold for $10.2 million, according to the county assessor office.
The seller was Napa Valley Manor LLC. The buyers are Napa Valley Manor MHC LP, Sioux City Enterprises LLC and Bartlett Village LLC.
The deed was recorded Aug. 30. The deed lists a Los Gatos address for the three companies.
Biz Buzz: One Mind names rising star award winners
One Mind, based in Rutherford, announced the five winners of its 2019 One Mind Rising Star Awards, which "identifies and funds pivotal, innovative research on the causes of and cures for brain disorders by supporting promising emerging leaders in the field of neuropsychiatry," said a news release.
This year, each awardee will receive $250,000 from One Mind over three years to fund research for their studies.
The winners are: Stephan Lammel, Ph.D., Laura Lewis, Ph.D., Jennifer M. Coughlin, M.D., Denise Cai, Ph.D. and Carl Sellgren Majkowitz, M.D, Ph.D.
“This year’s five Rising Stars are advancing their fields in brilliant ways, and I am proud that One Mind will support their work,” said One Mind President Brandon Staglin.
Biz Buzz: Gorr joins ISU Sander Jacobs
Jessica Gorr, CIC, is the newest addition to the commercial winery insurance team at ISU Sander, Jacobs, Cassayre Insurance Services.
Gorr joins the company as a senior account manager for the winery team. Gorr has more than 17 years of experience writing insurance for wineries and wine-related businesses and holds the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation from the National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, said a news release.
“We are pleased to add Jessica to our team during this time of great disruption of the winery insurance marketplace,” said President Jeff Erickson.
“Jessica’s technical expertise and her relationships with insurers and wineries is very helpful at this time when Lloyd’s of London has ceased writing stock throughput policies and other insurers are non-renewing wineries in wildfire areas."
The company maintains offices in Napa and Santa Rosa and provides commercial lines, personal lines and employee benefits insurance, said the release.
Info: 707-252-8822, sanderjacobs.com
Biz Buzz: NEWS names new board members
NEWS-Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Services welcomes four new board members.
Recently joining the board: Mark Howard Freund of First Republic Bank, Mary Makowski of Meteor Vineyard, Marilyn O’Connell, retired, and June Ressler of Cenergy.
NEWS officers include president Julianna Hart, vice president Sandra Re Sims, immediate past president/secretary Alicia Jaramillo and treasurer Lance Spears.
Biz Buzz: Ortega named GM at Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort
Kokua Hospitality, LLC, an independent hotel management company based in San Francisco, announced the appointment of Jose Ortega as general manager at Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort at 1507 Lincoln Ave. in Calistoga.
Ortega started his career in hospitality as a front desk agent and spent the next few years working his way up to rooms division manager at Carmel Mission Inn in Monterey.
Ortega is currently working toward completing a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management.
Biz Buzz: Redwood Credit Union shred event raises more than $10,000 for charity
More than 3,600 residents in Napa, Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino counties shredded old financial records and other paperwork at Redwood Credit Union’s (RCU’s) free annual Shred-a-Thons held over the summer.
More than $10,000 was raised through the events to support SchoolsRule Marin, Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center in Napa, Redwood Empire Food Bank in Sonoma County and the Humane Society of Inland Mendocino County.
Trucks from Shred-IT were on-site at the events to help the communities safely dispose of and recycle 150,550 pounds of documents, said a news release.
Additionally, Conservation Corps of the North Bay collected more than 18,220 pounds of e-waste on site at the Marin, Sonoma and Mendocino events, including old TVs, printers, monitors, computers and other personal electronics for secure recycling.
At each shred event, attendees were also able to make voluntary donations to local nonprofits onsite.
Biz Buzz: Bank of Marin names Payan as market manager in Napa
Cheryl Payan, formerly a relationship manager at the Bank of Marin Napa Redwood office, has been named market manager for Napa County at Bank of Marin.
Payan became part of the Bank of Marin team with the acquisition of Bank of Napa in 2017, said a news release.
She has more than 20 years of banking experience, with a focus on customer service and improving the client experience.
Biz Buzz: HerbaBuena launches cannabis delivery service
HerbaBuena, a California ‘conscious cannabis’ retailer based in Napa, now offers statewide delivery service, including same-day delivery throughout Napa.
Founder and CEO Alicia Rose created HerbaBuena in 2015 "to set a new standard of purity, quality and sophistication for cannabis," said a news release.
HerbaBuena offers same-day delivery in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties, as well as twice per week delivery throughout the Bay Area, Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Diego metropolitan regions, said the release.
Biz Buzz: Central Valley Builders Supply named to 'Best Places to Work' list
Central Valley, a U.S. building supply company, announced that it was named one of “The Best Places to Work in the North Bay” by the North Bay Business Journal.
After employee nominations, and a third-party employee survey, Central Valley was selected as a first-time winner.
“We are so honored to be named one of the Best Places to Work in the North Bay,” said Christine Hunter, senior vice president of human resources.
“We take great pride in fostering the best environment for employees by nurturing a culture of safety always, employee development.”
In addition to this latest award, Central Valley’s recent accomplishments also include being recognized as 2019 “Best Company to Do Business With” in Napa County, Gold Medal, by readers of Northbay Biz magazine.
Biz Buzz: Torneby named CEO at SolarCraft
SolarCraft, a North Bay solar and clean energy provider, announced the appointment of Galen Torneby as CEO.
Torneby has "extensive expertise in the solar industry and brings decades of experience in the broader energy and construction fields to his new role,"
having previously served as chief operating officer at SolarCraft, said a news release.
Torneby has held leadership roles at several renewable energy companies and was recruited by former CEO Ted Walsh to succeed him in the role.
As he rebuilds his own Calistoga home lost in the 2017 North Bay wildfires, Torneby takes the reins "at an exciting time for SolarCraft and the local energy industry," said the release.
Torneby is also a certified Professional Project Manager and CSLB license holder.
Biz Buzz: Redwood Credit Union names new American Canyon branch manager
Redwood Credit Union (RCU) recently welcomed Gladys Milligan as manager of its new American Canyon branch at 406 Napa Junction Road, Suite 126 in the Napa Junction Shopping Center.
In her new role, Milligan is responsible for overseeing member service, staff management, and daily branch operations, as well as local community and business development efforts.
