Midstate Construction Completes The Oaks Apartments

The Oaks Apartments

Midstate Construction Corporation recently completed rehabilitation of The Oaks Apartments, a multi-family residential community in Walnut Creek, CA for developer EAH Housing.

Designed by Anne Phillips Architecture, this project included rehabilitation of 36 units, community room and sitework.

Project highlights:

  • Complete interior and exterior renovation; new cabinets and countertops, appliances, play structure, community BBQ, ductless Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) HVAC system, windows, siding, trash enclosure, redwood fencing, new signage, site work and site lighting
  • All units received high efficiency heat pump systems, constant run exhaust fans with humidity modules

Structural steel moment frames and seismic upgrades to current requirements

Redwood Credit Union Receives Marketing Impact Award for Investment Digital Newsletters

Redwood Credit Union (RCU) was awarded the Gold Impact award for Marketing at the “No Boundaries!” 2017 Annual Conference, recently hosted by CUSO Financial Services, LP (CFS) and Sorrento Pacific Financial LLC (SPF) in San Diego, Calif. The award was given for RCU’s monthly digital investment newsletter campaign.

The investment e-newsletters, which were developed by RCU’s marketing team in partnership with RCU’s wealth management team, are delivered monthly to approximately 14,000 member households. Each issue features three informative investment-related articles in each issue, which link back to RCU’s website. In addition, the newsletter allows members to set up a free, no-obligation appointment with one of RCU’s nine CFS representatives and advisors to review their investment and financial planning needs.

Affiliated with broker-dealer and registered investment advisor CFS, RCU’s wealth management group saw strong results, gaining 126 new unique clients for a total of 164 new accounts and $9.9 million in invested dollars as a direct result of the digital newsletter program in 2016.

“RCU is always striving to set itself apart by offering personalized service, and delivering timely, relevant information to our members through our digital newsletter is one of the many ways we do this,” said Tom Hubert, senior vice president of wealth management, auto, and insurance services at RCU. “We’re grateful to our marketing team for helping us develop this strategy to educate and inform our members, and we’re honored to receive this award from CFS.”

RCU previously received a Gold Impact award in 2016 for their geo-targeted marketing campaign.

About Redwood Credit Union

Founded in 1950, Redwood Credit Union is a full-service financial institution providing personal and business banking to consumers and businesses in the North Bay and San Francisco. RCU offers complete financial services including checking and savings accounts, auto and home loans, credit cards, online and mobile banking, business services, commercial and SBA lending, wealth management and investment services, and more. The Credit Union also offers insurance and discount auto sales through their wholly-owned subsidiary. RCU currently has $3 billion in assets and serves over 266,000 Members with full-service branches from San Francisco to Ukiah, more than 30,000 fee-free network ATMs nationwide and convenient, free online and mobile banking. For more information, call 1 (800) 479-7928, visit www.redwoodcu.org, or follow RCU on Facebook at facebook.com/redwoodcu and Twitter at @Redwoodcu for news and updates.

About CUSO Financial Services, LP and Sorrento Pacific Financial LLC

Full-service, sister broker dealers CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (CFS) and Sorrento Pacific Financial LLC (SPF) (Members FINRA/SIPC) provide customized investment and insurance solutions to nearly 200 credit unions and banks throughout the country.  Headquartered in San Diego, with branch offices and licensed representatives nationwide, both broker dealers are SEC Registered Investment Advisers, with expertise in key areas including retirement services, wealth management, and fee-based and insurance products for both individuals and business customers.  For more information, see www.cusonet.com or www.sorrentopacific.com.

Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (“CFS”), registered broker-dealers (Members FINRA www.finra.org /SIPC www.sipc.org ) and SEC Registered Investment Advisors.  Products offered through CFS: are not federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of credit unions or banks, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal. Credit unions and banks contract with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members or bank clients.

Sonoma State Unviersity’s School of Business and Economics Awarded $10,000 Community Impact Grant

The School of Business and Economics (SBE) at Sonoma State University (SSU) today announced that it received a $10,000 Community Impact Grant from New York Life, to enhance SBE academic and career services programs. Distinguished SBE alumnus and professional faculty member, Sanford Bressick ’85, facilitated the grant.

“Sonoma State University had a formative influence on me and I want to help provide the same rich experience for today’s young adults,” Sanford Bressick ’85, a financial services professional with New York Life said. “I’m proud to work for a company that encourages its agents and employees to devote their time, energy, and talents to support the needs and priorities of their local community.”

