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Sun., Feb. 1, 1998

New faces:

Duvoisin and Associates has added the following people to its management team:

Sandy Nadeau, who was previously with Inland Imaging, will manage the medical practice billing department. Nadeau will oversee all aspects of billing, including processing, follow-up, coding and collections.

Tavi Lohman, who was previously in public accounting with Deloitte and Touche in San Francisco and Coopers and Lybrand in Seattle and Spokane, has been named controller. Lohman will be responsible for all general accounting, payroll, tax, and pension issues.

Jonathan Ammon was hired to oversee client contract negotiation, financial analysis and IPA administration. Prior to joining Duvoisin and Associates, he worked for an IPA in California and for a local cardiology practice.

Eileen Walker is responsible for managed care services, including utilization management and quality improvement, as well as physician network development. Walker, who has a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s in business administration, previously worked for several large health care insurers, most recently Medical Service Corp. of Eastern Washington.

Jeff Shiffer was hired to lead Duvoisin’s primary care practice management team. Shiffer, who was previously the administrator for Associated Family Physicians, has extensive experience in practice operations, human resources and accounting in primary care settings.

Momb Steel Buildings Inc., of Millwood, has named Rolfe Will as building designer. Will, a graduate of the University of Washington, was previously the Eastern Washington territory manager for the National Federation of Independent Business.

Diane Wallace has joined Fulcrum Environmental Consulting as an administrative assistant. Wallace, who specializes in computer aided drafting, will be responsible for producing maps and floor plans for environmental reports, document review, data management and quality control/quality assurance.

Moving up:

Sterling Savings Association has promoted Edward Orozco to assistant vice president. Orozco is the loan collection manager in Sterling’s Special Assets Department. He joined Sterling in January 1995 as loan collection supervisor. Earlier, he was loan counseling manager and assistant operations officer for Meridian Mortgage in Walla Walla.

Zak Designs Inc. has promoted the following employees:

Mike Schultz, who was a collection specialist and information systems coordinator, was named credit manager. Schultz will oversee all credit and collection activities.

Lyndee Stelling, formerly Zak Design’s accounting manager, was promoted to director of forecasting. Stelling will be responsible for setting goals, objectives and direction for the department and managing forecast analysts.

Cyndi Hoddinott, who was a credit and collections specialist, was named accounts receivable manager. Hoddinott’s duties include directing and coordinating the activities of the chargeback and returns processors and accounts receivable coordinators, as well as implementing policies and procedures to minimize customer chargebacks and returns.

Trevor Werttemberger was promoted to assistant customer service manager. Werttemberger, previously key accounts sales coordinator, will be responsible for managing the team of sales coordinators and ensuring that orders are accurately processed and shipped to retail customers throughout the United States.

Case DeWit has been named Washington marketing representative for the Spokane Branch of Trinity Universal Insurance. DeWit joined Trinity in 1994 as a commercial lines underwriter trainee from Western States Insurance in Missoula. He was promoted to commercial lines underwriter later that year.

Gordon Freeman has been promoted from executive vice president to president and chief operating officer of Bullhide Liner Corp. Company founder Ron Grossman was named chairman and chief executive officer. Freeman will be responsible for day-to-day operations, sales and marketing and order processing. Grossman will oversee research and development, equipment and chemical sourcing, manufacturing and corporate legal matters.

Starting up:

The Spokane office of Express Personnel Services has opened a branch in Veradale. The new office offers both employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions for businesses. The local franchise provides temporary help and direct hire employees in several fields, including clerical, administration, hospitality, light industrial, technical, sales and marketing.

Moving:

Susan Buerkens and David Nehen, have moved their law offices to the newly remodeled Harvest Professional Building at 1322 N. Monroe. The firm’s new phone is 323-1652. Their practice emphasizes elder law, estate planning and assets preservation and probate.

Carl Diana, a certified public accountant, has moved his office into the east wing of the second floor of the new building located at the same site of his old office at 430 W. Indiana.

Elected:

The Hispanic Business and Professional Association has installed the following officers: A. Michele Maher of J. White and Associates was re-elected president; Karri Erickson, manager of Wells Fargo’s Valley branches, vice president; Chalo Martinez, U.S. Probation Office, secretary; and Michael Sierra, Spokane Public Library, treasurer.

