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Banking & Finance
Joseph Martino retired from the Bank of Marin Bancorp board of directors after 13 years of service. A Marin resident since 1969, he had a 42-year career in banking, including 30 years with Wells Fargo Bank, 15 years of which were managing dozens of branch offices in the North Bay.
Redwood Credit Union named Jos? Alvarez manager of the two Sonoma Valley branches, located near Sonoma and in Glen Ellen. He has nearly 10 years of financial-services experience and previously served as a Sonoma Bank personal banker and a Wells Fargo branch manager. He is a longtime Sonoma resident and sits on the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center board of directors.
Dale Wannen launched independent investment advisory Sustainvest Asset Management, LLC, in Petaluma. It is focused on sustainable and responsible investing. He previously was portfolio manager with Harrington Investments.
Sonoma Bank hired Marco Pecunia as a loan officer in its Home Loan division in Santa Rosa. He most recently worked for Corsco Corporation as a golf professional.
Robin Stephani accepted a position as vice president of preconstruction at Wright Contracting of Santa Rosa. Recently, she was director of business development for Sonoma County BEST for the past year, significantly helping BEST move to another level in its startup year, coordinating the business retention and expansion efforts of BEST and working with BEST to attract new business to Sonoma County. She will stay involved in BEST?s ?100 in 100? business retention and expansion program and has volunteered to lead a committee promoting the development and inventorying of business development opportunity sites for BEST.
Joan Douglas-Fry joined WRA, Inc., in San Rafael as associate environmental planner and CEQA manager. Ms. Douglas-Fry was previously at ESA, a San Francisco-based environmental consultancy with locations throughout the West Coast and Florida. She has more than 16 years of environmental planning and management experience.
Jim Murphy & Associates promoted Salvador Lopez to project superintendent. He has been a carpenter and foreman for the general contractor and has managed construction teams and project schedules.
Hospitality and Tourism
Silverado Resort and Spa appointed Gary Collins as director of sales and Amy Walsh as director of catering and conference services. Her career in the hospitality industry includes being manager of 11 Carver Street, a fine dining restaurant in Massachusetts; Sweet & Savory, a high-end catering company; The Westin St. John; catering sales manager for 27-acre The Wequassett Resort and Golf Club in Massachusetts; and catering sales and group sales manager at the Riviera Palm Springs. Mr. Collins? career as a director of sales and marketing began in 1993, when he oversaw a total of 12 international properties in the New Otani Hotels Group. Since then, he has held this position at multiple hotels around the world.
Rohnert Park mixed-use community Sonoma Mountain Village appointed Gerard Giudice as event center director. A native of New York, Mr. Giudice is co-owner of Sally Tomatoes Caf?, Bar and Catering whose accolades include 2006 Most Charitable Business by Sonoma County Youth and Adult Development, 2007 Spirit of Sonoma Award and 2011 Business of the Year by the Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce.
Daniel Tanita, a resident of San Anselmo for 30 years called ?a dental version of TV?s Mr. Rogers,? won the Jefferson Award for his work to make the dream of a school-based dental clinic a reality. When Dr. Tanita began volunteering at the Peres School in 1997, he did dental checkups in a converted janitor?s closet. In March, he received the ?Hometown Heroes? award from Comcast. He also was recently honored by his alma mater, Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco.
Susan Losinski joined Massage Envy Spa in Santa Rosa. She is a certified massage therapist in March and has a master?s degree in medical massage.
Matt Marovich joined Wells Fargo Insurance in Petaluma as an employee benefits sales executive. He was previously with Sun Life Insurance. He lives in San Rafael with his wife and two children.
Jennifer Tyrell-Smith, CPA, of Larkspur-based Wilson Markle Stuckey Hardesty & Bott, was elected to the MarinSpace board of directors.
Michael Eckstein joined Grgich Hills Estate as associate winemaker. Mr. Eckstein was winemaker at Franciscan Oakville Estate for six years after gaining extensive experience in producing fine wines at Domaine Chandon, Rudd Vineyards and Winery and Robert Mondavi Winery. He earned a MS in food science and a BS in fermentation science from University of California, Davis.
Chappellet Vineyard named Jay James as director of sales and marketing. In this role, he will oversee both wholesale?and retail sales for the three brands in the Chappellet Family of Wines portfolio, which includes Chappellet Vineyard, Sonoma-Loeb and Cervantes. Most recently, Mr. James was vice president for fine wine at Southern Wine and Spirits of Nevada, where he managed 14 people and oversaw Southern?s premium portfolio for Las Vegas hotels, restaurants and retail. Prior to that, Mr. James was director of wine for the Bellagio Resort, where he managed 15 sommeliers and directed wine education for more than 2,000 employees in 26 restaurants. Mr. James was the 32nd American to earn the master sommelier designation, and is a regular featured speaker at top food and wine events.
Purple Wine Company promoted Michael Mestas to vice president and national sales manager. He joined the Graton-based company in 2008 and played a key role in Purple Wine Company?s more recent growth and success. He initially created the company?s retail National Chain Account Group, then moving into the role of division sales manager for the gulf, the southeast and the Atlantic regions. A 20-year industry executive before joining Purple, Mr. Mestas will now work on strategic and financial planning, brand development and organizational structure.