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Certified Advanced Rolfer moves practice to Bellingham

Brad Jones, a Rolfer with eight years of experience, moved his practice to Bellingham March 3. Jones’ practice, Rolfing Bellingham, is located in the Harborview Building on West Holly Street.

Rolfing is a system of hands-on bodywork that brings the body into better alignment, resulting in less pain, greater flexibility and improved physical abilities.

In order to receive a Certified Advanced Rolfer certification, Jones completed extensive training in anatomy, physiology and kinesiology. He moved to Bellingham for the area’s quality of life.

 

Caldwell becomes Big Brothers/Big Sisters
board member 

Scott Caldwell, a financial advisor for Waddell & Reed, was recently accepted as a member of the board of directors for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization, a nonprofit dedicated to providing support, friendship and fun to children throughout Whatcom County.

Caldwell, who has been in the financial services industry for five years, helps manage people’s money for accumulation needs, protects clients’ assets through insurance and works with their plans for distribution during retirement.

 

Van De Mark earns Associate Broker’s License

Wes Van De Mark of Prudential Kelstrup Realtors earned his Associate Broker’s License for Washington. The designation is the culmination of 120 hours of training, split between 60 hours of live instruction and 60 hours of online work.

Van De Mark, who has been a top producer at Prudential Kelstrup for almost 14 years, will continue to serve his client base and new customers with an increased understanding of real estate transactions. He is now one of a limited number of agents in Whatcom County who carry the professional designation of Associate Broker.

 

Larson Gross adds DeYoung as new partner

Kevin DeYoung, director of estates and trusts tax services, was recently promoted to partner at the accounting firm Larson Gross.

DeYoung has more than 13 years of experience in accounting, auditing and consulting services with a broad range of clients in a variety of industries. DeYoung, who earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Calvin College, is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants. 

 

Local real estate agents earn e-Pro certification 

Lena Bagwell and Steve Kelley of Coldwell Banker Miller-Arnason Real Estate successfully completed the Realtor e-Pro course to become part of a select few real estate professionals to earn the certification, which is offered by the National Association of Realtors.

The certification course is a comprehensive and interactive educational program that is specifically designed to provide real estate professionals with the technology tools needed to assist consumers in the purchase or sale of a home. 

With more than 70 percent of consumers beginning their real estate research on the Internet, e-Pro certified agents have the experience to meet the demands of today’s buyers and sellers.

 

Schmidt accepts national Boys & Girls Clubs of
America position

Robin Schmidt, donor relations officer for the Whatcom Hospice Foundation, accepted the position of regional director for the southwest region of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Schmidt will provide training and resource development assistance to clubs in eight states. 

Schmidt served as the director of marketing and development for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County from January 2003 until assuming her current role with St. Joseph Hospital in July of 2007. Prior to her arrival in Bellingham, Schmidt was the chief professional officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley in Alamosa, Colo.

Her career with the club has spanned more than 13 years. Schmidt relocated to the Dallas-Fort Worth area at the end of April.

 

Barkley Company expands staff responsibilities, hires new manager 

The Barkley Company hired a project and facilities manager and has expanded the roles of longtime employees John Arrigoni and Doug Stewart.

John Moullen, the company’s new manager, has extensive experience in general contracting, structural maintenance and commercial construction. He has a master’s degree in architecture and ran his own general contracting business for 11 years. 

John Arrigoni, senior vice president of real estate, will continue his role in leasing, marketing and property management but will expand his existing role in Barkley’s general operations. Arrigoni has worked at Barkley for the past 10 years. 

Doug Stewart, the company’s senior vice president of finance and administration, has been responsible for the company’s finances and accounting since 1992. Stewart’s role is expanding to oversee human resources and general administration at Barkley.

 

Best attends GAMA International conference 

Randal Best, district manager and financial advisor for Waddell & Reed’s Bellingham office, recently attended GAMA International’s Leadership and Management Program conference in San Francisco.

GAMA International is a network of leaders in the financial services industry with the mission of providing its members with education and training resources, and networks with peer professionals to help achieve standards of excellence, expand opportunities for professional growth and develop leaders in the financial services industry.

Best, who has been a financial service professional for 12 years, joined Waddell & Reed in 2006.  

