Washington Federal has promoted Voltaire Valeriano to mortgage and consumer loan servicing officer. Valeriano, a resident of Lynnwood, has been employed with Washington Federal since 1997 and has 15 years of experience in the banking industry. He is the recipient of several distinguished awards and honors and volunteers for many local organizations.
Everett's Mortgage Advisory Group has named Michael Jones chief financial officer. Jones' experience includes mortgage origination, servicing and mortgage insurance within start-ups as well as small, mid-size and mega lenders. His specialization is in financial analytics and modeling, financial reporting and budgeting, treasury management, risk management, operations analytics, post-close operations and capital markets.
Maddy Metzger-Utt was sworn in as president of the Rotary Club of Everett on July 9. She will serve through the Rotary year from July through June. She takes over from Andy Hall. A Rotary member since 2006, Metzger-Utt is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and president of the Greater Everett Community Foundation.
The Greater Everett Community Foundation has hired Elena Pullen-Venema as vice president of development to oversee fundraising and endowment building. Pullen-Venema has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has an MBA in finance from Temple University. She lives in Snohomish with her husband and two children.
Frontier Communications announced that Melinda M. White has been appointed area president for the company's West Region, responsible for all markets and aspects of the customer experience in California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. White is based in Beaverton, Ore. She succeeds Denise Baumbach, who is retiring.
Port of Everett employee Maija Lampinen was recently awarded the Certified Professional Public Buyer Credential by the Universal Public Procurement Certification Council. She was among 240 professionals who successfully completed the CPPB examination this year. Lampinen is the Port's procurement and contracts administrator and is responsible managing contract administration, purchasing and public bidding for the Port of Everett.
Marysville Mayor Jon Nehring named the city's utility billing team as employees of the month for June. The team of financial operations manager John Nield, Sherry Buell, Shauna Crane, Bet Galde, Teri McCann and Roberta Schneider was praised for outstanding customer service and ideas that are reducing the number of shutoffs due to unpaid utility bills.
For the fifth consecutive year, Group Health has been named a leader in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health-care equality in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013 report published annually by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The award recognized Group Health for policies and practices related to LGBT patients and their families.
According to James D. Kellett, a financial advisor in Everett, the financial services firm Edward Jones recently was named the No. 2 company headquartered outside of Washington on the Top Workplaces in Washington list by Seattle Business magazine. Edward Jones tied for the No. 2 spot with Cutler Investment Group.
Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County is recycling cellphones, iPhones and iPads to benefit victims of domestic violence. Phones may be dropped off at the New and Again Thrift Shoppe at 3116 Rucker Ave. in Everett. Visit www.dvs-snoco.org or call Stephanie Civey at 425-259-2827 x13 for more locations.
Windermere Arlington employees cleaned up Centennial Park near their office. Real estate agents dedicated a full day away from business to clean up, weed, prune and rake at the park. This year two dump trucks of bark were spread over the groomed grounds after removal of more than 60 garbage bags of weeds and debris.
St. Vincent de Paul's North Sound Council received a $5,000 donation from The Everett Clinic Foundation for the Beds for Children Program. The funds will purchase beds for children who are otherwise sleeping on the floor in their homes. St. Vincent de Paul says it ensures that 100 percent of funds received for a program go directly into that program.
SnoLEAF is hosting a free program on Silicon Energy's solar photovoltaic systems that are made in Marysville. The event, part of SnoLEAF's Educational Series, is from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Snohomish County Public Utility District's upstairs meeting room. Attendees may bring a sack lunch.
A free Business after Hours networking event is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Port Gardner Winery in Everett. The event will include live music and light appetizers. Wine will be available for purchase. There is an opportunity to set up a display for $20. Please RSVP to Trina 360-668-0350.
The Second Street Cabin at 1010 Second St. in Snohomish is celebrating its first anniversary. Renowned chainsaw artists Dave and Debbie Tremko, who have been featured on the TV reality show "Saw Dogs," will be there on Saturday. The Second Street Cabin is home to local vendors and artists who sell their items and promote their businesses.
Foggy Noggin Brewing, one of the smallest breweries in Washington, will take over the taps at Beveridge Place Pub starting at 7 p.m. on July 25. That evening, the brewery will offer three special beers that have never before been released. More information is at www.foggynogginbrewing.com.
The next Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours event will feature Snohomish County Executive John Lovick. His presentation topic is leadership. The event is 7 to 9 a.m. on July 26 at the Tulalip Resort Casino's Canoes Cabaret Room. Save a seat by emailing email@example.com or calling 360-659-7700.
A Back to School donation drive for school supplies is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the Marysville Walmart. The event benefits students in the Marysville, Mukilteo and Everett school districts. Donations will be received by volunteers from the Toys for Tots organization, Anchor Storage, representatives from the military and others.
