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Published: Monday, October 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Biz Bits: people and businesses in the news


The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance board has a new chairman, vice chairman and board member. J.C. Hall of Esterline Hytek Finishes was elected chairman. He will replace Kevin Steck of EADS Composites Atlantic. Bob Uptagrafft of Impact Washington was elected vice chairman. Aerospace analyst Michel Merluzeau of G2 Solutions was added as a new board member.

Paula H. Houston has been named chief executive officer of Senior Services, a non-profit agency that manages six senior centers, including the Northshore Senior Center. Houston was formerly executive director of Meredith Mathews East Madison YMCA in Seattle.

Marysville Care Center, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, has a new executive director, John Hovey. Originally from Bellevue, Hovey earned his degree in economic geography from the University of Washington. Previously, he served as interim executive director at Ka Punawai Ola, a nursing and rehab center in Hawaii. Hovey lives in Marysville.

Jim Langus has been named as project leader for Saltchuk's due diligence as the company evaluates the Kimberly-Clark property in Everett for purchase. Langus is a former chief administrative officer for the Snohomish County Public Utility District. Prior to that, he served as the executive for the City of Everett.

The La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum named Amy Green executive director. Green has extensive experience in nonprofit management and was most recently the executive director of META Performing Arts in Mount Vernon.


McClain Insurance Services in Everett was one of five Washington companies that received the Corporations for Communities award from Secretary of State Kim Wyman. Winners received a certificate and a National Association of Secretaries of State Medallion Award, which recognizes civic engagement, voter education efforts, government services and a commitment to giving back to the community.

Heather Krause of the RBC Wealth Management-U.S. Edmonds branch has been recognized for having her best year as associate vice president and financial advisor. The honor came following a challenge issued at the 2012 Women's Association of Financial Advisors conference. Women advisors received a challenge to Plan For Your Best Year Ever and Krause met that challenge.

Swedish/Edmonds has been honored with an A grade in the Fall 2013 update to the national Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog.

Everett's Aviation Technical Services (ATS) was recently recognized by the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association as the Northwest Regional winner of its Exemplary Program/Project Innovation Award. ATS was the only winner in this category among corporations and government entities throughout Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington for its HazMat management program.

Good deeds

The Tulalip Tribes annual Raising Hands event on Oct. 26 at The Tulalip Resort Casino awarded a record $6.9 million in tribal support to more than 280 nonprofits and community groups. In the 21-year history of the event, the Tulalip Tribes charitable giving program has awarded more than $57 million in community investment.

Nonprofit Clothes For Kids received a gift of $20,000 from the Fred Meyer Fund. The money will help Clothes For Kids provide school wardrobes for more than 4,500 low income students in Snohomish County. Fred Meyer Fund community grants are funded solely by donations from Fred Meyer employees.

The Kirtley-Cole Associates annual charity golf tournament on Sept. 19 raised $22,144. The proceeds were donated to Housing Hope to benefit homeless and very-low-income families in Snohomish County. Kirtley-Cole Associates is a local, commercial general contractor that also worked on Housing Hope's recent Lincoln Hill Village development in Stanwood.

Stacie McMillan and her team at Clean and Simple Cleaning in Lynnwood are seeking nominees for the third annual Deanie Douglas Award -- an entire year of free house cleaning for someone battling cancer. Nominees must be residents of South Snohomish or North King counties. For more information, visit or call 425-673-4733.

CenturyLink wants to connect teachers with technology by offering $110,000 in grants in Washington. Applications are being accepted through Jan. 10. CenturyLink service is neither required nor considered in the review of applications. To learn more about the program or to apply for a grant, visit


The Greater Everett Business Professional Women's monthly meeting will feature Nancy Hein speaking on "When Your Home Office is Your Business Office." The event is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on today at Bob's Burgers and Brew, 1611 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett. Any woman 18 and over can attend the lunch or join the nonprofit group.

Economic Alliance Snohomish County and University of Washington Bothell welcome the new chancellor, Bjong Wolf Yeigh, at a reception. The event is from 5 to 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 in the EASC boardroom at 808 134th St. SW, Suite 101, Everett. The event is free but an RSVP is required.

Retired Public Employees Council Chapter 6 will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 in the Carl Gibson Senior Center at 3025 Lombard Ave., Everett. Maria Britton-Sipe, executive director of RPEC, will speak about issues concerning the Legislature and the Washington State Retirement System. For additional information, contact Jim Brandley at 425-337-0884.

