Sonoma Raceway’s Jill Gregory Honored at the 27th Annual WISE Women of the Year Luncheon

Women in Sports and Events (WISE), the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports, will host its 27th WISE Women of the Year Awards Luncheon at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in New York City on March 15th honoring four recipients of its WISE Women of the Year award.

The 2023 recipients are: Andrea Brimmer, Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer, Ally Financial; Jill Gregory, EVP, General Manager, Sonoma Raceway; Hillary Mandel, Executive Vice President, Head of Americas, IMG Media and Carla Williams, Director of Athletics, University of Virginia. WISE members across North America had the opportunity to nominate women for their accomplishments and significant contribution to the business of sports, and the honorees were selected by the organization’s National Board.

“Each of these women exemplifies not only what it means to be a leader, but what it means to be a way- maker, paving the way for those who will follow their example,” said Kathleen Francis, National Board chair and president of WISE. “We look forward to celebrating Andrea, Jill, Hillary and Carla at our annual luncheon and the great work they do, creating opportunities for women.”

The 2023 WISE Women of the Year honorees are:

Andrea Brimmer, Chief Marketing and Public Relations Officer, Ally Financial

In her role, Brimmer is responsible for leading all aspects of integrated marketing and brand transformation at Ally, driving unprecedented growth and disruptive consumer engagement. Brimmer’s passion for advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and using her platform to create good in the world led to Ally’s ground-breaking pledge to spend equally in advertising across women’s and men’s sports. Among her many honors, Brimmer was named a winner of the 2020 Adweek Brand Genius award, is a three-time honoree on the Forbes’ list of World’s Most Influential CMOs, is the only three-time winner of the Financial Communications Society Marketer of the Year award and was named to the 2022 Adweek Most Powerful Women in Sports list. Prior to joining Ally, Brimmer spent 20 years on the agency side in Detroit, where she led the Chevrolet account. She holds several board positions at organizations including eHealth, the Ad Council and the Professional Advisory Board of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree and played varsity collegiate soccer.

Jill Gregory, Executive Vice President, General Manager, Sonoma Raceway

As only the second female leader of a NASCAR sanctioned facility when appointed in 2021, Gregory came armed with extensive leadership skills honed by her experience serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Content Officer at NASCAR and the managing executive of the company’s Charlotte-based

operations. Under her leadership, the organization bolstered its overall marketing strategy to strengthen fan engagement and cultivate new fans among younger and more diverse audiences. In 2017, Gregory established the company’s first content strategy group to elevate strategic planning and enhance collaboration within NASCAR and the industry. Before joining NASCAR, Gregory was senior vice president of motorsports marketing for Bank of America. Earlier in her career, she was director of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series marketing program for Sprint Nextel. She currently serves on the board of Speedway Children’s Charities, and is a national Trustee of Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Hillary Mandel, Executive Vice President, Head of Americas, IMG Media

As Executive Vice President for IMG Media, part of the Endeavor-owned company IMG, Mandel leads sports media sales and distribution for the Americas. During her tenure at IMG, Mandel has advised, consulted, and negotiated for IMG’s portfolio of more than 200 premier content owners, professional sports leagues, teams, college conferences, and U.S. international federations on their media rights and strategy. Among her clients are The AELTC (Wimbledon Championships), Big 10 Conference, Big 12 Conference, NWSL, The R&A (Open Championship), Milwaukee Bucks, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Roland Garros, Conmebol, PGA of America, NYC Marathon, WNBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, and MLS and UFC. Mandel started her career at HBO in acquisitions, and went on to FOX TV affiliate KTVU, eventually moving to Golden Gate Productions which was acquired by TWI/IMG.

Carla Williams, Director of Athletics, University of Virginia

The first African-American woman to lead an athletic department at a Power Five School (ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12), Williams was appointed director of athletics at the University of Virginia in 2017. Upon her arrival, she instituted The Master Plan project for UVA’s Cavalier football program and UVA Olympic Sports to address “the

immediate needs to upgrade facilities.” She has served on the executive committees of both the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, in 2015 being named one of the top 10 senior woman administrations in the NCAA by Prior to UVA, Williams spent 13 years in athletic administration at the University of Georgia, rising to deputy director of athletics. She played professional basketball in Spain between graduation from UGA and returning for her Masters, serving as assistant coach for the Lady Bulldogs as they advanced to consecutive Final Fours in 1995 and 1996, and the 1996 national championship game.