“One of the ways that we’re able to create extraordinary learning experiences for our students is by building a vibrant community of professionals and alumni like Sanford. We’re grateful for this generosity and wealth of expertise that serves to enhance student learning and career success,” Dr. William S. Silver, Dean of the School of Business and Economics said.

The Community Impact Grant program awards funds to local non-profit organizations championed by New York Life agents. For more information regarding programs and degrees in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University, please call (707) 664 – 2377 or visit www.sonoma.edu/sbe.

BioMarin Pharmaceutical Launches Gene Therapy Drug Plant in Novato

BioMarin Pharmaceutical on Monday dedicated its new Novato manufacturing facility which is expected to be key in its continuing clinical trials on a drug the company believes will potentially genetically repair the cause of hemophilia A.

Before a crowd of 300 to 400 people, the company, which manufactures drugs mostly for rare diseases, called its new production location the largest gene-therapy-manufacturing facility in the world. The project was completed 11 months ahead of schedule, employing 300 people in 200,000 construction hours, according to Robert Baffi, the firm’s executive vice president, Technical Operations.

Jean-Jacques Bienaimé, chairman and CEO of BioMarin, said the drug to be produced at the location, BMN 270 gene therapy for hemophilia A, has “the potential to change what future doctors learn about hemophilia.”

Because of a genetic flaw, the blood of those who have hemophilia does not clot. The mutation takes places in a single gene that provides instructions to make a protein called Factor VIII, which is essential for blood to clot normally.

According to the company, the drug thus far in investigational clinical trials has shown the ability to genetically correct the problem and allow patients to manufacture and maintain a constant level of Factor VIII. Production of the drug to be used in those continuing trials will begin “as soon as possible” in Novato.

Among those affected by the hemophilia is the son of Christine Orr – a speaker at today’s event. “Genetic roulette” resulted in an older son being born without the problem.

But soon after her younger son was born, it became apparent he had “little or no” clotting factor. Every other day, home infusions of clotting factor have helped curb the problem, but she said her son experienced the stigma of “parents being afraid to invite him to birthday parties or play dates” over what might happen if he were to be hurt.

She said a one-shot treatment to potentially genetically treat and cure the disease gives her hope “that yes, a cure is on my horizon, and he can choose his path in life and not have hemophilia choose it for him.”

On Aug. 2, BioMarin Pharmaceutical reported it reaped $317 million in second-quarter revenue, up 6 percent from the same quarter in 2016.

It operated a loss of $37 million for the second quarter, but far less than the $419 million loss in the same quarter last year. The last quarter’s losses amounted to 21 cents per diluted share.

BioMarin, which has six main drugs on the market, had two huge contributors to second-quarter revenue: Kuvan, with $102 million, and Vimizim, with $103 million.

Kuvan, sapropterin dihydrochloride, treats a genetic disorder called phenylketonuria. BioMarin bought global rights to Kuvan in 2015 from Merck for 340 million euros, about $405 million. PKU is rare, and causes amino acid phenylalanine to build up in the body. The buildup of the amino acid can cause grave health problems.

Vimizim treats patients with mucopolysaccharidosis type IV-A, also called Morquio A syndrome, which is a metabolic disorder that inhibits the body’s ability to process certain mucopolysaccharides. It is usually inherited.

Sonoma Raceway Raises More Than $78,000 Raised for Area Non-Profits During NHRA Weekend in Sonoma

Charitable events combined to raise more than $78,000 for Northern California non-profit groups during the 30th Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals at Sonoma Raceway, July 28-30.

The proceeds from the majority of events will benefit Sonoma County youth organizations through the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of the raceway, which has distributed more than $5.6 million to qualified youth groups since 2001.

Fundraising kicked off on Thursday, July 27, at the 11th annual Eric Medlen Nitro Night, which raised more than $28,000. The evening honors the memory of Medlen, a native of Oakdale in the San Joaquin Valley, who succumbed to injuries sustained from a testing accident in 2007. All proceeds from the evening benefit SCC in Medlen’s name. Since its inception, this event has raised more than $268,000.

A number of popular NHRA personalities highlighted the evening, including emcee Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, Scotty Pollacheck, Austin Prock, Dean “Guido” Antonelli and Eric Lane. Nearly 100 attendees turned out for the dinner, including Medlen’s mother, Mimi, and his father, John.

