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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.


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 …


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.


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, …


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 …


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 …


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 …


Front & Center: Otto Klein pitches the Spokane Indians to business success

Otto Klein has been in the Spokane Indians’ lineup for 22 years.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 …


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.


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


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.


Front & Center: Rhonda Marks helps Convention Center blossom this weekend with home and garden ideas

Rhonda Marks, who runs this weekend’s popular Spokane Home and Garden Show, shares what it takes to be successful in the event-promotion business.


Front & Center: Roy Oki has driven the short route to a long career with UPS

Washington’s senior-most UPS driver has logged 1.5 million accident-free miles.


Front & Center: On tour with Dick Jensen

Dick Jensen and his Inland Empire Tours staff will accompany some 2,000 travelers on 150 outings this year.


Front & Center: Jackie Neves booked the right hotel job

Jackie Neves recalls that when she was promoted to general manager of a Spokane Valley hotel more than three decades ago, she became one of only three women in the …


Front & Center: Kenny Eilmes turned a strikeout into extra bases

Baseball is embedded in Kenny Eilmes’ DNA as clearly as a Louisville Slugger brand on maple.


Front & Center: Joe Zubaly climbed his way into business

Arborist Joe Zubaly shares his opinion on why some trees toppled and others didn’t during last November’s windstorm, and what concerned homeowners should do now.


Front & Center: Make-up artist Trista Jordan has a leading role

During a recent interview, Spokane make-up artist Trista Jordan share’s her start in glamour business, her brush with the Academy Awards, and why she’s so popular on Halloween.