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Compiled By Karen Mason

New faces:

Crowley Realty/Better Homes and Gardens has hired Ron Rolla as a sales associate specializing in residential and new construction. Rolla has a degree in management and a background in film and television advertising and production and video teleconferencing. He also was a Realtor in Medford, Ore.

Nicole Hillman has recently joined Packet Engines Incorporated as marketing specialist. Hillman’s responsibilities will include assisting in marketing and promotional activities including interaction with local government, community and industry groups as well as customers and strategic partners.

Dawn Bostic,PT, has recently joined Performance Physical Therapy. Bostic is a graduate of Eastern Washington University and specializes in evaluation and treatment of the cervical spine, scapulothoracic function, and foot biomechanics.

Joel Maroney has been appointed manager of the Century 21 Randock Citywide sales force. Maroney has recently been approved as a Washington Real Estate Instructor.

Doreen Nielsen has recently been appointed Administrator of A+ Real Estate Institute. The Institute offers state approval prelicense training and continuing education courses.

Century 21 Randock has added the following people to its sales force: Harold Anderson, Chris Henderson, Tammy Kokinda, Skip Jackson, Kirk Downing, Bill Lands, Bill Rauch, and Alex McNack.

WhiteRunkle Associates has recently added the following employees:

Mike Quick, account supervisor; Leslie Wright, production coordinator; Megan West, proofreader; Malia Howser, account assistant; Nicole Welding, account assistant; and Sybilla Roth, accounts receivable.

Starting Up:

Adams and Clark, Inc., has recently opened an office in Post Falls, at 306 N. Spokane Street, suite G. Adams and Clark, Inc. offers civil and environmental engineering, land surveying, land planning and landscape architectural services in both the public and private sectors. Brad Marshall, a land planner, will manage the Post Falls office.

LEADS CLUB has recently announced the charter for a Downtown Chapter. The CLUB provides a networking method for professional business people that can increase their business referrals in the area of their business. The Downtown Chapter meets every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at Cavanaugh’s on Fourth Avenue.

Elected:

New officers of the CPCU Society, Spokane Chapter, for 1997-98 are: president, Colleen McGraw, Safeco Insurance; vice president, Allan Moorhead, Physician’s Insurance; secretary, Barbara Keevan, Grange Insurance; and treasurer, Andrea Anderson, Trinity Insurance.

New officers of the Spokane Mental Health Board of Directors include: president, Kateri Bishop, state Division of Child and Family Services; first vice president, Ned Barnes, Witherspoon, Kelley, Davenport & Toole; secretary, Margaret Bruya, Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education; and treasurer, Maria Hernandez-Peck, Eastern Washington University. Members of the board of directors include: Dr. Carl Baum, Abraham Ferris, Michael Herzog, Mark Mays, Chris Mikelsen, Michael Parisot, Sister Patty Beattie, Jim Hawley and Elaine Myers.

The Spokane Area Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants has announced the election of the 1997-98 officers. Tom Lundstrom, Valley Glass, president; David Stark, XN Technologies, vicepresident; Bernie Hill, Spokane Falls Community College, vice-president; Mac McCabe, Gaylord L. McCabe, CPA, vice-president; Jim McLaughlin, CXT Inc., vice-president; Sue Hoover, McDirmid, Mikkelsen and Secrest, secretary; Darcy Yeager, Pathology Associates, treasurer.

Kudos:

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $173,000 to Whitworth College’s Institute of International Management to support educational programs that increase trade opportunities in northeast Asia for local and regional businesses. The institute will work with Washington State University, the Spokane Regional International Trade Alliance and the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute to develop new courses and programs to help regional businesses expand markets and establish trade agreements in northeast Asia.

Hulda and Ken Bridgman have been named Artists of the Year in the 1997 NICHE Award competition. The national competition recognizes excellence in American crafts. The award was presented for a one-of-a-kind wearable art, a coat made of hand-dyed silk.

Deana Rose, a member service representative for Spokane Railway Credit Union, has been named Employee of the Quarter. Rose was honored for her efforts in better serving the members’ needs for auto loans, savings and investment programs as well as introducing new members to the credit union.

Christine Larson, a physical therapist for Eagle Rehab, has been named Physical Therapist of the Year by the Washington Physical Therapy Association. Larson specializes in industrial rehab and injury prevention.

