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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: email@example.com, 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: OLE Health to host grand opening May 22
OLE Health will host grand opening and ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, May 22, at 4 p.m. to mark the opening of OLE Health’s new Napa Valley Vintners South Napa Campus location.
This new 30,000-square-foot, three-story flagship facility will allow OLE Health to serve more patients, provide new jobs, "and better support our team-based, patient-centered model of care," said a news release.
The facility will also offer optometry services, "a significant dental services expansion," integrated behavioral health and an edible garden and teaching kitchen.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Biz Buzz: Napa's River Park Manor sold as part of $116 million deal
Newmark Knight Frank announced that it has represented the seller in a $116 million portfolio sale of seven apartment communities in six Bay Area cities. The properties are located in Napa, Vallejo, Hercules, Antioch, Dublin and Hayward.
The Napa property sold in the deal is the River Park Manor apartment complex located at 695 S. Jefferson St., near the River Park Shopping Center. It has 105 units.
San Francisco-based Reliant Group Management purchased the portfolio, which consists of 603 apartments totaling 478,345 rentable square feet.
The seller was an undisclosed private company.
NKF’s Richard Knutson, Anthony Pappageorge, Zach LeBeouf and Will Thomas advised on the sale.
Biz Buzz: Brotemarkle Davis & Co. announces new staff
Brotemarkle Davis & Co., LLP, an accounting and advisory firm specializing in the wine and hospitality industries, announced the addition of two new staff members to the team.
Ethan Harkleroad, CPA known as “The Learner” in the firm, joins the audit team from San Diego, where he held roles in both public and private accounting. Harkleroad was drawn to the Northern California wine country by his passion for wine and to BDCo by his interest in performance management.
Nathan Panek, the firm’s “Coach,” is a graduate of San Jose State with a degree in advertising. He will be joining the administrative staff at BDCo as he works to complete his MBA. In 2015, he changed careers and relocated from Colorado to the Napa Valley where he has been working in the wine industry and at his family vineyard.
Info: bdcocpa.com, 707-963-4466
Biz Buzz: Vanoli receives realtor award
Jim Vanoli of Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley was awarded the Sterling Society Award for his sales production in 2018. Vanoli is in his ninth full year as a Realtor.
Recipients of this award are among the top 25 percent of all Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide, said a news release.
This is the seventh year he has received the award.
Info: 707-337-5946, JimVanoli.com
Biz Buzz: Lampe earns real estate award
Giselle Lampe of Napa, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley, has earned membership in the company’s International President’s Premier.
This award represents the top 3 percent of all 92,000 sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system.
Lampe is ranked in the top five sales associates within Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley.
Info: 707-266-8086, email@example.com
Biz Buzz: Yountville Chamber of Commerce announces awards
The Yountville Chamber of Commerce will announce its 2019 Business & Community Awards at the Membership Jubilee & Awards Ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on May 2, at the Lincoln Theater in Yountville.
Award winners were nominated by Yountville Chamber of Commerce Members and chosen by the Yountville Chamber Board of Directors.
The 2019 winners are:
Business of the Year: Kelly’s Filling Station and Wine Shop
Business Leader of the Year: Dr. Boyd Dennington, Yountville Dental
Employee of the Year: Stephanie Leavitt, Director of Sales & Marketing, Bardessono and Hotel Yountville
Citizen of the Year: Kimberly Cook, Yountville Art Walk Co-Creator, Chair, Zoning & Design Review Board for the Town of Yountville
Volunteer of the Year: Carol Thistlethwaite, Yountville Welcome Center Volunteer
Special Recognition: Be Kind Napa, presented by Alaina’s Voice Foundation
Info: web.yountville.com/events, 707-944-0904
Biz Buzz: Napa River Park parcel, home to Planet Fitness, sold for $5.8 million
One part of the River Park Shopping center property, currently home to a Planet Fitness gym, has been sold for $5.8 million.
The center parcel is located at 1525 W. Imola Ave. The deed was recorded on Feb. 26.
The seller is ZR River Park LLC. The buyer is the “Collins Family Trust 2014,” with a mailing address in Sonoma.
Before Planet Fitness, tenants at the property included Fresh & Easy and a Vallerga’s market.
This center parcel is separate from the rest of the River Park Shopping Center, which has other ownership.
Biz Buzz: Krassner Dawson named public information officer for NVC
Holly Krassner Dawson has been named the public information officer for Napa Valley College.
Krassner Dawson has more than 20 years’ experience working in communications, including with KQED TV and Radio, Diablo Publications, Copia and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Most recently, Krassner Dawson was executive director of Leadership Napa Valley.
For the past 10 years, she has also provided marketing and communications consultation to a number of businesses and nonprofits in the Valley, including Arts Council Napa Valley, city of Napa, and Queen of the Valley Medical Foundation.
Biz Buzz: Wells Fargo donated $23 million to Bay Area nonprofits in 2018
Wells Fargo announced that the company donated more than $23 million through 899 grants to local nonprofits, schools and community organizations in 2018 to help the cities and people of the Bay Area and surrounding counties in need.
Those include Napa, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma counties.