Highlights of the evening included a wine and hors d’ oeuvres reception sponsored by First Republic Bank and a rodeo roping demonstration, presented by McDonald’s/Costa Organization. The evening closed out with a live auction for a custom, engraved wine bottle, a signed and framed Medlen shirt and a personal John Force Racing pit tour with Ashley Force-Hood, which all together netted more than $6,700.

Additionally, over $2,400 was raised from donations at the Eric Medlen Ice Cream Social on Sunday, July 30. Following the final round of eliminations, fans were invited to enjoy a free scoop of ice cream, compliments of Clover Sonoma, and make a donation to SCC.  Speedway Children’s Charities also netted donations through an NHRA online auction as well as the “Let’s Go Karting” charity raffle.

In addition to the proceeds generated for SCC, Levy Restaurants, the official caterer of Sonoma Raceway, hosted six local non-profit groups to support concession stands around the facility. In return for their hard work, Levy gives back a portion of sales to support those non-profit organizations. These groups, including California Martial Arts Institute, Cotati-Rancho Unified School District, Petaluma Elks Lodge 901, Native Sons of the Golden West, Ohana Wa’a Outrigger Canoe Club and Vallejo Raiders Youth Football, received a total of $46,000 from NHRA weekend.

Levy Restaurants also donated nearly 1,500 pounds of food to Food Runners, a San Francisco-based non-profit that collects and distributes quality, perishable and prepared foods to those in need.

Finally, as part of NHRA’s “Project Nitro Hugs,” fans attending the Toyota NHRA Sonoma Nationals were able to purchase stuffed Nitro Dogs, which were donated to first responders in Sonoma County including the California Highway Patrol, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office and Falck Northern California/verihealth ambulance services. The goal of the program, which is part of NHRA’s efforts to salute First Responders in 2017, is to collect stuffed animals for first responders to give to children they encounter in traumatic situations and to comfort a child in need.

For more information about the Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities or to make a donation, visit SonomaRaceway.com/scc or contact Cheri Plattner at (707) 933-3950 or cplattner@SonomaRaceway.com. If your non-profit group is interested in working with Levy Restaurants at an upcoming event, contact Kimberly Conte at kconte@Levyrestaurants.com or 707-939-1454.

Redwood Credit Union Advisors Recognized for Outstanding Performance in Investment Services

Redwood Credit Union (RCU) announced that Mike DeFazio earned the 2016 Gold Pacesetter Award, while Clark Matthiessen earned the Silver Pacesetter Award, and Christine Foster, and Joseph Turfa each earned the Bronze Pacesetter Award at the “No Boundaries!” 2017 Annual Conference, recently hosted by CUSO Financial Services, LP (CFS) and Sorrento Pacific Financial LLC (SPF) in San Diego, Calif.

Affiliated with broker-dealer and registered investment advisor, CUSO Financial Services, LP, DeFazio, Matthiessen, Foster, and Turfa were recognized for being the top-producing registered representatives among hundreds of CFS and SPF credit union and bank programs across the country.

DeFazio joined RCU’s wealth management team in 2007, bringing more than 10 years of business and management experience. Matthiessen has been a financial advisor at RCU for 16 years. Foster has more than 24 years of experience in financial services and has been with RCU for 16 years. Turfa joined RCU’s wealth management team in 2009, bringing more than 15 years of retirement planning and investment expertise.

“We’re proud to see these advisors recognized for their accomplishments,” said Tom Hubert, senior vice president of wealth, auto and insurance services at RCU. “In a crowded industry, these individuals have differentiated themselves by focusing on Member needs and providing personalized service. They are an inspiration to all of us who strive for excellence in our profession.”

About Redwood Credit Union

Founded in 1950, Redwood Credit Union is a full-service financial institution providing personal and business banking to consumers and businesses in the North Bay and San Francisco. RCU offers complete financial services including checking and savings accounts, auto and home loans, credit cards, online and mobile banking, business services, commercial and SBA lending, wealth management and investment services offered through CFS, and more. The Credit Union also offers insurance and discount auto sales through their wholly-owned subsidiary. RCU currently has $3.5 billion in assets and serves over 285,000 Members with full-service branches from San Francisco to Ukiah, free ATM access nationwide, and convenient, free online and mobile banking. For more information, call 1 (800) 479-7928, visit www.redwoodcu.org, or follow RCU on Facebook at facebook.com/redwoodcu and Twitter at @Redwoodcu for news and updates.

