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Tom Hovde creates graphics for Seattle Aquarium
   Bellingham graphic designer Tom Hovde of Tom Hovde Graphics In Marketing designed a 30-foot-by-30-foot graphic board for the Seattle Aquarium – Pier 59 Foundation Replacement project. This descriptive poster contributed to Seattle Structural PS, Inc. in being honored with the prestigious ACEC Gold award in the Structural Systems category by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington at the 2007 Engineering Excellence Awards Gala on Jan. 19, 2007.
   The project will now go on to compete at the National ACEC Competition in Washington, D.C.

Sound Recyling promotes Boyer to sales lead
   Sound Recycling Services, Inc. employee Rich Boyer has been promoted to the role of sales lead.
   Boyer has been with Sound for a year and a half, and brings five years of marketing and sales experience to the company. A longtime Bellingham resident, Boyer is a graduate of Western Washington University, and he brings an increased level of enthusiasm and expertise to the company.
   “We’re very glad to have him on board,” said Peter Rasco, Sound Recycling’s general manager. “Our aim is to be the premier provider of confidential shredding and recycling services in Whatcom, Skagit, and Island counties, and he brings the sort of service-oriented mindset that we value most in our relationship with our clients.”
   For more information, contact Rich Boyer at Sound Recycling Services at 733-7932, or via e-mail at rboyer@soundrecycling.com.

Denise Ritchey new store manager at Greenhouse
   Denise Ritchey has been hired as store manager of Greenhouse. Ritchey has been an employee at the store for six years and has 17 years of retail experience at Nordstrom’s. Denise lives in Bellingham with her husband, John, and dogs, Kit and Griff.
   Also joining Greenhouse as assistant store manager is Lee Eberhart. Eberhart spent nine years as owner and operator of The Calumet Restaurant before joining Greenhouse. Eberhart and his wife, Mauri, have been residents of Bellingham for the past nine years.
   Former manager RaeAnn Hall is staying with the store, and has shifted to part-time in order to spend more time with her family.

Jan Burbank, LMP receives insurance accreditation
   Jan Burbank, Licensed massage practitioner for 17 years, has received credentials for accepting patients from six major health insurers, including Aetna US, General American, CIGNA, Corvel, Premera Blue Cross and Uniform Medical. She previously specialized in L & I patients and personal injury claims.
   "This is a huge benefit for my clients," said Burbank. "There are many patients who could benefit from massage therapy and cannot afford to cover the costs on their own."
   Burbank specializes in deep tissue/myofascial release, which relieves chronic patterns of body tension, and soft tissue injury rehabilitation.She received a Physical Therapy Assistant Degree from Green River Community College and Certification from Seattle Massage School. She is also bi lingual in Spanish.
   Burbank’s office is located at 1712 D Street in Bellingham. Call for information at 734-3742 or go to janburbankmassage.com.

Peoples Bank promotes VandeHoef
   Peoples Bank has promoted Ladd VandeHoef to business banking officer at the bank’s Lynden Financial Center.
   VandeHoef joined Peoples Bank in 2002 and has seven years of banking experience. In his new position, Ladd will continue to be responsible for business development and manage a portfolio of small business and agricultural credits. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from the University of Washington and is a lifetime resident of Whatcom County.
   Peoples Bank is an $800 million, independent community bank. The bank was founded in 1921 and operates 25 branches.

Four RE/MAX Agents Gain Designations
   Four RE/MAX Whatcom County real estate agents recently earned designations after completing continuing-education programs.
   David Ulrich, Carmen Andrew and Jordon Olson completed requirements for the Accredited Buyer Representative designation. Awarded by a division of the National Association of Realtors, the ABR recognizes agents who have completed studies in the field of buyer representation. Ulrich has more than 20 years of experience in real estate and also spent time as a homebuilder. Andrew has been in the real estate industry five years and is in her second year as a licensed agent after graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in marketing. Olson, a licensed agent since 2003, specializes in Generation X clients and also has extensive experience in construction and investments.
   Susan Stecher of the Lakeway (Bellingham) office achieved the Certified Residential Specialist designation, attained by only 4 percent of Realtors nationwide. CRS agents must document a high volume of sales and transactions while completing coursework in real estate investing, marketing and technology. Stecher previously earned the ABR and Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designations.
   Stecher and Olson are based at RE/MAX’s Lakeway (Bellingham) office, Ulrich at the Ferndale office and Andrew at the Sudden Valley office.
   RE/MAX Whatcom County, founded by Dean and Lori Reece in 1991, has grown to more than 100 Realtors in five offices, which also include Lynden and Point Roberts. For more information, call 647-1313 or visit www.nwhomes.net.

