“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
The Marin Business Forum (MBF) is a community where like-minded business owners can share valuable information to improve business practices and productivity by leveraging the power of collaboration.
This group was created by local business owners and professionals who realized the need for a community platform to collaborate, share information and ideas to help each other efficiently grow their businesses.
ABOUT THE MBF FOUNDERS
Family Wealth & 401(k) Consulting
Peter Woodring is a founding partner of Cypress Partners, LLC, and is dedicated to helping individuals, families and company 401(k) plans prepare for the future with confidence and clarity. Prior to joining Cypress Partners, Peter worked with a portfolio management team at US Trust, now the private wealth management division of Bank of America. Prior to pursuing a career in finance, Peter played professional soccer in Europe and the United States. Peter holds a B.A from U.C. Berkeley in social science and holds the FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Series 65 License and is a California Registered Investment Advisor representative.
Co-Founder and General Partner of Pacific Crest Group (Back-Office Systems Support)
Franka Winchester leads the Accounting and Employee Development departments. Before forming Pacific Crest Group, Franka held financial and human resources leadership roles at several start-up companies, including Colo.com and Softbank, Inc. She is currently volunteering as the Finance Chair at the Entrepreneur Organization Board in San Francisco and is the President of Dakota Partners Inc. Franka earned a B.S. from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is an AORN Certified Ambulatory Surgery Administrator.
Employee Benefits Broker/Consultant
Nina Gardner is an employee benefits broker/consultant with Filice Insurance Agency. Her focus is on business development, strategic benefit planning, benefits implementation, and open enrollment meetings, as well as coordination of health and wellness fairs. Prior to joining Filice, Nina was an employment law attorney with Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold and Littler, Mendelson, both large, national law firms. Prior to law school, Nina worked as a manager of a broadcast union, N.A.B.E.T and as a paralegal for Wild, Carey & Fife. Nina holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature with highest honors from U.C. Berkeley and a J.D. from Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall School of Law) at U.C. Berkeley.
Nina Gardner serves on the board of LIFT and Ross Valley Women’s League and was a board member of the Kentfield Schools Foundation from 2009 to 2011.