March 19, 2014

Founding Organizations

California Bank of Commerce

Businesses face many challenges, but we believe banking shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why we built California Bank of Commerce to be a unique business bank with the power and sophistication of a money center bank, but with the personal service of a local bank.

California Bank of Commerce was designed and created to serve the needs of business clients. As experts in business banking, we provide actionable, straight-forward and insightful solutions for your business.

Our style of banking builds deep, lasting relationships between our experienced bankers and our clients. Our bankers will help demystify complex financial challenges and provide actionable, straight-forward,
and effective solutions for your business.

We serve the demanding financial needs of businesses, their owners and the professional service companies that support them in the San Francisco Bay Area. We invite you to experience the difference at California Bank of Commerce.

Steve Tessler, EVP
Director of Sales
California Bank of Commerce
3595 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite #220
Lafayette, CA 94549
Phone: 925.444.2933
Fax: 925.283.2269

Heffernan Insurance Brokers offers business insurance, personal insurance, employee benefits and financial services to businesses and individuals nationwide. Founded in 1988, and still independently held, Heffernan is an industry leader, ranking high for its presence in the insurance industry, and for its commitment to nonprofits and to the communities it serves.

Peter R. Picetti, CIC
Senior Vice President
Heffernan Insurance Brokers
188 Speer Street, Suite 550
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 800.829.9996
Fax: 415.778.0301


Founded in 1995, The Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex) is a premier niche consulting firm with a focus on small to midsize manufacturers to help them quickly achieve cost efficiencies and increased profits. As a member of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), we leverage leading edge programs and technologies to deliver high-impact solutions in four key areas – strategy, people, process and performance. We are held accountable for achieving high client performance levels that are independently verified and reported. The Manex team brings an average of 20 years experience to provide a powerful depth and breadth of industry and business know-how. We are recognized for our strategic, enterprise-level expertise and extensive front-line manufacturing and distribution experience. With our roots in manufacturing, our active participation in MEP and a longstanding dedication to knowledge transfer and implementation, we have a continued commitment to develop and deliver services that help you thrive in a competitive environment.

Bill Browne
Director, Client Services
2010 Crow Canyon Place, Suite 320
San Ramon, CA 94583
Phone: 925.807.5103
Fax: 925.807.5120


Robert Half Management Resources is the world’s premier provider of senior-level accounting and finance professionals to supplement companies’ project and interim staffing needs. With more than 145 locations worldwide, we are dedicated to providing highly skilled senior-level accounting and finance professionals in a variety of areas, including accounting, finance, audit and compliance, business and information technology systems, and taxation.

In addition, Robert Half Management Resources offers project professionals the most exciting senior-level financial projects with industry leaders and emerging organizations. To match a professional’s experience with the right project, we meet with them in person to get to know their skills and career goals. This personalized service is provided by our expert account executives, who have both financial and recruitment industry experience.

Robert Half Management Resources is also a leading resource for workplace and hiring research. By working with us, you will enjoy the added value of having access to our extensive informational resources and thought leadership, including our Salary Guides, white papers and how-to guides.

As a result of our dedication to excellence, our company has been recognized by the media and business community with numerous accolades, including being named to FORTUNE® magazine’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” list, ranking number one in our industry (March 19, 2012). And our clients and candidates agree – nine out of 10 would recommend our services to their colleagues.

Attila Bardos
Account Executive
Robert Half Management Resources
1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510.839.1425 x21512
Fax: 415.986.7446


Sensiba San Filippo LLP (SSF) is a leading regional accounting, tax and business-consulting firm focused on providing industry-specific service and expertise to clients across Northern California. SSF’s Manufacturing and Distribution Industry Team has provided tax, accounting and lifecycle planning to help our clients improve their overall business performance for over 35 years. Our team focuses on not only the economic, legislative, and political environments that affect this industry, but on staying connected with other providers and influencers that can bring value to our clientele. Our firm includes 18 partners and approximately 120 additional professionals serving clients in six offices across the Bay Area: Pleasanton, Oakland, San Jose, San Mateo, San Francisco, and Morgan Hill.

Karen J. Burns, CPA
Assurance Partner
Sensiba San Filippo LLP
5960 Inglewood Drive, Suite 201
Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: 925.271.8700
Fax: 925.271.8715


If you are running a manufacturing company, you know that it’s important to have trusted legal advisors to help you navigate today’s complex business, legal and regulatory landscape.  That way you can focus on what you do best – manufacturing and selling your products.  Attorneys from Wendel Rosen’s Manufacturing Practice represent companies that produce consumer, wholesale and specialty products ranging from computer hardware to artisan food. We represent manufacturers in transactions and litigation in areas including, business, real estate, land use, environmental, employment, construction, intellectual property, insurance, bankruptcy, regulatory compliance, and green business practices. With clients ranging from small local companies to large national corporations, we’re ready to right-size the legal services you need, just when you need them.

William C. Acevedo
Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, LLP
1111 Broadway, 24th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: 510.834.6600
Fax: 510.808.4642