News Article | May 18, 2017
SANTA ROSA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On May 18, 2017, Exchange Bank (OTC:EXSR) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.85 per share on common stock outstanding to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 2, 2017. The dividend is payable June 16, 2017. The cash dividend was increased by $0.05 per share or 6% above the previous quarterly dividend of $0.80 per share. Exchange Bank President and CEO, Gary Hartwick, stated “ The Exchange Bank Board of Directors remains confident in the Bank’s ability to deliver a sustainable level of financial success that will support this level of dividend payout to our valued shareholders. The key to this success continues to be a strong balance sheet that consistently demonstrates outstanding credit quality, the dedication of our employees and the support from our customers and shareholders.” 50.44% of the Bank’s cash dividend goes to the Doyle Trust which funds the Doyle Scholarships at the Santa Rosa Junior College. The following appears in accordance with the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release may contain forward-looking statements about the Company, including descriptions of plans or objectives of its management for future operations, products or services, and forecasts of its revenues, earnings or other measures of economic performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include the words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” or words of similar meaning, or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” or “may.” Forward-looking statements, by their nature, are subject to risks and uncertainties. A number of factors — many of which are beyond the Company’s control — could cause actual conditions, events or results to differ significantly from those described in the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date forward looking statements are made. Headquartered in Sonoma County and founded in 1890 with assets of $2.2 billion, Exchange Bank is a premier community bank providing a wide range of personal, commercial and trust and investment services with 18 branches in Sonoma County and a commercial and SBA lending office in Roseville and Marin, California. The Bank’s legacy of financial leadership and community support is grounded in its core values of Commitment, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork. Exchange Bank is an 11-time winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s North Bay Best Places to Work survey and received the 2016 Healthiest Companies in the North Bay award. NorthBay biz magazine named Exchange Bank 2016 Best Business Bank. Exchange Bank can also be found in the North Bay Business Journal’s listing of leading SBA 7(a) Lenders, Wealth Management Advisors and Wine Industry Lenders. www.exchangebank.com.
News Article | May 23, 2017
DUBLIN, CA, May 23, 2017-- Nitya Prema has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected based on current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all considered during the selection process.As a therapist, Ms. Prema has dedicated her career to helping individuals and couples develop communication skills, find peace, understanding and compromise amidst differences, while also working with individuals facing life difficulty, depression and stress, to find healthy methods to achieve happiness. In her 30+-year professional tenure, she has worked in a variety of clinical settings and developed numerous areas of expertise that has allowed her to provide top of the line therapeutic care to her clients. Since 2011, she has focused much of her work on dialectical-cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal and other kinds of talk therapy, at the helm of her private psychotherapy practice in Fremont-Dublin, Calif. Ms. Prema's extensive experience includes work in a private psychotherapy practice, family and military life consultant on bases in the USA, Europe and Japan, and psychotherapist for various hospitals and mental health programs in the San Francisco Bay area. In recognition of her professional excellence in her career, Ms. Prema was selected for inclusion into Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Who's Who of American Women.Ms. Prema entered her profession because she felt that she was given the life experience and educational skills to help others transform and find more happiness. Her natural compassion into a professional skillset, she prepared for her career by achieving an Associate of Science from Santa Rosa Junior College in 1977, a Bachelor of Arts from Sonoma State University in 1980 and a Master of Arts from the Professional School of Psychology in 1983. Ms. Prema is a licensed marriage and family therapist accredited by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, and formerly a psychiatric technician certified by the Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians. Considered an expert in her field, she has presented at various local, national and international conferences during her career. She is a Member of IAJS - International Association for Jungian Studies. As she looks to the future, because of her love of her profession, Ms. Prema intends to continue her work as a therapist while taking on new projects in her chosen field as she expands her interests.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at www.marquiswhoswho.com Contact:Fred Marks844-394-6946
News Article | May 2, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has evaluated the best colleges and universities in California for 2017. Of the 50 four-year schools who made the list, Stanford University, University of Southern California, California Institute of Technology, University of California Los Angeles and University of California Berkeley came in as the top five. Of the 50 two-year schools ranked, Santa Rosa Junior College, Pasadena City College, Ohlone College, College of San Mateo and Mission College were the top five. A full list of schools is included below. “California offers students some of the highest-quality academic opportunities in the country, and the schools on our list are the best of the best,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.org. “Not only do these colleges and universities offer outstanding degree programs, they also provide their students with career resources and counseling services that equip them for post-college success.