Alpha Industrial Power names new president/CEO
   Alpha Industrial Power Inc. has announced the appointment of Charles Edwards as its new president and chief operating officer.
   Edwards brings 25 years of experience and background in operations management, manufacturing, and profit/cost improvement to the company. Previously director of operations at Lambda Electronics and president and chief executive officer at Delta Energy Systems, Edwards has demonstrated superior leadership ability and strategic management skills.
   Alpha Industrial Power, a member of The Alpha Group and a division of Alpha Technologies, provides industrial-grade powering solutions through a product line of large-scale battery systems, chargers, and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Applications include power generation facilities, substations, electrical utilities, transportation systems, communication networks and other enterprises with unique powering.

Alpha Technologies names new Exec VP
   Alpha Technologies Inc. has announced the promotion of Dr. René Spée to executive vice president.
   Spée’s experience includes power technology development, strategic research and development planning, and engineering management. His background emphasis includes forward-looking technology in power electronics, energy conversion and energy storage. In addition, he has authored more than 120 technical papers and is credited with two United States patents.
   Alpha Technologies develops power conversion, protection and standby products for telecommunications and cable television industries, including custom, application-specific power solutions. In addition to product development, Alpha Technologies provides a comprehensive range of installation and maintenance services to support its global customer base. Alpha Technologies is a member of The Alpha Group of companies.

Gene Bell accepted into NAEA
   Gene Bell, EA, CFP® of Gene Bell & Associates, has been accepted into the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA). Bell joins a network of nearly 12,000 experienced, highly trained tax specialists who effectively represent clients and work to ensure the tax code is fairly applied and reasonably enforced.
   Enrolled agents (EAs) are federally authorized tax practitioners who have demonstrated an expert level of technical competence in tax law. They are the only taxpayer representatives licensed to practice by the United States government. EAs advise and represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), including taxpayers who are being examined, are unable to pay or are trying to avoid or recover penalties. EAs also prepare tax returns for individuals, partnerships, corporations, estates, trusts and any other entities with tax-reporting requirements. Unlike tax attorneys and CPAs, who may or may not choose to specialize in taxation, all EAs specialize in taxation and are required by the federal government to maintain their professional skills with continuing professional education in taxation.

Kurtis promoted to director of sales at CRG
   Don Kurtis was promoted to the position of director of sales for the Cascade Radio Group in December 2006. Don has been a sales manager with CRG for 16 years. Don also works as a sportscaster for the Cascade Radio Group on KGMI and KPUG and provides color commentary for high school football and basketball games. Don was director of sales for Butterfield Broadcasting in Yakima and also the general sales manager of KRPM AM/FM in Seattle. Outside of work, he is an assistant cross country and track coach at Sehome High School in Bellingham. His wife and three children have lived in Whatcom County for the past 16 years.
   The Cascade Radio Group is a group of five radio stations in Bellingham that includes KAFE, KBAI, KGMI, KISM AND KPUG.

Edward Jones’s Terrell Goertz receives industry designation
   Terrell Goertz, a financial planner with Edward Jones in Bellingham, has achieved the professional designation of chartered retirement plan counselor (CRPC). Goertz recently completed the CRPC education program with the Denver-based College for Financial Planning; the training focuses on the pre- and post-retirement plans of individuals, including sources of retirement income, retirement planning, planning for incapacity and long-term care, and investment strategies during retirement.

Ritz Named production coordinator at First Horizon Home Loans
   Amy Ritz, who has more than three years of experience in the banking industry, has been named production coordinator for Josh Zandstra, branch manager at the Bellingham office of First Horizon Home Loans.
   “She provides follow-up support on mortgage loans from beginning to end, ensuring that the applications of my clients are efficiently processed without any snags,” Zandstra said. Ritz also answers customer questions about the mortgage process.
   Before moving to Lynden, Ritz worked for 10 years for Boeing Co.
   The Bellingham office of First Horizon Home Loans is at 1301 W. Bakerview Road, Suite 101, in the Fred Meyer shopping center just off Interstate 5. For more information, call Zandstra at 715-2059 or visit www.firsthorizon.com.

Gray joins Fairhaven Realty
   Patty Gray has joined Fairhaven Realty with more than 15 years experience in real estate sales, investment properties and new construction enhanced by being co-owner of R Gray Construction with her husband, Bob. She has an extensive referral following, works full time as a real estate consultant and represents both buyers and sellers. She feels the key to her success is keeping her clients well informed.
   She has a horticulture certificate and loves gardening, hiking, fishing and spending time with her family.