Prior to joining RCU, Milligan worked in the financial industry for 15 years, 11 of which were in management. She formerly worked for Washington Mutual/Chase and Travis Credit Union where her responsibilities included shepherding the opening of new branches.
Milligan has a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in strategic management from Sacramento State University. She is bilingual in Spanish/English.
Biz Buzz: Cherniss joins Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley
Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley announced that Karen Cherniss has joined its Napa office as a sales associate.
Cherniss has been a real estate professional in the Bay Area since 1986, relocating to the Napa Valley in 1994.
She received the Graduate REALTOR Institute (GRI) designation and is a past vice president of the Napa County Chapter of NorBAR.
In 1999, she graduated from the Leadership Napa Valley program, and sat on its board of directors for many years as a part of the alumni outreach and fundraising committees.
Biz Buzz: Leaders appointed for Watermark Napa Valley senior living community
Heidi Charette has been appointed executive director and Karen Orlando has been named membership director for The Watermark at Napa Valley, a luxury senior living community scheduled to open in the summer of 2020 at 4055 Solano Ave. in Napa. The community is located next to Justin-Siena high school.
Charette, whose senior living management career spans two decades, was most recently executive director for Solstice Senior Living in Santa Rosa.
Orlando, who previously served as senior sales director for Santa Rosa’s Spring Lake Village, brings seven years of senior living experience to her position.
The community’s leasing gallery is now open at 2999 Solano Ave.
Biz Buzz: Round Pond Estate names Robertson as director of marketing
Round Pond Estate owners Miles and Ryan MacDonnell announced that Erin Robertson has joined the winery as director of marketing.
Robertson will be responsible for all marketing efforts for Round Pond Estate including marketing strategy, branding, promotion, public relations, digital and social media marketing.
A graduate of Virginia Tech, Robertson also holds an MBA from Sonoma State University. She most recently worked at Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, based at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in Napa.
She has previously worked for Laird Family Estate, Grail Wine Selections and The Robins Cellars in marketing and sales positions.
The Cypress Group, an executive search firm based in St. Helena focused on the wine industry, facilitated Robertson’s appointment.
Biz Buzz: Harrington elected to Land Trust board of trustees
Land Trust of Napa County announced that Josh Harrington recently joined its board of trustees.
Harrington is the director of research at RBO & Co., an independent investment advisory firm in St. Helena.
His career experience includes equity research at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. in New York, portfolio management at TIAA-CREF in San Francisco, and independent consulting for investment management clients.
"With long-term thinking, the Land Trust has provided enormous benefits for us all through direct action to permanently protect important natural lands and to preserve the biodiversity of Napa County,” said Harrington. “I’m honored to pursue this great work and collaborate with such an incredible team."
Harrington holds a B.A. from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a major in Finance and Banking and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, Harrington is a CFA charterholder and a Certified Estate and Trust Specialist.
Info: napalandtrust.org, 707-252-3270
Biz Buzz: Napa's Cope Family Center welcomes Mitchell and Hardy to board
Cope Family Center has elected Susan Mitchell and Lona Hardy to its board of directors.
Longtime Cope volunteer Susan Mitchell is the facilities director at Opus One.
Mitchell described herself as “excited to join the Cope board and take on the fundraising that sustains Cope programming. The many services that Cope offers all families in Napa County fulfill essential needs and support for parents and children.”
Lona Hardy has a psychotherapy practice and has worked with families in that capacity for more than 30 years.
Her extensive professional background in family counseling has inspired her philanthropic work, and Hardy noted that she is “particularly interested in the parent education and support programs.”
Biz Buzz: St. Joseph Health Hospitals in Northern California recognized as high performing by US News & World Report
Four St. Joseph Health hospitals in Northern California, including Queen of the Valley Medical Center, were recognized by US News & World Report as “high performing” for their performance in treating a variety of commonly occurring conditions and medical procedures, said a news release.
The publication ranked more than 4,500 medical centers in the U.S. focusing on a variety of specialties, procedures and conditions and only a small minority of hospitals achieved the “high performing” distinction.
A total of 27 Providence St. Joseph Health facilities were recognized, including the Queen, which was noted for the exceptional care it provides for patients with congestive heart failure and those needing knee replacement.
Biz Buzz: AUL Corp. honored by the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work list
AUL Corp. a national full-service automotive finance and insurance provider, has been honored by the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work competition for the sixth consecutive year, announced Jimmy Atkinson, president and CEO of AUL Corp.
The competition recognizes those North Bay companies that excel in quality, professionalism, respect, fairness, pride and camaraderie, as voted on directly by their employees, said a news release.
Biz Buzz: Silverado Vineyards announces staff additions, changes
Silverado Vineyards announced personnel additions and the creation of a new marketing department for the Stags Leap District winery.
Nora Feeley has been named director of marketing and communications, and Lauren Martins has been promoted to associate marketing manager. Tom Markakis is also joining the winery as the new assistant retail operations manager.
An industry veteran, Feeley has held roles as the senior director, communications at Delicato Family Vineyards, senior director, communications and events at Trinchero Family Estates and vice president, communications at Constellation Brands.
Lauren Martins will fill the new role of associate marketing manager, where she will focus on enhancing the winery's digital and social media efforts. She joined Silverado Vineyards in 2018 as part of the hospitality and wine education team.
As part of its increased focus on marketing and hospitality, Markakis joined the winery on Thurday, August 15, as assistant retail operations manager and wine educator from his role as assistant manager at Robert Mondavi Winery.
In 1981, Ron and Diane Miller (the daughter of Walt Disney) established Silverado Vineyards.
Biz Buzz: The Estate Yountville names Pares as hotel manager
The Estate Yountville named Rickie Pares hotel manager, overseeing employee management, annual planning, marketing and administering hotel services for Vintage House and Hotel Villagio.
“I am pleased to join the team at The Estate Yountville where I will aim to maintain peak levels of guest service,” said Pares.
With more than 14 years of professional experience, Pares most recently served as director of rooms at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans.
Prior to this role, Pares served as a director at the Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond in Maryland.
Biz Buzz: Wells Fargo grants $5,000 to Napa County Office of Education
The Napa County Office of Education (NCOE) received a $5,000 grant from Wells Fargo Bank. The funding will support the expansion of a Junior Classroom Leader program for the COOL School Expanded Learning elementary sites, said a news release.
