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  • DANCIN Vineyards has named Brian Denner to handle all winemaking activities beginning Aug. 15.
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  • DANCIN Vineyards has named Brian Denner to handle all winemaking activities beginning Aug. 15.
    The vineyard, located off Old Stage Road near Jacksonville, is constructing a new winemaking facility that's scheduled to be ready in time for fall harvest.
    Denner has been the winemaker at Agate Ridge Vineyards since the summer of 2011.
    Denner has produced wine professionally for 17 years. After his first harvest in 1997, he earned an enology degree from Fresno State University. He worked as cellarmaster at Williams Selyem Winery, a producer of pinot noir and chardonnay in Healdsburg, Calif., from 2000-2003.
    In 2003, Denner moved to Casablanca, Chile, where he worked as assistant winemaker for Kingston Family Vineyards. Later, he was winemaker at Denner Vineyards in Paso Robles, Calif., from 2004 to 2009, crafting more than a dozen wines that scored 90-plus from the Wine Spectator. One vintage earned the 11th spot on the magazine's Top 100 wines of 2011.
    In 2010, he studied sauvignon blanc during harvest at Drylands Winery in Marlborough, New Zealand. He then moved to the Rogue Valley, where he worked with DANCIN on its first vintage in 2010, and then he joined Agate Ridge Vineyards during the summer of 2011.
    Grant Walker, the primary spokesman for Asante for the past seven years, will become the director of marketing and recruitment at Rogue Community College.
    Walker handled a variety of roles for Asante, a three-hospital health system, including public relations and internal communications campaigns.
    At the same time, he has been with Iron Horse Communications in Grants Pass since June 2000, writing and doing Web development for several organizations, including the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin and the American Association of Radiologists of Indian Origin.
    Walker earned a bachelor's degree in English at Portland State University and a Master's of Fine Arts in theater and playwriting at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.
    Kathy Peckham has returned to Bank of the Cascades as vice president and commercial lender for the region. She has 37 years of experience, much of the time with U.S. Bank. She moved from Bank of the Cascades in the spring of 2010 to become U.S. Bank's vice president and relationship manager for Southern Oregon.
    Peckham is a graduate of U.S. Bank's Management Training Program and a graduate of the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing and Management at University of Colorado at Boulder.
    Jeresa Hren, vice president and private banking center manager, and Debbie Fenstermaker, branch manager, have won U.S. Bank's Pinnacle Award.
    Hren and Fenstermaker were among the top 10 percent of highest-performing employees for the bank nationwide. It was the ninth such award for Hren.
    Northwest Health Foundation named Jason Hilton vice president of finance. Hilton has been senior vice president for Capital Pacific Bank. He succeeds founding vice president of finance David Hooff following his retirement.
    If your business or company has new management hires or promotions, send an email to business@mailtribune.com.
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