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2014

Breakaway FundingFinancial author: Estate planning requires facing tough questions
October 6, 2014 - Jean Chatzky, a financial journalist brought by Redwood Credit Union to speak about money at Dominican University on Sept. 18, sees estate planning as an essential ingredient of personal finance. A basic estate plan, what Ms. Chatzky calls, “protecting the financial life you have built,” might include a will, assigning durable power of attorney, a medical power of attorney or health care proxy, and sometimes a trust.
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Breakaway FundingKim Kaselionis’ Story
September 19, 2014 - Kim Kaselionis is the founder and managing partner of Breakaway Funding LLC, and the former CEO/chairman of Circle Bank. This is her story. I have always been entrepreneurial, although not in the traditional sense of starting “new ventures” as an avocation. Most likely, I inherited the “gene” from my mother, Kit Cole, who was a true pioneer among women in the financial services industry.
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Breakaway FundingBreakaway Funding Issues Second White Paper, Establishing Business Case for Financial Institutions To Adopt, Implement Crowdfunding
Sausalito, CA—June 9, 2014 - Breakaway Funding LLC (www.breakawayfunding.com) today issued the second of a three-part white paper series which provides the steps that local financial institutions need to implement in order to make crowdfunding a viable offering in their funding strategies.
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Breakaway FundingBreakaway Funding White Paper Series Cites Importance of Crowdfunding To Vitality of Community Financial Institutions
Sausalito, CA—April 30, 2014 -Breakaway Funding LLC today issued the first of a three-part white paper series which describes the importance of crowdfunding  as a survival avenue from community financial institutions. Co-authored by Breakaway Funding founder/managing partner Kim Kaselionis, and CommunityLeader CEO/co-founder Joseph Barisonzi, the paper argues that without the integration of crowdfunding into their lending portfolios that community banks will continue to decline in importance. View the entire release


First-Caliber Antique Oriental Rugs, Important Contemporary Art Highlight Eclectic Interior Design
Oakland—April 24, 2014 - While prices for 15th-18th century historic Oriental rugs are only recently approaching the level of comparable contemporary works of art, collectors and aficionados have long been accumulating first-caliber 19th century Persian and Caucasian tribal rugs to display as complementary signature art pieces in their residences, according to Jan David Winitz, internationally recognized Oriental rug expert and founder of Claremont Rug Company.
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Marin Voice: Believe it or not, for some things there are no apps
By Mary Jane Burke and Brett Martinez –March 8, 2014 - WE HEAR it all the time these days: "There's an app for that." No matter how unique the problem, we think that an app exists for it. However, the reality is that some things are better handled in the real-world. And our combined experience in education and financial services convinces us that in one area the "app" solution doesn't exist nor will it ever.
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2013

Central Payment/SpotOn to Sponsor GLIDE Holiday Program with $60,000 Donation
San Rafael, CA –December 12, 2013 - Central Payment (www.cpay.com) and SpotOn (www.spoton.com) have contributed $60,000 to sponsor GLIDE’S annual holiday Grocery Bag Giveaway (December 18) , Zach and Matt Hyman, co-founders and co-managing directors announced today. In the three years that the companies have participated in the annual event, they have provided more than $140,000 in donations.  Employees from both companies also works on a regular basis in the San Francisco-based organization’s kitchen, which annually serves more than 2500 meals per day to the city’s poor, homeless and hungry.
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Claremont Rug Company Unveils Chappaqua Collection With Major Exhibit
Oakland—October 14, 2013 - Claremont Rug Company founder and president Jan David Winitz today announced the acquisition of an important trove of first caliber 19th century Oriental rugs from the estate of a prominent family.  Dubbed “The Chappaqua Family Collection,” the rugs were assembled by a successful New York businessman and his wife, who owned three residences: in Manhattan, Chappaqua, NY, and on the Maine coast.
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Redwood Credit Union Supports United Way With Employee Volunteer Days Around the North Bay
September 18, 2013 - Forty-nine Redwood Credit Union (RCU) employees helped “celebrate” a series of events during the United Way annual Week of Caring by volunteering to help non-profits throughout the North Bay over the past two weeks. In Marin County, on Monday at Homeward Bound in Novato, RCU employees joined program participants to tend the 23-row pesticide free garden and new edible landscape garden at the New Beginnings Center.
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More than 50pc of $20K-$500K transactions involve the Internet: Claremont Rug Co.
May 6, 2013 - Claremont Rug Co. embraced the Internet early on and now the medium is its primary means to disseminate information and gain sales from its ultra-high-net-worth audience. The international rug gallery caters to today’s high-end home furnishings shoppers who do not view their purchases as luxury items, but as pieces that fit into their lifestyle. The company uses digital marketing, catalogs and one-to-one contact to retain lifelong customers. .
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San Rafael students get a 'Bite of Reality' at financial workshop
April 24, 2013 - Managing money and balancing a personal budget can be more difficult than most teenagers anticipate. But San Rafael students got a head start understanding the concepts during a financial workshop Wednesday. About 90 seniors from San Rafael, Terra Linda and Madrone high schools converged at the San Rafael High School auditorium to participate in a "Bite Of Reality," a financial course sponsored by the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation, Redwood Credit Union and the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce.
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"Bite of Reality" Financial Workshop for Seniors In San Rafael High Schools
April 19, 2013 - The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and Redwood Credit Union today announced that they would be jointly conducting the inaugural “Bite of Reality” financial workshop for seniors from San Rafael, Madrone and Terra Linda high schools on Wednesday, April 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the San Rafael High gym.
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Claremont Rug Company Exhibits “Best of the Best Antique Carpets” of 2012
January 28, 2013 - Jan David Winitz, an eminent art dealer who specializes in antique Oriental rugs, today announced that his gallery, Claremont Rug Company, is mounting its second annual exhibition of the “best of the best” carpets sold during the previous year.  A total of 30 rugs will be displayed, starting immediately.
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Renowned Expert Says Art World Momentum Intensifies Interest in Collectible Antique Rugs
January 9, 2013 - Jan David Winitz, an eminent art dealer who specializes in antique Oriental  and Persian rugs,  today revealed that he had told his central clients that momentum within the art world for Near Eastern  art has intensified the interest and created an increased enthusiasm among connoisseurs in this niche of the collecting market.
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Kaselionis to Join Mother in Marin Women's Hall of Fame
Longtime banker from Novato now leading the Marin Rocks! history project.