The Spokane Construction Council has elected the following officers for 1998: President, Duane Ramsey, Ramsey Plumbing and Heating; vice president, Paul Ruckhaber, Journeyman Cabinets Inc.; treasurer, Jerry Tombari, Tombari Structural Products; secretary, Rick Thomas, Safeway Supply Inc. of Spokane; and past president, Steve Walker, Walker Construction Inc.; 1998 directors are: Rod Butler, Zeck Butler Architects/PS; Andy Dahlman, Aztech Electric Inc.; LeRoy Dinwiddie, MaCon Supply; Doug Hammond, COBRA Corp.; Linda Jones, Sierra Pacific Windows; John Mantello, Associated Terrazzo and Ceramics Inc.; Ron Mickelson, Modern Dry Wall Inc.; and Steve Moore, AutoRain Sprinklers Inc.

Kudos:

Tony Destafano, of Rod’s Electric, and Peggy Grewe, retired manager of the Spokane Construction Council, have been named honorary members of the Spokane Construction Council in appreciation of their support for the construction industry through the years.

Events:

Monday - Kent Holmes of the National Weather Service will discuss “El Nino” during a meeting of Associated Engineers at noon at Cavanaughs Inn at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. Cost: $10 for full lunch, $3 for salad alone.

Wednesday - Stacy Baker, owner of Marketing Dynamics, will speak on “Marketing Plans Made Easy” during a meeting of the Inland Northwest Society of Consulting Professionals at 7:15 a.m. at Cavanaughs Ridpath Hotel. For more information, call Bert Mills at 327-6681.

Wednesday - Associated Industries of the Inland Northwest presents a workshop on “Communications Skills for Supervisors” from 8:30-noon at 920 N. Washington. Part II will be held at the same time on Feb. 11. Call 326-6885 for more information.

Wednesday - The Small Business Development Center presents a class on “Product Presentation and Display” from 6-9 p.m. at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Cost: $100; call 358-7890 for information.

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 Small Business Administration Conference Room, 601 W. First. Cost: $15; call 353-2822 for information or to register.

Wednesday - AFLAC and Smith Barney present a breakfast seminar on low cost and no cost employee benefit programs for small businesses at 7 a.m. at the Quality Inn, Sandpoint. A complimentary breakfast is included. For reservations, call Don Morgan at 800-338-7169.

Wednesday through April 15 - The Small Business Development Center presents “NxLevel I-Business Start-up Program” from 6-9 p.m. each Wednesday at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Cost: $100; call 358-7890 for information or to register.

Thursday - Rob Fukai, vice president of external relations for Washington Water Power, will discuss how deregulation may affect the future of power distribution in the Northwest during a session sponsored by the Inland Northwest Electrical League at noon at Shilo Inn. Luncheon cost: $15; for reservations, call David Jackson at 536-4177 by Monday.

Thursday - Associated Industries of the Inland Northwest presents a workshop on “Motivating Breakthrough Performance” from 8:30 a.m.-noon at 920 N. Washington. Cost: $49 for members, $75 for nonmembers; call 326-6885 for more information.

Friday - The Hispanic Business and Professional Association meets at 11:30 a.m. at Cavanaughs Fourth Avenue, 110 E. Fourth. For more information, call Marilyn DeCoster at 535-3770.

Feb. 9 - The Small Business Development Center presents “Importing Made Easy” - Session II of its International Fast Track Series - from 6-9 p.m. at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Cost: $35; call 358-7890 for more information.

Feb. 9 - The Building Industry Association of Washington, the Washington Aggregates & Concrete Association and the Northwest Cement Producers Group present a video teleconference on “Residential Framing for the New Millenium” from noon-3 p.m. Call (800) 228-4229 for cost and location information.

Feb. 9 - The Small Business Development Center presents a prebusiness workshop from 6-9 p.m. at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Cost: $25; call 358-7890 for more information.

Feb. 9 - The Training and Education Coordinating Center presents Session III of the Zenger Miller Leadership Training Core Series - “Recognizing Positive Results” - from 6-9 p.m. at the Business Training and Applied Technology Center, 3939 N. Freya. Cost: $225 for the four-class series; call 533-4700 for more information.

Feb. 12 - Chuck Foster will discuss “Financial Ratios and Their Use in Stock Analysis” during a meeting of the Inland Empire Council of the National Association of Investors Clubs at 5:30 p.m. at the Days Inn-Airport, 4214 W. Sunset Highway.

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