 

Pederson passes accreditation exam

Jake Pederson of Pearson Construction has passed the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) v2.2 professional accreditation exam. LEED takes into account such things as environmental impacts, occupant well-being and life-cycle costs. Although much of the LEED process takes place during the design phase, contractors still play a vital role during the construction phase when they are typically responsible for construction waste management, procurement of accepted materials and proper execution of LEED construction methods. 

Pederson is an honors graduate of the construction management program at Washington State University. 

 

Business Bank hires Willet for business development.

Burlington-based Business Bank recently hired Rachael Willet for business development, a position that involves marketing, new accounts and sales.

Willet graduated from the College of Idaho in 2003. She is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Mount Vernon, serves as secretary on the Burlington Little School board of directors and is a member of Skagit Young Professionals’ Leadership Team.

 

Cornwell named new president of Stewart Title

Stewart Title, a real estate information and transaction management company, named Tim Cornwell as new president of its Bellingham operations.

Cornwell will be responsible for the overall leadership of the Whatcom County operation, which provides title insurance and related services through more than 9,500 issuing locations in the United States and international markets.

Cornwall studied broadcast communications at Western Washington University and has 17 years of experience in management, sales, marketing, operations, leadership and personnel oversight for both startup and established organizations throughout the region. Cornwall is also cofounder of Chuckanut Cheesecake Company.

 

Sea Links adds Chrysler as PGA teaching professional

Professional Golfer’s Association (PGA) teaching professional Noreen Chrysler will begin offering golf lessons at Blaine’s Sea Links Golf Course. Chrysler will be available to teach men, women and juniors with emphasis on new and beginning golfers. Chrysler, a Bellingham resident, has been a full Class A PGA professional for 11 years and has 15 years of golf instruction experience. She also teaches at Homestead Farms Golf Resort in Lynden.

 

3D Corporation adds three engineers

Local information technology (IT) firm 3D Corporation has added three new staff members to its team:

Euphrates Greene holds a degree in applied technology and has six years of IT work experience.

Shaun Conley holds a degree in computer information systems and has four years of IT work experience.

Kurt Fossen holds a degree in business/management information systems and has three years of IT experience.

 

Sanders of Credo Construction completes green
building course

Arlene Sanders, director of business development at Credo Construction, Inc., recently completed a two-day course entitled Green Building for Building Professionals. The course is offered through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and is nationally recognized as part of the Certified Graduate Builder Designation.

Sanders is the only member of the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County who has completed this certification.

Key facets of Green Building for Building Professionals are building science principles, site development and design, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor air quality, remodeling considerations and homeowner education.

 

Cook joins Connect Realty

Elaine A. Cook joined the virtual real estate branch office Connect Realty as a training mentor. Cook will help new agents in the business with one-on-one training.

Cook has been a real estate agent for almost six years serving Whatcom and Skagit County.

Connect Realty was founded by Bill Starkey, Jim and Rod Canion of Compaq Computers, and Ken Carlton, co-owner of Jet Blue Airlines.

 

Banner Bank hires Church as real estate loan officer

Banner Bank has added real estate loan officer Steven Church to its team of banking professionals at the Bellingham Real Estate Loan Center on Barkley Boulevard. 

Prior to joining Banner Bank, Church worked as a real estate agent with Muljat Group Realtors in Bellingham for 24 years.

Banner Bank is a commercial bank that operates a total of 84 branch offices and 12 loan offices in 29 counties in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

 

International Absorbents hires new business
development manager

International Absorbents Inc., a producer of environmentally friendly pet care and industrial products, hired Chris Jacobs for its Ferndale office as director of business development.

Jacobs will assume responsibility for identifying, proving and growing the company’s business opportunities with the goal of diversifying the product line and greatly increasing sales potential.

Jacobs holds a master’s degree in business administration from Cornell University and has more than 11 years of experience in the consumer goods industry. He was formerly a director of marketing with Johnson Outdoors and a senior brand manager at Unilever Bestfoods.

 

Barkley Chiropractic adds DeRoche to staff

Barkley Chiropractic recently added Dr. Erik DeRoche to its staff. DeRoche is a specialist in the conservative treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries with an emphasis on the treatment of soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.

