Tom Kern and Sonya Kern Join Terra Firma Global Partners

St. Helena, CA, January 23, 2017 – Tom Kern and Sonya Kern have joined Terra Firma Global Partners and will serve real estate clients in Napa and Sonoma counties from the firm’s St. Helena office, announced co-founders, Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo and Bill Facendini.

Terra Firma Global Partners, San Francisco, Bay Area, Marin, Sonoma, Napa
The Kerns

The Kerns, husband and wife for more than 20 years, will sometimes work as a team and sometimes work with clients individually. Tom’s focus will be mostly in the commercial arena, representing investors, landlords and tenants – while Sonya’s focus will be exclusively on residential real estate – home buyers and sellers.

“In 2016, after 27 years of marriage, moving 22 times, owning 13 homes and investing in commercial real estate ourselves, we decided that becoming real estate professionals was our future,” said Tom Kern.

Born in Albany, OR., Tom “grew up all over the USA” as his family moved from job-to-job in industrial electrical construction. In the past 25 years, the commercial real estate and sales veteran has built and sold several successful business’s, acquired many properties as the owner of Northrup Properties Corporation, including a substantial warehouse-to-loft conversion project in Portland’s Pearl District. The Kerns also own commercial properties in Sun Valley and Nampa, Idaho. An avid cyclist, Tom won salesperson of the year at Advanced Sports International, the fifth largest bicycle company in the world, prior to joining Terra Firma Global Partners.

Sonya served as a registered nurse for nearly thirty years, an invaluable experience that enabled her to develop strong listening and organizational skills, a calm approach to emotional situations and a keen understanding of and belief in the vital importance of building trust, no matter what business discipline. For the better part of the last decade, Sonya was a Clinical Educator and provided Sales Support for B Braun Medical Inc., a German-owned company with U.S. operations based in Bethlehem, PA.

About Terra Firma Global Partners – A Real Estate Company for Life
Terra Firma Global Partners ( is a locally owned and operated boutique real estate company with nine 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 two 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 (NBBJ). In addition, Terra Firma was named as one of the North Bay’s most Philanthropic Companies by the NBBJ in 2016.

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