Mill Creek Vision has added Kathi Woods-Shelton to its practice. Woods-Shelton has been a local licensed optician for more than 25 years. Her previous experience includes 17 years as the managing optician at the Gallery of Eyewear at the Physician's Eye Clinic in Everett and eight years at The Everett Clinic Vision Center.
Art Thomson has joined Coast-Sperry Van Ness of Everett as a senior adviser specializing in leasing and sales of office and industrial properties. Previously with Windermere Commercial in Everett, Thomson brings more than 30 years of experience as an engineer and broker to Coast.
Brian Landgren has joined the executive team of Electronic Business Machines in Everett as a vested partner and president. Landgren, a former president of the Northwest Group with more than 25 years in the office products industry, will have overall responsibility of sales, service and operations, as well as developing and implementing Electronic Business Machines' growth strategies.
Fred Sirianni, vice president and financial consultant with D.A. Davidson & Co.'s Everett office, has completed course work for the Certified Wealth Strategist designation. The program is designed to advise clients on wealth management. He joined the firm in August 2008 with prior experience as a financial consultant at Piper Jaffray.
Josh Jansen has joined Coast Equity Partners as a principal. Previously a national award winner as director of Coast-Sperry Van Ness' multifamily sales group, Jansen will head the Everett firm's acquisitions as vice president of acquisitions. He joins partners Mike Harmon, Dino Rossi, Shawn Hoban and Tom Hoban.
The city of Edmonds recognized 27 employees for their length of service at a recent presentation made by Mayor Dave Earling. Fleet maintenance manager Dave Sittauer was awarded a plaque for 30 years of service, while Parks Department employees Steve Redwine and Dave Timbrook were awarded plaques for 25 years of service. The other 24 workers who were honored each had 10 to 20 years of service.
Tulalip Resort Casino's Blackfish Wild Salmon Grill and Bar has been awarded their first Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. In addition, Tulalip Bay Restaurant was honored for a second year with the magazine's Best of Award of Excellence. The complete list of 3,795 award winners will be listed in the Aug. 31 issue of Wine Spectator.
The Rehab Team at Everett Care and Rehabilitation Center was recognized as the Western Division recipient of the Excellence in Employee Culture award from SunDance Rehabilitation, a national therapy provider. Everett's team consists of 12 therapists under the leadership of therapy program manager and physical therapist Fiona Smith.
University of Washington-Bothell's chapter of Beta Alpha Psi placed first in the national competition at the Beta Alpha Psi annual meeting in Baltimore on Aug. 3. The team presented a consulting project on modernizing accounting systems and internal account controls for the Snohomish American Legion Post. The team's presentation won the National Best Practices event under the category, Strategies for Dealing with Change.
Everett dentist Colleen Tracy of All Family Dental Care donated $1,560 for the Volunteers of America Food Bank during the recent community event she arranged. Tracy offered a large discount on dental services for people in need, then matched the proceeds from that special and gave all to the food bank.
Judd & Black is a new sponsor for the Camano Center's sixth annual gala auction, An Evening in the Garden, on Sept. 8. Other sponsors include Carney Badley Spellman, Cascade Natural Gas, Coastal Community Bank, Camano Plaza IGA, Merrill Gardens, Skagit Regional Health, Thomas & Associates, Tulalip Resort Casino and Whidbey Island Bank. Auction donations are still being accepted. Go to www.camanocenter.org or call 360-387-0222 for details.
Harbour Pointe Retirement & Assisted Living Center will celebrate artists over 55 on Grandparent's Day, Sept. 9, with a free event that is open to the public. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will feature the work of Christine Awad Schmalz, J. Reynolds Dail and Michael Medler and the music of Bill Blackstone. For information, call 425-493-8555 or go to www.hpretire.com.
Strategies to make Washington state more competitive in international markets will be discussed from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Sept. 11 at Everett Community College's Jackson Center. Sam Kaplan, president of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle, and Eric Schinfeld, president of the Washington Council on International Trade, will be the speakers. The event is free. To attend, RSVP via the Seattle Trade Alliance website at tinyurl.com/WashCompete.
Tilth Producers will host Under the Harvest Moon, its first gala and auction, on Sept. 15. All proceeds go to support programs for organic and sustainable farmers. The organization is still looking for food auction items. The deadline for a procurement commitment is Aug. 31. For information, email email@example.com or call 206-632-7506.
A series of Better Your Business workshops begin Sept. 14 at Gleneagle Country Club in Arlington. Whidbey Island Bank is co-sponsoring the event that is designed to teach local businesses how to thrive. Cost is $35 in advance, which includes lunch. Early registration is advised. More information can be found at betteryourbusinessnow.com.
The Internal Revenue Service, in collaboration with Washington nonprofits and the University of Washington, will hold a one-day workshop to help small and medium-sized tax-exempt organizations comply with their tax obligations and maintain their tax-exempt status. The workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 in Seattle. For more information, go to www.washingtonnonprofits.org, call 253-330-8850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Washington University's Weekend MBA @ Everett program will hold an information session at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the University Center of North Puget Sound Gray Wolf Hall Room 160, on the campus of Everett Community College. For information, go to www.wwu.edu/weekendmba, email email@example.com or call 360-650-3717.
Everett Community College's School of Cosmetology will offer a new three-day flex schedule for fall quarter and is introducing training for experienced stylists who want to become cosmetology instructors. Learn more at the open house at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at the school at 9315 State Ave., Suite G, Marysville.
Get help with business disaster preparedness planning through a series of free webinars hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. The September series is presented in collaboration with FEMA's Ready Campaign, as part of National Preparedness Month. Go to www2.agilityrecovery.com/npm to register for any of the webinars.
Cascadia Center will co-sponsor two webinars. A specialized webinar on conversion of vehicle fleets to green fuels from Cascadia Sierra Solutions and state Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen is Aug. 28. Beyond Oil, Transforming Transportation is Sept. 7. For information, go to www.discovery.org.
The city of Mountlake Terrace is recruiting a volunteer to serve on its planning commission. The seven-member planning commission makes recommendations to the City Council about community development issues. Go to the city's website for more details and an application or contact Virginia Olsen, city clerk and community relations director, at 425-744-6206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Everett Fire Department is offering a fall Community Emergency Response Team class on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. beginning Sept. 13. Everett residents and business owners are encouraged to participate or send employees to these free classes. Applications are available at the Everett Office of Emergency Management at 2801 Oakes Ave., Everett. Class size is limited. For information, call Mary Schoenfeldt at 425 257-7965.
A monument to honor student veterans is in development at the University of Washington-Bothell. Anticipated cost of the veterans archway is just under $60,000. To contribute, go to www.washington.edu/giving/make-a-gift and enter "Veterans Archway" in the key-word search. All donations go towards construction.
Massage Envy celebrated the grand opening of its new location in Lynnwood on Aug. 21. All new members received free aromatherapy upgrades in honor of the occasion. The clinic is located at 2701 184th St. SW, Suite 122-C, across from Target and Alderwood mall.
September enrollments at WGU Washington is more than double that of last year. WGU Washington, a nonprofit, fully online university that enrolls new students every month, currently has more than 3,000 students statewide.
Ex-Im Bank has announced the opening of a new office in Seattle. Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers. The move should bring more financing to Washington and help serve small- and medium-sized business owners.