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Providence Regional Medical Center Everett Chief Operating Officer Preston M. Simmons has been appointed the new chief executive for Providence Northwest Washington. The position had been vacated by former chief executive Dave Brooks. Simmons has managed the day-to-day operations of Providence Regional Medical Center Everett since 2007.
Greenpoint Technologies, which has a Marysville operation and designs and installs VIP interiors for Boeing Business Jets, has announced the resignation of executive Vice President Sloan Benson. Benson started with Greenpoint as one of the first employees and worked in nearly every department during her 24-year career. For the past six years, her attention focused on the organization's strategic growth and manufacturing capability.
"Getting Your Dough to Rise," a program on KSER-FM (90.7), airs at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Joining host Chuck Noel will be Bill Smead of Smead Capital Management, Doug Gordon of Russell Investments and Tony Baruffi of SNW Asset Management. They will focus on the stock and bond markets and how they might affect personal finances.
Community Board Training Night, presented by Leadership Snohomish County, is scheduled for 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Everett Community College's Jackson Center. Participants can connect with community leaders and learn to re-ignite fellow board members and make a greater difference. Register at Fee is $65 per person.
A panel from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday will discuss the economic impact of international students studying in Washington. The event will be held in Everett Community College's Whitehorse Hall, Room 105, and is free and open to the public. RSVP at For questions, contact Allison Peterson at or call 206-389-7227.
The next scheduled Experience Everett event is the Natural Foods Co-op Craft Brewery Tour at noon March 2 at Port Gardner Inn, 1700 W. Marine View Dr. Experience Everett is a new initiative to provide tourists and residents information about Everett events and activities via the destination website Tickets are available at the website.
Sterling Gurney, an Edward Jones financial adviser, will host a coffee club at 9 a.m. March 7 at Edward Jones, 602 Second St., Snohomish.
Workshops, classes, webinars
Wednesday morning at 9, take an in-depth look at federal, state and local government solicitations at a free workshop presented by the Washington State Procurement Technical Assistance Center and sponsored by Economic Alliance Snohomish County. At 1 p.m., learn the do's and don'ts for preparing a responsive government bid. Both events are at Economic Alliance Snohomish County in Everett. Register online at
Everett Community College is hosting college planning family nights March 6 at EvCC's Everett campus and March 12 and 14 at EvCC's East County Campus in Monroe. The events are open to anyone. Free snacks will be served and parking is free. For more information, contact EvCC's Outreach, Diversity & Equity Center at 425-388-9306.
All Things HR will present a Benefits 101 webinar to explore employee benefit programs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 6. Cost is $50 per registrant. More information is at
Coldwell Banker Bain of Edmonds and Lynnwood is hosting a free real estate seminar for sellers at 6 p.m. March 20 in Lynnwood. The seminar will offer advance information about the selling process. Light refreshments will be served. Register online at or by phone at 425-744-8233.
Tulalip Resort Casino and Spa will soon offer new dining options. Over the next 18 months, the property will roll out an Asian restaurant, a sports bar, a lobby bar and a new steakhouse menu at Tulalip Bay restaurant.
Approximately 48 Ford dealers in Washington state, including Bickford Ford in Snohomish, have participated in Ford's national Core Recovery Program, which recycles or remanufactures damaged vehicle parts. The program has kept 120 million pounds of parts out of landfills since 2003. Once collected, each part is evaluated for either recycling or remanufacturing potential.
After a review of the Port of Everett's finances, Standard & Poor's has affirmed the port's bond rating of A-.
The state Department of Financial Institutions is expanding the pilot program of the Investor Education in Your Workplace program. The 10-week program runs from May to August. Participation will be on a first-come basis. For more information, contact Lyn Peters at 360-902-8731.
Secretary of State Kim Wyman is reminding businesses to look carefully at corporation and limited liability company filing documents, which are processed through the agency's Corporations and Charities Division. Failure to file an annual report could create challenges for corporations and LLCs, including difficulty obtaining or renewing licenses. More information is at
Good deeds
Glacier Peak DECA is collecting gently worn jeans to donate to The Cocoon House, a teen shelter in Everett. Through March 1, drop off donations at Glacier Peak High School, either in the main office or in room 206.
Seattle Children's hospital is joining forces with eight Jersey Mike's Subs restaurants for the Third Annual March Month of Giving fundraising campaign. In Snohomish County, the Mukilteo and Lynnwood restaurants are participating. The campaign will culminate on March 27 with participating restaurants donating 100 percent of the day's sales to Seattle Children's.
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