Have you started a new business? Celebrating a business anniversary? Do you have some other kind of business news? The Napa Valley Register publishes business news items in our Biz Buzz feature in the Business section.
Here are some of the latest Biz Buzz items featured in the Napa Valley Register, in case you missed them.
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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: Westamerica Bank to hold hiring event Wednesday
Westamerica Bank will hold a hiring event for individuals interested in a banking career.
The event will be held at the south Napa branch, at 1507 West Imola Ave., on Wednesday, June 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Applicants should bring their resume and dress professionally.
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: Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to honor businesses and community leaders at July 12 gala
The Napa County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will honor business and community leaders from the Napa Valley at the 8th annual Blend of Cultures Award and Recognition Gala Friday, July 12, at the Eagle Vines Golf Club, from 6 to 11 p.m.
“This premier event will provide an excellent opportunity for our business partners to meet with corporate and political leaders who support our efforts and an opportunity to establish new partnerships," said Gerardo Martin, president of the NCHCC.
This year’s honorees are:
- Building a Legacy Award: OLE Health
- The American Dream Award: Napa Private Tours
- Pruning the Future Award: Dr. Rosanna Mucetti
- Hispanic Heritage Award: Scalon cellars
- Harvesting Pride Award: Arik and Hannah Housley
- Male Role Model of the Year Award: Carlos Hagedorn
- Woman of the Year Award: Jill Techel
- Member of the Year Award: Mentis
- Volunteer of the Year Award: Celadon
Biz Buzz: Redwood Credit Union offers Shred-a-Thon Saturday, June 29
Redwood Credit Union (RCU) is hosting a free document shredding on Saturday, June 29 from 9 a.m. to noon at the County of Napa Sullivan Lot (between 4th Street and Coombs Street) in Napa. The Shred-a-Thon will feature free document shredding provided by Shred-It.
Attendees may bring up to three standard-sized boxes of documents for shredding.
Last year, RCU’s Napa Shred-a-Thon disposed of more than 30,000 pounds of documents, said a news release.
For info: redwoodcu.org/shred
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: Business resource fair for employers to be held June 25
Workforce Alliance of the North Bay will host a business resource fair for employers on Tuesday, June 25 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the CIA at Copia in Napa at 500 First St.
This event is for business owners and managers (of all sectors and sizes) to learn about low/no cost business resource network partners. Event attendees will gain an understanding of the resources and services that will help their businesses and organizations thrive, said a news release.
It will include a presentation by Economist Dr. Robert Eyler, titled Napa County, Labor and Business: Into the 2020s."
The event will also include information on employment tax credits, new labor laws, talent recruitment, business planning and loan packaging assistance, subsidized and customized training, labor market information and certificate/degree programs to prepare the current and future workforce.
The event is free, but registration is required. To register: napabizresourcefair2019.eventbrite.com
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.
Biz Buzz: AUL Corp. announces new products
AUL Corp., a national vehicle service contracts administrator, launched a new suite of finance and insurance products on May 1, said Jimmy Atkinson, AUL’s president and CEO.
Biz Buzz: Everett to receive award of excellence
The Medical Professional Liability (MPL) Association will recognize Gloria Everett, a Napa resident and president and CEO of The Mutual, as the recipient of the 2019 Award of Excellence in Honor of Peter Sweetland.
The award will be presented on May 16, at the 2019 MPL Association Conference in Portland, Oregon, said a news release.
Everett is being honored for her "singular contributions and longtime dedication to the MPL insurance community, the MPL Association and healthcare professionals,"said the release.
The MPL Association is an international organization representing the medical professional liability insurance community.
Everett is an insurance executive who has spent more than 30 years representing the interests of the medical professional liability community.
Biz Buzz: Cordeiro named to 'top financial advisors' list
John Cordeiro, an independent LPL financial adviser at Vintage Wealth Advisors in Napa, announced his inclusion in LPL’s Executive Council. This award is presented to less than 1 percent of the firm’s more than 16,000 financial advisers nationwide, said a news release.