The NCOE provides after-school programming to students and families in the Napa Valley. Open to students in grades 3-5, 10 students are selected to become Junior Classroom Leaders at each site.
Biz Buzz: Price Simms Family Dealership donates $50,000 to Queen of the Valley Foundation
Queen of the Valley Foundation announced the launch of its Distinguish Corporate Partners program and the confirmation of Price Simms Family Dealerships as a $50,000 partner. The company includes a Mercedes-Benz dealership located in Fairfield.
The Distinguish Corporate Partners program “is designed to engage businesses that demonstrate a strong commitment to the well-being of our community with financial contributions,” said a news release.
Businesses that become a partner and make an annual commitment of $10,000 or higher will receive tiered benefits that include meet-and-greets with Queen of the Valley’s leadership team, special event sponsorship, and recognition in the Foundation’s e-newsletter, website and more.
“We encourage local corporations to support the Queen,” said Elaine John, president/CEO of Queen of the Valley Foundation.
The Simms chose to participate in the program because Price Simms Family Dealership shares the same values as the Queen, such as integrity, excellence and compassion, said the release.
Adam Simms adds, “We’ve found that our business receives back from the community as much as we give. And as a family, we recognize the value of having a premium local hospital right here in Napa. That’s why the Queen is a natural partner for us.”
Biz Buzz: Scannell joins Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley
Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley announced that Krystle Scannell has joined its Napa office as a sales associate.
“I’m fortunate to receive support and assistance from the smart and experienced experts that make up the team at Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley," Scannell said.
Biz Buzz: Lee Enterprises reports third-quarter results
Lee Enterprises, Inc., a provider of news, information and a major platform for advertising in 50 markets, reported third quarter and year-to-date financial results for the period ended June 30.
"Total revenue decreased 4.0 percent in the third quarter, matching the second quarter trend, as we continue the company's digital transformation," said Kevin Mowbray, president and CEO.
"Total digital revenue, including digital advertising and digital services, was $30.5 million for the quarter, up 5.3 percent on a same property basis compared with a year ago."
"On a stand-alone basis, revenue at TownNews increased 27.3 percent due to increased market share. Revenue at TownNews over the last 12 months totaled $22.1 million, an increase of 24.5 percent over the prior year," Mowbray added.
"We earned $3.5 million of revenue in the quarter from the management agreement with BH Media Group, and since its inception in July 2018 we have earned $11.3 million in revenue, exceeding expectations," said Mowbray.
Mowbray also noted the following financial highlights for the quarter:
• Total revenue decreased 4.0 percent for the quarter. Excluding the impact of acquisitions total revenue on a same property basis decreased 6.1 percent.
• Digital advertising revenue increased 2.8 percent for the quarter and represented 38.7 percent of total advertising revenue.
• Digital retail advertising, which represented 63.2 percent of total digital advertising in the June quarter, grew 3.3 percent, driven by an increase in advertising from local retailers.
• Monthly visits to Lee mobile, tablet, desktop and app sites averaged 74.1 million, and page views per visit, one metric we use to monitor engagement, increased 6.9 percent on a reported basis and 7.0 percent on a same property basis.
• Subscription revenue decreased 3.2 percent in the quarter. Digital-only subscribers increased 72.0 percent.
• Lee recognized net income of $6.2 million, including $3.1 million of non-cash expense related to the change in fair value of our warrants.
"We continue to transform our business models and reduce our legacy cost structure," said Vice President and CFO Tim Millage.
Biz Buzz: Oakville Internet hopes to launch in Oakville
Althea, a startup that enables communities to build and maintain their own decentralized internet infrastructure, announced that Oakville Internet will be launching a new Althea network in Oakville.
In Althea networks, small antennas on rooftops connect neighbors, who earn money by expanding the network, said a news release.
Oakville Internet is seeking 100 pre-registrations to begin deployment.
Biz Buzz: Napa Valley Community Foundation names four to board
Napa Valley Community Foundation has appointed four local leaders to its board of directors.
• Bob Fiddaman, a Napa resident and former executive in the fields of real estate finance and pension investment management.
• Erika Lubensky, a Napa resident and executive director at Community Resources for Children.
• Tom McBroom, a St. Helena resident and former executive vice president of World Savings.
• Robert Murphy, an Angwin resident and senior manager in the tax department of Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP.
Biz Buzz: AUL named to Power 300 list for ninth year
For the ninth consecutive year AUL Corp. has been named to Auto Remarketing Magazine’s 2019 ‘Power 300’ List, "recognizing the firm as one of the most influential leaders in the pre-owned auto industry," announced Jimmy Atkinson, president and CEO of AUL Corp.
This award follows the firm’s winning its sixth consecutive Dealer’s Choice Award from Auto Dealer Today in June 2019.
Biz Buzz: Adventist Health St. Helena welcomes Schirling to cancer care team
Adventist Health St. Helena welcomes Schirling to cancer care team
Adventist Health St. Helena announced that the organization has added a breast nurse navigator to its cancer care team.
Laurie Schirling, RN, OCN, CN-BC, is a board-certified breast nurse navigator and oncology certified nurse “with a long career or serving women and families facing breast cancer,” said a news release.
“My passion is helping those with breast cancer through the transformative process from fear, to fighter, to empowered advocate,” Schirling said.
Schirling began her nursing career nearly three decades ago working in an oncology setting at Duke University Medical Center.
After working across the country as a nursing unit director, oncology outpatient nurse, hospice nurse and house supervisor, she became a breast nurse navigator at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer center in Reno, Nevada.
She then moved to the Central Valley, where she served patients as director of breast care centers, sleep labs and lung care centers for Adventist Health.
“My role is to break down barriers to the continuum of care,” Schirling said. “I educate patients about their individual cancer journey, to empower them as advocates for their care and support them and their families through survivorship.”
As a breast nurse navigator, Schirling works to streamline patient care, facilitates cancer peer groups and connects with the community to encourage preventive care, said the release.
Schirling serves as a support for patients who have abnormal breast imaging studies and participates in the AHEAD Program screening patients with increased hereditary cancer risk.