In conjunction with the 27th Annual WISE Awards Luncheon, the WISE/R Symposium, a first of its kind to focus solely on the personal and professional development of women in the business of sports, will take place on March 14th, the day prior to the luncheon, at The TimesCenter in New York City. Launched in 2014, the day-long program takes a 360-degree view of working in sports and includes sessions featuring leaders across the industry who share their stories, discuss trends, provide actionable career strategies and dispel myths surrounding sports’ biggest jobs. Additional information about the 27th Annual WISE Awards Luncheon and the WISE/R Symposium can be found at

About WISE

WISE — Women in Sports and Events — is the leading voice and resource for women in the business of sports. Its network of established industry leaders and professional development programs provides members with the practical tools and support necessary to reach their professional goals and accelerate their careers. A registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, WISE was founded in 1993 and has its headquarters in New York City with chapters across North America. WISE Chapters: Arizona, Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, DFW, Greater Orlando, Greater Raleigh, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, NYC Metro, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, SF Bay Area, South Florida, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Twin Cities, Utah, Washington DC.

For more information about WISE, please visit

Dutra Names New CEO

Harry K. Stewart has been named the new CEO of San Rafael-based heavy civil marine contractor The Dutra Group.

Bill T. Dutra, who has lead the company since its founding in 1972, will move into the role of executive chairman.

“I am proud of Harry Stewart, who is taking my place after 50 years leading this company as we built The Dutra Group into a fine organization committed to supporting our nation’s infrastructure and focused on our customers’ needs,” said Dutra. “I feel very confident that, with the leadership of Harry and his executive team, and all the employees at Dutra, the company will have great success for years to come.”

The company is associated with the construction and maintenance of the extensive California Delta levee, as well as water projects that serve the entire state.

Dutra founded the company as Dutra Construction in the southeastern Solano County city of Rio Vista at age 26.

“Bill’s unfettered leadership, vision, and passion have inspired all of us at The Dutra Group, and we are all fortunate to have mentored under him,” Stewart said. “I am honored and excited to work alongside our management team and everyone throughout the organization to guide this company into its next chapter and heightened prosperity into the future.”

Stewart previously was the company’s chief operating officer. He joined the company in 1983.

Bank of America Tops the 2023 Just 100 Rankings

Just Capital’s annual analysis ranks the largest public companies on issues the American public says in polling are the most important. Paying a fair, living wage (the No. 1 issue); creating jobs in the U.S.; workforce retention and training; ethical leadership; carbon reduction and pollution control, are among the environmental, social and governance factors that helped the nonprofit identify the 100 top-performing companies across all industries for 2023.

The Just 100 methodology evaluates Russell 1000 companies across 20 core issues, five stakeholder groups, and 245 underlying data points. According to Just Capital, on average, companies that make the Just 100 list create more jobs, pay higher wages, provide more career development opportunities and workforce benefits, emit less carbon dioxide, and have higher profit margins and return on equity than their Russell 1000 peers.


