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August 10, 2017 9:01pm
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•  Construction company builds management

•  Fresno State names a new winemaker

•  And more, including a TV top boss …

Mark Wilkerson
Thomas Montgomery

• Mark Wilkerson has been hired as senior project manager by Sundt Construction Inc. in its Sacramento office.

He will be overseeing the renovation and modernization of Truckee High School and Truckee Elementary School in Truckee


A Nevada native, Mr. Wilkerson has more than 30 years of industry experience managing and directing projects in the Reno/Tahoe and Bay Area. His portfolio includes design-build, public works and private negotiated ground-up projects totaling more than $1.3 billion. His major projects include the University of Nevada Student Services, Ritz-Carlton – Highlands, Northstar Tahoe, San Francisco General Hospital, Nevada Legislative Building Expansion Phases II and III, Washoe County Courthouse, Trex Manufacturing, Leviton Distribution Center and the 333 Harrison Multi-Family project in downtown San Francisco.


• Thomas Montgomery, an award-winning winemaker and Fresno State alumnus, is the Fresno State Winery’s new winemaker.

The Sanger native, who honed a reputation for award-winning Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties as a winemaker for well-known wineries in Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley, began his Fresno State assignment July 31. His career began at E&J Gallo Winery in Fresno and at United Vintners in Reedley upon graduation from Fresno State in 1979.

Mr. Montgomery most recently served as the winemaker at Vine Cliff Winery in Napa and as the director of winemaking at Papagni Wines in Madera since 2015. This past year at international wine competitions, his 2014 Monte Smith Cabernet Sauvignon won a San Francisco Chronicle double gold medal, and the 2014 Barbera was a Wine Enthusiast magazine editor’s choice recipient.


• John Alcorn has joined Suncrest Bank (OTCQX: SBKK) of Visalia to lead its Agribusiness Division in Fresno.

Prior to joining Suncrest Bank, Mr. Alcorn led the Field Inspection Department for the Western United States, for Rabobank. He held various roles in that division between 2005 and 2017.

Prior to joining Rabobank, he was a loan officer with Anderson Clayton Corporation, and prior to that he held various farm management roles including almond crop manager for Harris Farms and ranch manager for Clark Brothers.


• Jay Howell has been named vice president and general manager of CBS Television Stations’ Sacramento properties, KOVR-TV (CBS 13) and KMAX-TV (CW 31).

He replaces Kevin Walsh, who has moved to San Francisco to serve as president and general manager of KPIX-TV and KBCW-TV, the CBS-owned duopoly in the Bay Area.

Mr. Howell, who has 18 years of experience as a general manager and station group executive, most recently served as vice president of broadcast markets for Media General, where he oversaw the company’s station operations, including several CBS and CW affiliates, in 14 markets across the country. Prior to leaving Media General earlier this year when the sale of that company to Nexstar was finalized, he spent four years as a member of the CBS Affiliates Board.

Howell’s background also includes more than 13 years with LIN Media, most recently as vice president, television (2013-14), where he oversaw operations for 46 stations in 23 markets.


• Robert Barton, 55, of Rancho Cordova, has been appointed to the Board of Parole Hearings. Mr. Barton has served as Inspector General of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2011, where he was senior assistant inspector general from 2005 to 2011.

He was supervising deputy district attorney at the Kern County District Attorney’s Office from 2000 to 2005, where he served as a deputy district attorney from 1988 to 2000.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $147,778. Mr. Barton is a Republican.


• Kevin Chappell, 52, of Elk Grove, has been reappointed to the Board of Parole Hearings, where he has served since 2015. Mr. Chappell was a retired annuitant correctional administrator at California Correctional Health Care Services in 2015, warden at San Quentin State Prison from 2012 to 2014 and served in several positions at Folsom State Prison from 2010 to 2012, including chief deputy warden and associate warden.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $147,778. Mr. Chappell is a Democrat.


• Marisela Montes, 63, of Sacramento, has been reappointed to the Board of Parole Hearings, where she has served since 2012. Ms. Montes was a consultant at the California Prison Industry Authority from 2011 to 2012 and served in several positions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 2006 to 2009, including deputy director of the Division of Adult Institutions and chief deputy secretary of adult programs.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $147,778. Ns. Montes is registered without party preference.


• Terri Turner, 62, of West Sacramento, has been reappointed to the Board of Parole Hearings, where she has served since 2011 and was a deputy commissioner from 2008 to 2011. She served in several positions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 1987 to 2007, including assistant regional parole administrator, adult parole supervisor, manager of the Edward Veit Community Correctional Center and parole agent.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $147,778. Ms. Turner is a Democrat.

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