Cordeiro is based in Napa and provides a full range of financial services, including retirement and financial planning, individual money management, individual stocks and bonds, mutual funds, annuities and more.
Info: 707-492-5100, vintage-wealth.com
Biz Buzz: Ward joins Engel & Voelkers in St. Helena
Engel & Voelkers announced that Philippa Ward has joined its expanding shop in St. Helena.
Ward brings with her a distinguished and varied real estate background, said a news release.
Raised in St. Helena, Ward graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara and began her real estate career in the Napa Valley.
After nine years of brokering estate homes, vineyard land and wineries (her family’s winery, Saintsbury, is in Napa), Ward moved to Manhattan, where she focused exclusively on the townhome and co-op markets. She then relocated to South Carolina as president, commercial industrial division, at Strategic Real Estate Advisors in Charleston’s tri-county area.
"Our St. Helena shop is excited to have her as a collaborative partner," said Will Densberger, manager of the Engel & Voelkers St. Helena shop.
Biz Buzz: Napa mortgage origination branch moves to Flagstar
Judy Bickell and her team of mortgage advisers are now affiliated with Flagstar Bank and will remain at 2001 Jefferson St., Suite A in Napa, said a news release.
Mortgage advisers making the move to Flagstar include Judy Bickell, Joan Conversano, Jan Wamsley, Edith Guitron-Lona and Reina Perkins.
Also making the move to Flagstar, include assistants Amanda O’Bannion, Linda Garcia, Rudy Perez and Sophia Baker.
Flagstar has assets of $18.5 billion, is the fifth largest bank mortgage originator nationally, and the third largest savings bank in the country, said a news release. Flagstar’s mortgage division operates nationally through 75 retail locations.
Biz Buzz: Turner Moving & Storage celebrates 70-year anniversary and earns 'Spire Award'
Turner Moving & Storage of Napa is celebrating 70 years in business.
In addition, Turner Moving & Storage also recently earned the “Spire Award" from interstate carrier Wheaton World Wide Moving.
The Spire Award program is designed to recognize moving companies in the Wheaton Van line network that deliver a quality experience to customers. It is based on a combination of customer feedback and other service excellence performance metrics throughout the moving process, said a news release.
Turner Moving & Storage is located at 1570 Airport Blvd. in Napa.
Info: 707-255-8600, turnermoving.com
Biz Buzz: Dell’Ario recognized as a California Lawyer attorney of the year
Napa attorney Alan Charles “Chuck” Dell’Ario has been honored by the California legal press as one of its California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year. Known as a CLAY award, the honor acknowledges the most significant contributions to law and justice by California lawyers in the previous year, said a news release.
Biz Buzz: Napa businesses join forces to create 'Baby Central'
Whitney Farris of 4D Ultrasound of Napa Valley, Aileen Savage Photography, who specializes in newborn photography, and the Napa Valley Midwives have joined forces to create a space called "Baby Central."
The group hopes to become "Napa's one stop shop for prenatal and postpartum information and services."
The group is located at 1827 Clay St., suite 100.
Info: (707) 266-6174
Biz Buzz: Harry's Carpets now open in Napa
Harry’s Carpets announced the opening of a new location at 343 Third St. in Napa, near the Napa Expo.
Harry’s Carpets has been serving Napa and Solano counties for more than two decades, and is a third- generation flooring store, said a news release.
Harry’s Carpets offers hardwood, laminate, carpet, linoleum, repairs, baseboards and other products.
“We’ve been working in Napa for years. It just made sense to open a place for our friends and family here in Napa,” said Harry Sellers, owner of Harry’s Carpets.
“I don’t think we could have picked a better location. Our customers have played an integral role in our success, and we want to thank the community here in Napa.”
