March 29, 1998 in Nation/World

Business Beat

Compiled By Tina Carey
 

New faces:

Gregory Johnson has joined Paine, Hamblen, Coffin, Brooke and Miller LLP, as special counsel. Johnson’s practice focuses on technology law and complex litigation. He received his law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law. Prior to joining Paine Hamblen, he practiced law in Seattle.

Group Health Northwest has added the following employees to its staff:

Randall Wardlow was named director of human resources. Wardlow will oversee all human resource functions, including business plan development, compensation and benefit implementations, employee communications, and employee relations. Wardlow previously was a human resources consultant for Kaiser Permanente Northwest in Portland.

Michael Erikson was hired as director of behavioral health services.

Erikson will manage the mental health program, which offers chemical dependency, short-term individual and/or family counseling, support group and other services. Before joining Group Health Northwest, he was director of Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s outpatient clinical services in Portland.

Lee Cross was named finance director. Cross will serve as senior financial advisor and perform local market fiscal and analytical functions that support the organization’s business goals. Cross previously was director of the physician network for the San Jose Medical Group in San Jose, Calif.

Jack Morse has joined the Spokane-North Wall Street office of Windermere Real Estate. Morse has more than eight years of experience in real estate and was previously with Coldwell Banker Grand Realty. He has earned CRS, GRI and ABR designations and was the recipient of the James S. Black Scholarship awarded by the Spokane Association of Realtors.

Darby Stewart has joined the Spokane Sexual Assault Center as program director. Stewart will oversee program development and personnel supervision. She was a case manager/therapist for Lutheran Social Services from 1991 to 1995, and a social worker in the kidney dialysis and transplant program at Sacred Heart Medical Center from 1995 to 1997.

Dr. Tim Day, a Spokane doctor of chiropractic, has been elected to the Washington State Chiropractic Association Board of Directors. Day, a founding member of the state chiropractic association, will represent District 5, which encompasses the greater Spokane area.

Peter Jackson, president and chief executive officer of Foundation Northwest, the Community Foundation of Spokane, has been named to the board of directors for Comprehensive Health Education Foundation. Seattle-based C.H.E.F. promotes health through leadership, support and resources for health education in schools and in communities.

Moving up:

Sandpoint-based Coldwater Creek has promoted Randy Long to vice president of human resources. Long joined the company in June 1997, after working as director of human resources for Johnson Matthey Electronics in Spokane. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field, mostly in the oil and gas business in Texas.

Cheryl Catt was promoted to senior vice president at Sterling Savings Association. She will oversee 14 branch offices and a convenience center, two private banking units and three business banking units. Catt, who has more than 25 years of experience in financial services, joined Sterling Savings in 1992 to organize and develop Sterling’s Private Banking Department.

Susan Fabrikant has been appointed director of training and education for the Spokane Sexual Assault Center. Fabrikant is responsible for coordinating community-based education programs for businesses and throughout the community on sexual assault issues. She joined the agency in 1978 and has held several positions, including director of the center for three years.

Dakotah Direct Inc. has promoted Debbie Daneri to account manager from the position of senior team leader. Daneri started with Dakotah more than two years ago as a telephone service representative.

Janet Burnett has been promoted to manager of the Spokane office of Qpoint Home Mortgage Loans Inc.

Starting up:

Boise-based Hummel Architects has opened a Spokane branch office in the Paulsen Center downtown. Marcel ‘Mertz’ Wuts, who has practiced architecture in the Spokane area since 1975, will manage the office. The new branch will focus on serving Hummel Architects’ existing Inland Northwest clients while expanding the firm’s project base.

Anderson ZurMuehlen and Co. P.C. has expanded its human resource department into a new company, Employee Benefit Resources LLP. The main office is in Helena with a branch office at 1516 W. Riverside in Spokane. The company offers an extensive range of services in the specialized fields of human resources consulting, pension and profit sharing plan design and administration, actuarial services, cafeteria plan design and administration.

Elected:

Cathy Dixon, comptroller of Dupree Building Specialities, has been elected chairman of the board of National Association of Credit Management-Inland Northwest. Other officers include: First vice chairman, Jerry Linehan, McGregor Co.; second vice chairman, Connie Barratt; and immediate past chairman and councilor, Sarah Hoyt, Wayne Dalton Corp.