January 17, 2013 - Kim Kaselionis said it was a no-brainer choosing someone to introduce her when she is inducted into the Marin Women's Hall of Fame this April. It will be her mother, Kit Cole, who was inducted to the hall 15 years ago. "I'll need a box of Kleenex," Kaselionis said. "It's a wonderful honor."
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Lib at Large: Marin Rocks rolling again
January 1, 2013 - A skate boarder rolls past the planned location of the Marin Rocks museum in 2010. The project was delayed after a funding problem. IN THIS FIRST COLUMN of the new year, I have some good news to report. Marin Rocks!, the rock history museum project that ground to a halt two years ago when it ran out of money, is rolling again.
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News Releases for 2012

Claremont Rug Company Reports “Intense Interest” In Bostonian Collection
August 28, 2012 - Jan David Winitz, an eminent art dealer who specializes in 19th century antique Oriental rugs, today reported “an intense interest” in The Bostonian Collection, a trove of important, art-level to museum-caliber Persian and Caucasian rugs assembled by a New England-based family and held over four generations.
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Claremont Rug Company Acquires Globally Significant Private Collection Of 19th Century
Oriental Carpets

July 10, 2012 - Jan David Winitz, an eminent art dealer who specializes in 19th century antique Oriental rugs, today announced the acquisition of a globally significant private collection assembled and held by a New England-based family over four generations.
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Circle Bank Supports Redwood Empire Food Bank
July 2, 2012 - Novato-based Circle Bank has announced that the Redwood Empire Food Bank, which serves Sonoma County and the North Bay, will be the beneficiary of its quarterly charity day program, according to a release from the bank.
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Central Payment Launches CentralView™, Proprietary Risk Management Software
San Rafael, CA – May 16, 2012- Central Payment (“CPAY”), a leading national payment processor, today launched CentralView™, a proprietary risk management software process which helps merchants save money by preventing fraud.
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Circle Bank Again Named Best Company to Do Business with In Marin County
Novato, CA—May 16, 2012 - Circle Bank, which has recorded 51 consecutive profitable quarters, has been named the “Best Company to Do Business with in Marin County” for the fourth time in five years in a readers poll conducted by NorthBay biz magazine.
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Art Connoisseurs Turn to Undervalued Market for 19th Century Oriental Rugs
Oakland, CA—April 19, 2012 - Art connoisseurs are increasingly turning their attention to rare, “one-in-the-world” 19th century Oriental rugs, according to Jan David Winitz, an eminent art dealer who specializes in 19th century Oriental art/investment level rugs and the founder/president of Claremont Rug Company (www.claremontrug.com).
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New Brochure from Claremont Rug Company Highlights Spectrum of Art-Level 19th Century Oriental Carpets
Oakland, CA—March 14, 2012 - Claremont Rug Company (www.claremontrug.com) today announced the availability of a new, 28-page brochure which features 29 important, art-level 19th century Oriental rugs available at the Gallery.
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Circle Bank Publishes Annual Corporate Social Responsibility Report Century Oriental Rugs
Novato, CA—March 13, 2012 - Circle Bank today released its second annual Corporate Social Responsibility report, making it the only SF Bay Area regional community-based financial institution to comprehensively report its activities, statistics and commitment to social responsibility.
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Circle Bank Celebrates 50th Consecutive Profitable Quarter With Contribution of 50,000 Pounds of Food To Local Food Banks
Novato—February 23 2012 - Circle Bank (www.umpquabank.com) today announced that it would celebrate its 50th consecutive profitable quarter by donating 50,000 pounds of food to two Bay Area Food banks (San Francisco/Marin Food Bank and the Redwood Empire Food Bank). Joining the Bank in making the donation are the Marin Community Foundation (MCF), Mollie Stone’s Markets and Unified Grocers, Inc.
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“Generationally Wealthy” Art Connoisseurs Impacting Market For 19th Century Oriental Rugs
Oakland, CA—February 9, 2012 - Jan David Winitz, president/founder of Claremont Rug Company, today described his market for art-level 19th century Oriental carpets as increasingly being led by connoisseurs whom he describes as “generationally wealthy.” According to Winitz, acknowledged as the world’s leading dealer of art-level antique Oriental rugs,   “generationally wealthy” connoisseurs are people who have both an appreciation of the inspired artistry of the pieces and who have had the wherewithal for two or more generations to acquire them.
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Claremont Rug Company Opens Rare Online Exhibit of Art Level 19th Century Oriental Carpets
Oakland—January 19, 2012 - Claremont Rug Company, the world’s leading dealer of 19th century, art-level Oriental carpets, has opened an Internet-based, on-line exhibition, featuring 30 of the most rare, one-in-the-world antique rugs that it has placed with clients during the past year.
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News Releases for 2011

