Business briefs | Premier has a new co-owner; The Forest Service is hiring; Sequoia Personnel has a new name – Times-Standard

Jeremy Sorci was named co-owner of Premier

Premier Financial Group, a Humboldt County investment advisory firm, has announced the appointment of Jeremy Sorci as the firm’s newest co-owner.

Sorci joined Premier in 2012, as Premier’s focus on fiduciary responsibility aligns with his personal commitment to putting the needs of clients before those of the company. He is responsible for a range of Premier’s top clients as adviser to individuals, families, estates, foundations and pension plans.

“Independently owned small business has been a huge part of Humboldt County’s economic foundation,” he said in a prepared statement. “I am proud to now be a part of it and excited for the new challenges that ownership of the company will bring.”

Premier Financial Group chairman Wayne Caldwell said in a statement: “For more than 10 years, Jeremy has been a leader and an integral part of our firm’s development of the next generation of top wealth managers. With Jeremy becoming an owner and board seat, along with his position as Chief Compliance Officer, he will ensure that Premier’s clients continue to receive the outstanding personal service that the Premier team has provided for the past 32 years. “

Redwood Memorial recognized by the Partnership

Providence Redwood Memorial Hospital announced this week that it was recently recognized as one of only nine hospitals to receive at least 90% or more from Partner Health Plan’s Hospital Quality Improvement Program (Hospital QIP). Redwood Memorial Hospital scored 100% in all 14 measures.

The aim of the Hospital QIP is to improve the quality of care provided to PHP members. PHP provides quality health care to more than 660,000 Medi-Cal beneficiaries in 14 Northern California counties, including Humboldt County.

“The Partnership is proud to recognize the exemplary performance of these hospitals and their superior results across multiple domains,” CEO Elizabeth Gibboney said in a prepared statement. “We recognize the challenges these hospitals have faced in recent years and offer well-deserved praise for their ability to maintain a standard of excellence in providing superior care to our communities.”

Open door clinics, the first 5 addresses of ACEs

Open Door Community Health Centers, First 5 in Humboldt and Del Norte counties and Partnership HealthPlan of California will receive support to address adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress in our communities. The PRACTICE Grant (Preventing and responding to ACE-related health conditions and toxic stress in clinics through community engagement) helps community partner organizations to identify gaps and create better access to care and services for vulnerable children.

ACEs, which can occur in the household, community, or environment, are stressful or traumatic experiences in childhood that can increase the risk of significant physical and mental health problems later in life. Addressing ACEs early can reduce their effects and significantly improve your chances of a healthy life. This grant is intended to help communities create safeguards to protect children and reduce the effects of ACEs.

“First 5 is excited to partner with Open Door to support children and families who have experienced ACEs,” Mary Ann Hansen, First 5 Humboldt executive director, said in a press release. “Connecting families with resources to reduce toxic stress can have lifelong positive health outcomes. The strength of our community is strongly linked to the health of our youngest residents, and by working together we can create a healthier and stronger community.”

The Forest Service will host recruitment events

The Forest Service is hiring permanent and seasonal wildland firefighters in hand crews, machine crews, emergency crews, etc. Make a lasting impact on the world around you and unlock opportunities for professional growth and career advancement. Join the Forest Service’s Region 5 firefighting organization and be part of a team dedicated to caring for the land and serving the people.

The Forest Service is holding two in-person hiring events to fill approximately 400 full-time, permanent seasonal and temporary wildland firefighter positions. Join us in Fresno on January 24th and 25th at the Double Tree Hotel from 9am to 5pm (PST) and in Redding on February 14th to 15th at the Red Lion Hotel from 9am to 5pm. Applicants are invited to come and meet regional fire personnel, get help applying, learn about the benefits of working for the Forest Service and maybe leave with a trial offer.

Candidates do not need to attend a recruitment event to apply. Those coming can register in advance to reserve a seat and skip the lines.

Jobs will be posted on through direct hire authorization. Review the job posting carefully for deadlines and required information to include in your application. Employment start dates may vary.

More information about the events can be found at

A Klamath National Forest firefighter checks equipment on a fire truck.  (USDA Forest Service, Kimberly DeVall/contributed)
A Klamath National Forest firefighter checks equipment on a fire truck. (USDA Forest Service, Kimberly DeVall/contributed)

Sequoia has a new name: Cardinal Services

On Thursday, the Eureka Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to announce that Sequoia Personnel Services has a new name — Cardinal Services.

Sequoia Personnel Services was one of the oldest staffing companies in Humboldt County. The company was founded in 1980 by Liana and Bud Simpson.

In 2016, after 36 years, Liana Simpson sold Cardinal Services, a family-owned employment services company based in Oregon with roots in Humboldt County. Cardinal’s husband and wife founders, Bud and Gail Freeman — were 1956 graduates of Eureka High School.

Tomas Chavez, Cardinal’s newly appointed director of human resources, is excited about the transition.

“The merger of SPS and Cardinal has given clients access to a greater pool of professional expertise and an expanded selection of affordable, customized solutions for the workplace,” he said in a press release. “Although our name has changed, Cardinal represents the same commitment to providing our local customers with the same outstanding customer service they have come to expect from Sequoia.”

Sequoia Personnel Services has a new name: Cardinal Services.  A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday to celebrate the change.  (Main services/contribution)
Sequoia Personnel Services has a new name: Cardinal Services. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday to celebrate the change. (Main services/contribution)

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