Congrats to #Petaluma’s Hawkins, Kearney & Locke chosen NBBJ 2015 Forty Under 40 professionals

Congratulations to the 3 young professionals from Petaluma chosen for North Bay Business Journals top 40 under 40.

From the NBBJ Monday Arpil 27, 2015 By Gary Quackenbush: Meet the 2015 Forty Under 40 professionals – North Bay Business Journal – North San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma, Marin, Napa counties

All of us at the Business Journal want to extend our congratulations to the ninth annual Forty Under 40 recipients. These 40 individuals were selected by the Business Journal editorial staff from more than 120 nominations. They were chosen on the basis of their leadership in companies and organizations as well as their participation in their communities. Over the nine years this award has existed, hundreds of young, exceptional professionals have been recognized. It is our sincere hope that these awards support and encourage excellence. The recipients will be honored at an awards reception April 29. —Brad Bollinger, Business Journal Publisher

Erin Hawkins, 30

Community Outreach Project Manager, Petaluma Healthcare District, Petaluma

Erin HawkinsEnsuring that the health and wellness needs of the diverse communities are understood and addressed in Southern Sonoma County is the role of Erin Hawkins with the Petaluma Health Care District, an organization described as a model for the state.

She manages the Community Health Initiative of the Petaluma Area, bringing financial and technical resources to groups and individuals, as well as planning support to the HeartSafe Community Initiative, while also channeling grant and sponsorship funds to organizations and schools.

Greatest professional accomplishment: Successfully managing a community film screening and panel presentation on the importance of high quality early childhood education to help make universal preschool a reality in Sonoma County.

Greatest challenge: “Bringing the community together to identify our greatest health priorities and developing shared strategies to cope with them.”

Next professional goal: “To develop a data dashboard to track the impact of our local health initiative.”

Best advice received: Finish projects ahead of schedule when possible in order to meet career and family needs.

Favorite book: My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin.


Two #Petaluma companies buy 155,000 sq. ft. for expansion

Keith Giusto Bakery Supply  (Jeff Quackenbush, The North Bay Business Journal)
Keith Giusto Bakery Supply (Jeff Quackenbush, The North Bay Business Journal)

Below is an exerpt from the North Bay Business Journal’s article by Jeff Quakenbush that we wish to highlight from this good news.  We really need to fill our commercial space in Petaluma. Tom Griffith, President the the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce had this to say in the January’s Petaluma Business newsletter “Here in Petaluma, we still have about a fifth of our office space still empty, but there is a high level of optimism that the resurgence of the high-tech industries will help fill in those empty spaces.”

The below is an exerpt from yesterday’s  Two Petaluma companies buy 155,000sf for expansion – North Bay Business Journal – North San Francisco Bay Area, Sonoma, Marin, Napa counties – Archive.

“The expansion of Moresco Distributing and Keith Giusto Bakery Supply is a continuation of a trend for expansion of industrial-space users in Petaluma, according to Ingrid Alverde, city economic development manager. Recent examples include the addition of 90 jobs with the forthcoming moves of Revive Drinks from Windsor and wholesale-bakery expansion of Rustic Bakery from Marin County.

“I think it indicates the strength in the local economy and a lot of movement,” she said.

So much such movement that a handful of local companies have been vying for spots in several hundred thousand square feet of approved industrial buildings set to be built in south Petaluma.”

New York Life Acquires #Petaluma Land – Cader Commerce Center

On October 31, 2014 The Registry reported New York Life Acquires Land for Industrial Development in Petaluma on October 31, 2014 by the publisher in Commercial, Finance, INDUSTRY news.  Yesterday North Bay Business Journal reports Petaluma industrial buildings planned By Jeff Quakenbush, Business Journal Staff Reporter.

The Registry indicates that New York Life Real Estate Investors has paid around $6 million to acquire 20 acres of land for development. The article goes on to say:

“New York Life believes there is a strong demand for light industrial space not currently met in Petaluma. “We see that the market demographics are very strong for new development. For tenants looking for space larger than 50,000 square feet, there are very limited options. For light industrial space, current vacancy is around 8 percent. Our development will be the first new industrial development in Petaluma since 2001,” said Brian Seaman, a senior director with New York Life.”

The development is being called the Cader Commerce Center. It is located at 1466 to 1490 Cader Lane in Petaluma. The project will involve the development of 250,000 square feet of industrial space over four buildings.