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Published: Monday, October 21, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Biz Bits: people and businesses in the news


1st Security Bank has hired Jim Campbell to be a loan officer in the company's Mountlake Terrace office. Campbell, who grew up on Mercer Island, is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University. He has several years of experience in both the insurance and mortgage industries.

Daryn Bundy has been recognized by Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring as the September Volunteer of the Month. The award was given for serving young people in the city of Marysville. Bundy, owner of Bundy Carpets, serves in a number of leadership positions throughout the city.

Jeri Wilkes, chief financial officer of United Way of Snohomish County, was recently named Finance Officer of the Year by United Way Worldwide at a national conference in Atlanta. Wilkes was nominated for the award because of her leadership in conducting lean training for nonprofits throughout Snohomish County. She has been with the organization for more than 14 years.

The City of Marysville named community development planning assistant Amy Hess as Employee of the Month for September. For the past six years, Hess worked as deputy city clerk in the Finance/Clerk Department. More recently, she was a planning assistant. Hess was recognized in particular for her fill-in work for the Utility Billing Department.

Stephen Sewell has been named the Department of Commerce's economic development director for the state maritime industry. Sewell is a founding executive and senior vice president at LoadStar, a subsidiary of Hutchison Port Holdings. He has also served in senior leadership roles at the Port of Seattle.


Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett has received an adult Level II Trauma Center certification by the Washington State Department of Health. It is the only medical center in Snohomish County with that designation. The only hospital in Washington with a higher level of acute trauma care is Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, which has a Level I designation.

Cascade Valley Hospital was chosen from more than 1,900 hospitals nationwide to receive the T-System Client Excellence Award. The award recognizes emergency departments which improve their quality of patient care and operational processes.

Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative announced that its Clear Care HMO Medicare Advantage health plan received an overall rating of five stars for Parts C and D, the highest rating available from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This is the third year Group Health received the five-star rating.


The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance October breakfast showcase is from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday at Umbra Cuscinetti's new facility at 6707 Hardeson Road, Everett. The speaker is Umbra Cuscinetti CEO Robert Collett. After the presentation, a tour of the new facility will be conducted. Register at

An open house is planned for IRG's new Gateway Physical & Hand Therapy Clinic and corporate office building. The event is from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at 4220 132nd Street SE in Mill Creek. Appetizers and beverages will be featured. RSVP to Meghan at 425-316-8046 or email

Members of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) will participate at the Snohomish County Job Fair on Thursday at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center at Comcast Arena in Everett. The NHSC helps under-served communities across the nation receive critically needed primary medical, dental and mental and behavioral health care.

The Snohomish City Toastmasters club meets from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. on Friday mornings at the Rock City Café (ToDo Mexico) at 1101 First St. in Snohomish. The club's mission is to provide a supportive and positive learning experience to develop communication and leadership skills. More information is available from, [URL];[URL] or SnohomishCityToastmasters on Facebook.

Participate in a free nationwide town hall discussion about China and learn how the United States and China's political and economic relationship relates to Snohomish County at 4 p.m. on Oct. 28 at Everett Community College's Henry M. Jackson Conference Center. Visit [/URL];[URL] for more information.

Washington Healthplanfinder, the online marketplace that connects Washingtonians to new health insurance plans and financial help, has launched a statewide mobile enrollment tour. The program's information trailer is scheduled to visit Everett Community College on Nov. 7. Information and in-person assistance will be available to help people select and sign up for coverage.

Industry professionals from AAA Travel and Trafalgar will reveal hot destinations to consider when planning your next vacation and discuss 2014 travel trends. The Travel Go Show is at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Lynnwood AAA Office, 4100 Alderwood Mall Blvd., Lynnwood. Admission is free and parking is available. RSVP to 425-744-7302.

The Secretary of State's Corporations and Charities Division is sponsoring a charity and nonprofit educational symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. in Everett at Comcast Arena's Edward D. Hansen Conference Center. Lunch is provided, although there is a $10 per person charge to help defray costs. Registration is limited and available online at [/URL];[URL].

Betz Family Winery has crafted a signature wine from their best barrels for the Taste of Tulalip's fifth anniversary event. The commemorative blend will be introduced during the Nov. 8 celebration dinner. The annual two-day Taste of Tulalip focuses on enjoyment of food, wine and tradition. More information is at [/URL];[URL].

Classes, workshops and webinars

Frontier Communications has scheduled a free webinar for 11 a.m. on Thursday to help small businesses prepare for the latest cyber security risks. Those interested in participating can make reservations online at [/URL];[URL].


The Snohomish County Public Utility District, the City of Stanwood, the Stanwood Chamber of Commerce and the Stanwood Area Merchants Association are looking for 20 businesses to participate in the Stanwood Energy Challenge. The businesses will compete to save energy from February to June. To sign up for the free program, [/URL];[URL].

The Tulalip Resort Casino has added two food and beverage venues. Guests can now enjoy sports-themed dishes at The Draft Sports Bar and Grill adjacent to the hotel lobby. The resort's new hotel lobby bar is called the Destination Lounge and features cocktails and jazz. For more information, visit [/URL];[URL].

RE/MAX Direct Realty, owned by Leonard Schiffman, will open its doors at 110 Fourth Ave. N. in Edmonds next month. Schiffman is actively recruiting associate candidates and is already serving clients. For more information about RE/MAX Direct Realty, contact Schiffman at 206-714-9823 or Kurt Cramer at 360-631-1735.

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