DeRoche, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in exercise science, is also a specialist in the improvement of health through an active, healthy lifestyle. DeRoche competes in triathlon, mountain biking, running and adventure races; he also enjoys fly-fishing and hiking local trails.

 

Bellingham optometrist seeking Senate seat for 40th legislative district

Bellingham resident and optometrist Ken Henderson is seeking a seat on the Washington State Senate for the 40th legislative district, an area that includes the San Juan Islands, Mount Vernon and half of Bellingham. His interests in working in the Senate include smart growth planning, expanding basic health care and accessible government issues.

Henderson’s background with public office began when he was appointed to the City of Bellingham Planning Commission in 1985. He was elected to the Whatcom County Council in 1990.

In addition to his public service, Henderson has served on the boards of various volunteer organizations, including United Way, Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation and Deception Pass Park Advisory Committee.

 

Longtime Bellingham talk show host returns

Bellingham talk show host Debbie Chavez resumed broadcasting her talk show “The Debbie Chavez Show” online at www.debbiechavez.com. The show will be the same program she offered for the last several years during weekday afternoons on KGMI Radio in Bellingham.

The show will be streamed live on her Web site from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. each weekday.

 

Galbraith joins Marcus A. Fairbanks Family Dentistry

Due to an increase of new patients seeking dental care and possible office expansion, Bellingham dental practice Marcus Fairbanks DDS General Family Dentistry announced the recent addition of associate Darcy R. Galbraith, DDS to the firm. Galbraith will perform full service general treatment to patients.

Galbraith grew up in Spokane, graduating from the University of Washington graduate school with a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree in 2005.  After practicing family dentistry in Colorado for two years, Galbraith moved to Bellingham in late 2007.

 

NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center has new director of community relations

Valerie Turner has joined the NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center (NWTRC) team as the new director of community relations. Turner, who has a background with nonprofit organizations, is currently attending Whatcom Community College and plans to complete her major in Communication and Elementary Education at Western Washington University.

NWTRC is a nonprofit organization established in 1993 to provide therapeutic horseback-riding activities for mentally, physically and emotionally challenged children and adults in Whatcom County.

 

Horizon Bank hires private banker for Whatcom County

Debbie Kiene has joined Horizon Bank as vice president and private banking officer. Kiene has more than 27 years in banking and has held positions in branch operations and management, consumer/commercial lending and private banking. Her most recent position was with Whidbey Island Bank, where she was an assistant vice president and manager of the Fairhaven branch. Kiene remains actively involved in the community, currently serving as an advisory board member for the Bellingham Boys & Girls Club. She is also a participant in Whatcom Chamber of Commerce events and the American Cancer Society.

 

Guarino new addition to Fifth on Sixth

Rosemary Guarino is the latest addition to Fifth on Sixth, the hub connecting businesses, galleries and the public to a variety of graphic designers, fine artists, actors, videographers, illustrators and more. Guarino is a local improviser and Western Washington University psychology graduate.

Guarino and Fifth on Sixth founder and project manager Marisa Papetti are available to meet with businesses to discuss collaboration with their artists.

 

Business Bank adds Hogue, promotes Cruikshank

Debbie Hogue has been hired as vice president branch manager for the Bellingham branch of Business Bank. Hogue brings 18 years of local banking experience to the team. Most recently she held the banking position of licensed relationship manager, helping clients with commercial lending, consumer lending, investments and insurance. Hogue is an active member of United Way of Whatcom County, Bellingham School District PTA and March of Dimes. Hogue lives in Bellingham with her two children.

John Cruikshank of Business Bank has been promoted to chief lending officer. Cruikshank has been with Business Bank for nearly 18 months and possesses more than 17 years of banking experience, including time spent as a credit risk officer, a chief credit officer and a loan officer. Cruikshank is also an active board member of the Ferndale Boys & Girls Club. He lives in Whatcom County with his wife, Linda, and three children.

 

St. Luke’s Foundation names new executive director

Local fundraiser St. Luke’s Foundation has named Sue Sharpe as its next executive director. Sharpe, a long-time Whatcom County resident, will transition this July from her current role as leadership facilitator for Whatcom Alliance for Healthcare Access (WAHA) to lead the 25-year-old foundation. She will replace current executive director Chuck Beard, who is retiring after 12 years with the foundation.