After spending a number of years serving patients in Adventist Health’s Central Valley Network, Schirling said she was ready for a change. She said she was drawn to the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center “because of its focus on holistic care and teamwork.”
Schirling serves patients receiving care at Adventist Health St. Helena’s Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center at 10 Woodland Road in St. Helena.
Biz Buzz: Free Flow Wines celebrates 10-year anniversary, names 2019 KEGGY Award winners
Free Flow Wines recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary and 6th annual KEGGY Awards at Sebastiani Winery in Sonoma.
The celebration included announcing new roles within the company.
Jordan Kivelstadt, Free Flow Wines’ founder and president, announced his transition away from an active role in the company as of Aug. 2. Kivelstadt will remain on Free Flow’s board of directors.
Rich Bouwer is the new president. Additionally, Heather Clauss has been promoted to chief commercial officer.
At this year’s KEGGY Awards, Free Flow recognized 22 wineries, distributors and restaurant operators for their exceptional and sustainable contributions to the wine on tap category.
Local winners include: Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Trefethen Family Vineyards, Boisset Collection, Tuck Beckstoffer Wines and Round Pond Estate.
Biz Buzz: Jackson Family Wines to host initiative for Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD)
Jackson Family Wines will partner with Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) to prepare emergency kits for local distribution.
As part of the company’s annual global sales meeting, to be held in Napa this year, more than 200 members of the sales team and members of the Jackson family will gather on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the family’s Oakville Winery to assemble 200 emergency kits.
The emergency kits will be donated to COAD, the local collective of nonprofit organizations formed following the 2014 South Napa Earthquake and 2015 Lake County fire and Calistoga sheltering response.
The goal of COAD is to improve community resilience and effectively use vital resources to help residents prepare and recover from a disaster.
Biz Buzz: Little Ivy Preschool expands
Little Ivy Preschool, a Napa preschool and child care center, has expanded, increasing its capacity to allow for a limited number of additional children to enroll in childcare and preschool programs, said a news release.
The preschool opened in September 2018, but recently opened an additional classroom after an interior remodel.
The preschool is located at 2201 Pine St. in Napa.
Info: 707-955-5695, email@example.com
Biz Buzz: Knowles promoted at Alpha Omega
Alpha Omega announced the promotion of Jeff Knowles to Chief Operations Officer (COO). Knowles joined Alpha Omega two years ago.
Knowles becomes the first COO at the winery that celebrates its 13-year anniversary this month. In his new role, he oversees all areas of hospitality, sales, Information Technology, shipping and logistics, maintenance and housekeeping and team services while collaborating with Chief of Production Josh Baker, CFO Chelsea Cameron and Alpha Omega Vintner Michelle Baggett, who heads the marketing division.
“I’m very excited for this opportunity," said Knowles.
Biz Buzz: Napa's Suppertime moves to South Coombs Street
Suppertime has moved. The business is now located at 101 South Coombs St., Suite Y4, formally the Melissa Teaff catering space.
"At this location we will be focusing on our dinner delivery program and catering," said a news release.
Biz Buzz: Napa's AUL Corp. promotes Garner and McCarthy
AUL Corp. announced the promotions of Jason Garner to senior vice president of strategic product development and Paul McCarthy to senior vice president of agency and dealer sales.
Garner will now provide leadership on enhancing the firm’s offerings, including new products, participation programs and key initiatives.
McCarthy's promotion "is testament his demonstrated expertise and leadership as AUL’s VP of national sales, a position held since January of this year," said a news release.
Biz Buzz: Umutyan joins Adventist Health St. Helena Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center
Adventist Health St. Helena welcomes new medical director, Ari Umutyan, MD, to the Martin-O’Neil Cancer Center.
A long-time physician in Napa County, Dr. Umutyan is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and brings more than a decade of cancer-fighting experience to his medical oncology and hematology practice, said a news release.
He specializes in "comprehensive and compassionate" cancer care, of breast and lung cancers, malignant hematologic conditions such as lymphoma and leukemia, as well as non-malignant blood concerns.
After growing up in different parts of Europe, Dr. Umutyan completed his undergraduate studies at St. Mary’s College in Moraga. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
Dr. Umutyan is fluent in English, Armenian, German and Turkish.
“Hearing a diagnosis of cancer can be overwhelming,” he said. “I’m dedicated to helping my patients understand the specifics of their condition, treatment options and then to be by their side during the journey.”
Biz Buzz: BJ’s Petal Pushers moves to new Napa location
BJ’s Petal Pushers has moved from its Main Street location to 2762 Old Sonoma Road inside Carneros Center.
The owners, the Tesfaw Family, said they credit Brian Dodd of Strong & Hayden Commercial Real Estate for finding a space that suited the needs of the business.
Family owned and operated for 29 years, BJ’s Petal Pushers "is committed to assisting its beloved customers with communicating their every emotion (except for anger) to one another through flowers and gifts."
Info: BJsPetalPushers.com, 707-257-3130
Biz Buzz: Watermark senior community opens leasing center in Napa
The Watermark at Napa Valley has opened its leasing gallery at 2999 Solano Ave.
The senior living community — under construction at 4055 Solano Ave. — is scheduled to open in the summer of 2020. It is located on grounds adjacent to Justin-Siena High School.
The community will provide 173 independent living, assisted living and memory care apartments.
“Floor-to-ceiling windows will bring in abundant natural light and offer mountain vistas,” said a news release. Other amenities include a wellness and fitness center with a movement studio, a full-service salon and spa, an art space and gallery, a theater, computer and technology center, a concierge and more.
Dining options will include a restaurant-style fine dining room to an open-air bistro café, and coffee and wine bars.
Biz Buzz: Fradella joins Napa's Executive Room Barber Shop
The Executive Room Barber Shop announced that Gian Fradella has joined the team.
A Napa native, Fradella has been providing haircuts for Napans for the past seven years, "and has cultivated a dedicated following," said a news release.
“We were thrilled when Gian expressed interest in joining us," said Steve Pierce of The Executive Room Barber Shop.
The Executive Room Barber Shop is at 1504 Main St. Walk-ins are welcomed, but reservations highly recommended, said Pierce.
