Stories tagged: Front & Center
Sun., July 16, 2017, 6 a.m.
Sherry Barrett strives to have transformative impact on Spokane County employees
She’s earned two master’s degrees, started her own consulting business and last year, was hired by Spokane County to spearhead an initiative to improve customer service, financial stewardship, public engagement …
Sun., July 9, 2017, 6 a.m.
Front & Center: Truth seeker
Jarrod Carter, owner of Origin Forensics LLC in Liberty Lake, recounts his unlikely transformation from jock to expert witness, which vehicles are safest and why learning an unpleasant truth is …
Sun., June 18, 2017, 6 a.m.
Front & Center: Chaps owner Celeste Shaw writes her own script for success
Growing up in Norway, Hans Tveten dreamed of living the cowboy life in faraway Montana. At first, his mother adamantly opposed the notion. But eventually she relented, and even made …
Sun., June 11, 2017, 6 a.m.
Front & Center: For Hoopfest’s Chad Smith, weekend tournament is a year-round gig
Chad Smith, operations manager at the nonprofit Spokane Hoopfest Association, keeps many balls in the air at once.
Sun., June 4, 2017, 5 a.m.
Front & Center: Main Market food co-op’s Megan White
Ask what managing downtown Spokane’s Main Market food co-op has taught her about herself, and Megan White will tell you that “I can do a lot more than I thought …
Sun., May 28, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Front & Center: Plants of the Wild supplies residential landscaping, reforestation
Kathy Hutton, manager of Tekoa-based Plants of the Wild, discusses how taking a minimum-wage job after college was a smart career move, her favorite native flower, and why people shouldn’t …
Sun., April 23, 2017, 5:49 a.m.
Front & Center: The music is more important than money for the owners of Amend Music Center
Robin and Debbie Amend have owned Amend Music Center for nearly four decades. Besides selling instruments and sheet music, the Amend clan repairs more than 1,000 school band instruments each …
Sun., April 2, 2017
Front & Center: Jamie Birch invests in people to make his e-commerce business successful
JEBCommerce has become a $110 million company. But it’s the culture of the company, more than the cash, that makes Jamie Birch most proud.
Sun., March 19, 2017, 5 a.m.
Front & Center: The long and fulfilling days of Addison Pemberton, president of Liberty Lake manufacturer Scanivalve
Addison Pemberton keeps one foot firmly in the future, the other planted in the past. By day he is president and co-owner of Scanivalve, a Liberty Lake manufacturer of sophisticated …
Sun., Oct. 2, 2016
Front & Center: Garco Construction’s Tim Welsh keeps building a successful company
Garco Construction weathered the recession and continues to be one of the region’s leading building contractors under the leadership of long-time owner Tim Welsh.
Sun., Sept. 25, 2016
Front & Center: Kay Meier brings her science acumen the next generation of WSU-trained pharmacists
Some people know Kay Meier for her award-winning tomato salsa and portrait photography, others for her champion Great Pyrenees dogs. They may have met her at Spokane County’s Interstate Fair, …
Sun., Sept. 18, 2016
Front & Center: From painter to president, Jack Heath has grown up with Washington Trust Bank
Jack Heath runs Washington Trust Bank, the 4th largest privately held bank in the country. He shares the terror of robbery, interest rates how to make a bank a great …
Sun., Sept. 11, 2016
Front & Center: Appraiser Ruby Stroschein keeps tabs on farms and forestry
Ruby Stroschein’s middle name is Miles – appropriate for a woman who logs nearly 20,000 of them each year. And whenever she sets out from her Moscow office, Stroschein is …
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016
Front & Center: Ramada makes Spokane a great place to wake up
Denise Vickerman says kindness, dependability and free breakfast are keys to the successful Ramada at Spokane Airport hotel.
Sun., Aug. 28, 2016
Front & Center: Rich Hartzell has cultivated a successful Spokane County Fair
Spokane County Fair director Rich Hartzell is ready to put on an event featuring agriculture, carnival rides, music and a tank full of sharks.
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: Spokane aquatics director Carl Strong keeps the city’s pools splashy
Carl Strong oversees Spokane’s pools and discusses the qualities he looks for in lifeguard applicants, and what he’d like to do better.
Sun., July 31, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: Roger Trainor, director of LandLord Association
Roger Trainor is executive director of the LandLord Association of the Inland Northwest, and offers insights and advice on becoming a landlord.
Sun., July 24, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: Rick Ripley finds success writing books about regional history
Rick Ripley, who spent 38 years as a newspaper reporter and editor, recently published his second book of regional history.
Sun., July 17, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: WSU researcher Greg Belenky has spent a lifetime researching the importance of sleep
Greg Belenky, is the founder of WSU’s sleep research center in Spokane, where he studies sleep, and how lack of it can cause people to make poor decisions.
Sun., July 10, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: Ken Marsh has built homes and a business with passion and a Skilsaw
Almost three decades ago, an article previewing the annual Spokane Home Show focused on the event’s relatively young participants – in particular, 32-year-old Ken Marsh. Having launched his own company …
Sun., July 3, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: Otto Klein pitches the Spokane Indians to business success
Otto Klein has been in the Spokane Indians’ lineup for 22 years.
Sun., June 26, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: Robin Haynes will be the youngest attorney to lead the Washington State Bar
Robin Hayes is young, confident and ready to take on her new role as the youngest attorney to lead the Washington State Bar Association.
Sun., June 12, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: John Waite says his love of literature, not lucre, behind his purchase of Auntie’s Bookstore
Six weeks ago, Auntie’s Bookstore wasn’t on John Waite’s radar. Today, he owns it.
Sun., June 5, 2016
Front & Center: Spokane couple translates language into opportunity
The owners of River Linguistics discuss which languages are most difficult to translate, and why what they like most about their job is also what they like least.
Sun., May 22, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: Max Kuney and the business of heavy construction
Recent Kuney Construction projects have included widening two and a half miles of I-90 just east of Snoqualmie Pass, and the rehabilitation of Spokane River dams.
Sun., May 15, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: Nonprofit Skils’kin steps up for adults with disabilities
Most businesses can be summed up in a few words. Not Skils’kin, a Spokane nonprofit as complex as its name is unusual.
Sun., May 8, 2016, 4:40 p.m.
Front & Center: Shirley Ennis keeps MusicFest humming along
This week, more than 1,000 young musicians, vocalists and dancers will demonstrate their artistic talent at Musicfest Northwest, the largest competition of its kind in the country. But were it …
Sun., May 1, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: Judy Haas discusses the art and science of home appraisals
What’s a home worth? The answer may differ, depending on whether you ask a buyer or seller.
Sun., April 17, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: Patrick Vollmer dishes up franchise advice
Vollmer talked about his commitment to teaching employees skills that will serve them well throughout life, and the advantages and limitations of owning a franchise restaurant
Sun., April 10, 2016, 4 a.m.
Front & Center: P.Z. Pearce is the fix-it man for athletes
Dr. P.Z. Pearce has worked with the Seattle Seahawks, Spokane Chiefs and Olympians. He’s also an avid athlete and offers a few tips for a successful Bloomsday run.