Biz Buzz: Advisory panel forms for new fest

A community advisory committee of prominent local figures has been formed to advise Savor the Central Coast, a new food and wine event to be kicked off in San Luis Obispo County in September.

The committee will be led by Noreen Martin, businesswoman and board member of the San Luis Obispo County Visitors and Conference Bureau.

Community representatives include Lorraine Alban of J&L Wines Inc.; James W. Brabeck of Farm Supply Co.; Doug Filipponi of Ancient Peaks and Santa Margarita Ranch; Robert Gilson of Hotel Cheval; David Hance of Clayhouse Wines; county Supervisor Adam Hill; John E. King of Boutique Hotel Collection Inc.; Leah Kolt of Cal Poly; Michael Manchak of the Economic Vitality Corp. of San Luis Obispo County; county Supervisor Frank Mecham; John H. Niven of Niven Family Wine Estates; attorney John A. Ronca Jr.; Pierre Rademaker of Pierre Rademaker Design; Brian Talley of Talley Vineyards; and Kristen Yetter of Promega Biosciences.

The event will be organized by the visitors bureau, working with Sunset magazine. Event organizers hope to attract more than 10,000 visitors to San Luis Obispo County.

— Julia Hickey

New vet at Pismo animal care center

Cat and Exotic Care of the Central Coast in Pismo Beach recently welcomed veterinarian Jennifer Staniec to its practice. Staniec has practiced veterinary medicine on the Central Coast since 1996.

Cat and Exotic Care was founded by Maxwell Conn in 2004 as a sanctuary for cats and small exotic pets, and now provides health services to cats, birds, reptiles and small mammals.

— Julia Hickey

Interim pharmacy director promoted

Michael Amorteguy has been promoted from interim director to director of pharmacy at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.

Amorteguy earned his doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He was hired by Sierra Vista in 1996 as a staff pharmacist and was promoted to pharmacist coordinator in 2007.

— Julia Hickey