Circle Bank Announces Alliance With Keiretsu Forum Angel Investor Network
Novato—December 8, 2011- Circle Bank (www.umpquabank.com) today announced an alliance with Keiretsu Forum (www.keiretsuforum.com), the world’s largest angel investor network, to work with start-up and early stage companies in San Francisco and the North Bay.
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Metropolitan Museum New Exhibition of Islamic Art Will Have “Major Impact” on Antique Carpet Market
Oakland, CA—November 17, 2011- The new exhibition of Islamic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York will have a major impact on the appreciation and valuation of antique Oriental rugs and carpets Jan David Winitz, president/founder of Claremont Rug Company, today predicted. Winitz visited the Islamic Art exhibition prior to its recent opening and marveled at the majesty of the rugs on display.  He said, “It easily contains the most important display of historical Oriental rugs on U.S. soil.
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Central Payment Announces Contribution To Glide Memorial Program
San Rafael, CA—November 3, 2011- Central Payment (www.cpay.com) today announced that it has made a corporate contribution to Glide Memorial (www.glide.org) to help underwrite its annual grocery bag giveaway.  The funding pushed the Central Payment annual donations program to more than $100,000 for 2011.
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Compact Imaging Names Don Bogue CEO
Mountain View, CA—October 25, 2011- Don Bogue, a veteran Silicon Valley executive and entrepreneur, has been named CEO of Compact Imaging, Inc. (CI). Compact Imaging (www.compactimaging.com)  is an early stage technology company focused on the expanding market for non-invasive optical imaging, measurement and analysis.
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Art Collectors Beginning to Hone in On 19th Century Oriental Rugs
Oakland, CA—October 12, 2011 - Jan David Winitz, president/founder of Claremont Rug Company, today said that certain types of antique Oriental rugs are experiencing a significant upsurge in attention among collectors and investors.
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1-800-COLLECT® Returns: Will Work on Cellphones for the First Time
San Diego, CA – September 27, 2011- 1-800-COLLECT®, the brand and the service that changed the competitive telecommunications landscape nearly 20 years ago, is available for the first time  to mobile customers who need to make a call. 1-800-COLLECT calls from any customer can also be billed to mobile numbers..
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Circle Bank Among Biggest Corporate Contributors In Northern California
Novato, CA—July 26, 2011 - Circle Bank was ranked as the largest North Bay contributor per employee to nonprofit organizations among banks and financial institutions by the San Francisco Business Times in its 2011 corporate philanthropy report.
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Circle Bank CEO Invited to U.S. Department of State Economic Conference
Novato, CA—July 21, 2011 - Kim Kaselionis, CEO/chairman of Circle Bank, has been invited by the U.S.  Department of State to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting scheduled for Sept.13-16 in San Francisco.
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A “New” Trend Among Connoisseurs of Art-level Antique Carpets
Oakland, CA—July 20, 2011 - Jan David Winitz, founder and president of Claremont Rug Company, said today he is increasingly being asked by clients to find 19th century, art-level Oriental rugs to hang on walls along-side paintings.
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TOBIN & Associates Adds Editorial Content Expertise
San Rafael--June 15, 2011- TOBIN & Associates, a leading public relations and marketing consulting firm based in Marin County, today announced a long-term agreement with Dick Truitt, a nationally-known speech and content writer, to provide editorial services to its clients. Truitt has written speeches for more than a dozen chief executives of major corporations and nonprofit organizations, including (Honeywell, Kimberly-Clark, Hallmark Cards, GTE, Delta Air Lines and CARE).  He also has written position and policy papers, and annual report letters. As a contract writer, he wrote speeches for three state governors and two former U. S. Presidents.
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Circle Bank Publishes Corporate Social Responsibility Report
Novato, CA—May 31, 2011 - Circle Bank today announced the publication of a Corporate Social Responsibility report, covering its community activities and practices. The Bank believes that it is the only North Bay region community-based financial institution to comprehensively report its activities, statistics and commitment to social responsibility.
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Circle Bank CEO to Attend Invitation-only Wall Street Journal Women’s Leadership Forum
Novato—April 4, 2011 - Kim Kaselionis, CEO/chairman of Circle Bank, will be attending the invitation-only Wall Street Journal Executive Task Force Women in the Economy conference, April 4-6, in Palm Beach, FL. One of the few female CEO’s of a U.S. financial institution, she will join 150 women at the Wall Street Journal meeting. Speakers at the conference include retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor as well as academic, business leaders and editors of Dow Jones publications.
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Circle Bank Funds First Loans As Part of Women’s Initiative Grant
Novato—March 23, 2011 - Circle Bank today announced that it had funded the first loans of a $100,000 loan pool designated for Women’s Initiative clients. Women’s Initiative is a Bay Area non-profit that provides high-potential, lower-income women the training, resources and on-going support to start and grow their own business.
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Globally-Renowned Gallery Enters Fourth Decade
Oakland, CA—March 17, 2011 - Claremont Rug Company (www.claremontrug.com) today announced the
availability of a 22-page brochure which highlights a broad range of collectible 19th century antique Oriental
carpets available at the Gallery.
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Increasing Interest in Rare, 19th Century Oriental Carpets Continues Unabated Among Art Collectors
Oakland, CA—February 7, 2011 - Jan David Winitz, founder and president of Claremont Rug Company, today cited three major developments in the market for 19th century, art-level Oriental rugs as indicative of collectors’ rising interest in this emerging niche of the art world.
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Circle Bank Steps Up Again, Will Accept California IOUs
Novato—January 25, 2011 - Circle Bank today announced that it was again prepared to accept state issued IOUs if they are issued because of California’s continuing fiscal problems.
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Circle Bank CEO Named To Prestigious ABA National Committee
Novato, CA—January 4, 2011 - Kim Kaselionis, CEO/president of Circle Bank, has been named one of eight members of an American Bankers Association (ABA) task force which will make recommendations about creating a .BANK top-level domain name for the nation’s 7000 community banks.
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News Releases for 2010

