Libby Barnes has been named director of marketing and communications for the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce. Her responsibilities include positioning the region to compete in the national and international marketplace, promoting the chamber’s strategic programs and member services, supporting member retention and growth, and communication plans, publications and events. Barnes previously was director of marketing at Gonzaga University.
Waddell and Reed has hired Dale Bennett as a registered representative. He will specialize in retirement and personal financial planning. Bennett previously was a senior software engineer at Olivetti North America Inc.
Kiemle & Hagood Co. has added the following people to its staff:
Charles Kunkel joined the company as a field agent in the low-income housing rehabilitation department. He was previously with the city of Eugene as a plans examiner and earlier worked for the city of Spokane.
Melinda Cameron joins Kiemle and Hagood as secretary/receptionist in the low-income housing rehabilitation department. She was formerly with Humanix as a temporary.
Victor Overholser has joined Ross Printing and will be responsible for the sale and service of promotional color printing and packaging. Overholser, a graduate of Eastern Washington University, previously worked for another local printer.
Pamela McLaughlin has been named director of fiscal services at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute. McLaughlin was previously vice president of finance for Rehabilitation Institutes of America in Larkspur, Calif., where she oversaw financial operations.
Vince Novak has been hired as manager of PIP Printing’s downtown store. Novak was previously the owner of Sprint Print for 19 years and co-owner of ArtCraft Printing for more than five years.
Windermere Real Estate’s Manito office has added the following associates to its staff:
Samuel Calley, formerly with SMC Realty and Investment, has been in real estate since 1978 and has a Washington state broker’s license.
Shannon Rankel holds a Graduate Realtors Institute (GRI) designation and was formerly with Tomlinson Black.
Alex Biggs, formerly with Joel Inc., begins her career in real estate with Windermere.
Terry Brewer has been named executive director of the Grant County Economic Development Council. Brewer has 30 years of experience in the electric utility industry and was formerly with Northern Indiana Service Co., where he was energy services engineer, local manager and consumer relations manager, among others.
Stephen Wilson has been appointed general manager at the 123-room Coeur d’Alene Inn and Conference Center. Wilson was in charge of sales and marketing at The Coeur d’Alene Resort for the past 12 years and is a former head of the Idaho State Tourism Office.
Carole Helm has been promoted to general manger of Pacific Simulation Inc., a Moscow-based company which specializes in the development and application of computer software for the pulp and paper industry. Helm, former executive director of the Moscow-Latah County Economic Development Council, joined the company last September as marketing and business development manager.
Morgan Murphey Stations, owner of Spokane Television Inc., has promoted the following personnel at KXLY:
Teddie Gibbon is now vice president of broadcasting sales, TV programming, coordinating radio and television sales managers for all of Spokane Television’s stations. He also will oversee KXLY Research Services and continues to oversee KXLY programming.
KXLY General Manager Steve Herling was promoted to executive vice president of Spokane Television. Both Herling and Gibbon have been with KXLY since 1982.
Attorney George Ahrend has opened an office in the Paulsen Building, Suite 1004. Ahrend is licensed to practice law in Washington and Idaho.
Attorneys Richard Sperling and Brian Balch have joined law practices to form the law firm of Sperling and Balch. They will practice law in the areas of real estate and commercial transactions, litigations, and business, estate and personal injury matters. The firm is located at 12211 E. Broadway.
Tami Legler has been named manager of the Spokane office of Robert Half International Inc. Legler will be responsible for opening the Spokane branch office and will manage the daily operations of Accountemps and Office Team, divisions of RHI. Legler previously was a division director in the Federal Way, Wash., office of Accountemps.
Mortimore Productions Inc., a Spokane-based sound and video/film production house, is doubling its studio space and employee numbers in order to bring editing facilities under one roof. Dan Mortimore, who has more than 25 years of experience as a producer and director, founded the company eight years ago.
Harmon AutoGlass on East Francis in Spokane has received two 1996 awards of excellence from the Auto Glass Group of Apogee Enterprises Inc. The Harmon store received the Winners Circle Award for outstanding overall performance among the 25 retail locations in AGG’s West Region, which includes Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico. The store also received the Golden Broom Award for best appearance and image in the marketplace.
