Arrow Benefits Group of Petaluma hiring 6; Adamvs of Napa appoints a winemaker; Best Editor-in-Chief of Wine Industry Advisor selected



Arrow Benefits Group (ABG) in Petaluma announced the addition of six new members to its team.

Sara boden joined the firm as an account manager. The company said she worked at a North Bay property and casualty brokerage as an employee benefits account manager and spent nine years at Kaiser Permanente as a team leader.

Becky O’Hara was hired as an account manager. The firm said she had nearly 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. Also joining Arrow as an account manager is Cori McCoy who was in the HR profession for 15 years prior to his final 12 years in insurance.

Agid Velasquez is the new head of digital services at Arrow. The firm said it previously worked as a web project coordinator for a North Bay property brokerage.

Alise hennager joins Arrow as Associate Account Manager. Previously, she worked at ProCo Insurance Services in customer service and later in P&C. An associated account manager is also Chelsea Parks.

Alberto Bianchi is the new winemaker of Adams, an estate vineyard on Howell Mountain, above the Napa Valley.

In 2012, Bianchi was selected for LVMH’s Estates & Wines Early Career Winemakers program, where three promising winemakers are sent to three countries for three years of intensive training and development. He started in Argentina, as an assistant winemaker at Terrazas de los Andes, followed by a year at Newton Vineyard in Spring Mountain, Napa, before his last rotation at Cloudy Bay in New Zealand, the winery said.

Bianchi returned to Newton in 2016 as head of winemaking. He holds a bachelor’s degree in oenology and viticulture from the University of Milan and a double master’s degree in oenology and viticulture from the University of Turin and the University of Lisbon.

Stacy Briscoe, who has been working for a year with the Wine Industry Network as a consultant editor will become director of the publication of his publication Wine Industry Advisor.

The company said Briscoe is currently a freelance writer for publications such as Wine Enthusiast, Sonoma Magazine and SevenFifty Daily. She also holds the WSET Level 3 Advanced Certification and is a candidate for the WSET Diploma.

“Stacy brings the perfect blend of experience and passion to the Consultant, and we’re incredibly excited to have her on our team. It’s great for us here at WIN and even better for our industry, ”said George Christie, president of the Wine Industry Network.

The Healdsburg-based wine industry company hosts three annual trade shows and conferences.

This year’s Sonoma County Wine Auction Alumni Honorary Chairs were announced by Sonoma County Vintners: The Jackson family by Jackson Family Wines, George F. Hamel Jr. and the Hamel family from Hamel Family Wines, and Dan Kosta from the AldenAlli winery.

The live wine auction for charity will take place from September 16-18.

Tickets for the 2021 Sonoma County Wine Auction are $ 2,500 per person and include the weekend package: Thursday Kickoff Celebration, Friday Winemakers’ Dinners and Auction Saturday to be held in the beautiful La Crema Estate in Saralee’s Vineyard.

To register or get information on auction lots, visit For details on tickets, contact Ashley Boyle.

To donate, contributions can be payable and mailed to: Sonoma County Vintners Foundation, 400 Aviation Boulevard, Suite 500, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 or donate online at -county-vintners-foundation

Napa Valley Jewelers and Owners Kent and Terri Gardella were named Small Business of the Year for Senate District 3 by State Senator Bill Dodd, D-Napa.

“Napa Valley Jewelers is the epitome of a great local business that puts community first,” said Dodd. “Kent and Terri are well known for their dedication and generosity. On so many levels, they’ve shown they really care about people. It is an honor for me to recognize them for their community achievements.

The Gardellas opened Napa Valley Jewelers at 1300 1st Street in Napa in 1992. The store designs and sells a wide variety of items, including Napa-themed jewelry.

Dodd’s office said the family was active in the community, with Kent serving on the board of directors of the If Given a Chance Foundation, including three terms as president. The association awards scholarships to senior graduates. Separately, the Gardellas donate a watch and a trophy each year to outstanding graduates of the three local high schools.



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