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24 Oct 2017

Julia Jackson and Cambria Seeds of Empowerment is Working Hard to Carry On The Family Business  0

Julia JacksonWith all the wildfires going on in California, Julia Jackson and Jackson Family Wines is a name that people know. The Sonoma Valley has been especially hit hard by the wildfires and Julia Jackson and her family have suspended everything for now. Their primary goal is to focus on the people who work on the wineries and the people who live near the vineyards.In a statement released following the wake of the wildfires, the president of Jackson Family Wines has said that they are working on very little power and with very little staff. Until the fire is considered to be safe for their return, they will continue to halt production at the vineyards.Julia Jackson is the middle daughter of Jess Jackson and his wife Barbara Bunke. The two purchased the vineyards back in 1974 when they purchased the 80 acre pear and walnut fields in Lakeport, California.

Once the purchase was complete, the land was transformed into a vineyard. Their first release was the Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay in the year 1982. It was this wine that bridgeJulia Jacksond the gap between cheap wine and premium wine. This is now one of the top, most popular wines out there on the market.Jess and Barbara raised their children on the idea of hard work. It was their belief in hard work that has kept Julia and her family heavily involved in the wine making. It was her love for spending summers and nights learning about the vineyards and making life long friendships with others that would help her become the seasoned wine maker that she is today.Julia went on to learn about the French culture and she spent a summer in Bordeaux with the friends she made while growing up. Once she was ready, Julia returned back to the winery where she became involved in the family business. She is also heavily involved in the family non-profit called Cambria Seeds of Empowerment.

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20 Jul 2016

Helane Morrison: Up To The New Challenges for CROs  0

I recently read an online article about chief risk officers on Wall Street According to the article, CROs not only have to provide risk management, but they are also asked to provide plans and leadership to their jobs. This position started out in the insurance market, says the article; however, more financial corporations hired them after the crisis of 2008. They needed the transparency and risk management that a CRO can provide.

The article interviewed John Olert, the CRO with a financial institution called the Fitch Group. Olert stated that CROs get a lot of independence; however, they have a lot of responsibility overseeing the different types of risks that are involved in their company. They must also work together with other compliance officers, says the article.

Olert has been involved with his firm since 1995, reports the article, and opines that the roll of CRO is becoming more complicated. The article talks about how important CROs are in the banking business. It lists different surveys about how the majority of CROs report directly to the CEO, while some report to the board of directors.

Since CROs work with middle management as well as upper management, states the article, they need to have the ability to report to both effectually. They need leadership skills to help corporations make crucial decisions depending on compliance, says the article.

The article also interviewed Eric Yoss, the CRO for Mizuho Bank Americas. Yoss has an extensive background in risk management, ranging from Barclays Bank PLC to Deutsche Bank, and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., says the article. Yoss says that although CROs are more prevalent in the financial markets, things could change as the role of CROs continue to expand. Diatmar Serbee, another expert quoted in the article, says that CROs have a “unique perspective” and should be consulted in areas such as product development and client relations.

I have read a lot about different compliance officers, including Helane Morrison. She has worked with Hall Capital Partners LLC since 2007. Morrison started as a newspaper reporter and went to Northwestern University, where she earned her B.S. in Journalism. She attended law school at UC Berkeley and was admitted to the bar in 1987.

Morrison has held a number of positions in prestigious law firms. She also was Regional Director for the San Francisco Security and Exchange Commission from 1999-2007. She is uniquely qualified for the expanding roles that she will be facing as a CRO.