People on the move, 2/23/14

New hires, promotions and professional achievements in Whatcom County

Julie Carpenter of RE/MAX Whatcom County Inc. was recently awarded the 2013 Most Valuable Team Player within the company.

Carpenter has been a full-time broker since 1995, specializing in residential buyer agency, marketing and listing throughout all of Whatcom County and portions of Skagit County. She also deals with small commercial properties.

Kathleen Casprowitz, owner of the Bellingham Sylvan Learning Center, has been named the Sylvan company’s 2013 Franchisee of the Year. She was presented the award on behalf of Sylvan Learning Centers and the International Franchise Association.

Casprowitz, a native Canadian, has opened or purchased 17 Sylvan franchisees in Canada and the western U.S. since her first center opened in North Vancouver in 1987. The Bellingham center opened in 1994.

Casprowitz was featured in a 2013 article in The Bellingham Business Journal, which explored her recent effort to expand her franchises’ digital learning tools. Read that article here.

Bart Snell was named chief financial officer at Integral Technologies Inc. in Bellingham, which develops electrically conductive hybrid plastics. Snell succeeds outgoing CFO and company co-founder William Ince.

Snell started his career with IBM. He held several positions there, including CFO of IBM Australia, CFO of IBM’s semiconductor operations in Burlington, Vt., and director of IBM’s worldwide software strategy. Snell holds an MBA in investment finance from the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s in commerce and accounting from the University of Virginia.

Juli Wavada recently returned to the Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn & Conference Center in Bellingham as the hotel’s new director of outlets. Wavada left a previous job at the Lakeway Inn to take classes at Western Washington University.

She will over operations of the hotel’s two in-house restaurants: Poppe’s 360 Neighborhood Pub and The Oboe Café, which soon will undergo renovation, according to Larry MacDonald, the Lakeway Inn’s general manager.

Peoples Bank announced several promotions.

Shannon Day has been promoted to assistant vice president and will also continue her role as branch manager for the Fairhaven office inside the Haggen Fairhaven Market. Day has more than 12 years of experience in the financial services industry.

Mark Swanson is now a vice president and continues his role as branch manager of the Cordata and west Lynden branches. He has 20 years of business management experience and has served in financial services for four years.

Steve Gray has been promoted to assistant vice president. He will also continue his role as senior real estate loan officer at the Bellingham Real Estate Loan Center in the Barkley District. Gray has served the financial services industry for more than 20 years, with experience in the mortgage industry, including owning his own company.

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