1 Bank of America Corporation BAC
3 Microsoft Corporation MSFT
4 Accenture plc ACN
5 Truist Financial Corporation TFC
6 Verizon Communications Inc VZ
7 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company HPE
8 Apple Inc AAPL
9 Intel Corp INTC
10 JPMorgan Chase & Co JPM
11 VMware Inc VMW
12 Alphabet Inc GOOG
13 Inc CRM
14 American Electric Power Company Inc AEP
15 PNC Financial Services Group Inc PNC
16 Cigna Corporation CI
17 Equinix Inc EQIX
18 Trane Technologies TT
19 S&P Global Inc SPGI
20 T-Mobile US Inc TMUS
21 Ecolab Inc ECL
22 Mastercard Inc MA
23 Fifth Third Bancorp FITB
24 Capital One Financial Corporation COF
25 Adobe Inc ADBE
26 Merck & Co Inc MRK
27 Citigroup Inc C
28 Illumina Inc ILMN
29 Micron Technology Inc MU
30 Elevance Health ELV
31 MetLife Inc MET
32 The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc HIG
33 Workday Inc WDAY
34 Best Buy Co. Inc BBY
35 Agilent Technologies Inc A
36 Cisco Systems Inc CSCO
37 PayPal Holdings Inc PYPL
38 Zillow Group Inc Z
39 Visa Inc V
40 Qualcomm Inc QCOM
41 Biogen Inc BIIB
42 Wells Fargo & Co WFC
43 Humana Inc HUM
44 Walmart Inc WMT
45 Avangrid Inc AGR
46 Starbucks Corporation SBUX
47 HP Inc HPQ
48 International Business Machines Corporation IBM
49 Union Pacific Corp UNP
50 General Motors Company GM
51 Inc AMZN
52 Raytheon Technologies Corp RTX
53 Moody’s Corp MCO
54 Lockheed Martin Corp LMT
55 Dow Inc DOW
56 US Bancorp USB
57 McCormick & Co Inc MKC
58 The Hershey Company HSY
59 Jones Lang LaSalle Inc JLL
60 AT&T Inc T
61 Edison International EIX
62 American Express Company AXP
63 ServiceNow Inc NOW
64 Freeport-McMoRan Inc FCX
65 Intuit Inc INTU
66 Ally Financial Inc ALLY
67 Cummins Inc CMI
68 Analog Devices Inc ADI
69 Prudential Financial Inc PRU
70 KeyCorp KEY
71 First Republic Bank FRC
72 Target Corporation TGT
73 Digital Realty Trust Inc DLR
74 Comerica Inc CMA
75 Regions Financial Corporation RF
76 Public Service Enterprise Group Inc PEG
77 Synchrony Financial SYF
78 Akamai Technologies Inc AKAM
79 Duke Energy Corporation DUK
80 PepsiCo Inc PEP
81 The Allstate Corporation ALL
82 United Rentals Inc URI
83 Eversource Energy ES
84 Huntington Bancshares Inc HBAN
85 Medtronic plc MDT
86 Sempra SRE
87 Ball Corp BALL
88 Keysight Technologies Inc KEYS
89 Devon Energy Corp DVN
90 BlackRock Inc BLK
91 The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation BK
92 Baxter International Inc BAX
93 Cheniere Energy Inc LNG
94 Northrop Grumman Corporation NOC
95 Lam Research Corp LRCX
96 Owens Corning OC
98 Entergy Corporation ETC
99 Dell Technologies Inc DELL
100 Amgen Inc AMGN

W. Bradley Electric Helps Ikea’s Grand Opening with AV and Security Systems

Posted on LinkedIn by the W. Bradley Electric Account, “Swedish meatballs are officially coming to San Francisco. The long-awaited IKEA will open on San Francisco’s Market street in the fall of 2023 and WBE has been tasked with installing their AV and Security systems. Check out some behind the scenes photos of us installing an access control system, video management with security cameras, an intrusion system, and a paging system.”

North Bay Children’s Center President & CEO Susan Gilmore Selected to Present at the Early Years Climate Action Task Force Meeting

The Task Force is conducting several listening sessions to help them identify best practices for government, child-serving systems, businesses, not for profits, and philanthropy to mitigate, adapt and respond to climate change as it relates to young children. It will also develop policy framework for implementation at all levels of government.  Click the link below to see more about the presenters.

The LIME Foundation’s Letitia Hanke Says It’s Time For A Renaissance Of Vocational Training And The Skilled Trades

Hot take: If we agree to stop perpetuating the narrative that a pricey college degree is the only pathway to a successful career and financial stability, I believe we can effectively tackle America’s disparate student loan debt crisis and revive a bygone era where the average American worker could afford to buy a home. While it may potentially involve literal pipeline work, this vision is hardly a pipe dream. I think it’s time for a renaissance of vocational training and the skilled trades—and business owners and leaders in trade industries have a part to play. Trade work affords students an additional pathway to success, providing them with opportunities to cultivate fulfilling careers without taking on an excessive amount of debt.