Sharpe brings with her more than 20 years of leadership experience in the health care and nonprofit sectors, including past positions with St. Joseph Hospital and related consulting work.

 

Cedar Point Design welcomes McCoy to
design showroom

Home building and remodeling firm Cedar Point Design welcomes former Knob Shop & Home Gallery owner Peggy McCoy to its design showroom.

McCoy joins existing Cedar Point Design staff members Jennifer Bullard, an experienced interior designer, and Katrina Cribbs, whose credentials include special training from Stor-X, a custom organizing system.

Cedar Point Design offers interior design services and sales of specialty materials for new construction and remodel projects.

 

Moss Adams LLP adss Bastow to Bellingham office

Kathy Bastow, a self-employed accounting services and QuickBook consultant for numerous businesses in Whatcom County, has recently joined accounting firm Moss Adams LLP. Bastow is now a senior business consultant for the wealth services group.

Moss Adams LLP Bellingham provides accounting and consulting services to public, private and not-for-profit entities in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, food/agriculture, financial institutions and gaming operations.

 

GaPac elects board members

GaPac Community Federal Credit Union board of directors members Don Cook-Chair, LeRoy Fuller and Phil Whitson were re-elected to the 2008 board for two-year terms.

Newly elected to the board was Terry Bradley. The elections were held at the 56th annual meeting, which had 225 members in attendance at Northwood Hall.

 

WWU professors participate at workshop in Italy

Nicholas Zaferatos and Gigi Berardi, professors at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of the Environment, and James Loucky, professor at WWU’s Department of Anthropology, participated as expert contributors at an international workshop March 24 through 28 at the Rockefeller Foundation Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy.

The workshop was hosted by the Rockefeller Foundation and focused on the development of a fair trade olive-oil industry linking rural Mediterranean agricultural communities to the global marketplace.

The conference, directed by Zaferatos, represented the second in a series of four workshops to advance the objectives of the EuroMed Sustainable Connections Project.

 

Bellingham Police introduces new public
information officer

The Bellingham Police Department introduced Lt. Steve Felmley as the new public information officer (PIO).

Felmley is replacing Lt. Flo Simon, who has recently been promoted to deputy chief of the agency.

Felmley is a 35-year veteran of the Bellingham Police Department.  He has served the past two years as the patrol operations lieutenant.  In April he was assigned to lead the investigations division and serve as the Bellingham Police Department’s PIO.

Felmley recently graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy in Quantico, Va. Media Relations was one course of study that Felmley pursued while at the FBI Academy.

It is Felmleys’ desire to continue to maintain an excellent relationship with media representatives.

 

Ford, Mayo elected to maritime museum board

The Bellingham International Maritime Museum elected two new members to its board of directors:

Dr. Clyde W. Ford is the award winning author of nine books, four fiction and five non-fiction, several of which feature Bellingham, the San Juan Islands and the waters of Puget Sound as backdrops for the popular Charlie Noble nautical mystery series. He writes abroad and travels northwest waters in his Bellingham-based single-engine biodiesel trawler.

Steve Mayo is a local maritime artist and was officer in charge of the Bellingham detachment of marine spill response. He is a member of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Association, the nautical research guild, the U.S. Naval Institute, the San Francisco Maritime Museum and the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

 

Awards & Anniversaries

 

Toyer receives Commander’s Award

Rob Toyer, a financial advisor for Waddell & Reed, was awarded the Commander’s Award given by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. The award was presented for outstanding achievement in support of the 2007 Toys for Tots Program.

Toyer volunteered numerous hours at various locations throughout Whatcom County in support of the Toys for Tots Program. During the 2007 season, residents in the Whatcom County region collected and distributed 17,633 toys, collected $11,604 in cash, gave toys to 5,794 children and served 1,476 families.

 

Stecher earns ASR designation

Susan Stecher, a member of the Whatcom County Realtors Association, was recently awarded the designation of Accredited Seller Representative (ASR). Stecher joined a select group of residential real estate industry producers who hold the designation.

She earned the designation by attending an intensive two-day seller agency training class. The ASR course is geared toward providing agents the tools and skills needed to professionally represent the seller in a real estate transaction. In addition, designees must prove that they have conducted successful seller representation in a minimum of 10 transactions.  