The Mill Creek Senior Center is having a Vendor Fair and Social from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 6 at Washington State University Extension's auditorium in McCollum Park. Seniors will be offered information by a variety of vendor booths. There will be food to sample. For more information, call the senior office at 425 948-7170.
The Work Force Development Center's first annual Charity Golf Tournament is from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 14 at the Blue Heron Golf Course in Carnation. It is a four-man scramble with a shotgun start. Celebrities from the Seahawks and Mariners will be present. For more details, contact Dave Trader at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-349-1800, ext.101.
On Aug. 17 and 18, Fresh Paint: Festival of Artists at Work will turn the Port of Everett Marina into a working art studio and fine art gallery. The unique art festival is a free community event presented by Schack Art Center. It encourages visitors to engage in the creative process. For more information, visit www.schack.org.
Snoqualmie Ice Cream in Maltby has announced its third annual Ice Cream-O-Rama. The event will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 24 at the Snoqualmie Ice Cream Café and Mini-Farm. Admission is free and attendees will have the option to purchase tickets for $1 bites of ice cream, barbecue, floats, mini-doughnuts and cold brew coffee. Caspar Babypants, the children's stage persona of musician Chris Ballew, will appear.
Classes, workshops and webinars
All Things HR is offering Recruiting 201, part two of the Recruiting 101 class, from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday at 4210 198th St. SW, Suite 105, in Lynnwood. Cost is $175 per attendee. Lunch will be provided. Register at www.allthings-hr.com.
The Everett Clinic is now a FairWarning Ready Certified Care Provider at the Certified Achievement Level. In addition, the Clinic meets federal HIPAA standards for patient information protection excellence. FairWarning provides patient privacy monitoring, essential for HIPAA compliance, of electronic health records. It also makes sure providers do not access patient information unnecessarily.
Arlington Farmers Market opened for the season on July 6 at Legion Park in downtown Arlington. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each summer Saturday. For more information, including how to become a vendor or sponsor, or to join the market's great volunteer team, see arlingtonfarmersmarket.blogspot.com.
The Original Everett Farmers Market has announced a 20th anniversary season and the opening of a seasonal Friday Farmers Market at the Everett Mall. The Friday markets are from 3 to 7 p.m. from July 19 to Oct. 4. Visit the website at www.fridayfarmersmarketeverettmall.com.
The Port of Everett's Jetty Island is in the running for Red Tricycle's 2013 Totally Awesome Awards. There are 19 other Seattle-area attractions, so those who would like to see Jetty Island win should vote now at awards.redtri.com by Aug. 14.
Build-to-print machining supplier PRV Aerospace in Everett has changed its name to Cadence Aerospace. The rebranding reflects a drive to align factories with customer demand.
There is a critical need for volunteer ombudsmen throughout Snohomish County. Volunteers receive four days of free training. For more information and an application packet, contact July Andre at 425-388-7404, or email email@example.com. Volunteer information and applications may be accessed and printed from the county's website at www1.co.snohomish.wa.us.
The Puget Sound Regional Council is recommending $199,000 in funding for a project to widen 30th Street in Snohomish. The project is one of five recommended to receive nearly $3.4 million in funding from PSRC's Rural Town Centers and Corridors Program. Others include Monroe's Main Street Gateway and Snoqualmie's Town Center. PSRC is looking for public comment on the projects through Aug. 9.
A new law will enable solar-energy projects to continue to receive sales tax breaks. Systems of less than 10 kilowatts will receive full sales tax exemptions through 2018, while systems of 10 kilowatts or greater will receive 75 percent tax exemptions through 2020. Snohomish County Public Utility District customers also can tap incentives under the utility's Solar Express program.
Tax information for those starting new businesses is available from IRS.gov. Look for the Business Taxes heading and from there, review the special section on Starting a Business. Publication 583, Starting a Business and Keeping Records, may also help new business owners with the tax aspects of running a business. The booklet is also available on IRS.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM.
Magnum Energy, an Everett manufacturer of premium inverters and chargers for mobile and renewable energy, has introduced the HYBRID inverter and chargers. The new MSH models add a load support feature, which allows incoming alternating current to synchronize with the inverter's output and uses additional power from the batteries to power loads.
Fluke Biomedical, an Everett-based provider of medical device test and safety equipment, has announced the debut of its new ProSim 3 and 2 Vital Signs Simulators. Designed for high portability, the light and easy-to-carry ProSim 3 and 2 are ideal for conducting preventive maintenance and repairs in the field. For more information, visit www.flukebiomedical.com.
Health centers across Northwest Washington will receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal funds to help enroll uninsured residents in the health care marketplace this fall. Community Health Center of Snohomish County will receive $194,982. Sea-Mar Community Health Centers, which has locations in Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties, also received funding.
The Small Business Administration is making low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to businesses economically affected by the collapse of the I-5 Bridge in Skagit County. The Disaster Loan Outreach Center opened on June 28. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA's website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
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