Info: theexecutiveroomnapa.com, 258-1628
Biz Buzz: Napa's Bel Abri hotel sold for $4.85 million
Napa's Bel Abri hotel has been sold for $4.85 million, according to the transfer tax paid on a deed recorded on July 2.
The seller is Boutique Resorts Napa, LLC. The buyer is Bel Abri Napa, LLC, with an address in San Francisco.
Bel Abri is located at 837 California Blvd., Napa.
Biz Buzz: Valley View Senior Homes hosts grand opening
On July 8, the city of American Canyon and Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) celebrated the grand opening of Valley View Senior Homes.
The homes are located at 1 Natalie Lane in American Canyon.
Valley View Senior Homes is one of 17 projects in California that received the first round of funding through Proposition 41 and the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program. The community consists of 70 apartment and cottage-style homes, all of which will are affordable to very low and extremely low-income seniors and veterans aged 55 and older, said a news release.
The new residents, who moved into their new homes in April and May, "enjoy a beautifully landscaped community that incorporates the highest standards of green building and sustainable design as well as a robust selection of on-site services and activities to support wellness, independent living, and aging-in-place," said the release.
Biz Buzz: Whitmer joins Allied Propane Service
Dave Whitmer has joined Allied Propane Service in the new role of corporate development and public affairs executive.
Whitmer will work out of Allied’s Napa office.
Whitmer, a lifetime Napan, retired Napa County agricultural commissioner/sealer of weights and measures and current Napa County Planning Commissioner will be responsible for leading corporate development and public affairs for Allied Propane Service and Allied Clean Fuels Plaza.
Whitmer retired from the county of Napa in 2013.
Biz Buzz: Gomez of Edward Jones receives Certified Investment Management Analyst designation
Financial Advisor Justin Gomez of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Napa has achieved the professional designation of Certified Investment Management Analyst.
Gomez successfully completed the designation from the Investments & Wealth Institute.
His office is located at 575 Lincoln Ave., Suite 280 in Napa.
Info: 707-927-3397, edwardjones.com/justin-gomez
Biz Buzz: Treasury Wine Estates signs Porto Protocol
Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) announced it has signed the Porto Protocol, a global forum and commitment to sharing best practice in helping reduce the impact of climate change.
This move represents a positive step in TWE’s environmental, sustainability and governance journey, as the company works to create long-term value in the communities where it operates, said a news release.
Biz Buzz: Ramirez joins LGBTQ Connection
Stephanie Ramirez has joined as program coordinator at LGBTQ Connection in Napa.
Ramirez is responsible for the development, training and support of LGBTQ Connection's youth leadership teams in Napa County. The Youth Leadership Teams work with the coordinator to implement community events, advocate for LGBTQ inclusive policy and practice change, host youth events, facilitate regular LGBTQ youth get-togethers, train schools and districts to support LGBTQ students and more.
Biz Buzz: Redwood Credit Union Shred-a-Thon raises $1,600
Approximately 400 Napa residents hauled old financial records and other paperwork to be shredded at Redwood Credit Union’s (RCU’s) free annual Shred-a-Thon on June 29.
Shred-IT trucks were on site at the County of Napa Sullivan Lot to help people safely dispose of and recycle approximately 30,000 pounds of paper.
“Shredding sensitive documents — such as old financial statements and bills — is one of the best precautions people can take against identity theft, so we were happy to once again provide this service to our community,” said Mario Gutierrez, RCU’s Napa branch manager.
RCU also collected $1,600 in monetary donations at the event to benefit Puertas Abiertas Community Resource Center, an organization that works with Latinos to inspire and achieve healthy living, self-sufficiency, and opportunities for leadership and community engagement.
Biz Buzz: SONIC donates to Napa teachers
SONIC Drive-In recently recognized teachers as a part of its Limeades for Learning initiative in partnership with nonprofit partner DonorChoose.org.
SONIC launched a donation match in honor of Teacher Appreciation Month and gave two teachers in Napa $497.
In total, SONIC donated $1.2 million matching donations made to SONIC Teacher projects in May. As a result, SONIC rewarded two entrepreneurial teacher lead projects at one school in Napa, including:
• Laura Hulquist at Mt. George Elementary School for the project "We Are Going to Chart a New Course!".
• Leslie Gracia at Mt. George Elementary School for the project "Creative Tables".
Biz Buzz: American Canyon strawberry patch sold for $1.92 million, hotel planned
Burt Polson of ACRES Real Estate Services, Inc. was the listing broker for the sale of an almost two-acre parcel of land that will become the future home of a Home2Suites hotel.
The parcel, located on the east side of Highway 29 between the Palby’s Junction building and the Fairfield Suites Hotel in American Canyon, has been the longtime home of a strawberry patch. The official address is 91 Antonina Ave.
The property owner was Pierre Freskan. Karim Sayani bought the land on June 20 for $1.92 million.
The selling broker was Tom Casazza of KW Commercial. The project manager will be Mark Stumm of Noble Hospitality, Inc.
Info: 816-421-1211 x106
Biz Buzz: Gomez receives the 'TNT' client development award
Edward Jones Financial Advisor Justin Gomez of Napa Valley recently received the "TNT" Client Development Award "for his outstanding service efforts over the past year," said a news release.
Only 1,010 of the firm's more than 18,000 financial advisors received the award, said the release.
"When you work for a firm that is known for its outstanding service," Gomez said, "it's quite an honor to be singled out for your service record."
Gomez office is located at 575 Lincoln Ave., Suite 280, in Napa.
Info: 707-927-3397, edwardjones.com/justin-gomez.
Biz Buzz: Napa's AUL wins Auto Dealer Today awards
AUL Corp, a national vehicle service contract administrator, has been named winner of its sixth consecutive Dealers Choice Award and seventh overall in the Service Contract category by Auto Dealer Today.
“Since winners are ultimately selected by our customers, Auto Dealer Today’s Dealer’s Choice Awards are truly one of the most meaningful and gratifying,” stated Jimmy Atkinson, president and CEO of AUL.
Biz Buzz: Napa Tenacious Fitness celebrates anniversary on July 26
Napa Tenacious Fitness is celebrating its three-year business anniversary.
The business is hosting an anniversary celebration on Friday, July 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Festivities include Frisbee, food and refreshments, corn hole, giant Jenga and team fitness trivia with rewards of free one-on-one personal training and "swag."