Biz Buzz: Napa businesses participate in blue ribbon campaign
Cope Family Center has partnered with Napa businesses for Paint the Town Blue, an awareness campaign to bring attention to the issue of child abuse.
Participating businesses display a Blue Ribbon Business decal, distribute information and encourage customers to get involved in child abuse prevention.
April is child abuse prevention month.
The following businesses are also donating a portion of sales to support Cope’s family support services: Ben & Jerry's, Bloom Salon, Boho Lifestyle, Don Perico, El Pollo Loco, Filippi’s Pizza Grotto, Heritage Eats, Hop Creek Pub, Kalifornia Jean Bar, Molinari Café. Napa Running Company, Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company, Napa Valley Hotel and Suites, Napa Valley Jewelers and Yoga Passion.
“Over 50 businesses are participating this year and we are grateful to each of them for taking a stand to help end child abuse in our community,” said Harmony Plenty, Cope's development and marketing director.
“We have also received generous support from sponsors Kaiser Permanente, John Brockway Huntington Foundation, Napa Chamber of Commerce, Nova Group, Long Electric and the K and J Jaeger Family Fund.”
Cope also invites the community to demonstrate their commitment to keeping children safe by buying a blue ribbon, said the release.
Donations of any amount will support Cope’s programs and services that empower parents with the education, resources and support they need to raise children who thrive. Cope will recognize every donation by displaying a blue ribbon with the donor’s name or message in its lobby throughout April.
The public is also invited to visit “Walk with Me: In the Shoes of Napa County’s Child Abuse Victims,” an exhibit that displays 242 pairs of children’s shoes, each representing one of the 242 victims and abuse and neglect in Napa County last year. The exhibit is on display at Cope starting April 8.
Info: copefamilycenter.org/blueribbon2019, 707-253-1123 x115.
Biz Buzz: C. Mondavi & Family announces promotions and appointments
C. Mondavi & Family announced a series of sales team promotions and a new hire.
The business appointed Riana Mondavi as director of chains off-premise - west and Spencer Tirschek as director of national accounts on-premise.
C. Mondavi & Family further welcomes new hire Christopher Mouriski as sales vice president - west.
In her new role, Riana Mondavi will continue to uphold the family legacy with her industry expertise, said a news release.
After joining the family business 2011, she worked her way up from Pacific Northwest regional sales manager to her latest role. She continues to serve as a family brand ambassador and is further utilized as a key spokesperson for the Mondavi’s fourth generation.
Mondavi is joined by Spencer Tirschek with his promotion to director national accounts on-premise.
Tirschek will continue driving on-premise sales with his leadership and wine acumen. With more than 12 years of industry experience, Tirschek previously held sales and management roles at Vintage Wine Distributor, Inc. before joining C. Mondavi & Family.
Additionally, Christopher Mouriski joins C. Mondavi & Family as the sales vice president - west.
Mouriski comes with over a decade of sales and sales finance experience within management and leadership roles from notable companies such as Beam Wine Estates and Delicato Family Vineyards. Most recently, Mouriski acted as director sales operations for Treasury Wine Estates.
Biz Buzz: Jones is new owner of Décor Shower Door and Glass
Jeremy Jones is the new owner of Décor Shower Door and Glass at 1819 Tannen St. in Napa.
Décor Shower Door and Glass has been open for 50 years, said a news release.
Jones worked for a different glass company in Napa for 19 years before he decided it was time to become his own boss, said the release.
He has been a foreman glazier for 22 years.
Biz Buzz: Regalia named executive director at Collabria Care
Collabria Care has appointed Celine Regalia as its new executive director. Regalia has filled the role on an interim basis since February.
In her previous role as director of operations, she oversaw the Collabria day program, human resources, volunteer services, facilities and medical records and other programs.
“It has been my honor to be associated with this incredible organization for the last 20 years,” said Regalia.
Regalia holds master’s degrees in both medical social work and speech pathology from California State University, San Jose.