The Best Western Thunderbird Inn of Spokane has received the Best Western Director’s Award for outstanding quality standards. The award recognizes Best Western International hotels with a cleanliness and maintenance inspection score of 950 points or more out of a possible 1000. Hotels also must meet Best Western’s requirements for design and customer service to qualify for the award.
Monte Schwahn, a member of Inland Power and Light Co.’s Power Quality Team, has been named 1996 employee of the year for the Spokane-based electric cooperative. Schwahn, who has worked for Inland since 1992, is responsible for responding to power quality concerns expressed by residential and commercial customers. He also conducts high electric consumption evaluations for co-op members.
Monday through Friday - The Service Corps of Retired Executives offers free counseling to potential and existing small-business owners from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Business Information Center in the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, 1020 W. Riverside. For appointments, call 353-2820. Counselors also are available on Tuesdays at the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, 8817 E. Mission. For appointments there, call 924-4994.
Tuesday - The Spokane Falls Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. at the Gung Ho Restaurant, 1303 N. Division. For reservations and information, call Diana West at 534-1554.
Tuesday - The Small Business Development Center presents a “Pre-Business Workshop” 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.
Wednesday - Lunell Haught will speak on “Men and Women Working Together” during a meeting of the Inland Northwest Treasury Management Association at noon at the Shilo Inn. For reservations, call Ron Cruise at 533-0260.
Wednesday - Merrill Lynch presents a free luncheon seminar for women on “What every Woman Should Know about Money” from noon-1 p.m. at Patsy Clark’s Mansion. For more information or to register, call Margot Hamstra at 458-4219.
Wednesday - The Service Corps of Retired Executives presents a workshop on “The ABC’s of Starting a Business” from 9 a.m.-noon at the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, 1020 W. Riverside. Cost: $15; for information or to register, call 353-2820.
Wednesday - The Service Corps of Retired Executives offers free counseling to potential and existing small-business owners at the Panhandle Area Council, 11100 Airport Drive, Hayden, Idaho. For appointments, call 772-0584.
Wednesday and June 4 - The Small Business Development Center presents a class on “Basic Taxes for Small and Home-Based Businesses” from 6-9 p.m. both days at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Cost: $50; call 358-7890 for information or to register.
Thursday - The Service Corps of Retired Executives offers free counseling to potential and existing small-business owners at the North Idaho College Workforce Training Center, 525 Clearwater Loop, Post Falls. For appointments, call 769-3296.
Thursday - Continental Mortgage Co. presents a free seminar on FHA 203(k) and conventional remodeling/ rehabilitation home loans from 6-7:30 p.m. at Suite A in Rockpoint III, 1330 N. Washington. For reservations, call Amy Mathiason at 325-9955.
Thursday - Power Tipps, an organization for sharing business leads and networking, meets from 7-8 a.m. every Thursday. For more information, call 468-9695 or 891-2353.
Thursday State Sen. Lisa Brown will speak on “A Capital Topic: What’s New in Olympia” during a meeting sponsored by the Spokane Business and Industry Member Services Committee of the WSCPA and the Spokane Area Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Gonzaga University’s Schoenberg Center. Cost: $40 for members, $45 for non-members; for information, call Gordon Cudney at 922-7160.
Friday - Pat Tigges of Pacific Northwest Aerial Applicators will speak on “People, Pesticides and Perception: Responding to Myth and Misinformation” during a meeting of the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce Ag Bureau at noon at the Stockyards Inn.
June 2 - The Small Business Development Center presents a class on”How to Evaluate the Feasibility of a Business Idea” from 6-9 p.m. at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Cost: $35; call 358-7890 for information or to register.
June 2, 3, 9, 10 - Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors presents a “Basic Blueprint Reading Course for Building Contractors” from 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m. each day at the AGC training room, 4935 E. Trent. Cost: $95 for AGC members, $160 for nonmembers; for information or to register, call Carolyn Pierce at 535-0391.
June 9 through August 11 Northwest Inland Empire APICS presents a class on “Basics of Supply Chain Management” from 5:15-8 p.m. each Monday for 10 weeks. Cost: $150 for members, $185 for non-members. Registration deadline is Monday.
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