Whatcom Women in Business elects new executive board

Filed on 07. Jan, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents

The Whatcom Women in Business organization has elected its new 2019 Executive Board. Shu-Ling Hergenhahn-Zhao, capital campaign chair at the Sylvia Center for the Arts, has been elected president. Emily O’Connor, executive director of Lydia Place will serve as past president. Jamie Smeall, hr/administrator at Avenue Bread will chair the banquet committee, while while Brenda [...]

Building permits, Dec. 24-28

Filed on 04. Jan, 2019 in Data, Public Records

Includes commercial building activity in Bellingham with an estimated valuation listed at $10,000 or more. Records are obtained from the City of Bellingham’s Permit Center. Applied 1111 North Forest St., $1.3 million for two-story multifamily addnt to (e) comm. Bld – Hammer Prop. Historical owner: Jon F. and Susan J. Rittmueller and John and Lisa [...]

Whatcom Land Title head earns prestigious designation

Filed on 03. Jan, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents

Bill Ronhaar, president and chief underwriting officer of Whatcom Land Title Company, recently earned a prestigious industry designation. Ronhaar was named a National Title Professional by the American Land Title Association, becoming one of fewer than 100 people in the country to earn the designation. He also the received the Washington Title Professional designation from [...]

BTC receives $350,000 endowment

Filed on 03. Jan, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents, Nonprofit Notes

Bellingham Technical College Foundation recently received a $350,000 contribution from the Thomas and Martina Horn Foundation, which will create a permanent endowment and will support student scholarships. This is the second largest contribution ever received by the BTC Foundation. The Horn Foundation has supported education in Whatcom County for more than 20 years. Thomas Horn [...]

Peoples Bank makes new hires

Filed on 02. Jan, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

Peoples Bank recently announced two new hires. Sergio Colón was appointed vice president and real estate loan manager for King and Snohomish counties. He will be based at the Real Estate Loan Center at the Everett Financial Center, and has more than 10 years of experience in the mortgage industry. Ryan LeCocq joined Peoples Bank [...]

Alcoa Foundation partners with Boys and Girls Club to support new youth program

Filed on 02. Jan, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents

Alcoa Foundation will support a new program for Boys and Girls Clubs of Whatcom County. The programs, called Project Learn and Positive Action, will run at all four club sites, in Bellingham Ferndale, Lynden and Blaine. The two programs are designed to educate and empower children to make good choices, build self-esteem, avoid risky behaviors [...]

Lynden insurance agent takes top national honor

Filed on 01. Jan, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents

Andrew Jewell of Lynden has been named Business Insurance Agent of the Year by Farmers Insurance. He was selected out of 14,000 agents nationwide. Jewell was honored for his professionalism, involvement in state and national business advisory committees, customer satisfaction, growth and sales. Since Jewell founded the Andrew Jewell Insurance Agency in 2005, he has [...]

Trustee appointed to Whatcom Community College board

Filed on 01. Jan, 2019 in Business Briefs, Contents, People On The Move

Governor Jay Inslee appointed Teresa Taylor to the Whatcom Community College Board of Trustees. Taylor is the Lummi Indian Business Council project manager for economic development. Her term on the WCC board runs from October 2018 through September 2023. She is replacing Tim Douglas, who recently completed his term, which began in 2008. Taylor is [...]

New trustee joins Western Washington University board

Filed on 01. Jan, 2019 in Contents

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed attorney Faith Li Pettis of Seattle to Western Washington University’s Board of Trustees. Pettis’ six-year term began on Oct. 22 and ends Sept. 30, 2024. Pettis is an attorney with Pacifica Law Group in Seattle, and was appointed by that city’s mayor to co-chair the city’s housing affordability and livability [...]

Letter: Treasurer wrong about public banking

Filed on 31. Dec, 2018 in Letters, Opinions

Re “Is a Public Bank Right for Washington? Treasurer Says No” (BBJ Today, Dec. 20th): the article cites a report released by the Treasurer’s office compiling data from 12 other states, territories and cities on a publicly-run bank, of which the article concludes, “All except one — American Samoa — ultimately decided against the idea.” [...]

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