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Thursday, June 4, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Business Beat

By Compiled Karen Mason

New faces:

Brian Ellsworth has joined the Spokane office of Dain Bosworth Inc. as a first vice president and investment officer. Ellsworth has 13 years of experience in retirement and estate planning.

The following people have joined the staff of Tomlinson Black North:

Samantha Drummond was hired as an agent after owning her own court reporting business since 1984.

Thomas Hall, who joins Tomlinson Black as an agent, previously worked for AT&T; wireless service for more than four years.

Lewiston-based Medical Service Bureau of Idaho Inc. and Blue Shield of Idaho have filled four senior management positions: Dr. Steve Wilson was appointed MSB-Blue Shield’s medical director. Wilson will provide medical advice and direction on issues involving case management, quality assessment and improvement, medical policy, and continuing education for MSB-Blue Shield staff. A graduate of the University of Iowa College of Medicine, he previously was in private practice in Bloomington, Minn., and served on the executive committee of Quello Clinic Inc.

Jeff Brudie was named general counsel and director of legal services. Brudie will be responsible for corporate transactions, litigation management, and provider credentialing and contracting. Brudie received his law degree from the University of Idaho. He was in private practice in Lewiston before joining MSB-Blue Shield in 1994.

Carolyn Loera was named director of managed care. Loera will be responsible for overall development, direction and administration of all managed care programs, including commercial, government, and managed care education programs. She joined MSB-Blue Shield in 1993 as manager of managed care products after serving as acting manager of the Healthy Options program for Medical Service Corp. in Spokane.

Terry Killilea was appointed director of pharmacy services. Killilea will coordinate a pharmacy network, compile medication utilization data, forecast future pharmacy costs, and implement procedures and methods to assure cost efficiency. He received his doctor of pharmacy from the University of California at San Francisco. Before joining MSB-Blue Shield, he was vice president of clinical program management at Perform/Diagnostik/valueRx in New Mexico.

Northside Physical Therapy has added two physical therapists to its staff:

Megan Roland, who previously worked at the Newport Highway clinic of Eagle Rehab, has three years of experience in outpatient and orthopedic physical therapy with a special interest in manual therapy.

Susan Gray most recently worked for Eagle Rehab at its downtown and Newport Highway clinics. Gray brings six years of experience as a physical therapist and 11 years of experience as an athletic trainer. Her expertise is in exercise rehabilitation.

Matt and Barbara Miller have joined the YMCA Camp Reed staff as on-site directors. The Millers worked as counselors as teenagers and were instrumental in establishing the counselor-in-training (CIT) program in 1983. They will be responsible for challenging the campers and providing a safe environment.

Moving up:

Derek Poole has been promoted to marketing manager of the Inland Automobile Association. Poole will be responsible for outside advertising and promotion of club programs. He joined the organization seven years ago and for the past four years has been administrative assistant for marketing.

Starting up:

The Inland Northwest Travel Association has been established as an affiliate of The National Business Travel Association. The local chapter will be headquartered in Spokane and comprised of administrators of corporate business travel and representatives of travel service organizations in Eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana. The association will provide professional education and communication among members and address issues which affect business travelers and employer organizations.

Dent Tech, a paintless dent repair company, has opened a retail shop at 903 W. Sharp. Dent Tech technicians “massage” away dents and dings without having to paint, fill or bondo.


Inland Northwest winners in the Association of Washington Business 1997 Environmental Excellence Awards include: Cleanup: Inland Power and Light, Kaiser Aluminum and Washington Water Power Co.; Water Conservation: Kaiser Aluminum; Water Quality: Max J. Kuney Co.; Resource Conservation and Recycling: Washington Water Power.

The Northwest Inland Empire Chapter of APICS has presented its company of the year award to Key Tronic Corp. The chapter honored John Lawrence and Jack Morris as members of the year.

AllSport Polaris of Greenacres has been honored by Polaris Industries Inc. for outstanding snowmobile sales during the 1996-97 season. The company received the Century 100 Club Award. AllSport also was honored as the No. 1 retailer of Polaris snowmobile garments and accessories in its sales region.

