Beyond the Boardroom

Jim Brush

Columnist: Karen Hart
Jul, 2017 Issue

is the president and chief executive officer of Summit State Bank in Santa Rosa. He was born in San Francisco and spent his childhood summers at the family cabin, along the Russian River in Summer Home Park. Brush graduated from Golden Gate University, San Francisco, in 1979 with a degree in accounting and earned his certified public accountant designation the same year. In 1982, he moved to Healdsburg and opened a tax practice there, where he worked for 21 years before selling the business in 2003. Today, he and his wife, Nancy, live in Healdsburg where they raised their three children, and share a passion for wanderlust.


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Percy Brandon

Author: Sarah Treseler
NBB Best Of, Jun, 2017

Last year’s winner of Best Business Community Leader, Percy Brandon, is general manager of Vintners Inn/John Ash & Co. in Santa Rosa. Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Brandon moved to Canada in 1991, and Santa Rosa in 2000.


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Katie Schou

Author: Sarah Treseler
May, 2017 Issue

Sausalito resident Katie Schou is the executive director of the Send It Foundation. For Schou, the foundation has a particularly special meaning. “My older brother founded the Send It Foundation,” she says. “He was diagnosed with a rare cancer at the age of 35. An avid skier and outdoorsman, he had a vision to bring the activities that brought him strength and life during his fight for life to other young adults in the cancer fight. He founded Send It in the last year of his life. When he passed away, I left my job and took on the foundation to bring his vision to life.”


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Jim Murphy

Author: Sarah Treseler
Apr, 2017 Issue

is president of Jim Murphy and Associates, a construction company located in Santa Rosa. “I started in the drywall business when I was 23 years old,” says Murphy. “When I was 27 or 28, I started building some single-family homes, then when I was 30, I sold my drywall business. I’d been drag racing and was approached by Coca-Cola to race under their banner. I did this for four years all over the United States.


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Katie Davis

Author: Sarah Treseler
NBB Top 500, Mar, 2017

Katie Davis, PG&E


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Ben Cane

Author: Sarah Treseler
Mar, 2017 Issue

Born and raised in Australia, Ben Cane is head winemaker at Westwood Wines in Sonoma. “Wine has always been a part of my family,” says Cane. “My parents are both great cooks, would love to throw dinner parties and have lots of great wine as part of the meal so I always associated wine with fun and laughter, great food and great people. My folks would take me to wine festivals and celebrations, and I always loved the beautiful places vines would grow.


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Cathryn Couch

Author: Sarah Treseler
Jan, 2017 Issue

Cathryn Couch, Ceres Community Project


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John Wotring Sr.

Author: Sarah Treseler
Dec, 2016 Issue

John Wotring Sr., Primrose Alzheimer's Living


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Kat Doescher

Author: Sarah Treseler
Nov, 2016 Issue

Kate Doescher, Madrone Estate Winery, Lake Sonoma Winery


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Pete Downs

Author: Sarah Treseler
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2016

Pete Downs, Family Winemakers of California


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Leslie Ruhland

Author: Sarah Treseler
Oct, 2016 Issue

Leslie Ruhland, Accuchex Corporation


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Alena Wall

Author: Sarah Treseler
Sep, 2016 Issue

Alena Wall, Center for Well-Being


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Jamison Watts

Author: Alexandra Russell and Sarah Treseler
Jul, 2016 Issue

Jamison Watts, Marin Agricultural Land Trust


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Gordon Huether

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jun, 2016 Issue

Artist Gordon Huether


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Jill Techel

Author: Alexandra Russell
May, 2016 Issue

Jill Techel, mayor of Napa


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Doug Hilberman

Author: Alexandra Russell
Apr, 2016 Issue

Doug Hilberman, AXIA Architects


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Ron Nersesian

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2016 Issue

Ron Nersesian, Agilent Technologies


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Clay Gregory

Author: Alexandra Russell
Mar, 2016 Issue

Clay Gregory, Visit Napa Valley


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Geof Syphers

Author: Alexandra Russell
Feb, 2016 Issue

Sonoma Clean Power CEO Geof Syphers


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Mary Beth Ludwig

Author: Alexandra Russell
Jan, 2016 Issue

Mary Beth Ludwig of Anova in Santa Rosa


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Jeff Blakeslee

Author: Alexandra Russell
Dec, 2015 Issue

Jeff Blakeslee of Blakeslee Electric


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Keith Rogal

Author: Alexandra Russell
Nov, 2015 Issue

Napa-based developer Keith Rogal


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Christopher Sawyer

Author: Alexandra Russell
Special Wine Issue, Oct, 2015

Sommelier/wine educator Christopher Sawyer


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Mark Fishkin

Author: Alexandra Russell
Oct, 2015 Issue

Mark Fishkin, founder of the Mill Valley Film Festival


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Ylisa Sanford Seymour

Author: Alexandra Russell
Sep, 2015 Issue

Ylisa Sanford Seymour, partner at Spectrum Wealth Management in Santa Rosa


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