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By Compiled Ruth Reynolds


Warren Rainer has joined Output Technology Corp. as vice president of sales and marketing. Rainer’s responsibilities will include worldwide management and development of sales, customer service, technical support and marketing. Rainer was formerly director of training and store services at Egghead and vice president for sales and marketing at Key Tronic Corp.

Sylvia Smith has joined Windermere’s Spokane-Manito office as a sales associate. Smith, who is new to real estate, has certifications from technical and business colleges.

Gonzaga University has named Kathy Simmons director of prospect research in the office of university relations. A GU graduate, Simmons was previously the assistant to the academic vice president for 10 years.


Output Technology Corp. has promoted the following employees:

Bryce Backus has been promoted to vice president of operations. He will be responsible for planning, purchasing, logistics, quality, service and facilities. Backus has been with Output Technology for 10 years.

Doug Hall has been promoted to vice president of product marketing and will be responsible for new business development, market/product research and planning and product management. Hall previously was director of product marketing.

Three Sterling Savings Association employees have been promoted to new positions:

Rick Fisher and Kellie Yates were both named vice president, private banking. Fisher joined Sterling in 1995 as a private banking loan officer and was previously with Bank of Whitman for six years as assistant vice president. Yates worked as a commercial account officer in the private banking department of U.S. Bank for seven years before joining Sterling in 1989.

Linda Katzenberger was promoted to assistant vice president, consumer loan servicing. She has worked at Sterling since 1987 and was recently appointed manager of the consumer loan servicing department, where she has worked for the past seven years.

Roger Calhoun has been named senior vice president, corporate accounts at Farm Credit Services. He will be responsible for marketing and administration of financial services for larger, vertically integrated agricultural and agribusiness operations in Washington and Oregon. Calhoun began working for Farm Credit in 1970.

Jim D. Allen was named vice president, syndications and participations at Farm Credit Services. Allen has been with Farm Credit since 1978 and will be responsible for the sale and purchase of participation interests in commercial and corporate loans.

JacklinGolf has promoted the following employees:

Hiromi Yanagisawa, formerly vice president, marketing, was promoted to vice president and managing director of JacklinGolf.

Jim Connolly was named director of agronomy and technical services. He was previously a senior technical agronomist.

Eric Nelson, formerly a technical agronomist, was promoted to senior technical agronomist.

Robert Kasberger has been named a principal at 3E Design Group P.S. Kasberger joined the Spokane architectural firm in 1994 after working for Procter & Gamble and Archer Daniels Midland for 12 years. He will lead 3E’s Industrial Architecture Division.


Geral Brouillette, formerly of Inland Behavioral Healthcare Institute, has opened Aspen Behavioral Counseling at 810 N. Henry in Post Falls. He will specialize in diagnostics, outpatient services, domestic violence, interventions and inpatient referrals. Brouillette is the founder of Brookwood Counseling Centers.


Idaho Governor Phil Batt has appointed Jim McDonald to fill the District II vacancy on the Idaho Wheat Commission. McDonald will succeed Keith Boyer, who resigned due to illness.

Dr. David W. Jones has been appointed to the Washington State Chiropractic Quality Assurance Commission for a term ending in June 2000. The agency acts as a disciplinary body for professionals licensed to practice chiropractic in Washington. Jones has been a practicing chiropractor in the Spokane Valley for 27 years.


Spokane’s Real Estate Trader’s Club has elected Dan Cantu as president and Tracy Lucas as vice president. Both are associate brokers at Kiemle & Hagood Co.

Bill Saraceno, vice president of administration at Columbia Basin College, has been elected chair of Group Health Northwest’s board of directors. Janet Hasson, Robin Anderson and Rob Beck have been re-elected to three-year terms on the board. Hasson also was re-elected vice chair. Karen Groth has been appointed to a two-year term on Group Health’s board.

New officers and directors of the Spokane Chapter of the American Institute of Architects include: president, William Rash, Northwest Architectural Co.; vice president/president-elect, Sam Rodell, Kirkwood Rodell Associates P.S.; secretary, Douglas Menzies, associate professor of architecture and architecture coordinator, Interdisciplinary Design Institute, Washington State University; treasurer, Glen Cloninger, Glen A. Cloninger & Associates. Directors: Keith Ballantyne, Bernardo/Mills Architects; Sue Lani Madsen, ALSC Architects P.S.; Gary Joralemon, Integrus Architecture P.S.; Christopher Green, president of Architectural Concepts P.S., and Roselea Duffy, Rundquist & Hard P.S.