The Mill Creek Parks & Recreation Board and Community Development and Recreation staff will hold an open house between 6 and 8 p.m. on Nov. 6 to share plans created for the city's new park in the East Gateway neighborhood. For more information, visit the Planning Department page at or call 425-745-1891.

Brad Worthley will offer a short presentation, "Exceeding Customer Expectations," at the next Good Morning, Snohomish County meeting. The event is 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 8 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Price is $25 for EASC investors and $35 non-investors. Visit to register.

To help business owners learn about resources for better employee health, the American Diabetes Association, in partnership with Premera Blue Cross and Verdant Health Commission, is hosting a Stop Diabetes @ Work breakfast. The event is from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Nov. 12 at the Lynnwood Convention Center. To reserve, contact Brenda Wright at 206-282-4616, ext. 7223, or

Snohomish County Executive John Lovick will be the guest speaker and presenter at the Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce Nov. 13 Membership meeting. The meeting is at 11:30 a.m. at the Lake Stevens School District Education Service Center. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. RSVP is required and can be made online at

The Community and Technical College Diversity Career Fair is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Everett Community College's Whitehorse Hall. Learn about career opportunities at 15 community and technical colleges. Colleges are recruiting diverse talent for jobs in instruction, counseling, library services and administration. The event is free. Registration is encouraged. Email recruiting@everettcc.

Snohomish County's 10th annual Focus on Farming conference runs from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 at Comcast Arena in Everett. Registration information and a list of workshop sessions are available online at Discounted early registration is now available and includes a gourmet, locally produced lunch.

Classes, workshops and webinars

"Health Care Reform, A to Z" is the topic of a brown bag seminar presented by Don Bazemore of Cornerstone Financial at the Marysville Tulalip Chamber. The event is 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday at 8825 34th Ave NE, Marysville.

Snohomish Conservation District, the City of Everett and Washington State University Extension are hosting a two-day rain garden class for landscape professionals on Nov. 6 and 7 at the Port of Everett Waterfront Center, 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett. For questions, contact Kate Riley at Register at [URL];[URL]. The cost is $100 for both days, and lunch is included both days.

Alayne Blickle of Horses for Clean Water is offering a free class on preparing horse and livestock property for the wet, cold months of winter. The three-hour free class will be held 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds Longhouse, Monroe. Register at For more information, contact Jessica Paige at or 425-335-5634, ext. 106.


The Angel of the Winds Casino in Arlington will begin construction of a $20 million, 125-room, five-story hotel for the complex. Construction will also add more than 100,000 square feet to the casino and create an additional 50 jobs for the community. The anticipated opening for the hotel is 2015.

The Everett Public Facilities District and Global Spectrum report that recent attendance at Comcast Arena has increased for a variety of events. Some, such as the Everett Fall Home Show and Everett Gift & Food Show, had record numbers of vendors and attendees. The arena celebrated its 10th year in operation this year.

EvergreenHealth is recruiting volunteers to help shape health care services through its Community Advisor Program. Community advisors offer input to the board of commissioners and administration. The volunteers also serve on task forces and learn about health care issues via educational sessions throughout the year. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 31.

A description of 49 development projects now underway in Mountlake Terrace was included in a development activities report to the Mountlake Terrace City Council at its Oct. 17 meeting. Projects under construction include Diamond Knot Brewpub and Mountlake Terrace Assisted Living, formerly known as Vineyard Park, in Town Center.

Two northwest CFO consulting firms have merged and will be headquartered in Bellevue. Bothell-based CFO2GO joined with CFO Selections. The combined entity will operate under the CFO Selections name. They will offer a range of finance and accounting services, interim executive talent and search services.

Larry Morris of Town Graphics is creating an updated map of the Stanwood/Camano area. Ad space is available at a reasonable cost, with 10,000 maps being produced. Contact Larry at 425-486-2067 or to reserve your space.

The Legislature is providing funding for 2013-14 that supports the hiring of recently returning military veterans for beach cleanup work. The Washington Conservation Corps has created two all-veteran crews to remove marine debris from shorelines. The crews are available at no cost to coastal entities that are part of a coastal preservation or conservation organization.

The Washington State Department of Revenue has released its annual report on property taxes and levies assessed by all taxing districts in the state. Property tax levies due in 2013 increased 2.3 percent to $9.5 billion. This year's report, as well as reports from years past, can be found on the Property Tax Statistics page on Revenue's website.

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