Walter Dale of James Benthin and Associates has been chosen as the president-elect of the Land Surveyor’s Association of Washington for 1998.

Kudos:

Thomas Drynan finished in the top 100 out of more than 8,000 agents for New York Life and was honored as 1997 Agent of the Year for the Spokane General Office. The award is presented annually to the top producing agent among all Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho New York Life agents.

Events:

Monday - Susan Parkhill, of Sallie Mae Inc., will speak on “Investments for the Future” 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 aline.

Monday - Washington State University presents an information session on its master’s degree in nursing program at 7 p.m. in Room 156 of the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education. For more information, call Carrie Wester at 372-7360.

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 Regional Business Center, 801 W. Riverside. For appointments, call 535-2820. Counselors also are available on Tuesdays at the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, 8817 E. Mission. For appointments there, call 924-4994.

Wednesday - Jerry Haupt of Haupt Management Consultants LLC, will speak on “Making the Equations Work for You” during a meeting of the Inland Northwest Society of Consulting Professionals at 7:15 a.m. at the Ridpath Hotel. For more information, call Bert Mills at 327-6681.

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; for information or to register, call 353-2820.

Wednesday - The Small Business Development Center presents a workshop on “Credit and Collections Made Easy” 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.

Thursday - The Small Business Development Center presents a class on “Patents/Trademarks/Copyrights” 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.

Thursday - State Sen. Lisa Brown will discuss Senate Bill 6560, the Electricity Consumers Protection Act, during a networking luncheon sponsored by the Inland Northwest Electrical League at noon at the Shilo Inn-Spokane. Cost: $15; for reservations or information, call 536-4177 by Monday.

Thursday - State Sen. Bob Morton and state Rep. Cathy McMorris will be guest speakers for the meeting of the Springdale Chamber of Commerce at noon at Geronimo’s Food & Spirits, 7 Shaffer in Springdale. For information, call 258-4211.

Thursday - Associated Industries of the Inland Northwest presents a seminar on “Secrets of Team-Building” from 8:30 a.m.-noon at 920 N. Washington. Cost: $49 for members, $75 for nonmembers; to register, mail checks fo Associated Industries, P.O. Box 729, Spokane, WA 99210-0729 or register online at http://www.aiin.com. 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 891-0625.

Friday through April 5 -“Journalism on the Edge” is the theme of the Region 10 Annual Conference of the Society of Professional Journalists. A reception is scheduled at 7 p.m. Friday at Douglas Gallery, 120 N. Wall. The Saturday program begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn-Airport, and the Sunday business meeting at 10 a.m. at the Ramada.

April 6 - The Training and Education Coordinating Center presents Session I of a Zenger Miller Leadership Training series on “Your Role and the Basic Principles” from 6-9 p.m. at the Business and Applied Technology Center, 3939 N. Freya. Cost: $225 for the four-class series; call 533-4700 for information or to register.

April 6-29 - The Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning Association presents an “Electricity Series” course from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Master Technician Training Center, 811 E. Sprague. Cost: $280 for members, $380 for nonmembers; for information, call 747-8810 or (800) 786-3148.

April 7 - Skip Davis, CEO of Sacred Heart Medical Center, will discuss the importance of the medical industry to the Inland Northwest economy during the quarterly meeting of Conventions Are Good Business for Spokane at 7:30 a.m. at the Spokane Center. Cost: $10, including breakfast; for reservations, call 624-1341.

April 8 - Associated Industries of the Inland Northwest presents a class 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; to register, mail checks to Associated Industries, P.O. Box 729, Spokane, WA 99210-0729 or register online at http://www.aiin.com. Registration deadline is Wednesday.

April 9 - Associated Industries of the Inland Northwest presents a class on “Goal-Setting and Delegation” from 8:30 a.m.-noon at 920 N. Washington. Cost: $49 for members, $75 for nonmembers; to register, mail checks to Associated Industries, P.O. Box 729, Spokane, WA 99210-0729 or register online at http://www.aiin.com. Registration deadline is Thursday.

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