People on the Move, 6/11/15

New hires, promotions and professional achievements in Whatcom County

Wilson Engineering hires four for increased workload

Wilson Engineering of Bellingham announced four new hires. Jennifer Ramsey, Brian Smith and Ryan Griggs joined the company’s team of civil engineers and Anthony Cavender joined as a permitting specialist.

Ramsey, project engineer, has 12 years of experience in civil engineering with a focus on stormwater treatment and sustainable stormwater management, according to an email from the company.

Smith, a design engineer, has experience with municipal water resources civil engineering. His experience includes facilities design and infrastructure for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater. He previously worked for the City of Tacoma.

Griggs, also a design engineer, graduated from Washington State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering with a soil science minor.

Cavender, permitting specialist, is experienced with environmental permitting and the permit application process. He has been a member of Lake Whatcom Interjurisdictional Coordinating Team for seven years.

One hire is the result of an employee retiring after 38 years and the other three are in response increased workload in wastewater treatment, water treatment, stormwater design, AutoCAD and inspection needs, said Penny Rings, Wilson Engineering office manager.

Barron Heating promotes Thoren Rogers

Thoren Rogers, former home performance administrator at Barron Heating, has been promoted to project manager.

In his new role, Rogers will manage the company’s partnerships with Home Depot, Costco, the Opportunity Council and Community Energy Challenge. Rogers will offer training to staff at these organizations on everything from building science to HVAC sales, according to an announcement from Barron Heating.

To learn more about Barron Heating call 360-676-1131 or go to

VSH CPAs promotes three to senior accountant

VSH CPAs promoted Stephanie Hermanutz, Kyle Powers and Trevor Sherwood to Senior Accountant.

Hermanutz joined VSH in 2014 as an intern and was hired full-time after graduating from Western Washington University’s master’s in professional accounting program, according to an announcement from VSH. She works with the company’s international service group.

Powers joined VSH in 2014 after graduating from Eastern Washington University’s accounting program. He also works with the international service group.

Sherwood joined VSH in 2012 after graduating from Western Washington University with a master’s in business administration. He works in the financial reporting group at VSH where he manages audits, reviews and compilations for clients, according to the announcement.

Local financial advisor recognized as field leader

Rick Steele, a financial services professional in Bellingham, has been recognized as a Field Leader by HD Vest Financial Services, a national financial management firm . Steele qualified with 111 others for the 2015 Field Leader Conference, which was May 4-6 at Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas, Texas.

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