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Published: Monday, September 9, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Biz Bits: people and businesses in the news


Global Spectrum, which manages Comcast Arena in Everett, and the Everett Public Facilities District named Rick Comeau the facility's new assistant general manager and director of operations. Comeau will work closely with the arena's general manager, Jeff Schumacher, to oversee day-to-day operations, including event conversions, building maintenance and community relations.

Dwayne Lane's Family of Auto Centers says it will retain current North Cascade Ford manager Ryan Morrison in Sedro-Woolley. The locally owned and operated dealership group that represents Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram trucks in Everett and Chevrolet in Arlington recently acquired North Cascade Ford.

Bob MacIsaac has joined Whidbey Island Bank as vice president and commercial lending officer in Whatcom County. Prior to joining Whidbey Island Bank, MacIsaac was with the Bank of Washington in Lynnwood. He is a board member of the American Red Cross for the Snohomish County Chapter.

Professional Service Industries, an independent engineering and testing firm, has hired Michael Place as a project engineer in the Mountlake Terrace operations office. Place is a geological engineering graduate of the Colorado School of Mines.

The KSER Foundation has announced the election of five directors who will serve three-year terms on the nonprofit's governing board: Heather Bennett, Ed Gasparini, Brenda Mann Harrison, Kari King and Sandy Thompson. Retiring from the KSER board are John Thielke, the founding president of the KSER Foundation, and Candace McKenna, a previous four-year president.

Dr. Bjong "Wolf" Yeigh is the new chancellor of the University of Washington Bothell campus. He took over on Sept. 2 and succeeds Kenyon Chan, who served as UW Bothell chancellor for six years. Yeigh previously was professor and president of the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome.


Puget Sound Health Alliance recently released the results of its 2011-12 patient experience survey. Western Washington Medical Group's Lake Serene Clinic received the highest score among the patients' ratings of providers in metro Puget Sound. The average score for providers was 75.4 percent. Lake Serene Clinic received an 87.2 percent score.

Good deeds

The annual Bill Baker Memorial Steel & Wheel SuperShow has raised more than $10,000 for Guide Dogs of America. More than 60 classic and custom cars and motorcycles were entered in the show Aug. 17 at Machinists Union District Lodge 751's Everett union hall. Over the past four years, District 751 has raised more than $1 million for the charity.

U.S. Bank provided free backpacks stuffed with school supplies to children living at a Snohomish County Mercy Housing property. U.S. Bank employees visited Lincoln Way Apartments in Lynnwood on Aug. 28 to help students kick off their school year. The U.S. Bank backpack donations are part of Mercy Housing Northwest's Start & Succeed back-to-school initiative.


The Edmonds Downtown Business Improvement District Members Advisory Board has two meetings scheduled. The first is at 6:30 p.m. today in the Edmonds Library Plaza Room, 650 Main St., Edmonds. The second is at 8 a.m. on Thursday at the Waterworks Building's Rainier Room, 123 Second Ave. S., Edmonds. The public is welcome.

The Edmonds Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free business meet-and-greet with members and guests from local chambers and Economic Alliance Snohomish County. The event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Edmonds Yacht Club, 326 Admiral Way, Edmonds. Call 425-332-7114 or email with questions or to donate a door prize.

The next "Good Morning, Snohomish County" quarterly business networking event is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Friday at the Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine St., Everett. The speaker will be David Brooke. Sponsorships and display tables are available to Economic Alliance Snohomish County investors. For questions, contact Kellie Schwacha at 425-248-4227 or

Milltown Credit Union invites members as well as former employees and retirees of Kimberly-Clark to a potluck picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Legion Park, 11611 Three Lakes Road in Snohomish. Hot dogs and soda will be provided. Bring a favorite dish to share. RSVP to the credit union at 425-252-5139.

The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber's monthly "Business After Hours" networking event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Sept. 19. It is hosted by Hallmark Homes NW at 410 N. Olympic Ave. in Arlington. You need not be a chamber member to attend. For more information, call Michele Wiley at 360-722-2802.

Diamond Knot Craft Brewing has launched a monthlong fundraiser for Oregon Dachshund Rescue and Kramer, a young Dachshund who is need of major surgeries to help him live a normal life. Called Dogtoberfest, Diamond Knot will match up to $500 in donations and feature additional specials and activities the weekend of Sept. 21-22.

Marysville residents and business owners are invited to meet mayor Jon Nehring for coffee and conversation from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 24 at the International House of Pancakes in the Lakewood Crossing Shopping Center. Please RSVP by Sept. 20 to Leah Ingram at 360-363-8091 or Coffee and light refreshments will be provided by the City of Marysville.

The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance will host a Legislative Aerospace Roundtable luncheon Sept. 24 at the Red Lion Hotel in Bellevue. Members of the state House of Representatives and Senate will discuss what the Legislature has done for the local aerospace community. More information and registration links are at

Classes, workshops and webinars

Washington airport managers are invited to attend any of four workshops that the Washington State Department of Transportation is hosting this month. In Snohomish County, a workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday at the WSDOT Aviation Division, 18204 59th Drive NE, Suite B, Arlington. To RSVP, please contact Nisha Marvel at

The Snohomish County Human Resources Association is holding its annual Employment Law Seminar from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Holiday Inn at 3105 Pine St., Everett. Cost is $129 for SHRM members and $159 for non-SHRM members. For more information or to register, go to


The city of Snohomish is accepting applications from non-profit agencies for projects that assist tourism development and promotion of the city. Funds will be available after Jan. 1 on a reimbursement basis for projects that will be completed by Dec. 31, 2014. Completed applications are due by 4 p.m. on Sept. 25. Details are at

Everett-based Intermec recently introduced a compact industrial printing solution at the Future Technology Experience trade show in Las Vegas. The PM23c is an all-metal barcode label printer for applications such as airline passenger services, manufacturing and retail, including product labeling and food traceability. For details, visit

Premera Blue Cross has teamed up with the Seattle Seahawks and team chef Mac McNabb to present a menu of healthy tailgate recipes at The recipes help kick off a Premera contest to win free Seahawks tickets. Details are at

The Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington now publishes the complete details of complaints for consumers and businesses. BBB's complaint details are now published verbatim, although personal information will be redacted. More information is at

The Hungry Pelican in Snohomish is celebrating its first anniversary with a customer appreciation month. There will be giveaways, discounts and tastings throughout September. Chef's specials and celebration offers will be posted daily at and on the company's Facebook page.

BECU is accepting nominations for the inaugural People Helping People Awards to recognize and honor BECU members and local nonprofits supported by the membership. Until the end of September, BECU members can nominate local nonprofits to receive a $10,000 Community Benefit Award. For more information, visit

Camano Island Mills has been accepted as a vendor at the Issaquah Farmers Market. The market is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 12. Free tastings and discounts will be available for gluten-free, vegan Purple Sunrise cereal and non-GMO, organic Rainbow Popcorn.

The City of Monroe is accepting applications for 2014 Tourism Promotion and Development Projects by organizations in the city. Applications must be returned no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 27. Questions and requests for application forms can be directed to Jeff Sax at or by phone at 360-863-4521. Application forms are also available at Monroe City Hall.

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