Ali Herbrandson joins staff of Dr. Eric Yaremko
   Ali Herbrandson, a registered dental hygienist with 15 years of experience in dentistry, recently joined the Bellingham staff of Dr. Eric Yaremko.
   Herbrandson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in dental hygiene from the University of Colorado’s School of Dentistry. She is licensed to administer local anesthesia and nitrous oxide, two of the methods used at Dr. Yaremko’s office to help comfort patients who have dental fears. In addition to providing preventive dental care, Herbrandson conducts new patient appointments with Dr. Yaremko.
   “I take pride in my ability to help people through their fear of dentistry,” Herbrandson said. “It’s especially gratifying to have an anxious patient thank me and comment that they didn’t know dental appointments could be thorough, gentle and comfortable all at the same time.”
   Yaremko’s general dental practice, established in Bellingham in 1990, emphasizes reconstructive care and treatment for patients with dental fears. The office is located at 520 Lakeway Drive, just two blocks west of Interstate 5.

Johnson Team hires marketing assistant
   Lanea Booher has been hired as a marketing assistant for The Johnson Team, operators of The Muljat Group South real estate office in Fairhaven.
   Booher is responsible for maintaining a supply of current flyers at each of The Johnson Team’s listed properties. “We’re one of the few real estate teams that dedicate a person to ensuring prospective buyers always can pick up flyers about our properties,” said Lylene Johnson of The Johnson Team.
   Booher also assists team members with marketing projects.

Bellingham Doctor appointed to National Cancer Commission
   Cary S. Kaufman, MD, has been appointed to the Commission on Cancer. For the past 10 years, he has been the St. Joseph Hospital Cancer Liaison Physician to the Commission on Cancer. He now will serve on the Commission as the representative of the National Consortium of Breast Centers. The Commission on Cancer establishes current and future criteria hospitals must fulfill in order to have an approved cancer program. Forty-two hospitals in Washington state are approved by the Commission on Cancer.
   Harborside Bistro promotes two
   The Harborside Bistro located in the Hotel Bellwether has promoted two current employees.
   Story Kempton-Fix has recently been promoted to director of operations. A 2002 graduate of the University of Montana, Kempton-Fix moved back to the Seattle area to pursue a career in the restaurant industry. Previously, Kempton-Fix worked for Fahri Ugurlu at the Coppa Mediterranean Bistro in Fairhaven, and then began working at the Harborside Bistro as a food and beverage manager in the spring of 2006.
   Christine Roka has recently been promoted to the food and beverage manager position at the Harborside Bistro. Roka graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with emphasis in public relations in 2005 from WWU. Previously, Roka worked as a catering coordinator primarily focusing on wedding and special event planning.

H&R Block hires Westcott
   H&R Block is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey J. Westcott to director of business services for all six of its Bellingham and Whatcom County offices.
   Westcott comes to H&R Block with almost 20 years in the accounting and financial services fields. His experience spans corporate accounting, government audit and asset management. Since 1999, he has worked with small business and start ups, assisting them with business plans, product development, funding and accounting, including payroll and bookkeeping services. He received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Scranton, an MBA concentrating in finance from the University of Pittsburgh, and passed the Certified Public Accounting exam. While relatively new to Bellingham and Whatcom County, Westcott has been operating his own business consultancy, Westcott & Associates, which he will fold into the new H&R Block Business Services offering here in Bellingham.
   His new responsibilities with H&R Block include the launch and implementation of the new H&R Block Business Services division, including payroll, bookkeeping, tax and advice for existing and new H&R Block business clients.

Champagne achieves new certification
   Business and executive coach Pam Champagne, owner of The Champagne Group, recently earned a designation of Certified Print Coach. This allows Champagne to utilize the Print personality survey with clients. Champagne adds this certification to her master coach certification, awarded to her in 2000 by the International Coach Federation.
   The Print personality survey is designed to help individuals and teams reach their highest potential. Utilizing this tool can build greater respect, understanding and better communication among team members, increase productivity, build strengths, and mitigate shortcomings.
   “Not only does the Print accurately describe personality traits, both strengths and weaknesses, but it also reveals the unconscious motivators that drive our thoughts and behaviors. The executives and business owners I use this with find the information invaluable in their personal and team development. Many companies — for example, Motorola, Random House, and IBM Consulting — have used this tool extensively with their executive teams, managers, direct reports and staff,” she said.
   For more information, call 360-371-2551, or via e-mail at pamela.champagne@comcast.net.

