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Front & Center: Transition part of Eco Depot solar business over nearly two decades

Since 1999, Eco Depot has installed more than 1 million watts of solar power – the equivalent of more than 3,000 rooftop photovoltaic panels.


Front & Center: Latisha Hill helps Avista develop Spokane

Latisha Hill wanted a job that paid well. So as a teen, she started in telemarketing. From there, she quickly moved to retail sales, public relations and urban development.


Front & Center: WSU’s Paul Hirzel is an architect, inside and out

As a faculty member of Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction, Paul Hirzel encourages students to explore relationships between buildings and their surroundings.


Front & Center: Childhood development interest started early for Spokane Head Start director

Patty Allen’s parents didn’t go to college. Her grandparents left school after eighth grade.


Front & Center: Small-scale campers with a down-to-earth vision

Libby, Montana, resident Adam Montgomery and two partners launched Sherpa Trailers with the same aspiration – cheaper, easier travel.


Front & Center: A boot maker from Ukraine to the Valley

Boots certified by the National Fire Protection Association are tested for flame resistance, seam strength, cut and puncture resistance, radiant protection and cleaning shrinkage. One thing they’re not tested for …


Front & Center: The Spokane masonry company working on the Wonder Bread building

Since he was a lad, Michael Spilker has devoted himself to the life of a “brickie.”


Front & Center: WestCoast Window Cleaning founder’s streak at 26 years and counting

WestCoast’s Eric Katzer discusses soap, solitaire and his succession plan.


UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 10:21 a.m.

Front & Center: Transitioning from marketing career to moving company owner, Sabrina Jones looked to stand out

Sabrina Jones’ business – Movher – has thrived, boasting six consecutive Angie’s List super service awards.


Front & Center: Seed for business owner Bob Mauk planted many years ago

In 1978, Bob Mauk accepted a job at Northwest Seed & Pet with no intentions of sticking around very long. Forty years later, Mauk not only hasn’t left, he owns …


UPDATED: Mon., May 7, 2018, 10:16 a.m.

E. Susan Meyer keeps the buses running on time at Spokane Transit Authority

It’s Bloomsday, which means thousands of local residents will participate in an activity they do only once a year – riding a Spokane Transit Authority bus.


Front & Center: Pace of growth picks up for physical therapist Ryan Hite’s race-organizing business

During a recent interview, Negative Split’s Ryan Hite discussed the hidden costs of staging a footrace, the inevitable complaints and what Bloomies should and shouldn’t do next Sunday.


Front & Center: Travel agent reflects on journey of change

Cathy Nystrom owns Edwards LaLone Travel in Spokane, which is among the top 50 agencies in a North American consortium.


Front & Center: Owning Harley-Davidson dealership has been a sound investment for Lone Wolf’s Greg Ernst

Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson has grown steadily since Greg Ernst launched the business a decade ago, earning 10 consecutive Gold Bar and Shield Circle of Excellence awards given by Harley-Davidson to …


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 12:40 p.m.

Front & Center: Builder Andy Smith actively promotes ‘passive’ home technology

Andy Smith, a partner at Edwards Smith Construction, encourages clients to put quality ahead of quantity – a philosophy that led him to earn certification with the Passive House Institute …


Front & Center: Couple bidding to be at the top of their field

Co-owners of Elite Auction in Coeur d’Alene, Rose and Matt Backs of are among the best, most in-demand auctioneers in the country.


Front & Center: Rural doctor Tony Lundberg makes his rounds

Based on 18 years of experience, Dr. Tony Lundberg believes rural physicians “do better medicine than most places.”


Front & Center: Former Air Force pilot helps others take flight

During a recent interview, flight instructor Dan Arch discussed KC-135 tankers, two-way radios and the thrill of soloing for the first time.


UPDATED: Sun., March 11, 2018, 3:01 p.m.

Front & Center: Craig Goodwin finds his work as a pastor and nature photographer help hone his focus on both

During a recent interview, pastor and nature photographer Craig Goodwin he discussed cancer, cursing and chasing the moon.


Front & Center: Retired executive Warren Stout finds purpose guiding budding entrepreneurs

Warren Stout retired a decade ago to help his wife through a difficult illness. Once she recovered, Stout went looking for a new purpose and discovered it volunteering with SCORE.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 26, 2018, 9:14 a.m.

Front & Center: Seeing others succeed motivates WSU administrator

When Cheryl Oliver started working for Washington State University 17 years ago, her job was to transfer written applications to a new online system. “We had to read people’s handwriting, …


Front & Center: Disney inspires approach at physical therapy practice

Luke Gordan says a new approach has paid “huge” dividends at the physical therapy clinic his father, Robert, started three decades ago and could do likewise at most customer-service businesses.


Front & Center: Mom teaches SFCC veep a valuable lesson

Chrissy Davis Jones grew up aspiring to become a pediatrician. Having distinguished herself both academically and athletically in Denver, she received multiple scholarship offers. She chose the University of Wyoming …


Front & Center: Response to newspaper ad beginning of 31 years at animal control agency SCRAPS

SCRAPS Regional Director Nancy Hill discusses the right and wrong reasons to own a pet, retirement and how cuteness can trump common sense.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 11:42 a.m.

Front & Center: New assistant fire chief Trisha Wolford chose career ladder early on

When Trisha Wolford was growing up, no one told her she couldn’t someday be a firefighter like her uncle and cousin.


Front & Center: Being the middle man comes naturally to Evergreen Fancy Foods owner

Thirty years ago, Craig Grossman started Evergreen Fancy Foods in his South Hill garage. He sold just one product to retailers – elaborate chocolate roses. That’s changed.


Front & Center: Simply Northwest owner focuses on customer service, product quality to compete

Nothing seems simple this time of year – particularly at a small Spokane Valley gift-basket purveyor called Simply Northwest.


Front & Center: Catered For You owners prevail to earn ‘business of year’

Catered For You owners Romeo and Linette Herrera transformed business and weathered recession before receiving BBB accolades.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017, 2:20 p.m.

Front & Center: North Central counselor Mary True

During almost 40 years in education, Mary True has amassed her share of certifications, including principal credentials. “I thought maybe I’d go into administration,” she recalled. “But that just wasn’t …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 3, 2017, 12:55 p.m.

Front & Center: A Santa who delivers an uncommon gift to others

Ed Gowin once was offered $25,000 to fly (presumably not via sleigh) to Hawaii for six weeks’ worth of ho-ho-ho’ing in a mall. He declined because of the time commitment, …