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Global Spectrum, the management company for the Comcast Arena at Everett, has hired Jeff Kitchen as the new executive chef for Centerplate. Kitchen will be responsible for overseeing Centerplate's food and beverage operations. He has worked at several local restaurants and most recently worked as executive chef at Daniels Catering in Seattle.
Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance has chosen aviation consultant Melanie Jordan to be the executive director for the regional non-profit organization. Jordan is president of Aviation Liaison Services and is a pilot and aviation enthusiast.
Kudos
The Association of Washington Business recently honored Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. with a Better Workplace Award in the category of Continuous Commitment. The awards recognize Washington companies that demonstrate exceptional commitment to workplace safety and offer innovative job training, advancement and benefit programs. Canyon Creek also received a Better Workplace Award in 2009.
Thirty-three Granite Falls High School students attended the Future Business Leaders of America Regional Competition in Stanwood on Feb. 10. Of those, 22 have advanced to the state FBLA competition in Spokane. The competition includes tests and presentations for verbal and academic skills.
Good deeds
On Feb. 8, Everett dentist Colleen Tracy and her staff presented 52 pounds of food and a check for $800 to the Volunteers of America Everett Food Bank. Tracy had offered patients a dental cleaning for $50 and in turn donated $100 to the food bank. She also collected food donations from patients and staff.
Events
The next Marysville Tulalip Chamber Business Before Hours event is scheduled for 7 to 9 a.m. on Friday at the Tulalip Resort Casino Canoes Cabaret room. Gary Chandler will present a legislative update at this networking event sponsored by Cedar Grove Composting. Email admin@marysville tulalipchamber.com or call 360-659-7700. Cost is $23 in advance or $28 at the door.
Harbour Pointe Retirement at 10200 Harbour Place in Mukilteo will host "ReCharge at NoCharge," a free event for caregivers and medical professionals, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Speakers will include Danny Koffman, Diane Johnson and Christine Dispas. Boxed lunches are $5 on request by calling 425-493-8555. More details are at www.hpretire.com.
The Lynnwood Convention Center is the site of an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26. The event is free. Featured artists include Aaliyah Gupta, Kate Tesch, Lee Hendrickson, Mark Callen, Pascale Judet and Peter Juvonen. RSVP to info@lynnwoodcc.com or call 425-778-7155.
Workforce Development Council Snohomish County recently released a draft strategic and operations plan for public comment. A forum is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. on Feb. 28 in the WDCSC board room. The event is free and open to the public. Comments sent to samantha.brown@wdcsc.org will be acepted until March 13.
Classes, workshops, webinars
The Briar-based Emergency Services Coordinating Agency is offering disaster preparedness classes, or CERT training, to King and Snohomish county residents. The course begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 at Brier City Hall and continues for eight consecutive Thursday nights. To register, please contact Vickie Fontaine at 425-776-3722 or vickie@esca1.com.
Leadership Snohomish County and Ian Ayers will present "Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs" on April 12 at the Jackson Center at Everett Community College. The morning workshop is from 8 to 11 a.m. and an in-depth, small-group session will run from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register at www.leadershipsc.org.
The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a series of webinars at noon Pacific time daily from Feb. 19 to 21 in recognition of the seventh annual National Entrepreneurship Week. For webinar topics and other details, visit the National Entrepreneurship Week website at www.entre-week.org.
Announcements
Sound Transit set all-time annual ridership records in 2012 for boardings on commuter trains, buses and light rail. There were an estimated 28 million boardings last year. Average weekday boardings topped 93,000 for the year. The combined annual numbers were up almost 12 percent over 2011.
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