Business Bank promotes Rick Tremaine
   Rick Tremaine has been promoted to executive vice president of Business Bank of Skagit County & Whatcom County. Mr. Tremaine graduated from Western Washington University and has worked his entire 32-year career in Northwest Washington.
   "Rick has been instrumental in establishing the real estate lending operations for the Business Bank. He is a proven leader", stated President/CEO Don Zimmerman.
   Tremaine is a past vice president of the Building Industry Association of Washington, has served as a director for the National Association of Home Builders, and currently serves as chair of the Washington Builders Benefit Trust. He is involved with the Whatcom County Historical Society, is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Bellingham and has served as secretary of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce.

Local residents get global-warming training
   Whatcom County residents Ramona Abbott, Katie Fleming, Scott Slaba and Campbell Thibo have recently completed a rigorous training program led by former Vice President Al Gore to to spread the message about global warming — both its consequences and its possible solutions. “
   Abbott, Fleming, Slaba and Thibo were part of a select group of individuals chosen to receive this important training. Each trainee took part in an intensive tutorial about issues surrounding global warming, led by Gore and a team of renowned scientists and environmental educators. In addition, each received technical training to become experienced presenters of a version of Gore’s computer-based slide show, which became the basis of his best-selling book and documentary film, “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Elizabeth Vennos elected president of Whatcom County Medical Society
   Bellingham dermatologist Elizabeth M. Vennos, has been elected president of the Whatcom County Medical Society (WCMS) for 2007. The WCMS represents the physicians of whatcom county and is an advocate for access to medical care.
   Vennos is a board certified dermatologist and owner of The Bellingham Dermatology Clinic in the Barkley Medical Center. She trained at Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Van Slyke hires Kelly Wells
   Rollo Van Slyke, owner of the Rollo Van Slyke Farmers Insurance Agency in Bellingham, has announced the recent hiring of Kelly Wells as his newest customer service representative. Wells is currently studying to become licensed in property and casualty insurance, and her responsibilities will include writing and servicing automobile and home insurance, as well as recreational vehicles such as motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles and ATVs for Van Slyke’s clients.
   “We are very excited to hire someone with Kelly’s obvious abilities and people skills,” said Van Slyke, who has owned his Bellingham Farmers Insurance Agency since 1987. “Her ability to speak fluent Spanish opens up new avenues and areas of growth in my agency with the increasing Hispanic population. I hope Kelly will be with us for many years to come.”
   Wells moved to Blaine in 1986 and she is a 2001 graduate of Meridian High School. Kelly attended Western Washington University, graduating in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Spanish.

Law and Justice Council appoints Moonwater
   Whatcom County’s Law and Justice Council recently appointed its latest member, Moonwater, as a treatment provider representative.
   Moonwater, executive director at the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, will serve a four-year term on the council. Her appointment highlights the council’s goals to facilitate a forum for communication among the different law and justice agencies, and the programs and services in Whatcom County.  Members of the council represent city, county, and tribal law and justice agencies.
   Currently, the council seeks to improve and update the existing County Law & Justice Plan. The plan aims to support community access to law and justice services in a way that promotes dignity and respect for all parties involved and at the same time increases efficiency in services. 
   The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s mission is to promote understanding, tolerance, and healing in the community by helping people transform conflict into creative and harmonious outcomes.

Banner Bank promotes Linda Pascua
   Banner Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Linda Pascua to Bellingham branch manager.
   Pascua has worked for Banner Bank for over five years, most recently as a customer service manager in the Ferndale Branch. Prior to that, she was an executive assistant for the North Sound division, which includes six branches and two loan centers in Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties. Former Bellingham branch manager Peggy Nelson will continue to work from the Bellingham branch but will focus her responsibilities on overall division operations as vice president / North Sound division operations manager.   

