Desautel Communications and Marketing has added two new associates to its staff:
Cher Desautel, partner, was vice president of communications for Medical Service Corp. of Eastern Washington for 11 years. She has held communications and management positions at a boat business, a regional airline and served as public information officer for the city of Spokane.
Michelle Hege joined Desautel Communications in January as an account executive. She most recently was a communications administrator for Medical Service Corp. She also has experience in the retail, nonprofit and entertainment sectors, and has done communications and public affairs consulting work.
Kirby Watson has joined Dakotah Direct Inc. as senior account manager. Watson will be responsible for ensuring client goals and objectives are achieved.
Dr. M. Chris Monson, a board certified ophthalmologist, has joined the Spokane Eye Clinic. Monson earned his medical degree from the University of Washington. He completed a residency and fellowship at the University of Utah Health and Science Center and was in private practice specializing in cataract, glaucoma and refractive surgery care before joining the Eye Clinic.
Genstar Land Co. Northwest has hired Kim Whitman as the development manager for Eagle Ridge, a master-planned community in southwest Spokane. Whitman, who has more than 20 years of residential real estate experience, recently managed marketing and home sales for a major home builder at Woodhaven in Portland.
Momb Steel Building Inc. has named John Lawton as building designer. Lawton has over 20 years of construction experience in Idaho and Hawaii.
The following people have joined Output Technology Corp.’s Sales Department:
Greg Scheidt was named Northeast Region account representative. Scheidt’s responsibilities include distributor sales and customer support within his region. He was previously an account representative at Cronatron Welding Systems Inc.
Terry Madnick was hired as a technical support specialist I. Madnick provides technical support via telephone, fax and Internet to OTC’s Western Region customer base and works with Engineering and Operations for product performance feedback and improvement. Madnick was previously a service manager at Spokane Honda.
Dustin Crossley joined the company as a technical support specialist I. He provides technical support to the Southeast Region customer base. He earned an associate degree in electronics from Spokane Community College.
The Eastern Wholesale Banking Division of Seafirst Bank has named Debbie Zimmerman vice president and credit relationship manager. Zimmerman has been with Seafirst for 14 years with the last nine years spent in wholesale banking.
Yvonne Hanneman has been promoted to bankcard manager at Idaho Independent Bank. Hanneman joined the bank in 1993 as a customer assistant, then was promoted to personal banking representative in 1994. She has more than 16 years of banking experience.
Spokane Packaging has promoted Craig MacDonald to general manager. MacDonald, who joined the company 11 years ago, was most recently the sales manager.
Raelene Ryan has been promoted to national account representative coordinator from marketing assistant at Dakotah Direct Inc. Ryan organizes and facilitates the activities of the company’s national account representatives.
Chuck Hormel has been named designated broker at Country Homes Realty Inc. Hormel succeeds Bruce J. Betts, who resigned as designated broker to spend more time working with personal clients. Hormel has been an agent with the company for two years. Country Homes President Chuck Maggio and Hormel, who share ownership, also will share management of day-to-day operations.
Chris Paxton has been promoted to Southeast Region account representative at Output Technology Corp. Paxton’s responsibilities include distributor sales and customer support within his region. He has been with the company for six years and previously was a technical support specialist II.
Kathleen Paukert and Lynn Watts have formed the law firm of Paukert and Watts P.S., with offices in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Watts’ practice emphasizes primarily employment law. Paukert focuses on insurance law and insurance defense litigation. Paukert previously was a principal with Leveque and Kirkpatrick P.S., and Watts was associated with Paine, Hamblen, Coffin, Brooke and Miller.
1998 officers of the Inland Empire Utility Coordinating Council are: President, Mike Gibbons, Spokane City Water; vice president, Jay Meyers, Associated General Contractors; and secretary/treasurer, Merry Gregory, TCI.
Anne Koepsell, executive director of Hospice of Spokane, is the new president of the Washington State Hospice Organization, a chapter of the National Hospice Organization. Her term extends to March 1999.