Owner Sean McCawley has been a personal trainer for more than 10 years.
Napa Tenacious Fitness is located at 1812 Soscol Ave., Napa, CA 94559
Info: 707-287-2727, NapaTenaciousFitness.com
Biz Buzz: Purple Wine + Spirits announces American Canyon and Petaluma moves
Purple Wine + Spirits announced it is moving wine bottling operations from Graton to its winery in American Canyon. Purple currently bottles three million cases annually out of the Graton facility.
“Our American Canyon winery is our most efficient, grape-to-bottle facility," Vice President of Operations Eric Gilliland said.
"Positioning our hub winery in American Canyon also gives us an improved logistic footprint within our supply chain, whether it be closer to our custom crush and bottling clients or to our dry goods suppliers. These changes are not only a win for us in terms of reducing our operational expenses, but also a win for our clients who pay transportation costs, our dry goods partners, and the environment as it shortens truck routes.”
In this shift, more than 20 roles have been created at American Canyon across various functions from cellar and bottling operations to maintenance mechanics. Purple is actively recruiting for these roles.
“We look forward to our American Canyon winery becoming our ‘go-to’ winery and providing the best custom crush and bottling services in the North Bay," Gilliland said.
Purple is also moving its office headquarters to Petaluma.
Biz Buzz: Nearly $200,000 raised at Cope's Blue Plate Special event
After an 11-year hiatus, Cope Family Center returned to a 'celebrity waiter' format for its gala fundraiser, The Blue Plate Special. The event May 10 help raised "just shy of" $200,000 for Cope Family Center.
This year’s celebrity waiters included Stacey Biagi of Biagi Bros. and Tiffany Kaiser of Allied Propane, Yountville Mayor John Dunbar, jewelry designer Kevin Friedman, Platypus Tours owner Kathy Glass, Dick Grace of Grace Family Vineyards, Iren Jenny of Hope’s Chest, Will Marcencia, owner of Wine Down Media, Napa County Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza, Mike Purvis of Purvis Consulting, Napa Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Travis Stanley, Truchard Vineyards’ Anthony and Suzanne Truchard and Mel Engle of Engle Strategic Solutions.
Event sponsors included: Carneros Studio Napa, Mechanics Bank, Rabobank, Oscar and Denise Renteria of Renteria Vineyard Management, the Doctors Company and the Perfect Puree of Napa Valley. Laird Family Estate and Truchard Vineyards were wine sponsors and Charbay Distillery and Perfect Puree of Napa Valley provided cocktails for the reception.
Grace was crowned the 2019 head celebrity waiter, with Pedroza in second place, closely followed by "co-celebrity" waiters Stacey Biagi and Tiffany Kaiser in third.
Info: copefamilycenter.org, 707-253-1123
Biz Buzz: Napa Sunrise Rotary chooses new officers, Rotarian of the Year and Decade
The Sunrise Rotary Club of Napa passed the president's gavel on from Mike Basayne to Kate Anderson. She will hold the office from July to June 2020.
The Rotary Club also honored Paul Oseso as Rotarian of the Year and Chris Craiker as Rotarian of the Decade. This has been bestowed only twice previously.
The Sunrise Rotary will be directing and managing Napa's Fourth of July Parade in downtown Napa at 10 a.m.
Biz Buzz: Plamenco joins Westin Verasa as director of sales and marketing
The Westin Verasa Napa’s General Manager Don Shindle announced that Darlene Plamenco is the newest addition to the property’s team as the director of sales and marketing.
Plamenco has luxury hotel operations experience with Marriott properties, spanning from the Bay Area to Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to joining The Westin Verasa Napa, Plamenco worked as the director of sales and marketing at Ala Moana Hotels in Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to that, Plamenco served as director of sales and marketing at Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach.
“We are excited for Darlene’s extensive experience in various Marriott hotels and resorts, which is a perfect fit for The Westin Verasa Napa,” said Shindle.
Plamenco received her bachelor’s degree in history from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix.
The Westin Verasa Napa is located at 1314 McKinstry St. in Napa.
Info: westinnapa.com, 707-257-1800
Biz Buzz: Knecht celebrates 20 Years as a financial adviser
Earl Knecht, CFP, announced two milestones: his 20-year anniversary as a financial adviser and 20 years with Napa Valley Wealth Management (NVWM).
Knecht began his career with NVWM the day after graduating from college, said a news release.
Today, he is NVWM’s vice president and CFO and a member of the firm’s investment policy committee. He holds a master of science degree in personal financial planning and is a certified financial planner.
“For two decades, I’ve worked with hundreds of clients to plan, build, and preserve their wealth. I truly like helping people, and I’ve greatly enjoyed serving clients, walking with them through life, supporting their goals, and helping make their financial lives continuously more efficient,” Knecht said.
Biz Buzz: Lomeli, O’Donnell, Litchney, join GVM Law
GVM Law, a law firm for wine law, estate planning and business transactions, announced the addition of three new attorneys to the firm’s practice. Bonifacio Lomeli and Corbin O’Donnell have joined the Napa office. Sarah Litchney has joined the firm’s Roseville office.
Lomeli brings "a diverse background and unique perspective" to the Napa office having spent seven years with the United States Army as a medic, healthcare specialist and medical administrator, including two-year assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After leaving the military, Lomeli continued to help veterans while pursuing his undergraduate degree from Sonoma State University, followed by a JD and Master’s in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine. Lomeli will support both the business and litigation departments.
O’Donnell is a Northern California native who is familiar with family law as well as Napa County’s Superior Court processes and its interactions with county agencies. He received his JD from the John F. Kennedy University College of Law with a certificate in Children, Families and the Law. O’Donnell will support the estate planning department.
Litchney joins the firm as a senior associate attorney. Litchney earned her JD from the McGeorge School of Law with a certificate in Intellectual Property. She lives in Roseville.
Based in Napa with offices in Fairfield and Roseville, GVM Law works with winery, vineyard, farm and business owners and their families.
Biz Buzz: Comcast celebrates grand opening of Napa Xfinity retail store Saturday
Comcast celebrates the grand opening of its 300th Xfinity retail store, which is in Napa, on Saturday, June 22.
