Sonoma, CA, April 25, 2018 – Terra Firma Global Partners co-founders Bill Facendini and Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo announced today that Gerry Sweeney has joined the firm in its Sonoma office and will concentrate his real estate practice throughout Sonoma County. His move into real estate follows careers in the wine industry and financial services. He has been a Sonoma resident since 2005.
Prior to real estate, he worked in direct-to-consumer wine sales with Repris Wines, Pangloss Cellars and Texture. Earlier, he represented Bryter Estates and Bennett Valley Cellars, all based in Sonoma.
Before venturing into wine, Gerry spent a total of nineteen years working in finance. Starting in college, he got his first taste of Wall Street working in operations in a trading department, before moving to California where he spent the first four years as a retail stock broker, followed by a fifteen-year career as an institutional equity sales trader in San Francisco. He lived in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood for nearly a dozen years before entering the wine industry.
Born in New York to Irish immigrants, Gerry was raised in the Bronx, where he learned the value of a dollar, developed his strong work ethic and quickly understood the importance building a strong, supportive community and network of good neighbors in his life.
At Fordham University, Gerry studied Art History and played ice hockey for the school’s team, a sport he continues to play weekly in Oakland.
Through the years Gerry has supported Habitat for Humanity and Make-a-Wish Foundation.
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Terra Firma Global Partners (www.terrafirmaglobalpartners.com) is a locally owned and operated boutique real estate company with offices in Napa, Sonoma and Marin Counties. Founded in 2010 by real estate veterans Bill Facendini and Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo, the company’s vision is to provide clients with a personal experience that keeps them a client for life, giving them the trust and confidence to refer friends and family to Terra Firma for all of their real estate needs. The firm has been voted one of the best places to work in the North Bay for three consecutive years and company co-founder Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo was recognized in 2016 as one of the North Bay’s top women business leaders by the North Bay Business Journal.