Immigration Attorney Hannah Stone Joins Law Firm of Chang & Boos
   The internationally recognized law firm of Chang & Boos, specializing in U.S. immigration matters, has added attorney Hannah Stone to its Bellingham office. Stone, who speaks both Spanish and English, will be handling family immigration cases, including those that entail securing visas and permanent resident cards for family members.
   Stone obtained her Juris Doctor degree in 2005 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where she studied with one of the nation’s foremost immigration law professors, Hiroshi Motomura. Dedicated to justice for immigrants, Stone says that she wants to empower individuals who don’t otherwise have a voice within the immigration system.
   “This system is extremely complicated, the law is always changing and it is easy for people to get lost in the process,” she explains. Stone’s professional memberships include the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), the American Bar Association (ABA) and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Thomas joins Dain Rauscher’s consulting group
   Karen Thomas, a vice president and financial consultant in RBC Dain Rauscher’s Bellingham office, recently was selected to be a member of the firm’s consulting group, an exclusive group of consultants recognized for their success in building consultative, fee-based businesses.
   To qualify for the group, Thomas demonstrated a commitment to a consultant-based investment practice, helped clients build investment portfolios and maintained an excellent record of customer service.
   As a member of the consulting group, Thomas receives additional marketing support, assistance with professional development and access to supplementary advisory resources.

Awards & Anniversaries

Haggen Wins Two National Advertising Awards
   Haggen Inc. recently received two more Creative Choice Awards for advertising from the National Grocers Association.
   Haggen’s “Pence Peaches” commercial received an honorable mention (runner-up) award in the category of Best Radio Ad during 2006. The Bellingham-based company also earned an honorable mention for Best Advertising Campaign with “Where Your Best Meals Begin.”
   The two national awards give Haggen a total of 22 since 1999.
   “While we focus on providing quality products and excellent customer service, we appreciate this recognition from our fellow grocers,” said Scott Smith, Haggen’s vice president of marketing.

PRWeb a finalist for Codie Award
   Ferndale-based PRWeb, the Internet’s leading direct-to-consumer press release newswire, is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as a finalist for the prestigious Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) 2007 Codie Awards in the Best Online News Service category.
   The Best Online News Service Category represents one of three categories in which a Vocus product or service is a Codie Award finalist. PRWeb is a Vocus, Inc. company (NASDAQ:VOCS). Vocus PR Software suite was selected as a finalist in the Best Business Productivity Solution, and Vocus’ Premium Media Database was selected as a finalist in Best Online Business Information Service.

Twedt receives industry honor
   For the seventh time, Paul Twedt, managing director of the Northwest Washington Group of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, has qualified for membership in the Million Dollar Roundtable (MDRT), an international, independent association comprised of the top 5 percent of life insurance producers in the world.
   MDRT is a coveted career milestone that indicates sales and service achievement and is a highly recognized mark of excellence for life underwriters. Members must meet strict ethical and production requirements to qualify.
   Twedt has been associated with Northwestern Mutual since 1992. As managing director, he provides expert guidance and innovative solutions for a variety of financial needs and goals as well as mentoring new financial representatives. He has also earned the National Quality Award from the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation from The American College and is an active member of NAIFA and the Northwest Estate Planning Council.
   A native of Seattle, Twedt received a Bachelor of Arts in business from Washington State University. Twedt now resides in Bellingham with his wife, Kym, and their four children.

David DeYoung wins sales award
   David DeYoung, a financial Representative of Northwestern Mutual Financial Network in Bellingham, has been recognized as the New Client Lives Leader for the Northwest region. He surpassed over 60 financial representatives in the region to receive this honor. This is a career milestone that indicates sales achievement.
   DeYoung has been associated with Northwestern Mutual since 2003. As a financial representative, he provides expert guidance and innovative solutions for a variety of financial needs. He is also an active member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).
   DeYoung received a Bachelor of Science in engineering from Western Washington University. He is a 20- year Whatcom county resident and lives in Lynden with his wife, Angela, and their three children.

E-Renter wins Better Business Bureau Award
   The Better Business Bureau of Washington state has awarded E-Renter USA with a Certificate of Excellence for 2006 Innovative Business Practices. The award was presented on Jan. 18, 2006 at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. E-Renter won the award for a new patent- pending 100 percent online tenant screening process, which allows landlords to screen tenants in a manner consistent with new credit bureau requirements.
   E-Renter USA is based in Blaine and provides tenant and pre-employment screening services, including credit reports, criminal records, evictions records, driving records and a wide range of other background check services. For additional information, contact Guy Seeklus at 360.332.0078

Whatcom.Info celebrates third anniversary
   Whatcom.Info, recently celebrated its 3-year anniversary and reached its 600th registered member. In addition, Whatcom.Info ended the year with over 25,000 unique visitors in December 2006. The Web site offers free listings to businesses and organizations that are located and provide services in Whatcom County.
   Whatcom.Info free listings include business contact information, logo upload, a business summary provided by the member, a Web site link, and more. Visitors to Whatcom.Info may narrow their search by using cities, or categories, such as financial services, real estate, golf courses, restaurants, tourist attractions, and more.

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