Kelly Holmes, Cari Ashkin and Emily Hennegan have joined the staff of A. Bright Idea Advertising and Public Relations in Sonoma.

Holmes is a senior communications specialist. She previously spent over 11 years working in retail and financial marketing, conducting strategic planning, project management, creative writing, graphic design and community outreach.

Cari Ashkin is a communications specialist. She previously worked for multiple local advertising, communications and public relations agencies.

Emily Hennegan is a graphic design specialist. She graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design communications from Philadelphia University, where she worked in the Office of Student Engagement to develop the overall branding for university campus activities, programs and affairs.

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Don Werstler has been promoted to manager of facilities and business services at the Petaluma offices of CrossCheck, a payments guarantee company. He joined the company in 2012 and has over 20 years of management experience.

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Emily Albert has joined Terra Firma Global Partners as an agent in the Santa Rosa office. She started her real estate career in 1995 as a lender and in 2010 became active in real estate sales.

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Joe Dolan is a new agent at Better Homes Realty in its Windsor office. He previously has worked in both construction and marketing.

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Andrew Meyer, Steve Pearce, John Nicolette, Marie Brown and Greg Kitchens have received promotions at Don Sebastiani & Sons, the Sonoma-based producer of wine, spirits and food products.

Meyer was named global vice president for wine and spirits sales. He joined the company in 2009 and has held vice president positions for customer and channel management, and for export and emerging markets.

Pearce became manager of regional sales of wine and spirits for the west division. He joined the company in 2011 and has served as a merchandising manager, district wine manager and most recently as regional manager overseeing 15 states.

Nicolette has been appointed vice president of operations. He joined the company in 2005 and has led quality improvement and efficiency efforts and contract production services for nonwine food and beverage businesses.

Brown was named distribution and export logistics manager. She joined the company in 2006 as a distribution coordinator in its American Canyon Distribution Facility.

Kitchens was named director of winemaking for the company’s 12 core wine brands. He joined the company in 2003.

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Exchange Bank has opened a new branch in east Petaluma. It is located at 453 N. McDowell Blvd., Suite 10.

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