Circle Bank CEO Named “Most Admired” By San Francisco Business Times
Novato, CA—December 6, 2010 - Kim Kaselionis, CEO/president of Circle Bank, has been named “Most Admired CEO (Small Business)” by the San Francisco Business Times.
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Burgeoning Interest in Design, Collecting Push 19th Century Oriental Rugs To Forefront in Art World
Oakland, CA—December 13, 2010 - Highlighted by a world-record price for an Oriental carpet sold at auction and the remarkable interest in rug-based interior design projects, the year 2010 has pushed the level of interest in art-level Oriental rugs to unprecedented heights. 
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Foundation Rentals and Relocation Sees Improvement In Residential Market
Kentfield—November 18, 2010 -Christopher and Darcy Barrow, co-managing partners of Foundation Rentals and Relocation, said reported a strong market in the corporate and executive relocation segment of their business.
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Claremont Rug Company Acquires “Treasury” Of Collectible Antique, Art Rugs
October 12, 2010 - Claremont Rug Company today announced the acquisition of an 85-piece collection of rare 19th century art-level Oriental rugs assembled and held by a single family over four generations. 
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New High-end Residential Rental and Relocation Agency Opens Marin Offices
September 15, 2010 - Christopher and Darcy Barrow today announced the opening of Foundation Rentals and Relocation, a specialized residential property firm that works exclusively with high-end property owners and potential tenants.
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Central Payment Debuts In Inc. 500 as One of Nation’s Fastest Growing Companies
August 25, 2010 - Transaction Card Processor Ranked Among Top 20 Financial Services Firms. Central Payment (www.cpay.com) today was named one of the fastest growing companies in the United States by Inc. magazine in the publication’s 29th annual listing.
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Claremont Rug Company Provides Rare Look at Precious Art-Level Rugs
August 16, 2010 - The difficulty for connoisseurs to hone their eye for art-level 19th century Oriental rugs goes beyond their limited availability at individual galleries. The periodic international auctions invariably mix a few collectible carpets with dozens of pedestrian pieces.  As a result, there are few venues to view premier examples of the artistry from “The Second Golden Age of Weaving.”
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Central Payment
August 8, 2010 - Central Payment said it had added more than 11,000 merchants as new customers since it began offering the First National Merchant Solutions processing platform service. Through its arrangement with First National Bank of Omaha, sponsoring bank of First National Merchant Solutions, CPAY continues to offer complete debit and credit card processing to companies who accept transaction cards for payment.
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Circle Bank Wins Readers Poll Business Award
Novato - May 20, 2010 - Circle Bank has been named the “Best Business to Do Business with in Marin County ” by NorthBay biz in the publication’s annual reader’s poll. According to the monthly magazine’s publisher, Norm Rosinski, there were more than 43,000 votes for more than 2,000 companies and individuals in the 2010 poll.
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Woodlands Market expands to purchase Ross Grocery
Monday, February 08, 2010 - NEW YORK, NY. - Woodlands Market has agreed to buy Ross Grocery, a business that has been family-owned and operated for over 80 years. Ross Grocery's current owner, Don Ahrens, has decided to retire. Woodlands Market owner Don Santa (photo at right) has indicated he'll maintain the historic integrity of the market.
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Claremont Rug Company Exhibits Rare Assemblage of 19th Century Art Rugs from Caucasus Mountains
OAKLAND, CA—February 3, 2010 - Jan David Winitz, founder and president of Claremont Rug Company, today announced an exhibition of rare, 19th century art-level rugs created by tribal weaving groups in the Caucasus Mountain region of Asia.
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News Releases for 2009


Trend: Antique Oriental Rugs
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - Interest in pricey, antique Oriental rugs is on the rise. Jan David Winitz, founder and president of Claremont Rug Company, a gallery in Oakland, Calif. said that there is an unprecedented amount of interest in the best and most expensive antique rugs right now.
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Circle Bancorp Records 40th Consecutive Profitable Quarter
Novato, CA, July 28, 2009 - Circle Bancorp, parent company of Circle Bank, today reported quarterly net income of $263,000 for the second quarter of 2009, the 40th consecutive profitable quarter for the community bank which serves consumer and business clients in Marin and Sonoma counties.
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Woodlands Market Breaks Ground for Work on “New” Cafe in Kentfield
Kentfield—July 27, 2009 - Woodlands Market owner Don Santa announced today that ground has been broken for construction and remodeling for the “new” Woodlands Cafe, located next to Woodlands Market at 735 College Avenue.
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Hamilton Ink, TOBIN & Associates Announce Marketing Joint Venture
San Rafael—July 8, 2009 - Hamilton Ink PR and TOBIN & Associates, two of Marin County’s leading public relations and event marketing communications firms, today announced a marketing joint venture.
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GoSolarMarin (™) Concludes Successful Second Program
San Rafael, CA—April 14, 2009 - GoSolarMarin (™) founder Lisa Max today announced the successful conclusion of its second program to bring lower cost solar energy installations to Marin County.
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Circle Bank Provides $3.4 Million Financing For Anchor Mini-Storage Acquisition
Novato—April 14, 2009 - Circle Bank today announced that it had provided $3.4 million in funding to Equity Based Services (EBS) to finance the acquisition of Anchor Mini-Storage in Rohnert Park.
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TOBIN & Associates Adds Services To Help Companies Reduce PR Costs
San Rafael, CA – March 25, 2009 - TOBIN & Associates, which provides marketing and public relations consulting services to Northern California clients, today introduced a series of new services to help companies and organizations solidify their public profile without major long-term financial commitments.
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Claremont Rug Company Adds Three Buyers to International Staff
To Meet Demand from Savvy Collectors

Oakland—February 19, 2009 - Jan David Winitz, president of Claremont Rug Company, today revealed that the percentage of acquisitions by “experienced  connoisseurs” has grown steadily since last summer and sales trends “for the best of the best”  are “extremely brisk.”
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GoSolarMarin Brings Innovative Thin Film Solar Modules
To Marin County for the First Time

