Alumnus Steven Tradewell Receives Chief Financial Officer Award

"Remarkable Group" of Regional Finance Professionals Honored by North Bay Business Journal
August 28, 2015

Rohnert Park, CA - The School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University announced that Steven Tradewell, Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) Class of 2013 and CFO for Napa Valley Vintners, was honored today by the North Bay Business Journal during its fifth annual North Bay Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Awards. Eleven CFOs were recognized from various industries, including natural products, technology, energy, finance, and wine, among others.

"We're thrilled for Steve to win this award and join a select group of finance experts. His willingness to be challenged by a program that ensures its graduates develop the skills necessary to navigate change in a complex business environment was exemplary," Dr. William S. Silver, Dean of Sonoma State University School of Business and Economics said.

Steven Tradewell earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Santa Clara University in 1990, and his Executive MBA from Sonoma State University in 2013. Prior to joining Napa Valley Vintners, he served as Director of Finance and Operations for the California Film Institute.

"I'm honored to receive this award in recognition of the contributions that finance professionals make to so many local businesses. I also want to thank my employer for being supportive of my educational pursuits by allowing me the time needed to complete my master's degree," Steven Tradewell said.

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*Photo note: Steve Tradewell (left); Ray Johnson, Wine Business Institute Director (right)