The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Celebrity chef Robert Irvine will give away 75 free copies of his new book, "Family Table." A $30,000 donation to a local nonprofit will also be announced at the event. Napa elected officials and others will also attend.
The Napa Xfinity Store is located at 308 Soscol Ave., Suite C in Napa, next to Michaels.
Biz Buzz: Dent Solution marks grand opening on Soscol Avenue in Napa
On June 8, Ian Cordle, owner of Dent Solution -- along with family, friends, employees, customers and other local business owners -- celebrated the grand opening of a new business location. The new address is 536 Soscol Ave., Unit 7, in Napa.
Dent Solution has offered mobile service for 22 years in the Napa Valley and surrounding areas, providing paintless dent repair on cars, trucks, SUVs and motorcycles on location, said a news release.
Customers can now choose either mobile service or repair work at 536 Soscol Ave. The new shop is open by appointment.
Biz Buzz: Castleberry receives Certified Financial Planner practitioner certification
Morgan Stanley announced that David A. Castleberry, a vice president, financial adviser in the firm’s Wealth Management office in Napa, has been awarded the CFP (Certified Financial Planner) certification.
Castleberry has worked at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management since 2014.
In addition to providing financial planning services, he provides a variety of other advisory and non-advisory financial services, including brokerage services, to clients.
Info: morganstanley.com, 707-254-4444
Biz Buzz: Greene’s Cleaners named America’s Best Cleaners Affiliate
Greene’s Cleaners of Napa has been named an America’s Best Cleaners Affiliate.
Run by the husband-and-wife team of Alonso and Laurie Corona, Greene’s Cleaners is the oldest dry cleaning company in the Napa Valley. It was founded in 1919 by the late George Greene.
The Corona family was “over the moon” about receiving their certification, said a news release.
Biz Buzz: Yeager joins Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley
Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley announced that Laura Yeager has joined its Napa office as a sales associate.
Yeager said her strong desire to help others is the heart of her real estate practice.
After 16 years as a massage therapist, a rotator cuff injury took Yeager from her healing work and directed her along a new path: a career in real estate that blends her passion for interior design and helping people, said a news release.
Biz Buzz: Queen of the Valley earns ‘A’ grade for safety
St. Joseph Health, Queen of the Valley Medical Center received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade in the spring 2019 survey from The Leapfrog Group.
“Our caregivers are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care to our patients each and every day," said Larry Coomes, chief executive at Queen of the Valley.
"We are pleased to be recognized once again for our commitment to patient safety."
Biz Buzz: Former Napan honored by American Heroes campaign
Tracey DiVita, formerly from Napa, has been honored by the American Heroes campaign from Evan Williams bourbon.
DiVita's image and story will appear on special edition bourbon bottles that feature veterans, showcasing their story and achievements.
His nonprofit "Operation Good to Go" will also receive $10,000.
After serving in the Marine Corps, DiVita went through the police academy at Napa Valley College. He then returned to El Dorado County where he worked as a sheriff's deputy.
Biz Buzz: Bella Vista apartment complex sold for $21.1 million
Bella Vista apartment complex sold for $21.1 million
Napa’s Bella Vista apartment complex has been sold for an estimated $21.1 million.
The sale of the property, which is located at 713 Trancas St., was recorded on May 24.
The buyer is Tilden-Skyline LLC of Walnut Creek. The seller was MG Bella Vista Apartments, MG Bella Vista Apartments ODW and MGF Bella Vista Apartments.
According to an online listing, the apartment complex has 72 units and is located on almost 3 acres. It was built in 1972.
Biz Buzz: Devine appointed director of hospitality and sales at Pritchard Hill’s BRAND winery
BRAND Napa Valley, the Pritchard Hill winery known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Proprietary Blend and Brio wines, announced the appointment of Kristi Devine as director of hospitality and sales.
Devine comes to BRAND with hospitality and direct-to-consumer sales management experience from companies including Covert and Fantesca, said a news release.
With 10 years of experience in the wine industry, her leadership roles include serving on the Coombsville Vintners and Growers board and work with the Children of the Vineyard Scholarship Foundation in Sonoma County.
BRAND Winery was recently acquired by Jim Bean and Christine O’Sullivan, said the release.
“We are thrilled to add Kristi Devine to our team”, said O’Sullivan.
Bean added, “Kristi’s professionalism, skills and tremendous ability will help us take BRAND to the next level. We are excited about providing our customers with this consummate care and attention.”
Biz Buzz: Tooker joins Farella Braun + Martel
Farella Braun + Martel welcomes Rick Tooker to the firm’s St. Helena office. Tooker will work as a land-use planner with a focus on the wine industry, said a news release.
Tooker is the former planning manager and community development director for the city of Napa.
“Rick’s deep professional planning experience has played an integral role in the development of the Napa Valley,” said Katherine Philippakis, chairperson of Farella’s Wine Industry Group.
Tooker "is a seasoned land use planning professional" with 30 years of experience navigating the many facets associated with land-use rights for complex, and sometimes controversial, projects in the Bay Area and Monterey Peninsula. He has worked in Napa, Healdsburg, Calistoga, Livermore and Carmel-by-the-Sea, and consulted in several other cities on residential and mixed-use developments, said the release.
Biz Buzz: Kombucha planned for Napa: Speizer brothers propose fermented tea brewery
A new beverage could be produced in Napa, but this won’t be wine or spirits.
Brothers Jordan and Ethan Speizer would like to open a kombucha brewery on Action Avenue near downtown Napa.
Kombucha is a fermented beverage similar to beer or wine, said the brothers. It’s made from fermenting tea and sugar and is “lightly alcoholic” or has 1 to 2 percent alcohol by volume.
Due to the alcoholic content, the company is required to register with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as a brewery, and the kombucha will be technically considered a beer, said the Speizer’s application.
According to their use permit application, Napa Kombucha Company would use the space at 1735 Action Ave., Suite B, to manufacture the product. There would be no retail sales at that location.
No more than 17,000 gallons of kombucha will be produced at the facility, other documents stated.
The two brothers wrote that they have lived in Napa since ages 5 and 2, and “would love nothing more than to build Napa Kombucha Company into a business that positively impacts the community we grew up in through employing others, giving back, and continuing to grow the reputation of the Napa Valley in the beverage world.”