San Rafael—Feb. 19, 2009 - GoSolarMarin(SM) and SolarCity® have teamed up to make Marin County one of the first locations in the United States to install First Solar’s advanced thin film solar technology on residential rooftops.
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Leslie Harlib Joins Marin County PR/Marketing Firm
San Rafael—February 10, 2009 - Leslie Harlib, a veteran food, wine and lifestyle writer, has become an Associate at TOBIN & Associates, a leading Marin County public relations and marketing agency.  She will head the firm’s expanded lifestyle practice.  
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Claremont Rug Company Enhances “Bounty of Major Pieces” from the 19th Century
Oakland, CA - January 8, 2009 - Jan David Winitz, founder and president of Claremont Rug Company, today announced the acquisition of a 70-piece lot of 19th century Oriental carpets which he described as “one of Europe’s premier collections of art level antique rugs.”  
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Heart of Marin Awards Made at Sellout Event
San Rafael - January 8, 2009 - In remarks delivered today at the 16th annual Heart of Marin Awards, Tamalpais Bank chairman and chief executive officer Mark Garwood told an audience of 750 that business contributions urged his to nonprofit organizations were more important than ever.
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News Releases for 2008

GoSolarMarin Selects SolarCity for Phase II - Dramatically Reduces Cost of Solar Installation in Marin County
San Rafael, CA - Oct. 27, 2008 - GoSolarMarin(SM) and SolarCity®, whose community programs have helped 800 California home and business owners adopt solar power, announced a collaboration today that can make it possible for Marin County property owners to install solar power and pay less than they currently do for electricity.  
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Tamalpais Bank posts record third-quarter earnings
Nancy Isles Nation - October 23, 2008 - Tamalpais Bancorp, the parent company of Tamalpais Bank and Tamalpais Wealth Advisors, reported record quarterly earnings Thursday, saying asset growth was strong despite an increase in its loan loss provision and tax rate.  
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Woodlands Market Contributes $27,000 To Kentfield Schools
Kentfield, CA - September 24, 2008 - Woodlands Market today announced that its annual contribution to the Kentfield School District Foundation would exceed $27,000.  
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GoSolarMarin(SM) Issues RFP for Second Phase, Affiliates with MarinLink
San Rafael, CA - September 9, 2008 - GoSolarMarin(SM), the most successful solar electric (solar PV) community program in Northern California history, today announced that it had begun a second project, by soliciting bids from solar vendors as a project of the non-profit MarinLink organization. 
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Sonoma County District Selects Bay Area's 1st Green-Certified Roofer Blue Turtle Roofing of San Rafael for Environmental Center
San Rafael, CA - June 26, 2008 - The Harmony Union School District announced today that the roofing bid for the Salmon Creek Falls Environmental Center in Occidental has been awarded to Marin County’s Blue Turtle Roofing , the Bay Area’s first green-certified roofing company. 
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Marin County Green Roofing/Painting Company Selects TOBIN & Associates
San Rafael, CA - June 3, 2008 - Marin County-based public relations and marketing firm, TOBIN & Associates, has been selected by the Blue Turtle Roofing and the Paul Benson Painting companies to design and implement marketing programs.
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Marin's First Green Roofer Introduces Solar Attic Fan
San Rafael, CA - June 2, 2008 - Paul Benson, founder/owner of Blue Turtle Roofing, today announced that the Company has become the exclusive Northern California distributor of the Solar Dynamics solar attic fan. 
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Domestic and International Connoisseurs Embrace Antique Rug Sales Event in "Next Frontier of Art Investing"
Oakland, CA - June 2, 2008 - Jan David Winitz, founder and president of Claremont Rug Company, reported today that sales of his recently-acquired Hudson River Valley Collection of investment-level, 19th century Oriental carpets are “extremely brisk”  and it had attracted a growing number of international purchasers.
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Prestige Retailer Sephora Selects Medallia as Customer Feedback Solution
Menlo Park, CA, May 27, 2008 - Sephora USA, a leading retailer of prestige beauty products, will implement a comprehensive customer satisfaction feedback program across its 202 North American stores using cutting-edge Enterprise Feedback Management (EFM) solutions from Medallia, the EFM provider today announced.
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Command Audio Founder to Chair International IP Conference in Prague
Redwood Shores, CA - May 13, 2008 - Don Bogue, CEO and co-founder of Command Audio Corp., will chair an international conference dealing with intellectual property (IP) and patent issues to be held in Prague on June 12-13.
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Claremont Rug Company Acquires "Mother Lode" Collection of 19th Century Art Carpets
Oakland, CA - February 12, 2008 - Jan David Winitz, founder and president of Claremont Rug Company, today announced one of the most significant single acquisitions of art-level antique rugs from a private source in the past decade.
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GoSolarMarin© Announces Website, First Installation Now Operating
San Rafael, CA - January 28, 2008 - GoSolarMarin©, a coalition created by Lisa Max to lower the price and increase the availability of solar power, today announced that its website (www.gosolarmarin.com) was now operating.
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Tamalpais Bank Ranked Largest SBA Lender in Marin County
San Rafael - January 15, 2008 - Tamalpais Bank has been named the largest SBA lender based in Marin County by the San Francisco Business Times in its recently published 2008 Book of Lists.
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Mark Garwood Named Chairman of Tamalpais Bank
San Rafael - January 9, 2008 - Tamalpais Bank today announced that current CEO and President Mark Garwood will assume the role of Chairman in recognition of his expanding role in the strategic development of the organization.
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News Releases for 2007