Info: collabriacare.org, 707-258-9080
Biz Buzz: Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley offices receive awards
For the 25th year, Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley has received the Chairman’s Circle Award, awarded to only 57 Coldwell Banker companies out of more than 3,000 worldwide.
In addition, the company's Napa County office was recently ranked as the number one medium-sized affiliated office in the U.S. and California.
The St. Helena office was again ranked as the number one affiliated small-sized office in the U.S. and California.
Info: cbnapavalley.com, 707-258-5200
Biz Buzz: McKim named curator-in-residence at Queens Museum
Julie McKim has been named curator-in-residence at Queens Museum in Queens, New York.
McKim is an independent curator from Brooklyn, New York via Napa. She has held curatorial positions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, Oakland Museum of California, among others.
McKim began her career in the arts as a volunteer at the Oakland Museum, giving tours. She has produced curatorial projects in New York, California, Berlin and Vienna.
McKim studied Visual Culture and Women’s Studies at the University of Santa Cruz and Art History at Columbia University.
Biz Buzz: Chatterbox Wine Marketing acquired by investment group
An investment group led by Third Leaf Partners has acquired direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales group Chatterbox Wine Marketing, said a news release.
"Third Leaf Partners first worked with Chatterbox in 2018 and recognized its immediate impact DTC campaigns run by the Chatterbox team," said the release.
Third Leaf "immediately recognized Chatterbox’s ability to generate greater DTC sales and revenue."
Founded in 2009, Chatterbox, based in Napa, provides DTC Telesales outreach for premium wine brands.
Third Leaf Partners invests in, manages, advises and operates beverage and luxury hospitality businesses.
Current and past hospitality investments include Meadowood Napa Valley (St. Helena), The Napa Valley Reserve (St. Helena), Blackberry Farm (Tennessee), and others. Third Leaf also advises wineries based in California, Oregon, Washington, New Zealand, France, and Italy.
The company has a San Francisco mailing address.
Biz Buzz: Griffin named to president's circle
Carla Griffin of Napa, a sales associate/representative with Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley, has qualified to join the company’s 2018 International President’s Circle, said a news release.
"This prestigious membership has been awarded to the top 10 percent of all sales associates/representatives worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system," said the release.
Biz Buzz: Austin named area director of finance for the Meritage Resort & Spa and Vista Collina Resort
Rob Austin is the new area director of finance for The Meritage Collection’s Northern California properties, The Meritage Resort & Spa and Vista Collina Resort.
Austin brings 30 years of finance operations experience within the hotel/resort industry across various regions of the country, said a news release.
Most recently, Austin served as the director of finance for the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel.
Austin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Bryant College in Rhode Island.
Biz Buzz: Sigmon joins Napa Valley Physical Therapy Center
Lindsay Sigmon DPT has joined Napa Valley Physical Therapy Center.
Sigmon brings 15 years of experience in treating patients with chronic pain, orthopedic and neurological impairments, gait and balance deficits and post-surgical reconditioning, said a news release.
A native of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Sigmon is a graduate of Clemson University. She earned her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Medical University of South Carolina.
Biz Buzz: Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley ranked first
Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley's Napa office was again ranked as the number one Coldwell Banker affiliated office in the U.S. and state of California, said a news release.
Info: 1775 Lincoln Ave., Suite 100, Napa, 707-258-5200
Biz Buzz: First Street Napa welcomes Pera Rug Gallery as newest retail tenant
First Street Napa announced that Pera Rug Gallery will open in June at 1210 First St., adjacent to Mecox and Overland Sheepskin Co.
Pera Rug sells "a curated selection of unique handmade silk and wool rugs," said a news release.
“We carefully customize, manufacture and hand weave the finest rugs for our customers, so our collection and services will be a unique addition to First Street Napa’s quality retailers,” said Metin Demir of Pera Rug. “We’re excited to be a part of the thriving downtown Napa scene and contribute to its growth.”
