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Beyond the Boardroom

John Farrow

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Apr, 2018 Issue

North Bay native, John Farrow, acquired a love for building during childhood, creating entire cities with Legos. Today, he is president and chief executive officer of Farrow Construction—a nationwide company specializing in green building, sustainability, permit and planning and various residential and commercial building projects. In his 27th year of business, Farrow’s grown from a small company that started from scratch, with no loans or financing, to a business generating more than $20 million annually. Farrow’s current focus is on helping rebuild the residential homes of those affected by the October wildfires.


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Roni Brown

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
NBB Top 500, Mar, 2018

Roni Brown is vice president and marketing director at Summit State Bank as well as the strategic planner of all marketing and branding objectives. She’s been in banking for more than 25 years, and is active in the community, serving as board president for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), which supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe. Brown has lived in the North Bay most her life and currently lives in what’s left of the Coffey Park area of Santa Rosa. She’s the proud mother of her two daughters, and the grandmother of six grandchildren.


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Claudia Vecchio

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Mar, 2018 Issue

President and chief executive officer of Sonoma County tourism, Claudia Vecchio is an industry veteran with more than 30 years experience and a zest for travel that lives in her DNA. “From an early age, I heard tales of my grandparents traveling to far away countries,” she says. Born and raised in the Midwest, she eventually went on to Nevada where she was director of the state’s tourism and cultural affairs department, launching the statewide brand for Nevada. Vecchio currently lives in Cloverdale where she is spending time visiting local wineries and exploring the many wonders Sonoma County has to offer. 


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Local Hero: Rob Giordano

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Feb, 2018 Issue

Sonoma County Sheriff, Rob Giordano, began his career in law enforcement in 1989 after working as an auto mechanic—something he was involved in since the age of 14. He started as a police officer for the Pittsburg Police Department where he worked for seven years. In 2017, he was appointed as Sheriff.


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Craig Reid

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Jan, 2018 Issue

Chief executive officer and president of Auberge Resorts Collection, Craig Reid, has been in the hospitality business for almost 40 years. A graduate from Westminster College in London with a degree in hotel management, Reid thinks of running hotels as a team sport. “I’m deeply proud of how many ‘championship teams’ I have been a part of,” he says. This year, Travel and Leisure voted Auberge Resorts Collection the third best brand in the world and the leading brand in the Americas. “For me, that’s the equivalent of winning the Super Bowl, and all the credit goes to our fabulous team.” 


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Local Hero

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Dec, 2017 Issue

 Fire chief at Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and local hero, Loren Davis, has worked in the fire service more than 20 years. He entered the business after a bet on a basketball game to a friend and volunteer firefighter, which led him to join the Kenwood Volunteer Fire Department. Davis fell in love with his new career, and was eventually hired at Eldridge Fire Department in Glen Ellen. Davis was one of the first responders in October’s Tubbs Fire, where he and his crew from the Mountain Volunteer Fire Department were among the first on scene. 


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Clint St. Martin

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Dec, 2017 Issue

At 33, Clint St. Martin has been a hero most his life. He served in the Marine Corps as a staff sergeant and motor transport chief and deployed to Iraq in 2008. The North Bay native returned to Sonoma County and graduated with a degree in sociology from Sonoma State University. Longing for a sense of community andcamaraderie that the military provided, he joined the Mountain Volunteer Fire Department as afirefighter, engineer and certified emergency medical technician. 


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Bonnie Bergin

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Nov, 2017 Issue

Bonnie Bergin is the founder of Canine Companions for Independence as well as founder, president and chief academic officer of Bergin University of Canine Studies, founded in 1991. She originated the concept of the service dog in 1975 and educates both humans and canines to change the world by helping people live more independent lives.

Bergin was born in Washington, but considers herself a North Bay native. “My family moved to Cloverdale when I was two years old, and I spent my childhood between there and Willits,” she says. She and her husband, Jim, have been married for more than 50 years. They live on their ranch in Santa Rosa with three dogs, a rescue cat and nine American Bashkir Curley horses.


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Josh Johnsen

Oct, 2017 Issue

Josh Johnsen is corporate vice president and partner at George Petersen Insurance Agency in Santa Rosa. He graduated from Sacramento State University with a degree in business and an emphasis on insurance. Following in his father’s footsteps, he went to work in the insurance industry. He’s been in the insurance business for 25 years and attributes his strong work ethic to his parents.


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Letitia Hanke

Author: Mallorie Kerrigan
Sep, 2017 Issue

Letitia Hanke is the chief executive officer and president of ARS Roofing, Solar and Electric in Santa Rosa. She grew up in Lake County and attended Sonoma State University from 1993 to 1997 with an emphasis on recording and performing arts in the music department. “I still enjoy getting away in my home studio,” she says.  With a great love for Sonoma County, Hanke and her 14-year-old son, Emil, live in Windsor where she plans to stay.


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Byron Enix

Author: Sarah Treseler
Aug, 2017 Issue

Byron Enix is president and chief executive officer of American AgCredit in Santa Rosa. Born in Oklahoma, he grew up in Kansas. As he explains it, his career path was relatively straightforward. “I was told by my junior high social studies teacher that I couldn’t list ‘professional football player’ as my future career,” Enix says. “So I asked my dad what he did, as up until then I didn’t really know. And although my current profession wasn’t what my Dad did, he explained that there were companies that made loans to farmers and ranchers. So I decided that’s what I wanted to do.”


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Zach Adelman

Author: Sarah Treseler
Jul, 2017 Issue

is founder and chief executive officer of Navitas Organics in Novato. “I’m originally from Toronto, Canada, but I left in 1990 and have been on the West Coast ever since,” he says. “I started working at a very young age and in many ways have always been an entrepreneur. I started with a paint contracting business in Whistler, and then an import-export business in Vancouver."


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Jim Brush

Columnist: Karen Hart
Jul, 2017 Issue

Jim Brush 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

Jim Murphy 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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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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Rebuilding Better

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Starting Over

Last October, Sonoma County experienced a natural disaster of epic proportions. Many people perished when tens of thousands of acres were ravaged by a firestorm. At least 4,655 homes were destroyed ...

Getting Back to Business

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