 

Aiki Homes awarded five-star rating

Aiki Homes, a leader in sustainable design and construction since 1992, was recently awarded EnviroStars’ highest rating of five stars. A five-star certification is awarded to businesses that are proactive leaders, committed to preventing waste and spreading an ethic of environmental responsibility.

Aiki Homes recently implemented a “Construction Waste Recycling Agreement” that applicable subcontractors and suppliers must sign. They have also signed up to be a founding partner in Sustainable Connections’ new business-led community campaign, Towards Zero Waste.

 

Kinsman Creative recognized in two national
design competitions

Bellingham multimedia design firm Kinsman Creative received two design awards for its work on the North Cascades Institute’s 2006 and 2007 course catalogs.

The Communicator Awards, a national design and communications award organization, honored Kinsman Creative for outstanding design of the winter 2006 edition of the catalog.

The Davey Awards, an international competition for small design firms with revenue under $5 million per year, awarded the firm for its work on the spring 2007 edition of the catalog.

Both awards are judged and sanctioned by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of media, advertising and marketing firms including executives from Estée Lauder, MTV, Polo Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Yahoo! and more.

Kinsman Creative specializes in designing catalogs, annual reports, proposals and newsletters and other editorial publications.

 

Wayne honored as “Hero of Emergency Medicine”

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recently recognized Bellingham doctor of medicine Marvin A. Wayne as a “Hero of Emergency Medicine.”

Wayne has been the medical director of the county-wide emergency response program Whatcom Medic One since its inception in 1974.

He has conducted extensive research in measuring carbon dioxide in cardiac arrest patients in the field to help determine patient outcome. He also worked to promote Whatcom Medic One as among the first to use defibrillators in the field outside of a hospital emergency room.

Wayne is also an attending physician in St. Joseph Hospital’s emergency department and an associate clinical professor at the University of Washington.

 

RE/MAX Whatcom County ranks among nation’s
top 500 agencies 

Local realestate agency RE/MAX Whatcom County Inc. ranked among the country’s top 500 realestate firms in closed transaction sides and sales volume for 2007, according to the 2008 REAL Trends survey released this month.

RE/MAX was also ranked No. 350 in closed sales volume in 2007, up from No. 426 the previous year.  RE/MAX Whatcom County is the only western Washington agency north of King County that earned a top 500 ranking.

RE/MAX Whatcom County, founded by Dean and Lori Reece in 1991, has grown to more than 100 Realtors. Its five offices are located in Bellingham, Ferndale, Lynden, Sudden Valley and Point Roberts.

 

Coltran recognized for 30 years of outstanding service

Allstate Insurance Company recognized agent Richard Coltran of Bellingham for his 30 years of service at the firm.

Coltran’s agency sells auto, property, commercial and life insurance.  Additionally, his agency’s staff members offer guidance on products and educates customers about the best choice of coverage that meets their individual or family insurance needs.

 

Amana Income receives Lipper Fund Award

The 2008 Lipper Fund Awards placed Amana Income Fund first for best equity income over a three-year period. The Amana Income Fund is designed for American Muslims who wish to invest according to Islamic principles. The fund is managed by Nicholas Kaiser, president and portfolio manager of the Bellingham-based Saturna Capital Corporation.

The fund was chosen from 198 funds in its category and rated the best fund over three years through December 31, 2007, for demonstrating consistently strong risk-adjusted returns compared with peers. Lipper, a wholly owned subsidiary of Reuters, presented the award to Kaiser at a ceremony in New York City on April 9, 2008.

 

Local chiropractor Kruse celebrates 35th year of practice

Local chiropractor Dr. Michael J. Kruse is celebrating his 35th year of practice. Kruse started his practice in 1973 at the age of 22. His first location was in the old Bellingham Mall, now known as Sehome Village. In 1985 and 1989 he received the Chiropractor of the Year award from his peers.

Kruse’s practice is located at 1842 Iron St., Suite B, in Bellingham.

 

WWU Professor Garcia receives teaching award

Joseph Garcia, associate dean of WWU’s College of Business and Economics, has been chosen to receive the 2008 Peter J. Frost Mentoring Award by the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (OBTS) for Management Educators.