GoSolarMarin Agreement Includes Broad Discounts for All Marin County Residences, Businesses, Non-Profits
San Rafael - November 20, 2007 - GoSolarMarin today announced that its recommended supplier, SPG Solar of Novato, had agreed to provide its discounted pricing throughout Marin County to all homeowners, small businesses and non-profit organizations.
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Salient Wealth Management Cited as One of 100 Fastest Growing Bay Area Companies
San Rafael, CA - November 13, 2007 - Salient Wealth Management, founded in 1983 and headquartered in San Rafael, has been named one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Bay Area, by the San Francisco Business Times.
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Medallia Best Practices Conference Highlights Customer Feedback Programs
Menlo Park, CA - October 23, 2007 - Research about customer satisfaction and loyalty was presented to a select group of participants at the recently concluded annual Best Practices Conference, hosted by Medallia, Inc., the world’s leading provider of on-demand customer experience management and enterprise feedback solutions.
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GoSolarMarin Issues RFP To 15 Solar Companies
San Rafael - October 17, 2007 - GoSolarMarin today announced that it had sent a Request for Proposal (RFP) to 15 solar companies that had expressed an interest in bidding on a “group installation” contract for Marin County homeowners.
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Gosolarmarin Schedules Meeting For Homeowners Seeking Solar Power
San Rafael - October 6, 2007 - Gosolarmarin, a non-profit coalition of San Rafael homeowners interested in group purchase of solar energy, will hold its first meeting, Monday, October 1, in the Tamalpais Room at the San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro, according to Lisa Max, the group’s organizer and a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the Lincoln San Rafael Hill Neighborhood Association (LSRHNA).
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Tamalpais Bank Announces “Community Counts,” Designed to Support Area Non-Profit Programs
San Rafael, CA - September 25 2007 - Tamalpais Bank today announced a comprehensive new program, Community Counts, which will provide funding, facilities and employee participation to non-profit programs and organizations.
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Salient Wealth Management Named to Forbes List
San Rafael, CA - August 16, 2007
- Salient Wealth Management, founded in 1983 and headquartered in San Rafael, has been selected by Goldline Research as one of the Most Dependable™ Wealth Managers in Northern California. The list is scheduled to be published in August by Forbes Magazine.
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Salient's Richard Stone Warns Wealth Advisors to Avoid "Home Country" Bias
San Rafael, CA - August 13, 2007
- Richard Stone, CEO/founder of Salient Wealth Management, told a group of prominent wealth advisors that “home country bias” was a major risk to avoid when designing investment plans for their clients.
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Tamalpais Bank Names New Manager For Downtown San Rafael Branch
San Rafael, CA - August 1, 2007
- Patricia Estebes, who has nearly a decade of Marin County banking experience, has been named branch manager for the Tamalpais Bank branch at 851 Irwin Street in downtown San Rafael, it was announced today by Mark Garwood, CEO/ president.
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Salient Wealth Management, LLC, CEO Richard Stone Chairs National Conference
San Rafael, CA - July 27, 2007 - Richard Stone, CEO/founder of Salient Wealth Management, LLC, will chair a national, two-day conference of wealth advisors to be held in Chicago, July 30-31.
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Global Hotel Leader Carlson Hotels Worldwide Names Medallia "Global Supplier of the Year"
Menlo Park, CA - July 18, 2007
- Carlson Hotels Worldwide, a global leader in the hotel industry, recently announced that it had named Medallia, Inc., the world’s leading provider of on-demand enterprise feedback solutions, as its “Global Supplier of the Year” for 2006.