The city planning department is currently reviewing the application.
Biz Buzz: Mountain Mike’s Pizza to expand to Napa
Mountain Mike’s Pizza, LLC, a California-based, family-style pizza chain, said it will expand in Napa, Marin, Mendocino, Humboldt and Sonoma counties.
The brand with more than 200 restaurants recently opened locations in American Canyon, Ukiah and Fort Bragg, with locations planned for Napa, Eureka and Santa Rosa.
“We are satisfying North Bay residents and their growing demand for unique, family-friendly dining options,” said Sonu Chandi, president of Chandi Hospitality, the area development group responsible for bringing 12 new locations to the North Bay and Northern California.
“We truly believe this franchise brings value to the communities it serves, which is why in addition to the new locations we will be opening, we knew we had to rebuild our Santa Rosa restaurant, which was lost in the 2017 Tubbs wildfire. There's a spirit of community connectedness at each restaurant that you won’t find at other franchise chains.”
Biz Buzz: Torneby named COO at SolarCraft
SolarCraft, a North Bay solar and clean energy provider, announced that Galen Torneby has joined the company as chief operating officer.
Torneby is a certified Professional Project Manager and Contractors State License Board license holder with a passion for renewable energy and sustainability, said a news release.
"He is a great addition the SolarCraft team," said CEO Ted Walsh.
A longtime wine country resident, Torneby took on international assignments after his home was lost in the 2017 North Bay wildfires and is now rebuilding his home in Calistoga.
Biz Buzz: Holistic Chamber of Commerce announces new Napa chapter
The Holistic Chamber of Commerce announced that local holistic leaders have started a Napa chapter of the Holistic Chamber of Commerce.
The Holistic Chamber of Commerce is an international organization that serves as a bridge bringing consumers together with holistic and eco-friendly options, said a news release.
“Napa Valley is a perfect place for a Holistic Chamber of Commerce chapter," said Gary Stamper, chapter president.
"We have a community that really values holistic products and services. It’s time for us to come together and show the standard of integrity and professionalism we bring to the work we do," he said.
Stamper is the owner of "Old Dog New Tricks," an integral life coaching business supporting men in finding meaning and purpose after they retire.
Pre-launch meetings of the new chapter are scheduled for June 11 and July 9.
Info: 206-779-5870, HolisticChamberOfCommerce.com/Napa
Biz Buzz: Napa Walmart debuts remodel, pick-up service
On May 10, the Napa Walmart Supercenter, located at 681 Lincoln Ave., presented its newly remodeled store to the community. The store now features new services such as a Pick-up Tower and Online Grocery Pick-up.
A celebratory ribbon-cutting event took place that included the recognition of community partnerships with Walmart supporting Girls on the Run Napa and Solano, Camp Super Fly and Positive Companions Ryze. A total of $3,000 in grants were distributed.
The ribbon-cutting was followed by a community celebration with music, food, giveaways and games.
“One of the additions we’re most excited about is the Pickup Tower,” said store manager Leah Tinkham.
"This new, high-tech tool is sure to make shopping a fun, new experience that customers can count on to get their items fast.”
Biz Buzz: Lail joins Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley
Erin Lail, a Napa Valley luxury property specialist, has joined the St. Helena office of Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley.
As a fifth generation vintner, Lail has deep connections to the land and communities of Napa Valley, said a news release.
She began Lail Vineyards with her mother and sister in 1995, carrying forward a winemaking legacy that began with the founding of Inglenook in 1879. Her knowledge of the industry is surpassed only by her relationships within it, said the release.
"I'm excited about creating a more well-rounded, start-to-finish experience for clients," said Lail.
"Homes can be your sense of peace and enjoyment and finding what speaks to each individual is of paramount importance to me.”
“We are excited to have Erin join our team of top agents and expect her winery, vineyard and luxury home expertise to create synergies with our other agents,” said Ward Smith, manager of Coldwell Banker’s St. Helena office.
Info: 707-963-1152, 707-333-5596.
Biz Buzz: Fultz joins Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley
Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley announced that Realtor Taylor Fultz has joined its Napa office as a sales associate.
Born and raised in the Napa Valley, Fultz is a sixth-generation Californian and a third-generation real estate professional.
With her family of developers, contractors, real estate brokers and agents, she quickly found her passion and path in life, said a news release.
“Buying a home is more than one of the greatest investments you can make,” said Fultz. “It’s also the beginning of a new chapter in your life. It’s my job to ensure that the process includes equal measures of ease and excitement.”
Fultz has lived in St. Helena, Rutherford, Yountville, both north and south Napa, and now resides in downtown Napa.
Biz Buzz: UnitedAg opens new health center in Napa
UnitedAg, a member-owned agricultural trade association representing more than 1,000 organizations, announced it is adding two new health and wellness centers to its growing network that serves California and Arizona farmworkers and their families, said a news release.
The new centers are located in Napa and Colusa. The Napa center is located at 1100 Lincoln Ave., Suite 106.
Together with UnitedAg’s 11 existing Health Centers, these new wellness centers will provide access to 13 centers across California and Arizona for members’ employees and dependents with healthcare coverage through United Agricultural Benefit Trust, said the release.
These centers provide a range of services focused on the unique needs of the agricultural community – from acute and episodic care to health-risk and disease management to wellness and prevention. Emphasizing on short wait times and personalized care, these wellness centers also feature on-site lab services and many available on-site prescriptions.
“We’re proud to increase the accessibility of quality health and wellness services to so many of our members’ employees and their dependents across the agricultural community through this platform,” said Kirti Mutatkar, CEO of UnitedAg. “We will continue to explore new ways to provide quality, affordable and personalized healthcare that is available to all agriculture.”
UnitedAg will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Napa on Thursday, May 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at UnitedAg Health & Wellness Center in Napa, 1100 Lincoln Ave., Suite 106, in Napa.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 949-471-3206
Biz Buzz: Turner Moving & Storage receives 2019 Best of Napa award
Turner Moving & Storage has been selected for the 2019 Best of Napa Award in the moving services category by the Napa Award Program.
Turner Moving & Storage is among a small group of companies that have won the Best of Napa Award for five consecutive years, said a news release. This distinction has qualified Turner Moving & Storage for the 2019 Napa Business Hall of Fame.