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Vanir Group of Companies Inc. Names Esmeralda Peña as Director of Human Resources

Vanir's growth calls for a new role to consolidate management of HR and benefits administration

 March 15, 2017Vanir Group of Companies Inc. today announced that it has named Esmeralda Peña as its new director of Human Resources and a member of the company’s senior executive management team. She will be based at the company’s headquarters in Sacramento.

Peña will provide overall planning, management and direction of human resources functions, including recruiting, hiring and retention strategies; benefits; employee compensation and recognition programs; and employee performance review, appraisal and management.

“We see Esmeralda’s experience and professionalism as a perfect match for Vanir,” said Dorene Dominguez, president and CEO of Vanir Group of Companies. “She brings a wealth of talent, expertise and innovative ideas to our organization.”

Peña has worked for 15 years as a human resources professional, most recently as the human resources director at Crestwood Behavioral Health Inc. She also served as a regional human resources manager for National Stores Inc. and, previously, Ace Cash Express. Peña began her career in 2002 with Catholic Healthcare West (now Dignity Health) in Sacramento, working as a benefit administrator, recruiter/program coordinator, and program assistant.

Peña attended California State University, Sacramento, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in human resources management and a master’s in business administration. She belongs to the California Chamber of Commerce and resides in Sacramento with her husband and two daughters. Peña enjoys running and has completed several half-marathons and the California International Marathon.

A high-resolution image of Peña can be downloaded HERE

About Vanir

Mr. H. Frank Dominguez founded the Vanir Group of Companies, Inc. over 50 years ago in San Bernardino, California. Vanir Group’s subsidiary companies specialize in all aspects of commercial and institutional real estate development and participate in project delivery throughout California and the nation. The combined staff of the Vanir Group of Companies total over 350 professionals including architects, engineers, construction managers, contractors and developers. Visit for more information.

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Jennifer Azevedo
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