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The Family of Orange Lake Resorts Partners with Medallia
Orlando, FLA. - June 11, 2007
- The Family of Orange Lake Resorts has selected Medallia, a leading provider of web-based, customer satisfaction tracking solutions based in Menlo Park, CA, the companies jointly announced today.
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Tamalpais Bank Offers Convenient New Service for Businesses
San Rafael, CA - June 6, 2007 - Tamalpais Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Epic Bancorp (NASDAQ: EPIK), today announced DepositNOW®, an easy-to-use software application that allows businesses to deposit checks 24/7 from their own offices, helping them to save time and to reduce transportation costs.
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Tamalpais Bank Offers Marin Schools Children’s Financial Education Teaching Resources
San Rafael, CA - May 1, 2007 - Tamalpais Bank today announced the availability of “Practical Money Skills for Life”, a website and teachers’ aid program that will be provided without charge to schools in Marin County and is designed to make teaching children about money fun and easy.
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Scientific Atlanta Purchases License to Use Command Audio’s PVR Technology
Redwood Shores, CA - April 24, 2007 - Command Audio Corp., a pioneer in the development of broadcast on-demand media technology, today announced that Scientific Atlanta, a Cisco company and a leader in the market for cable television set-top boxes, has purchased a license to use Command Audio’s patented PVR (personal video recorder, also known as digital video recorder, or DVR) technology.
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BeWell Mobile Named a Winner in QUALCOMM Global Software Competition
San Francisco - March 13, 2007 - BeWell Mobile today announced it had been named a winner in the annual QUALCOMM Wireless Reach™ global initiative which identifies outstanding developers of BREW® software applications.
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Fidelity Investments Selects Salient Wealth Management For High-Net-Worth Advisory Program
San Rafael, CA - February 27, 2007—Salient Wealth Management LLC, whose founder Richard Stone was recently honored by Worth Magazine as one of the nation’s Top 100 wealth advisors, today announced that it has been selected by Fidelity Investments for inclusion in Wealth Advisor SolutionsSM, an extension of Fidelity’s offering for high-net-worth investors.
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Tamalpais Bank Will Provide Nationwide Free ATM Access
Joins MoneyPass® ATM Network With More Than 23,000 Locations
San Rafael, CA - February 12, 2007—Tamalpais Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Epic Bancorp (NASDAQ:  EPIK), today announced that customers now have access to the more than 23,000 surcharge-free ATMs in the MoneyPass® nationwide network.
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Epic Bancorp Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year Earnings
Declares 7% Stock Dividend
San Rafael, CA - January 25, 2007—Epic Bancorp (the “Company") (NASDAQ:EPIK), the parent company for Tamalpais Bank and Epic Wealth Management, today reported net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2006 of $1,076,000, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $940,000, or $0.25 per diluted share for the same quarter in 2005.
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Honored as One of Nation’s 100 Best Wealth Advisors Salient Changes Name
San Rafael Firm Founded in 1983 Adds Staff and Technology
San Rafael, CA - January 16, 2007—Recently honored by Worth Magazine as one of the nation’s Top 100 wealth advisors, Richard Stone today announced that the firm that he founded has changed its name to Salient Wealth Management LLC.
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Silicon Valley Technology Firm Selects TOBIN & Associates
Medallia Names San Rafael Firm PR Agency of Record
San Rafael, CA - March. 1, 2007
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News Releases for 2006