New board members and officers of Hospice of Spokane include: President, Dana Grant, Wolf and Associates; immediate past president, Gail Goeller, Mature Matters; past president, Darlene Chovan-Anderson, attorney with the Spokane County Prosecutors office; vice president, Dr. Bruce Cutter, Spokane Oncology/Hematology Associates; treasurer, Stephen Dashiell, CPA with Stephen G. Dashiell P.S.; secretary, Linda Urquhart, Winning Attitudes. New board members are: Toni Cooley, director of oncology services at Sacred Heart Medical Center; William Fisher, vice president-finance, Providence Services; Alfred Lewis, social worker, state Department of Social and Health Services; Susan Swinburne Shaw, pastoral and family counseling. Continuing board members include: Dar Clode, Carol Darby, Dave Fruci and Romel Mackelprang.
The Primerica Financial Services office of Dan Trapp and Associates has been recognized by Primerica for ranking No. 8 in debt management in 1997. The Coeur d’Alene office, which was opened in May 1997, is one of 2,200 Primerica Financial Services offices in the United States and Canada.
Spokane Electric Motors and Controls has been elected an active member of the Electrical Apparatus Service Association Inc., an international organization of more than 2,800 companies that sell, service and repair industrial electric motors, generators, transformers, controls and related electro-mechanical equipment.
Tuesday and Feb. 17 - The Small Business Development Center presents a class on “Beginning Recordkeeping” from 6-9 p.m. at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Cost: $45; call 358-7890 for information or to register.
Wednesday - Bob Eugene from the city of Spokane Construction Department will discuss permitting and building information during a meeting of the Spokane Building Owners and Managers Association from noon-1:15 p.m. at Cavanaughs Inn at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. Luncheon cost: $10; call 466-4905 for reservations.
Wednesday - Northwest Inland Empire APICS tours Accra-Fab and Telect starting at 5:15 p.m. For more information, contact Ed Woodall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 921-6195 by Monday.
Wednesday - Merrill Lynch presents a free luncheon seminar on “The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 - Focus on IRAs” from noon-1 p.m. at Patsy Clark’s Mansion. For more information or to register, call Margot Hamstra at 458-4219.
Wednesday - Administrative secretarial students at Spokane Community College present a seminar on “Are You Successfully Developing Your Career?” from 8:30 -11:10 a.m. at the SCC Lair-Student Center Auditorium, 1810 N. Greene. Cost: free for students, $10 per session for non-students, or $20 for all three sessions; for more information, call MaryO Fury at 533-7372.
Wednesday - The Service Corps of Retired Executives presents a workshop on “Preparing a Business Plan” from 8 a.m.-noon at the Small Business Administration conference room, 601 W. First. Cost: $35, including materials; for information or to register, call 353-2822.
Wednesday - The Training and Education Coordinating Center presents Session III of a Career Transitions workshop on Assertiveness from 9 a.m.-noon at the Career Transition Center, 3939 N. Freya. Call 533-4726 for information or to register.
Wednesday - Associated Industries of the Inland Northwest presents a workshop on “The Basics of ADA: A Refresher on the Americans with Disabilities Act” from 8:30 a.m.-noon at 920 N. Washington. Cost: $49 for members, $75 for nonmembers; for more information, call 326-6885.
Wednesday and Feb. 18 - The Small Business Development Center presents a class on “Starting and Operating a Construction Business” from 6-9 p.m. at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Cost: $45; call 358-7890 for information or to register.
Thursday - Chuck Foster will speak on “Financial Ratios and Their Use in Stock Analysis” during a meeting sponsored by 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.
Thursday - Susan Thomas will facilitate roundtable discussions of “Keys to Success” during a meeting of the Inland Northwest Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Shilo Inn, 923 E. Third. Cost: $15; for information and reservations call Susan Thomas at (208) 773-3906.
Thursday and Feb. 19 - The Small Business Development Center presents a class on “Why and How to Develop a Personnel Policy Manual” from 6-9 p.m. at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Cost: $45; call 358-7890 for information or to register.
Friday - Attorney Richard Thwaites Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska, will speak on “Go North to Alaska - The Tax Rush Is On” during the Gonzaga University Law Forum from 7:15-8:30 a.m. at the Jepson Center Auditorium on the GU campus. Cost: $8, including a continental breakfast, $10 after Tuesday; for more information or to register, call 328-4220, ext. 3759.
Saturday - Sacred Heart Medical Center staff ethicist Johnny Cox will speak on “The Millennium Approaches: Our Successes and Challenges in Quality of Life” during a program presented as part of the American Association of University Women 1997-98 Speaker Series from 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Deaconess Health and Education Center, 800 W. Fifth. The program is free, but donations will be accepted; for more information, call Sharon at 747-4509 or K.J. at 455-9301.
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