About CUSO Financial Services, LP and Sorrento Pacific Financial LLC

Full-service, sister broker dealers CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (CFS) and Sorrento Pacific Financial LLC (SPF) (Members FINRA/SIPC) provide customized investment and insurance solutions to nearly 200 credit unions and banks throughout the country.  Headquartered in San Diego, with branch offices and licensed representatives nationwide, both broker dealers are SEC Registered Investment Advisers, with expertise in key areas including retirement services, wealth management, and fee-based and insurance products for both individuals and business customers.  For more information, see www.cusonet.com or www.sorrentopacific.com.

Non-deposit investment products and services are offered through CUSO Financial Services, L.P. (“CFS”), registered broker-dealers (Members FINRA www.finra.org /SIPC www.sipc.org ) and SEC Registered Investment Advisors.  Products offered through CFS: are not federally insured, are not guarantees or obligations of credit unions or banks, and may involve investment risk including possible loss of principal. Credit unions and banks contract with CFS to make non-deposit investment products and services available to credit union members or bank clients.

Marin Sanitary Service’s Patty Garbarino Named to Golden Gate Bridge Board

Patty Garbarino, president and CEO of Marin Sanitary Service, was tapped by Marin County supervisors Tuesday to fill a seat on the Golden Gate Bridge district’s Board of Directors.

She replaces Dietrich Stroeh as Marin’s public member on the board. Stroeh, of Novato, died in May after serving on the panel since 1997. He was 80.

Garbarino, 62, of San Rafael, will serve for two years and then be subject to reappointment by supervisors. Garbarino has served as president of Marin Sanitary since 2000. The San Rafael-based refuse and recycling business has 254 employees and a fleet of 100 trucks.

“I look forward to the privilege of serving,” Garbarino said Tuesday. “It’s an absolute honor.”

Garbarino said she doesn’t have an agenda as she joins the 19-member board that, among other things, is working on major suicide barrier and seismic retrofit projects and balancing its budget by raising tolls annually.

“I’m one to listen and learn and think about issues,” she said. “I need to learn and listen to make good decisions for the citizens of Marin.”

Applications for the position were also received from: V-Anne Chernock, Stephen Doughty, Jim Elias, Dennis Fisco, James Grossi, Eric Holm, William McNicholas, Preston Romero and Sandy Stadtfeld. While the supervisors could have interviewed candidates Tuesday, they chose to appoint Garbarino based on her application.

“It’s a truly impressive group,” Supervisor Damon Connolly said of the applicants. “But I believe one applicant from the list holds a unique place of stature in the community. Patty Garbarino has shown leadership in her field.”

The bridge board represents six counties and meets once a month. The Marin contingent includes two county supervisors, Judy Arnold and Kate Sears; an elected municipal official ratified by supervisors, Councilwoman Alice Fredericks of Tiburon; and a member of the general public, which is Garbarino.

Directors are paid $50 per meeting day, up to a maximum of $5,000 in a year, with the exception of the president of the board who may be paid a maximum of $7,500 in a year. Board members also receive health care benefits from the bridge district and are reimbursed for mileage if they travel from outside of San Francisco for meetings.

San Rafael Chamber Recognizes Patricia Kendall as Women of Industry Honoree

The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce will host the Fifth Annual “Women of Industry” Luncheon and Marketplace on Thursday, November 16, at Peacock Gap Golf Club. Every year since 2013, the Chamber has recognized a Marin Businesswoman who exemplifies extraordinary leadership in her industry. This year, the Chamber will honor Patricia Kendall, medical group administrator of Kaiser Permanente’s San Rafael Medical Center. She is joined by three other exceptional industry and community leaders: Joan Capurro, Ann Brebner, Patty Garbarino and Melissa Prandi.

“Patricia Kendall ( known affectionately as Pat), was selected based on her leadership and community contributions in San Rafael and beyond,” said Joanne Webster, San Rafael Chamber of Commerce CEO. “We had many amazing nominees this year, however Pat’s dedication to championing the spirit of working together to assure needs are met for all people in our community is what this award is all about.”

For three decades, Kendall has worked tirelessly to build a healthier Marin. At Kaiser, Kendall models leadership and volunteerism, linking individuals, agencies, leaders and policy-makers, while creating sustainable community change. She champions a spirit of working together across all physical, geographic and organization boundaries, to create a community that lives healthier, committed to one another.

Kendall has been with Kaiser since 1973. Trained as an emergency room nurse, Kendalls’ first foray into community leadership began thirty years ago when she helped form Marin’s paramedic program, a service she continues to support as a member of the Emergency Medical Care Committee.

