December 28, 1997 in Nation/World

Business Beat

Compiled By Tina Carey
 

NEW FACES:

The Spokane Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has added two new staff members:

Kathi Reiha was named director of memberships development. Her responsibilities include memberships sales and retention, advertising sales for the visitor guide and DAYTours. She has 21 years of sales experience.

Karen Montague joined the bureau as travel counselor. She oversees answering 800 line calls, fulfilling visitor information requests, distributing leads to CVB members and assisting the volunteers at the visitor information center whenever necessary. She previously worked for the bureau in another capacity from 1990-95.

Dakotah Direct Inc. has hired the following people:

Connie Browning has joined the corporate headquarters in the newly created position of director of corporate development.

Jodi Van Voorhis was named director of training, quality assurance and edits.

The following physicians have been accepted for membership in the Spokane County Medical Society:

Dr. Michael Barsotti has joined Northwest Neonatology in the practice of neonatology. He graduated from Saint Louis University and completed an internship, residency and fellowship at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.

Dr. CariJean Queen has joined Northside Internal Medicine. A graduate of the University of Washington, she completed an internship at GundusonLuthern Clinics and Hospitals and a residency at Sacred Heart Medical Center.

New additions to the staff of the Girl Scouts Inland Empire Council include:

Nancy Jones joined the organization as membership outreach/volunteer coordinator for the southern Washington and northern Idaho regions. Jones, who received bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and recreation from the University of Idaho, was a substitute teacher for the past four years.

Peggy Doering was hired as coordinator of volunteer training. She has 12 years of experience as a community volunteer, most recently as the chair of Valleyfest. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Gonzaga University.

Debbie Green has joined Washington Trust Bank as assistant vice president/business banking officer. Green, who has 19 years of banking experience, will work out of Washington Trust’s Post Falls branch.

PacifiCAD Inc. has added the following employees to its staff:

Damian Schwarz was named general manager. Schwarz, who has a degree in management, will be responsible for companywide operations, including marketing, sales and service.

David Minerath was hired as mechanical vertical sales manager. Minerath was formerly district sales manager for Eaton Corp. and has 13 years of experience in the field.

Brett Wright joined PacifiCAD as AEC vertical sales manager. Wright has over eight years of experience in the architectural, engineering and construction industry. He is a Washington state registered architect.

Mike McGuire was named GIS and mapping vertical sales manager. McGuire has 21 years of experience in customer relations management, sales and education.

Paul Sieracki is the GIS application engineer and will provide support services to the GIS vertical market as part of a team to develop solutions for customers through computer-assisted design application.

Rebecca Wrynn was hired as training coordinator. She will oversee scheduling of all classes and other activities in PacifCAD’s training facilities in Spokane and the Tri-Cities.

Terry Schultz joined the company as a certified technical trainer capable of teaching classes at all levels of AutoCAD and drafting techniques. Schultz previously was an instructor in the AutoCAD program at ITT Technical Institute.

Dina Graham was named senior technical support technician. Graham formerly worked as an associate engineer II at Parker Fluid Power in Des Plaines, Ill.

Lori King was hired to develop promotional materials and coordinate trade shows. She has a master’s degree in business administration from Eastern Washington University and a diverse background in marketing.

Marlene Sullivan has joined Southhill Massage Center, 327 W. Eighth, after working at the Edgar Cayce headquarters as a massage therapist and an instructor of massage and hydrotherapy at the Cayce/Reilly School of Massage. A licensed massage therapist, she specializes in working with clients with serious illnesses, as well as otherwise healthy clients seeking relief from everyday stress.

MOVING UP:

Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla Mining Co. has promoted the following employees:

David Wolfe was named treasurer. Wolfe, who joined the company in 1979, was previously with Dresser Industries in Pittsburgh and Homestake Mining Co. as a mining geologist. He had been Hecla’s assistant treasurer since 1986.

Skye Hagen was promoted to manager of information services. Hagen joined Hecla in 1990 and formerly worked for American Sign and Indicator as a senior systems analyst/programmer. He most recently was supervisor of information services.

Ned Tower was named manager of product marketing, Metals Division. Tower joined Hecla in 1969 as a junior accountant and has since held the positions of office manager and senior accountant and has administered the company’s precious and base metals marketing program.