Pera Rug also offers a variety of professional services such as rug cleaning, repair, restoration, appraisals and in-home trials.
Biz Buzz: Diaz named to '30 under 30' list
Associate Broker Josh Diaz, with Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley, has been named to REALTOR Magazine’s 2019 Class of 30 Under 30.
Diaz has a degree in business administration/real estate development and previously spent 10 years working in Napa’s hospitality industry.
Info: joshdiazrealestate.com, 707-694-5751
Biz Buzz: Dixon joins Terra Firma Global Partners in St. Helena
Terra Firma Global Partners announced that Napa County native Tom Dixon has joined the firm as an associate and will serve clients throughout Napa County.
“The Napa Valley is one of the most recognizable places in the world and it is obviously a highly desirable place to live, whether that means part-time to some people or all the time. We’ve been in a strong market for a number of years and I look forward to working with Terra Firma Global Partners,” Dixon said.
Dixon switched careers to real estate in 2005 after working for 20 years in the wine industry.
A graduate of St. Helena High School, he earned a BA in International Relations from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Info: 707-227-9870, TomDixonNapaValley.com
Biz Buzz: Bouchaine Vineyards appoints The Winebow Group as California distributor
Bouchaine Vineyards & Winery has appointed The Winebow Group to handle all of its wholesale distribution and sales in its home market of California, said a news release.
Family-owned Bouchaine Vineyards is located at 1075 Buchli Station Road in Napa.
Info: 707-252-9065, Bouchaine.com
Biz Buzz: GVM Law adds senior counsel Hollister
GVM Law announced that Jonathan Hollister is joining the firm as senior counsel and GVM Law’s existing 14-person estate planning group.
Hollister brings more than 25 years of experience in estate planning and real estate law to GVM Law, said a news release.
“We are delighted to welcome Jonathan Hollister to our team,” said Estate Planning Department head Jamie Watson.
Hollister comes to GVM Law with expertise in estate planning as a Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.
Biz Buzz: Pujals Team earns award
Jerry and Susan Pujals of Napa, with Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley, earned membership in the company’s International President’s Premier Circle.
This award represents the top 1 percent of all sales associates worldwide, said a news release.
The Pujals Team is also recognized for being the number one Coldwell Banker team for sales volume in California, said a release.
Biz Buzz: Lail Vineyards names Perry national sales manager
Robin Daniel Lail, proprietor of Lail Vineyards, announced that Matthew Perry has been appointed national sales manager.
"A successful sales professional with wine industry experience spanning two decades," Perry will oversee Lail Vineyards’ national sales and distribution, said a news release.
“We are delighted that Matthew has joined our team at Lail Vineyards,” said Lail. “He shares our passion for wine and family and worked for several years in his own family's distribution business."
Biz Buzz: Napa Square offers 'executive suite' concept
Cushman & Wakefield announced that Napa Square, located at 1455 First St. in downtown Napa, has introduced a new executive suite concept to the marketplace.
Situated on the second floor of the three-story building, the new offices are being offered to individuals or groups on a monthly or longer-term rental basis.
Major nearby corporate hubs like San Francisco and Oakland already have extensive executive suites, and coworking concepts (such as Regus and WeWork), said a news release.
One of the employers taking advantage of the new executive suites offered by Napa Square is Farella Braun + Martel, a law firm in San Francisco.
Info: Margaret R. Duskin, 415-773-3538, email@example.com
Biz Buzz: Lamb to receive distinguished alumni award
Tracy Lyn Lamb, the award-winning executive director of NEWS, an organization providing domestic violence and sexual abuse services in Napa Valley, has been named the 2019 Muskegon (Michigan) Community College (MCC) Distinguished Alumni Award recipient.
A Muskegon native, Lamb attended MCC from 1979 to 1983, when she graduated with an associate’s degree.