William Gary Chapman and Professional Insurance Brokers in Coeur d’Alene have been designated a Five Star Agency by Colorado Casualty Insurance Co. in Englewood, Colo. The award recognizes outstanding sales, service and professionalism.

Zaks Designs has received the “President’s Award” from Warner Bros. The award is given to licensees for excellence over a period of time. This is the second time Zaks Designs has received the award.

Thomas Chapman received the 1997 Evergreen Award at the annual conference as the Washington Self-Insurers Association. The award recognizes outstanding service, achievement, and reputation as a state-level resource for worker’s compensation matters. Chapman is currently special counsel in worker’s compensation with the law firm of Paine, Hamblen, Coffin, Brooke and Miller LLP.

Jeff Taylor, a vice president and financial consultant at D.A. Davidson and Co.’s Valley office, has been named to the Banner Group. Taylor earned the distinction based on his service to clients in the Spokane community.

Donita Skinner, a vice president and financial consultant at D.A. Davidson and Co.’s Valley office, has been named to Franklin Templeton’s 1996 Kite and Key Club. Skinner was recognized for sales over $1 million in Franklin Templeton mutual funds and Valuemark variable annuity products in 1996.

Kelly Anderson, marketing specialist for Spokane Railway Credit Union, has been named the winner of the James “Bud” Crump Service Excellence Award. Anderson was recognized for her ability to combine input from several departments and develop marketing materials that address the needs of the credit union members.

Chipman Moving and Storage has been named a runner-up by United Van Lines as agent of the month. The program recognizes agents who rank best in the areas of customer service, vehicle safety, low claims experience and operational performance.

Lon Gibby Productions Inc. has been awarded three National Telly Awards. The awards were given for “Success In Parenting,” a multimedia program with author Forest Cline; Spokane Video, a 51-minute video and original song; and “Rescue Yellow Jacket Trap,” a 30-minute infomercial for Sterling International aired on national TV.

The American Express Foundation has picked the following nonprofit organizations to receive Volunteer Action Fund awards: American Indian Business Leaders Program, $800; Big Brothers and Sisters, $2,000; Central Valley School District, $,2500; Leadership Spokane, $800; Service Corps of Retired Executives, $800; Spokane Council of Ecumenical Ministries, $1,000; and United Way’s Youth Volunteer Corps Program, $1,000.

Christine Larson, a physical therapist for Eagle Rehab, has been named Physical Therapist of the Year by the Washington Physical Therapy Association. Larson specializes in industrial rehab and injury prevention.

Mike Nickels, owner of Mark’s Hallmark in Spokane and Kennewick; Bruce Winters, owner of Holiday’s Hallmark in Spokane; and Andrew Ballasiotes, owner of Andrew’s Hallmark in Spokane, Moscow, and Lewiston, were among the top 200 Hallmark Gold Crown store owners nationwide to receive a trip to Naples, Fla., for specialty retail excellence. They were cited for outstanding performance in customer satisfaction, marketing, technology, human resource management and retail operations.

Appointed:

Ronald Sims has been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Spokane Chapter of the American Red Cross. Sims is a principal at ALSC Architects PS.

Events:

Wednesday - The Spokane office of the Department of Revenue presents a free New Business Outreach workshop from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and again from 1:30-4:30 p.m. at the Department of Revenue’s Spokane office 8th floor training room, 4407 N. Division. To register, call 482-3805.

Wednesday - The Spokane Building Owners and Managers Association presents a luncheon meeting with Jo Anne Corbitt, CPM, national president of the Institute of Real Estate Management, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Cavanaugh’s Inn at the Park. Luncheon cost: $9; for information call 466-4905 for reservations.

Thursday - Merrill Lynch offers a complimentary luncheon seminar for women entitled “What Every Woman Should Know About Money” from noon-1 p.m. at Patsy Clark’s Restaurant. For information and registration call Margot Hamstra, 458-4219.

Thursday - The Directors of Volunteers In Agencies (DOVIA) will have their monthly meeting from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Schoenberg Center, 200 E. Cataldo. Cost for lunch: $6; for information call Bonnie Abernethy, 624-0151.

Friday - Associated Industries offers an overview, presented by George Scott of Intalco Aluminum, to gain information on meeting the standards of ISO 14001 from 1-3 p.m. at Gonzaga University, Foley Library, in the RIS Auditorium. Cost: $25 for members, and $40 for nonmembers; for information call 326-6885.

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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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