TOBIN & Associates Adds Clients, Expands Services Agency Principal
Also Named EECOM Board of Directors.
San Rafael, CA - October. 10, 2006
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TOBIN & Associates Introduces “Fresh Look”
To Help Companies Increase Value of Websites.
San Rafael, CA - June. 14, 2006
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TOBIN & Associates Adds Clients; Expands Web Content Business
San Rafael PR/Marketing Consultant Broadens Service Offerings.
San Rafael, CA - May. 18, 2006
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TOBIN & Associates Moves Offices To Downtown San Rafael Location
Firm Retains Entire Roster Of Clients from 2005. 
San Rafael, CA - Feb. 28, 2006
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Lyla Max Joins TOBIN & Associates Firm.
Kentfield, CA - January 9, 2006
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Gary Tobin Elected to Board of SF PR Roundtable.
Kentfield, CA - January 4, 2006 
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News Releases for 2005

TOBIN & Associates Adds Three Clients During Second Quarter.
Kentfield, CA—July 5, 2005
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TOBIN Adds Three Clients In First Quarter 2005.
Kentfield, CA - April 26, 2005 
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TOBIN & Associates Opens New Office in Kentfield
Corporate Communications/PR Consultant Celebrates 10th Year in Business.
Kentfield, CA - January 24, 2005 
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Read and Listen to Gary Tobin

Listen to Gary Tobin on KQED-FM Radio
San Francisco, Sacramento - August 24, 2005
Perspective: eBay

Listen to Gary Tobin on KQED-FM Radio
San Francisco, Sacramento - February 7, 2005
Perspective: Wal-Mart

What corporate PR pros should know about agencies
www.prweek.com December 20, 2004 (Read the article)


About TOBIN & Associates

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