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North Bay's Best 2016 Winners

Celebrating the Best of the North Bay

Welcome to the BEST Of the North Bay issue of NorthBay biz magazine. Inside, we reveal the 2016 winners of our annual readers poll, and you’ll get a glimpse of why these companies were voted the BEST in the North Bay. This year, our readers’ response was once again great. There were more than 2,500 ballots cast, which translated to more than 55,000 votes in the 39 different categories. There were more than 1,000 companies and individuals who garnered votes, which underscores the depth and quality of the companies doing business in the North Bay. In many categories, the voting was close, and our congratulations go out to all the winners. This year’s Gold Medal winners are listed on page 92 and multiple-year winners (that have won the BEST Of designation more than once) are listed on page 93.
The awards celebration will take place May 19 at Peacock Gap Golf Club in San Rafael. The evening wouldn’t be possible without the support of all our fine sponsors: Bradley Real Estate, Northern California Carpenter’s Union, University of San Francisco, Ghilotti Construction, United Mechanical, Moss Adams, Summit State Bank, Trope Group, Blakeslee Electric, Aita & Associates, Crown Trophy, C.P.A. Valet and, of course, Peacock Gap. I’d like to thank them all, in advance, for their help in making it a night to remember. 

Pouring their award-winning wines that night will be an assortment of Wine Country’s finest, including Armida Winery, Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Ferrari-Carano Vineyards, Breathless Wines, Balletto Vineyards, Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards, Benziger Family Winery, Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards and Matanzas Creek Winery. Not to be outdone by their wine cousins, this year two award-winning breweries will be pouring also: Bear Republic Brewing Company and Lagunitas Brewing Company. The food complementing the award-winning wine and beer promises to be a feast in its presentation, quality and variety, thanks to Pat Sorber and her outstanding staff at Peacock Gap. 

Congratulations to all the winning companies, thanks to our staff and a special thanks to all our NorthBay biz readers, who took the time to vote for the BEST Of the North Bay. We’re looking forward to another outstanding and memorable event. 

A special thanks to our sponsors!
















Category North Bay's Best  Gold Medal
Business Style
Best Fine Jewelry Store E.R. Sawyer Jewelers Johann Paul Jewelers
Best Green Business Clear Blue Commercial Santa Rosa Recycling
Best Luxury Car Dealer Smothers European Lexus of Marin
Best Office Equipment Trope Group Inc. Interiors Inc.
Best Nonprofit/Charitable Organization Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) Lifehouse
 Business Entertaining
Best Restaurant John Ash & Co. Wild Fox Restaurant 
Best Catering Service Park Avenue Catering Kin Restaurant 
Best Local Brewery Bear Republic Brewing Co. Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Best Sparkling Wine Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards Breathless Wines
Best Sauvignon Blanc Benziger Family Winery Dutcher Crossing Winery
Best Chardonnay Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards LaCrema Winery
Best Pinot Noir Paradise Ridge Balletto Vineyards & Winery
Best Merlot Matanzas Creek Rodney Strong
Best Zinfandel Armida Winery Kunde Family Winery
Best Cabernet Sauvignon B.R. Cohn Jordan Winery
 Business Services
Best Accounting Firm Moss Adams Linkenheimer LLP
Best Architectural/Design Firm AXIA Architects TLCD Architecture 
Best Business Bank Summit State Bank
Best Chamber of Commerce Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
Best Chamber Event San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Petaluma Chamber of Commerce
Best Commercial Real Estate Company Keegan & Coppin Co., Inc. Newmark Cornish & Carey
Best Consumer Bank Umpqua Wells Fargo
Best Contractor/Builder Ghilotti Construction Co. Harkey Construction
Best Credit Union Redwood Credit Union Sonoma Federal Credit Union
Best Health Care Provider Kaiser Permanente Sutter Health
Best Insurance Brokerage George Petersen Insurance Agency Costello & Sons
Best Job Placement Service Nelson Perfect Timing Personnel 
Best Law Firm Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty O'Brien Watters & Davis
Best Real Estate Company Bradley Real Estate Coldwell Banker
Best Wealth Management Firm Private Ocean Spectrum Private Wealth
Companies & People
Best Business Community Leader Percy Brandon  
Best Company to Do Business with in Marin County Bank of Marin Bradley Electric
Best Company to Do Business with in Napa County Dickenson Peatman & Fogarty Umpqua Bank
Best Company to Do Business with in Sonoma County Summit State Bank Pisenti & Brinker
Business & Pleasure
Best Golf Course Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club FountainGrove Golf
Best Hotel Vintners Inn FountainGrove Inn
Best Place to Work Redwood Credit Union Coldwell Banker
Best Spa/Resort Meritage Resort and Spa Kenwood Inn & Spa
Best Wine Tasting Room Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery VML


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