Redefining Pathways To Success

The value and perception of a four-year degree are rapidly changing. One study found that Gen Z teen interest in a four-year degree plummeted from 71% to 48% between May 2020 and September 2021. That same study shared the following finding: “A majority of today’s Gen Z teens are questioning this path and are looking to pursue more affordable education options that connect directly to careers.” And who can blame them, given the horror stories that abound about our federal student loan portfolio? Currently, around 43 million borrowers owe more than $1.6 trillion.

The Stark Reality Of Student Loan Debt

The current costs of college are frankly out of control, with many families facing sticker shock at the growing inevitability of student loan debt. A recent College Investor report offered these alarming statistics: Borrowers’ average student loan debt is $39,351, with an average monthly payment of $393. And nearly 50% of borrowers have growing loan balances.

Those numbers alone can make any average middle-class family panic, but consider the effects on families of color, who must contend with the systemic inequalities and racial disparities inherent to financial wealth. According to LendingTree’s Student Loan Hero, Black families take out student loans at higher rates than other demographics. Specifically, 30.2% of Black families have student loan debt, compared to 20% of white and 14.3% of Hispanic families.

Challenging The Status Quo

If I sound a bit preachy about this topic, it’s simply because I lived through it and want the next generation to know that success isn’t confined to the status quo. I took the traditional route after high school like many, taking on a mountain of student loan debt to attend a university to pursue my dreams of becoming a professional musician. So you can imagine my interest in roofing when I first took a job as a receptionist at a prominent local roofing company at 20 years old. Yet oddly enough, what began as merely a job to help me sustain myself through college eventually evolved into my lifelong career.

Roofing was something I never saw myself doing, but I found myself enraptured by the challenge of it all. Being a woman—a Black woman at that—in a field dominated by men, the cards were stacked against me, but I soldiered on.

That was 26 years ago, and for the past two decades now, I’ve been the chief executive officer of my own roofing company. Not only did I find passion and purpose in the roofing trade, but I also secured a lucrative salary and was eventually able to pay off all my student loans. This journey has taught me so much, but most importantly, it’s taught me that trade work must reenter the conversation about professional success when talking with students about their plans for after high school.

Assembling A Diverse Future Of Trade Work

To secure the trade industry’s future and attract young talent, we must all work to ensure that the culture of our companies addresses the ideologies of a younger workforce. Gen Z is arguably the most progressive generation to date and values companies that are diverse, inclusive and modern. Attracting young talent can be as simple as modernizing your website and exposing high school students to the skilled trades in an interactive way.

The Stanley Black & Decker inaugural Makers Index found that “young people vastly underestimate the potential earnings in the skilled trades.” There’s a common misconception among younger generations that the kind of work that gets your hands dirty or doesn’t require a college degree isn’t necessarily the most dignified or well-paying—but that’s hardly the case. It’s our professional duty to combat those misconceptions by sharing stories of our successes with younger generations in the places they occupy most frequently (i.e., social media). As Gen Z thought leader Hannah Grady Williams shared: “It’s your job to show Gen Z how a career with your company will enhance their identity and success, and showcase what they’ll learn by working with a team of other skilled professionals.”

It’s up to us to consistently attract and retain a workforce of younger workers. So, how do we do it? It’s no surprise that our industry could benefit from a bit of rebranding. We have to reclaim the narrative about our industry, modernize our outreach and engagement, meet young people where they are, and speak in a language that validates their concerns and empowers their aspirations.

When young people aren’t tethering themselves to student loan debt, prosperity will abound, and by cultivating fulfilling careers in the trades industry, their opportunities will know no limits.

Sonoma State University Signs ‘Promise’ to Petaluma Schools

Local students will soon get the chance to be automatically admitted into Sonoma State University thanks to a newly minted agreement between university leaders and the Petaluma City Schools district.