Taylor Engineering Inc. has promoted Ron Pace to associate. Pace is project manager for the 85-acre Spokane Valley Mall site and is also project manager for the City of Pullman’s new $3 million Northeast Ring Road, their water systems booster pump station, Spokane’s 2,000-lot Eagle Ridge subdivision and numerous commercial and industrial projects. He joined Taylor Engineering in 1993.

Blt Inc., a crane service and heavy haul company, has named Delores J. Lunde as general manager. She has been with the company for five years as controller. Lunde will continue her responsibilities as secretary/treasurer of the corporation.

TRANSACTIONS:

Baker Construction, a local general contracting firm, has begun work on three regional Schuck’s Auto Supply stores, which combined will total about $1.5 million in construction costs. The stores are located in Kennewick, Keizer, Ore., and Forest Grove, Ore. The Kennewick store is expected to open by year-end, followed by the Keizer store in February, and the Forest Grove store in March.

KUDOS:

John Weisbrod has received the 1997 Clinical Instructor of the Year Award from the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. The award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to teaching anesthesia students in the clinical area. Weisbrod has taught at Sacred Heart Medical Center/Gonzaga since 1988.

The Sandpoint office of D.A. Davidson and Co. has named Tom Gibson, a senior financial consultant, to its President’s Club in recognition of outstanding performance and service to clients.

Sandra A. Anthony has passed the exam and licensing requirements for the State of Washington professional engineering registration. Anthony works for Taylor Engineering Inc., where her responsibilities range from road and site design to utility analyses and computer modeling.

Berge Borrevik, John Marcheso, Thomas Mosher, David Pelz, and Scot Pyle of the New York Life Insurance Co.’s Spokane office have been awarded the National Quality Award. It recognizes an agent’s ability to provide long-standing insurance products and service to clients.

The Real Estate Innovator award from Realty Electronics Publishing has been awarded to Robert Gilles of Gilles Realty in Spokane. The award is given to real estate professionals who offer extraordinary service to home-sellers. Gilles provides home-sellers with an extra service, called Talking House, which allows prospective buyers to get instant information about a home for sale via their car radio.

Clearwater Landscape of Spokane won three awards in the 14th Annual Environmental Landscape Awards Program sponsored by the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals. Clearwater received a Distinction Award for the Clark residence, a single family home on Hayden Lake. The firm also received a Merit Award for the Miller family residence in North Spokane, and a Distinction Award for Rockcreek on Nevada, a large multibuilding apartment complex.

EVENTS:

Jan. 5 and 12 - The Small Business Development Center presents a class on “How to Develop a Basic Marketing Plan” from 6-9 p.m. both nights at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Cost: $45; call 358-7890 for information or to register.

Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 5 through 19 - The Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Association presents an “Intro to HVAC” class from 6-9:30 p.m. each night at the Master Technician Training Center, 811 E. Sprague. Cost: $200 for association members, $300 for nonmembers; call 747-8810 or 1 (800) 786-3148.

Jan. 6 - The Small Business Development Center presents a workshop on “30 Tips When Starting Your Own Business” from 6-9 p.m. at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Cost: $25; call 358-7890 for information or to register.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 6-20 - The HVAC Training Center presents a class on “Compressors” from 6-9 p.m. each night at the Master Technical Training Center, 811 E. Sprague. Cost: $160 for association members, $260 for nonmembers, plus $60 for a textbook; for information, call 747-8810 or 1 (800) 786-3148.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 6 through March 17 - Spokane Falls Community College presents a course on “Starting a Small Business” from 6:30-9 p.m. each night at SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Drive. Cost: $80, plus $12 parking permit; call 533-3522 for information or to register.

Jan. 7 - The Service Corps of Retired Executives presents a workshop on”ABCs of starting a Business” from 9 a.m.-noon at the Small Business Administration conference room, 601 W. First. Cost: $15; for information or to register, call 353-2800.

Jan. 12 - The Small Business Development Center presents a 12-session program - “NxLeveL for Entrepreneurs” - at the Small Business Development Center, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. An information reception is planned at 6 p.m. Jan. 5. Reservations should be made in advance by calling 358-7890. Cost of the NxLeveL program is $300.

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Do you want to submit an item for “Business Beat?” Send a brief press release to: Bill Sallquist, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane WA, 99210-1615. Photos will be used, space permitting, with new staff additions, promotions and new businesses. Put names on backs of photos. If you want a photo back, write “WILL CALL” on the back and pick it up at the newspaper reference library. Allow three weeks for publication.

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