Kendal is the driving force behind Healthy Marin Partnership (HMP), a collation of health, education and philanthropic organizations creating a healthier community by focusing “upstream” on prevention to address the County’s major health issues. Programs and policies incubated by HMP include Marin’s smoke free and social host ordinances, parent University and Peer Summit, Play Fair Marin, Canal Community Gardens and Children’s Health Initiative.

The “Women of Industry” Luncheon and Marketplace is in recognition of all the successful Women Business Owners, Professionals and Entrepreneurs here in Marin County. This event draws over 300 professional women and men from the Marin business community. Proceeds of the event underwrite the event costs, as well as add to our “Women of Industry” Scholarship Fund. This fund was established to provide tuition fees for a deserving woman entrepreneur or small business owner to attend the San Rafael Leadership Institute. For more information and tickets, please visit srchamber.com

The San Rafael Chamber represents over 600 members with over 26,000 employees. The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce is a member-based business advocacy organization providing a strong voice in support of the economic vitality of our community. For more information, visit www.srchamber.com.

College of Marin (COM) invites you to participate in our annual Fall Career Exploration Fair

Dear Community Partner,

College of Marin (COM)  invites you to participate in our annual Fall Career Exploration Fair slated for Thursday, September 14 from 10:30AM-1:30PM outside of our Student Learning Center.

The Fair is open to all current College of Marin students, alumni, and members of our community.  We are looking for employers and agencies interested in promoting job openings, internships, and other career opportunities that would be appropriate for our diverse student population.   The focus of this event will be helping our students find professional learning opportunities (i.e. internships, job shadows) rather than ‘job placement.’  If you are interested in joining us, please fill out this Career Exploration Fair Registration Form.

The cost of a table at the COM Career Exploration Fair is $50; this fee is non-refundable.   Non-profit and government organizations are exempt from paying this fee.  The fee includes:

  • A 6’ table or a shared 8’ table
  • Two chairs
  • A parking pass
  • Light lunch for up to two representatives from your agency

Within two weeks of filling out the registration form, you will be notified with a confirmation or spot on the waitlist.

We look forward to hosting you on our campus.  If you have any questions, please contact:

Sofie Janney-Roberts
Transfer and Career Center Coordinator
415-485-9671
sjanneyroberts@marin.edu

or

Lissette Flores
Internship and Service Learning Coordinator
415-485-9670
lmflores@marin.edu

Sonoma State University Will Host The Academy of Wine Business Research Conference July 26 – 27

The Wine Business Institute (WBI) at Sonoma State University (SSU) will host the 10th annual Academy of Wine Business Research (AWBR) conference July 26 and 27, including paper presentations, breakout sessions, and panel discussions on current issues, innovations, and challenges faced by the global wine industry. Confirmed attendees represent wine businesses and academic institutions in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States.

From Ray Johnson, Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute:

“It’s a pleasure to offer this opportunity for the industry’s influencers and academics to convene and connect on pressing issues. It highlights California’s importance to the global wine industry, and the Wine Business Institute’s leadership in education and research. The wine industry is changing, and this conference offers a deep dive for exchanges, discoveries, and takeaways on the role of research and education in advancing the industry’s competitiveness and sustainability in a global environment.”

WHO:          

Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University

The Academy of Wine Business Research

WHAT:         

10th annual Academy of Wine Business Research Conference, including research presentations under the headings:

  • Online Purchases of Wine
  • Managing Uncertainty in the Wine Industry
  • Measuring Market Performance
  • Understanding Wine Purchasing Behavior
  • Supply Chain and Exporting Issues
  • Industry Perspectives on Sustainability
  • Managerial Approaches
  • Sustainability and its Link with Customers
  • Wine Ratings and Raters
  • Wine Industry Trends
  • The Role of Tradition in the Wine Industry
  • Case Study Workshop
  • A Better Understanding of Wine Consumers
  • Marketing of Wine Terroir and Territories
  • Wine Marketing in a Digital Age
  • Wine Tourism
  • Marketing and the Wine Purchase Decision
  • Management Strategy
  • Wine Sales and Trends
  • Wine Marketing in Eastern and Southern Europe
  • Wine Industry Development and Growth

WHERE:       

Sonoma State University Student Center

1801 East Cotati Avenue

Rohnert Park, CA 94928

WHEN:         

Wednesday, July 26 at 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, July 27 at 8:30 a.m.

MEDIA:        

Media is encouraged to attend the conference sessions. Please RSVP by clicking below                       or contact Dan Virkstis at (707) 664-2831 or virkstis@sonoma.edu.