Wednesday, July 21, 2004
NBC fat cats dedicated to promoting public policy
"The North Bay Council is a group of employers, selected by invitation, that promotes policies it believes will benefit the North Bay in six key areas--transportation, housing, education, environment, economic development and health care. Members include Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America, Sonoma State University and The Press Democrat."
North Bay citizens ought to be aware of any self-appointed, invitation-only, issue-oriented activist organization with members as prominent as just those listed.
According to the NBC website, here: www.northbaycouncil.org,
"Thirteen years ago, leaders from eight Marin companies founded the Council on a simple premise: We can accomplish more by working together.
Today, the Council has grown to include 30 private employers in Marin and Sonoma counties. We represent a broad spectrum of industries, professional services, non-profit employers and educational institutions, with a workforce in excess of 20,000."
The website says the current members include:
Bank of America
Bank of Marin
Dominican University of California
Fireman's Fund Insurance Company
Frank Howard Allen Realtors
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Lanahan & Reilley LLP
LucasArts Entertainment Company
Lucas Digital Ltd.
Lucas Learning Ltd.
Lucas Licensing Ltd.
Marin General Hospital
Marin Independent Journal
Matsen Insurance Brokers
Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Meuller & Naylor
North Bay Business Journal
Northbay Family Homes
Novato Community Hospital
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Sonoma State University
The Vick Group/Smith Barney
You can follow the links to their individual websites.
Members of the current NBC board of directors are:
President & CEOBank of Marin
President & General ManagerInfineon Raceway
Chip Nielsen, Partner, Nielsen, Merksamer, Parrinello, Mueller & Naylor
Gordon Radley, Retired, Lucasfilm Ltd.
Dr. Ruben Arminana
President, Sonoma State University
Market President, Bank of America
President, Frank Howard Allen Realtors
Publisher and Editor, North Bay Business Journal
Dr. Joseph Fink
President, Dominican University of CA
Director of Operations, Lucasfilm Ltd.
Publisher, Marin Independent Journal
Vice President, Treasurer, and CFO, Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Medical Group Administrator, Kaiser Permanente
Chief Operating Officer, Birkenstock
Daniel J. Lanahan
Partner, Lanahan & Reilley LLP
VP & General Manager, Medtronic AVE
Publisher, Press Democrat
President and CEO, Guide Dogs for the Blind
President & CEO, Fireman's Fund Insurance Company
CEO, Marin General Hospital & Novato Community Hospital
Executive Vice President, Autodesk
NBC Executive DirectorDon Duncan
North Bay Region corporate cats don't get much fatter than those on the list.
So what does the North Bay Council do?
"Our members are dedicated to achieving the long-term economic sustainability and quality of life in the North Bay by collaborating with other business and civic leaders to promote sound, regionally-focused public policy.
We believe North Bay employers have a responsibility to be involved in programs and policies that support our community and its future. Through philanthropy, volunteerism, community service, and by successfully employing thousands of local residents, our members are major contributors to the quality of life in the region."