The deal was put to paper during the school district’s Tuesday board meeting, as Superintendent Matthew Harris and SSU President Dr. Mike Lee signed an agreement to enact a “Promise” program – an initiative to guarantee students in Petaluma schools direct admission to the California State University as long as they meet certain requirements like a minimum grade point average upon graduation.

According to administrators, students will be able to begin the qualification process as early as junior high.

“Not only is this great for those students who choose to attend Sonoma State, it also raises the bar as far as what we will expect from students upon entering in 9th grade, and will help us develop a more university prep mindset,” Harris told the Argus-Courier.

Harris said the program is the first of its kind between the Rohnert Park university and any school district. While he did not give a specific start date – Tuesday’s signed agreement was described as an MOU, or memorandum of understanding – he said the program is intended to begin in “the near future.”

Dr. Lee called the program “transformational” as well as “visionary and exciting.”

“This agreement could significantly increase the number of students from Petaluma going to a university,” Lee said in a statement. “But just as important, it would ensure that as Sonoma State increases in enrollment, these students would be secured a spot at Sonoma State University.”

Lee noted that Sonoma State saw a decline in enrollment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that since then local students have made up a larger proportion of the first-year student population.

However, “We are beginning to see an increase in applications, deposits, and enrollments as the pandemic ends and students think again about their college choices,” Lee said. “There is no doubt that our new Strategic Enrollment Management Plan will help us return to our maximum enrollment capacity of 9,000-10,000 enrolled students, but local Petaluma City Schools students will have access to guaranteed admissions” regardless of SSU’s enrollment numbers.

The university lists 20 degree programs eligible for students participating in the Promise Program – from anthropology to art history to English to physics – meaning eligible Petaluma students will be guaranteed a spot in those majors.

Amie Carter, Sonoma County superintendent-elect, also attended the district’s board meeting Tuesday, which reached full capacity in attendance. Carter praised the partnership between the district and university.

“What a great model for our students,” Carter said. “I am so proud of my own children’s Petaluma City Schools’ high school diploma, and this promise agreement is just something really special for Petaluma.”

Meritage Medical Network is Moving to the South Petaluma Business Center

Basin Street Properties, a prominent real estate investment, development, and management firm, is pleased to announce Meritage Medical Network has signed a 18,490 square foot lease at South Petaluma Business Center and is moving its current business location in Novato to Petaluma, effective January 1, 2023.

“We are really looking forward to our new location in the center of the North Bay,” said Wojtek Nowak, CEO at Meritage Medical Network. “Our team currently works across a combination of remote, hybrid and in-office arrangements.  The new, more contemporary offices will provide the flexibility, collaborative and private spaces, and onsite amenities we need to better serve our customers, connect our team members, and give us room to grow as we expand our business.”

Meritage is a network of over 2,000 physicians and ancillary providers in six counties of the North Bay and Central Valley regions, administering care for over 100,000 patients under managed care and value-based contracts. Meritage Medical Network has over 40 years of history serving physicians and their patients and has consistently been recognized as “Elite” by the American Physician Groups’ (APG) 2022 Standards of Excellence program since 2010.  Meritage is also a 5-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Best Places to Work award.

Meritage is the only North Bay Area network where doctors are making the decisions about healthcare. Meritage is made up of expert medical and administrative staff dedicated to ensuring that patients receive the highest quality health care available in Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Fresno, and Madera Counties. The Meritage organization is deeply committed to maintaining a strong local presence in the communities they serve.  For more information about Meritage, please visit

“Meritage’s new offices reflect the demand for versatile, high-quality spaces,” said Scott Stranzl, Chief Portfolio Officer at Basin Street Properties. “Companies need flexibility as they accommodate a variety of hybrid work arrangements and they need welcoming, amenity rich spaces to bring their teams back to the office.  They don’t want to lose effective remote workers, but they recognize the benefits of face-to-face connectivity and collaboration.”

