1. Winery founder named Salem's First Citizen

    Statesman Journal (Feb 20 2014)

    1. Winery founder named Salem's First Citizen

      Jim Bernau, president and founder of Willamette Valley Vineyards, has been selected for the First Citizen award for 2013.

      Salem Area Chamber of Commerce officials said Tuesday that Bernau had been chosen for the annual award honoring a community leader who demonstrates outstanding service and has a positive impact on our community.

      The chamber also recognized former Judge Pamela Abernethy, Rich Duncan and Jeannette Moore as Distinguished Service Award recipients. Cecilia Ritter James is this year’s Outstanding Young Professional.

      “We are proud to recognize these gems in our community,” said Jason Brandt, chief executive officer of the Salem Area ...

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