The selection committee said that Garcia’s longstanding generosity and dedication to students and colleagues serves as an example of high-quality mentoring. Garcia is the director of WWU’s College of Business and Economics Center for Excellence in Management Education, and has a doctorate in organizational and social psychology from the University of Utah.

Garcia will be given the award at the 35th annual OBTS Teaching Conference in June at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass.

 

Franco, Martin honored by Burlington Northern

Bellingham-area Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Company employees Alex Franco Jr. and Steve Martin were honored by the railway as 2007 BNSF Employees of the Year.

They were recognized as members of a team that successfully planned and executed a maintenance blitz that involved relaying all rail in the Cascade Tunnel and the complete upgrade of high-voltage and fiber optic cable systems.

A subsidiary of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, BNSF Railway Company operates one of the largest North American rail networks with about 32,000 route miles in 28 states and two Canadian provinces.

 

Local restaurants receive Silver Platter food safety award

The Whatcom County Health Department has announced the recipients of the first annual Silver Platter Award.

The award recognizes excellence in food safety and is given to dining establishments that achieve outstanding scores during food safety inspections throughout the year. Less than 10 percent of the dining establishments inspected last year met the stringent criteria established by the Health Department for the Silver Platter Award.

 

The 2007 Silver Platter recipients are:

  • Acme Café, Inc.
  • Burger King – 201 Telegraph Road
  • Camp Firwood
  • Camp Horizon
  • Camp Lutherwood
  • Chocolate Necessities
  • Denny’s – 161 Telegraph Road
  • Dream Dinners
  • Easy Entrée
  • El Rinconcito 2
  • Espinoza’s
  • Gigi’s Café & Pastries
  • Little Caesar’s – 1070 Lakeway Drive
  • Little Caesar’s – 3210 Northwest Ave.
  • Lynden Dutch Bakery
  • Milt’s Pizza
  • Morrie’s Drive-In
  • Old Town Café
  • Papa Murphy’s – Ferndale
  • Pizzazza
  • Prospect Street Café
  • Quizno’s – 102 Samish Way
  • Quizno’s – 1873 Main St.
  • Sirena Gelato – 960 Harris Ave.
  • Speak E-Z
  • Subway – 1306 E. Lakeway Drive
  • Subway – 8176 Guide Meridian
  • Taco Bell – 100 E. Stuart Road
  • Taco Bell – 1185 E. Sunset Road
  • Taco Time – Bellis Fair
  • Teriyaki Bar
  • Tino’s Pizza & Pasta
  • Wheel House Tavern
  • Arntzen’s Atrium – Western Washington University
  • Rock’s Edge – Western Washington University

 

Superfeet honored in Outside magazine’s Best Places
to Work

Ferndale-based Superfeet Worldwide Inc. has been named to Outside magazine’s inaugural “Best Places to Work” list. Superfeet was awarded second place in the medium-sized company category (50-249 employees).

Superfeet offers an employee stock option plan, now in its third year. Superfeet allows new moms and students to job-share, allowing for full-time benefits and pays 100 percent of employees’ medical, dental, vision and disability premiums. In addition, Superfeet has a history of providing financial support to employees enduring health-related or family crises.

The complete rankings will be published in the May 2008 issue of Outside magazine.

 

Wilson Motors earns AAA Top Shop award

The American Automobile Association (AAA) recognized Bellingham-area Wilson Motors as an AAA Top Shop.

Measured by customer satisfaction surveys and feedback, the “best of the best” earn an AAA Top Shop Award. The facilities that earn this honor typically have received customer satisfaction rates close to 100 percent during the last calendar year. 

AAA Washington evaluates the quality of repair work, courtesy of employees and the shop cleanliness of each AAA-approved auto repair facility in Washington and northern Idaho.

 

Farmers Insurance agent Dyrland earns top honors 

Erik Dyrland, owner of the Erik Dyrland Farmers Insurance Agency in Bellingham, qualified as a Farmers Insurance ‘Topper Club’ agent for the 20th time in his 21 years as an agent for the insurance company. The award is given to agents for consistently high sales volume of auto, home, life and business policies, plus high client retention, service and profitability.

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