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in California” list, institutions must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit schools. Each college is ranked on additional statistics including the number of degree programs offered, the availability of career and academic resources, the opportunity for financial aid, graduation rates and annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in California” list, visit: The Best Four-Year Colleges in California for 2017 include: Art Center College of Design Azusa Pacific University California Baptist University California Institute of Technology California Lutheran University California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo California State University-Long Beach Chapman University Claremont McKenna College Concordia University-Irvine Dominican University of California Fresno Pacific University Harvey Mudd College Holy Names University Loma Linda University Loyola Marymount University Mills College Mount Saint Mary's University National University Notre Dame de Namur University Occidental College Pacific Union College Pepperdine University Pitzer College Point Loma Nazarene University Pomona College Saint Mary's College of California San Diego State University San Francisco State University San Jose State University Santa Clara University Scripps College Stanford University University of California-Berkeley University of California-Davis University of California-Irvine University of California-Los Angeles University of California-Riverside University of California-San Diego University of California-Santa Barbara University of California-Santa Cruz University of La Verne University of Redlands University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of Southern California University of the Pacific Westmont College Whittier College Woodbury University The Best Two-Year Colleges in California for 2017 include: Allan Hancock College American River College Bakersfield College Butte College Cabrillo College Canada College Chabot College Chaffey College Citrus College City College of San Francisco College of San Mateo College of the Canyons College of the Siskiyous Contra Costa College Copper Mountain College Crafton Hills College Cuesta College Cypress College De Anza College Diablo Valley College Feather River College Foothill College Fresno City College Las Positas College Lassen Community College Long Beach City College MiraCosta College Mission College Modesto Junior College Monterey Peninsula College Mt. San Antonio College Napa Valley College Ohlone College Orange Coast College Palomar College Pasadena City College Riverside City College Sacramento City College Saddleback College San Bernardino Valley College San Diego Mesa College Santa Ana College Santa Barbara City College Santa Rosa Junior College Shasta College Skyline College Solano Community College Southwestern College West Valley College Yuba College ### About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | February 3, 2017
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (February 2, 2017) –Sonoma County Vintners announced several new organizational appointments during their 2017 Annual Membership meeting on February 1, 2017. These included the hiring of a new Compliance Manager, as well as the appointment of two new Sonoma County Vintner Board members. Over 200 guests attended the meeting held at the Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa. Ben Neuman has been hired as the organization’s Compliance Manager. The role will support Sonoma County Vintners’ Community Connection Initiative, a program launched in 2016, designed to increase communication with neighbors, develop Best Practices education for the community, and provide solutions to challenges the County’s success and growth have created. Neuman will focus on assisting Sonoma County Vintners winery members with use-permit education and compliance matters. Neuman has over 30 years in government service working for the County of Sonoma since 1987. He began working with the County as a building inspector, before transferring in 1995 to a newly created Code Enforcement Division. That position focused on permitting as well as a multitude of county code and land use issues. He was promoted in 2002 to Code Enforcement Supervisor and in 2011 he accepted a position as Building and Safety Division Manager. Retired since 2015, Neuman is a native Californian who graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College and started his career working at Mare Island Naval Shipyard as a Technical Naval Architect where he assisted with nuclear submarine overhauls. “The Vintners are committed to working with our county officials and communities to ensure the longevity of Sonoma County’s wine industry and Ben Neuman is the perfect person to continue to support our endeavor,” said Corey Beck, Sonoma County Vintners Board Member and Government Relations Committee Chair. Also announced during the Sonoma County Vintners Annual Meeting were two new appointments to the organization’s Board of Directors: Stuart Bryan, of Pride Mountain Vineyards and Clay Mauritson of Mauritson Family Wines. “We are very excited to welcome Stuart Bryan and Clay Mauritson to the Sonoma County Vintners Board of Directors,” said Jean Arnold Sessions, Executive Director, of Sonoma County Vintners. “It is important to acknowledge that our Board of Directors is very active and engaged in developing strategies that support our vision and our work. Mr. Bryan and Mr. Mauritson have been strong committee members at Sonoma County Vintners for several years and bring their passion now to the Board level embracing and promoting Sonoma County Wines to the world.” Stuart Bryan is Vintner Ambassador with Pride Mountain Vineyards. After 30 years in national wine sales, including nearly two decades at Pride Mountain Vineyards, Bryan transitioned from his position as Director of National Sales in 2014 to the role of Vintner Ambassador. In this position, he travels with his wife and winery co-owner, Suzanne Pride Bryan, to further the winery’s philanthropic efforts at the nation’s finest and most prestigious charity wine events including: Red, White and Snow in Utah, the Nantucket Wine Festival, Emeril Lagasse’s Carnival du Vin, and the V-Foundation Wine Celebration, while bringing awareness of Pride wines to new fans. Stuart first started in national sales as a sales manager for Chalone Vineyards and was the first national sales manager for Shafer Vineyards. He founded and managed a national wine sales company for over 17 years and also represented a number of wineries throughout California and Oregon, along with his own wine production company. In 2005 he sold his company to focus exclusively on Pride Mountain Vineyards. Clay Mauritson, Owner and Winemaker of Mauritson Family Wines is the sixth generation in a family of grape growers. Born and raised in the Dry Creek Valley, Clay played outside linebacker in college for the University of Oregon Ducks in the 1995 Rose Bowl and the 1996 Cotton Bowl. After graduation he worked for five years at Kenwood Vineyards in the Sales & Marketing Department, and then with winemakers at Taft Street Vineyards and Dry Creek Vineyards allowing him to hone his winemaking skills and gain additional knowledge of winery operations. In 1998, Clay produced his first bottling of Dry Creek Zinfandel under the Mauritson label and, in 2002 he began devoting his efforts full-time to the Mauritson Family Wines project. In addition to the new members noted above, members of the Sonoma County Vintners Board of Directors are: Sonoma County Vintners (SCV) is the leading voice of Sonoma County wine, dedicated to raising awareness of Sonoma County as one of the world’s premier wine regions, noted for its heritage of artisan winemaking, distinct growing regions, and extraordinary quality. Founded in 1944, SCV represents more than 200 wineries and affiliated businesses throughout the county. To learn more about Sonoma County Vintners, visit www.SonomaWine.com.