2012 News


Fall 2012

As leaves continue to fall and temperatures to sizzle here at the PCG headquarters there is no sign of slowing down: In September we have added three times more new clients to our ever expanding client list then the previous month, and two more amazing employees, Marie Estorge, Advanced Accountant, and Eric Reinacher, Accounting Associate. Marie Estorge is an experienced accountant with 10+ years in a role of Sr. Accountant. Besides her professional passion for Accounting and numbers, she is a Head Dive Coach at her local High School, fiction book writer, and an excellent cook judging by all yummy meals we see her eating during her down times at PCG. She joined the Accounting Team led by Ashley Brunner, and team members David Lee and Jamie Dumont. Eric Reinacher is a recent college graduate form the UC Davis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. In his free time Eric enjoys playing bass and soccer. He speaks German and Spanish, and compliments our team with his intelligence and a great sense of humor. As a part of continued effort to participate in local events and give back to a community, Pacific Crest Group team has participated in American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event on 08/25/2012 and helped raise $2,845.00. Led by Dory Weston, one of our Accounting Associates, PCG had a team walking in the event for 24 hours. Her leadership and inspiration garnered tremendous support for this worthy cause. Thank you to everyone who supported us and thank you, Dory, for organizing this fun event for our team. On September 20th yet another successful Marin Business Forum event we sponsor took place at the Wood Island Auditorium. Collaborative Entrepreneurship: How Networks of Small Companies Can Do Big Things” was the subject that drew the crowd of 40 attendees.

The presenter, John Stayton, Director and Co-founder of Venture Greenhouse and Assistant Professor MBA in Sustainable Enterprise (Green MBA) for Dominican University of California offered some valuable insights on startups and tips of building small businesses as part of a collaborative community. Attendees participated in a quick team networking exercise and exchanged ideas and contact information. Afterwards, everyone participated in a lottery drawing while enjoying surprisingly warm weather, beverages, tasty appetizers and magnificent views of San Francisco Bay from our deck. Lucky winners received spa gift certificates, etc…For more information about this and upcoming Marin Business Forum events please visit the MBF website:http://marinbusinessforum.com/.

We have also celebrated two PCG team members’ birthdays in the month of September: Kathleen, our Admin. Associate and Gail, our HR Director, were put on a spot and honored by the whole PCG team for everything they do for us with delicious baking creations made as usual by Carolyn Pettit, our baker extraordinaire/HR specialist/Dancing instructor. We all indulged in chocolate and cream, and a wave of sugar high carried us for at least another week and helped us keep up with the high-paced environment of our office. Halloween spirit took our office by storm on October 31st . Chips, salsa, costumes and playfulness brought a taste of upcoming Holiday season to our workplace and left us entertained and inspired. Between variety of characters that showed up that day we had a tigress, a police woman with a baton, a guy from Studio 68 with a big hair and matching glasses, and a flower child from the 60’s with a lots of beads and a flowery dress. All of them have made this experience one to remember for a long time. Holiday season has arrived at the PCG office with a bang!

PCG Raises over $2,845 for San Rafael Relay for Life, August 25th-26th, 2012

Pacific Crest Group was pleased to support the American Cancer Society at this year’s Relay for Life®. PCG had a team walking in the event, led by Dory Weston, one of our Advanced Accountants. Her leadership and inspiration garnered tremendous support for this worthy cause. Thank you to everyone who supported us and thank you, Dory, for organizing this!

Urgent PCG News Flash: San Rafael Relay for Life, August 25th-26th at College of Marin

Pacific Crest Group is eager to invite you to join us in supporting the American Cancer Society at this year’s Relay for Life®. PCG has a team walking in the event, led by Dory Weston, one of our Advanced Accountants. Her leadership and inspiration to the team have garnered tremendous support for this worthy cause. We would like to reach out to all of you to join us at the Relay for Life event, or provide support in anyway you can. Thank you Dory for organizing this!


Summer 2012

In the children’s classic story Tuck Everlasting, we read that “the first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning.” We’d like to take that pause at the height of summer to share some exciting new developments at PCG! To start, while we have recently said goodbye to some valued team members, we are more than overjoyed to introduce the newest members of our dynamic staff: Maya Lonchar, Cliff Johnson, and Jade Arias. Maya Lonchar is PCG’s new Office Manager. She will be taking over the role of our internal office functions such as accounting, human resources, and IT. She brings lots of start up office experience as well as an incredible sense of humor to our team. Cliff Johnson is the second Operations Manager for our growing accounting department. Cliff is sharing a wealth of knowledge in accounting and consulting with PCG. And last but not least, Jade Arias has joined PCG as our newest Marketing Intern. She is a student at Dominican University here in San Rafael and will be able to help PCG grow its marketing efforts. In other news, many members of our staff had the privilege of attending the art show of our office administrator, Kathleen, in San Francisco at the beginning of August. Kathleen has been painting for many years and we were so grateful for her to share her passion with us. More of her art can be found at her website:www.katabell.com. We also celebrated a BIG milestone for our valuable IT Manager, Ike Nam, having been with PCG for 5 years. Coincidentally, his 5 year anniversary happened to be the same week of his birthday so we threw him a surprise birthday/anniversary party at Country Club Bowling in San Rafael. We aren’t sure if we were able to pull of the surprise but we definitely all had a blast! To close, we would like to invite everyone to our next Marin Business Forum event, “Collaborative Entrepreneurship: How Networks of Small Companies Can Do Big Things,” on September 20th in Larkspur. For more information, please see the MBF website: http://marinbusinessforum.com/. Hope everyone is having a fun and safe summer!


Spring 2012

As PCG celebrates its 9th anniversary, we are finding that we have much more than just that to celebrate! At the beginning of March, TJ was asked by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization to give a short presentation on the growing pains of Employee Development at their monthly “Guru” event. At the end of March, Franka (along with two other industry leaders, Nina Gardner and Pete Woodring) presented the second Marin Business Forum event where they discussed “How to Turn Your Company into a Hiring Machine” with expert John Younger, CEO of Accolo. To celebrate the occasion, a fun social wine tasting took place after the discussion provided by Peju Province Winery. To hear more about upcoming Marin Business Forum events and to get on the mailing list, check out the website!
In other news, we have recently welcomed two new members to the PCG Accounting Team: Ashley Brunner and Jamie Dumont. Ashley joins us as a Controller with many years of corporate accounting background. Jamie joins our accounting bookkeeping backbone with energy and eagerness to help support the team. What better way to commemorate new employees than to also recognize the anniversaries and birthdays of our current staff. Dory and David, two strong members of our accounting team recently achieved one year of service with PCG. Also recently hitting the one year mark is our office admin Kathleen! Finally, hitting the 6 year mark is our fearless leader of the Employee Development and Business Consulting Department, Gail! We also celebrated birthdays for Franka, Sarah, and Jamie! Last but definitely not least, we want to share our most recent team building events. To the joy of all our sports enthusiasts, we took in one of the final pre-season baseball games at AT&T park where our team was split between cheering for our two local MLB teams, the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Athletics.