The Best Western Connie’s in Sandpoint has received the Best Western Director’s Award for outstanding quality standards. The award recognizes Best Western International hotels with a cleanliness and maintenance inspection score of 950 points or more out of 1000 points and requirements for design and customers service.

Madeline Buescher, a senior financial advisor with American Express Financial Advisors Inc., has been named Master Advisor. Buescher maintains her practice in Spokane, Colville, and Republic out of the Spokane office at 111 W. North River Drive, Suite 200.

Dayne Hanna, president of Hanna and Associates in Coeur d’Alene, has been awarded the 1997 Idaho Advertising Federation’s Silver Medal Award. Hanna received the award for his outstanding contributions to advertising and activities furthering the industry’s standards, creative excellence, and social concern responsibilities. Hanna had successfully enlarged his business from a two-man shop to a multi-state, multi-industry presence.

KREM-TV has been awarded two 1997 Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in electronic journalism from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. KREM-TV is the only news station to receive two awards this year, one for best continuing coverage, “Ice Storm ‘96,” and one for the best news documentary, “Gulf War Disease: The Hidden Enemy,” in the television small market division.

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.

The Best Western Templin’s Resort Hotel in Post Falls has been awarded the Best Western Director’s Award for outstanding quality standards as well as Excellent Housekeeping and Good Maintenance Awards. Sheila Goecke received the Excellent Housekeeping Award, Randy Nesiba received the Good Maintenance Award, and Dan Kramer was named the Best Western Templin’s Resort Employee of the Month for May.

Bill Heiber, vice president of research and development/regulatory affairs at Columbia Paint and Coatings, has received a certificate of appreciation from the American Lung Association of Washington and An Air of Excellence, Inland Northwest Clear Air Forum.

Jeff Wear, staff chemist for Columbia Paint and Coatings, was awarded a scholarship to the 1997 Basic Polymer and Coatings course at California Polytechnic State University from the Pacific Northwest Society of Coating Technology.

Peters and Sons Flowers and Gifts, 829 W. Riverside, has passed a mandatory quality inspection by the FTD Association. The association requires members to adhere to its general requirements in order to use the FTD Mercury Man logo and transfer floral orders within the FTD network. Peters and Sons is owned by Ray and Susie Matteson.


The Washington State University College of Business and Economics and the Hotel and Restaurant Administration programs are accepting entries for an August golf tournament to raise funds for university scholarships. The tournament is scheduled for 2 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Meriwood Golf Course in Lacey. For information, call 335-6611.


Monday through Friday - 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.

Monday through Thursday - The Institute for Extended Learning presents a class on “Computer Basics” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. each day at the Business Training and Applied Technology Center, 3939 N. Freya. Cost: $110; for information or to register, call 533-3770.

Tuesday - Leads Club, a structured networking organization for business leads and referrals, meets from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel at Sullivan and Mission in the Spokane Valley. For more information, call Beth Ann Daigre at 921-9581.

Wednesday - Glen Satre, fire protection engineer with the Spokane Fire Department, will be the guest speaker at a meeting of the Spokane Building Owners and Managers Association from noon-1 p.m. at Cavanaugh’s Inn at the Park, 303 W. North River Drive. Cost: $9; call 466-4905 for reservations.

Wednesday - The Small Business Development Center presents a prebusiness workshop from 6-9 p.m. at the Spokane Intercollegiate Research and Technology Institute, 665 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Cost: $25; call 358-7890 for information or to register.

Thursday - Continental Mortgage Co. presents a free seminar about FHA 203(k) and conventional remodeling/ rehabilitation home loans from 6-7:30 p.m. at Rock Point III, 1330 N. Washington, Suite A. For reservations, call Amy Mathiason at 325-9955.

Thursday - Power Tipps, an organization for sharing business leads and networking, meets from 7-8 a.m. on the North Side. For more information, call 468-9695 or 891-2353.

Thursday - American Express Financial Advisor’s presents a free seminar on “The Current Market Outlook” from 7-8 p.m. at 111 W. North River Drive, Suite 200. For reservations, call 324-4266, ext. 262.

Thursday - Leads Club, a structured networking organization for business leads and referrals, meets from 12:15-1:30 p.m. at Cavanaugh’s Inn on Fourth Avenue. For more information, call Nora Laughlin at 466-6832.

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