The Washington Wheat Commission’s new officers include: chairman, Karl Felgenhauer of Fairfield; vice chairman, Christopher Shaffer, Walla Walla; and treasurer, Philip Isaak, Coulee City. Kahlotus wheat farmer Lynn Blair was appointed to a three-year term on the board, representing farmers in Benton, Franklin, Kittitas, Klickitat and Yakima counties. Charles Berry and Mitchell Payne were reappointed to represent the baking and warehouse industries, respectively, on the board.


Nine more Spokane-area businesses and organizations have received Green Star Awards from Associated Industries of the Inland Northwest for their commitment to environmentally sound business practices. Award winners and their representatives include: CXT Inc., Jim Galbraith; A.S.A.P (All Service All Packaging), Keith Adkins; Broadway Group, Kama Alsaker; ComputerLink Magazine, Carol Saxton; United States Postal Service, Ryan Walker; United Paint & Coatings, Jim Tyler; Coeur d’Alenes Co., Arlene Coulson; Washington State University, Dwight Hagihara; and CH2M Hill, Marion Conley.

Donita Skinner, vice president, investments, at the Spokane Valley office of D.A. Davidson & Co., has been named a member of the Fidelity Advisor Council, a national recognition program that honors investment professionals who have excelled in marketing and service of the Fidelity Advisor Funds.


Monday through Thursday - 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 Area Chamber of Commerce, 1020 W. Riverside. For appointments, call 353-2820. Counselors also are available on Tuesdays at the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, 8817 E. Mission. For appointments there, call 924-4994.

Tuesday and Thursday - The Small Business Development Center presents a class on “Understanding and Using Your Financials to Manage Your Business” from 6-9 p.m. both days at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Cost: $45; call 358-7890 for information or to register.

Wednesday - The Service Corps of Retired Executives presents a workshop on “Cash Flow Strategies” from 8 a.m.-noon at the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce, 1020 W. Riverside. Cost: $35, including materials; for information or to register, call 353-2820.

Wednesday - Motivational speaker Linda Urquhart will share experiences and tips for adding laughter in the workplace during the Sixth Annual Secretaries Day workshop and luncheon presented by the Institute for Extended Learning from noon-2 p.m. at Cavanaugh’s Inn at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. Cost: $15; call 533-3770 for information or reservations.

Wednesday - Oles Morrison & Rinker presents the Inland Northwest Construction and Public Contracts Law Seminar from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Spokane Club, 1002 W. Riverside. Cost: $50, including course materials, continental breakfast and lunch. For information or reservations, call Jaimee Henderson or Piper Turner at (206) 624-0388.

Wednesday - ABC Office Equipment Co. Inc and Novell Inc. present a free demonstration of Novell’s GroupWise 5.1 software at 9:30 a.m. and again at 3 p.m. at ABC headquarters, 7322 E. Broadway. For reservations, call 922-4600, fax 922-5569 or e-mail

Wednesday and April 30 - Gonzaga University presents information meetings on its master of business administration and master of accountancy programs from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday and from 7-8:30 a.m. April 30. Call Carol Wilson at 328-4220, ext. 3414, for reservations or more information.

Thursday - Certified Financial Planner Jim Howard discusses “Where to Stash the Cash??” at 7:30 a.m. at Gonzaga University’s Schoenberg Center in the second of a series of meetings sponsored by the Spokane Business and Industry Member Services Committee of the WSCPA and the Spokane Area Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants. Cost: $40 per individual session for members, $45 for non-members; for information, call Gordon Cudney at 922-7160.

Thursday - Continental Mortgage Co. presents a free seminar on FHA 203(k) and conventional remodeling/ rehabilitation home loans from 6-7:30 p.m. in suite 256 of the Monroe Court Building, 901 N. Monroe. For reservations, call Amy Mathiason at 325-9955.

Friday - David Hayashi, a senior business analyst at American Express Financial Advisers and a founding executive board member of the IDS East-West Exchange, an Asian employee network, will be the featured speaker at the Sansei Pride and Community Pride Luncheon from 11:30-1:30 at Mukogawa Fort Wright Commons, 4000 W. Randolph. For reservations or information, call 324-4266, ext. 211.

April 29 - Merrill Lynch presents a free luncheon seminar for women on “What Every Woman Should Know about Money” from noon-1 p.m. at Patsy Clark’s Mansion. For more information or to register, call Margot Hamstra at 458-4219.

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Do you want to submit an item for “Business Beat?” Send a brief press release to: Bill Sallquist, P.O. Box 2160, Spokane WA, 99210-1615. Photos will be used, space permitting, with new staff additions, promotions and new businesses. Put names on backs of photos. If you want a photo back, write “WILL CALL” on the back and pick it up at the newspaper reference library. Allow three weeks for publication.

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