“When I came to MCC I didn’t have a lot of confidence in my academic ability,” Lamb said. “In high school, no one said to me, ‘Tracy, you are college material.’ I didn’t even consider applying to four-year institutions. I was the first in my family to attend college and Muskegon Community College felt like a safe place to start. It turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life.”
After MCC, Lamb earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Western Michigan University.
Lamb has been the executive director of NEWS since 2005.
Biz Buzz: The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley announces new ownership, board
The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley announced a new ownership structure and its first board of directors.
"Building on the success of the company’s 30th anniversary in 2018," Founder Tracy Hayward announced she now shares ownership with co-presidents and long-time employees, Chief Marketing Officer Michele Lex and Chief Financial Officer Medhane Kidane.
The Perfect Purée of Napa Valley, is a U.S. producer of premium fruit purées, zests and signature blends for culinary, pastry and beverage application, said a news release.
The new five-member board of director members are Hayward, Lex and Kidane along with long-time friends Sangeeta Patel, PhD and Michael Roy.
Biz Buzz: Napa's Harrington Investments announces sale of all Johnson and Johnson stock
Harrington Investments, Inc. (HII), a Napa Valley-based socially responsible investment advisory firm announced it is divesting its entire stock position in Johnson and Johnson (J&J) based upon the extensive litigation and multi-billion-dollar jury verdicts involving the company’s baby powder that contains asbestos.
“J&J recently lost a $4.69 billion lawsuit to 22 women who claimed the talc-based product caused their ovarian cancer, including the failure to make proper disclosures to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after the company’s own labs found that the company’s iconic baby powder contained asbestos,” said John Harrington, president and CEO of HII.
Biz Buzz: Mechanics Bank to aquire Rabobank
Mechanics Bank and Rabobank, N.A., a subsidiary of Rabobank Group, announced that Mechanics Bank will acquire Rabobank, N.A.
Mechanics Bank is a 114-year-old full-service community bank based in Walnut Creek, with 44 branches throughout California and more than $6 billion in assets.
Headquartered in Roseville, California, Rabobank, N.A. is a nationally chartered bank with 100 branches and more than $13 billion in assets.
The combined entity would operate under the Mechanics Bank name with 144 branches and in excess of $17 billion in total assets.
In the transaction, Mechanics will acquire Rabobank, N.A.’s retail, business banking, commercial real estate, mortgage, and wealth management businesses. Not included in the transaction are Rabobank, N.A.’s food and agribusiness assets, which with limited exceptions will transfer to Rabobank, N.A.’s affiliate, Rabo AgriFinance in St Louis, Missouri.
Total consideration for the transaction will be approximately $2.1 billion, subject to customary purchase price adjustments at closing. As part of the total consideration payable in the transaction, Rabobank Group will receive 9.9 percent of the outstanding shares of Mechanics Bank after giving effect to the transaction. Currently, 79 percent of Mechanics Bank’s outstanding shares are owned by Ford Financial Fund II.
Biz Buzz: Cope Family Center names new board members
Cope Family Center has elected Kathy Glass, Michael Purvis, Myles Davis and Armond Phillips to its board of directors.
Glass is co-owner and vice president of Platypus Tours, Ltd., and in addition to her background in corporate customer service at a senior management level, she brings decades of experience as a volunteer with multiple nonprofits.
Purvis is a marketing consultant with 50 years as a professional working in product management, advertising and branding. He became familiar with Cope through work he did to promote its 45th anniversary celebration in 2017.
Davis is the founder and co-owner of Myles Davis Electric, an electrical contracting firm specializing in winery and high-end residential work. Along with his 25 years of experience building that company, he also has a long history of supporting local nonprofits.
Phillips is a retired academic administrator and former interim president of Napa Valley College. His many decades of professional service in Napa, Marin, and Solano counties are accompanied by his extensive record as a volunteer in multiple organizations.