People on the move, 1/27/14

New hires, promotions and professional achievements in Whatcom County

Pankaj (PH) Bhatt, the chief technology officer at Alpha Technologies Inc. in Bellingham, has joined the board of directors of the nonprofit Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington, also known as TAG. Prior to Alpha, Bhatt held leadership positions with firms such as Rockwell, Alcatel, AT&T Bell Labs, Siecor/Corning, Dell and Tellium. Bhatt has also built fuel cell systems for alternative energy startups and holds four patents.

Michael Burke has been named retail district manager for U.S. Bank in Bellingham, and senior vice president for the bank in Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties. Burke has worked in the financial services industry for 15 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Portland, Ore. He resides in Ferndale.

James Eagan has been appointed as CEO of ElectriPlast Corp., a subsidiary of Integral Technologies Inc. in Bellingham. Eagan has served as chairman of the board of directors at Integral Technologies. He replaces Herbert Reedman Jr. at ElectriPlast. Reedman will remain an adviser to Integral’s board.

Shannon Jacoby, who oversees administrative and professional staffing for Express Employment Professionals in Bellingham, has been named the 2013 Member of the Year by the Mount Baker Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. The nonprofit chapter presents the award to a member in recognition of outstanding service to the organization.

Industrial Credit Union recently added several new employees:

Diane Neyens was recently hired as supervisor of Industrial Credit Union’s State Street branch. Neyens has more than 30 years of banking industry experience in Whatcom County.

Donna May has a new position as call center supervisor. She now oversees 5 call center employees at the Northwest Avenue branch in Bellingham.

Lucy Stackhouse has been hired as supervisor of the credit union’s branch in the Fred Meyer on Bakerview Road. Stackhouse has more than 30 years of experience in operations, leadership and team development.

Justin Remaklus has joined VSH CPAs in Bellingham. Remaklus earned an accounting degree from Kentucky Christian University and received his Certified Public Accountant designation in 2009.  He has more than five years of experience in the public accounting field, and specializes in international taxation, including tax planning and structuring for U.S. citizens living abroad and companies doing business in the U.S.

Ralph Rhoads, owner and manager of Nature’s Footprint in Bellingham, will speak at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, which runs from Feb. 5-9 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. Rhoads will present at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 9:30 a.m. His topic: “Wonderful Wigglers:Getting Started in Vermicomposting.”

Pinky Vargas has joined the Mount Baker Theatre’s board of directors. She began a one-year term on Jan. 1. Vargas serves as an energy efficiency manager at Puget Sound Energy. She also won a seat on the Bellingham City Council in 2013, representing the city’s 4th Ward.

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