“Meritage Medical Network is an excellent addition to South Petaluma Business Center and the Petaluma community,” said Basin Street’s Stranzl. “They provide valuable health services to the region and excellent job opportunities. Meritage’s growth plans require flexible quality space, and I’m pleased we were able to accommodate them. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

South Petaluma Business Center consists of two two-story Class A office buildings totaling 149,735 square feet. The property is adjacent to Shollenberger Park and has easy access to Highway 101 and Highway 116. Tenants enjoy striking views of the rolling hillsides, wetlands, and the Petaluma River.

Glen Dowling and Jordan Lazor of JLL represented Meritage Medical Network. Brian Foster, Steven Leonard and Trevor Buck of Cushman and Wakefield represented Basin Street Properties.


Basin Street Properties, established in Petaluma in 1974, is one of Northern California’s and Northern Nevada’s most prominent developers, investors and managers of commercial properties. The company owns and manages over 5 million square feet of Class A office space. Basin Street is widely recognized for its office, retail, hospitality, multi-family and mixed-use developments. The company offers a broad range of real estate services, including development, property management, construction management, financial and asset management, and property acquisition and disposition. For more information, visit

College of Marin starts work on $82.5M library project College of Marin is gearing up for its latest major construction project: the $82.5 million library building at its campus in Kentfield.

The 78,000-square-foot, three-story building will rise along College Avenue just south of the academic center at the corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.

The building, called the Learning Resources Center, will include a new library, event spaces, offices, classrooms and a pantry and health services. A space for faculty professional development programs is also planned.

The project is the latest in college’s multiyear revitalization efforts on its Kentfield and Novato campuses made possible by voter-approved Measure B bond funds.

“The new LRC is intuitive, functional and beautiful, with a balance of owned and shared spaces,” said Nicole Cruz, the college’s communications director.

“It engages and welcomes in Marin County’s broader community,” she said. “It is a place that provokes joy, inspiration and new connections.”

Cruz added that one of the goals of the new Learning Resources Center is to create a feeling of home for each student by incorporating a natural and comfortable design.

“They are connected to the surrounding nature and this place,” Cruz said. “Each student truly belongs.”

The college held an online forum last week to update the community on the project. It was led by Isidro Farias, the college’s capital projects director, and Beth Rhodes, project communications manager.

According to Rhodes, the work at the site includes installing underground piping, water lines, valves and fiber connections. That work is expected to be done by the end of this year, she said.

A construction site is fenced off on the College of Marin campus in Kentfield on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. (Alan Dep/Marin Independent Journal)

The next phase, which is grading, soil mixing and foundation work, will begin in March, Rhodes said. Building construction is anticipated to start by July and last until the fall of 2025.

“We understand we cannot completely mitigate the impacts for all folks,” Rhodes said of the construction work. “We will be address impacts such as noise, vibration, truck deliveries, workers shouting and machines running.”

Farias said every effort will be made to schedule construction activities around community routines, such as avoiding truck deliveries during the student commute times for Kent Middle School, which is across College Avenue from the project.

A “sound blanket” will be placed on the south side of the campus academic center so that construction noise will be muffled for classes and other activities inside the center, Farias said.

Donna Reeve, a neighbor of the campus for the last 45 years, asked whether there would be a plan to address a traffic “backup” at the college parking lot entrance between about 8:30 and 10 a.m. as students and staff arrive for school.

Farias said efforts would be made to avoid worsening the normal “bumper to bumper” backlog in the mornings.

“We would only close a lane in the parking lot during deliveries,” he said.

According to Rhodes, the college is seeking to maintain close partnerships with the community to make sure all work is done safely and with the least disruption.

“Safety is really critical in such a compact area,” she said.

Outreach, including additional public forums, will be organized to update the community as the work progresses, Farias said.

More information is at

Sonoma County Tourism Has Won Four Adrian Awards

Sonoma County Tourism is pleased to announce it has won four Adrian awards, consisting of three Gold achievements, and one Bronze. The hardware was secured at the prestigious Adrian Awards, produced by HSMAI.

SCT will be present to accept the awards at the ceremony in LA this upcoming February.


  • GOLD – PR Program
  • GOLD – Digital Program
  • GOLD – Integrated Campaign

BRONZE – PR Feature Placement