Cleveland joins Welch Comer Engineers
Melissa Cleveland, P.E. recently joined Welch Comer Engineers as a transportation project manager. Cleveland received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Idaho and has seven years of transportation engineering experience. She has worked locally on transportation projects such as the NIC Education Corridor, Lancaster Road Phases 1 and 2, and Fernan Hill Road. Cleveland will support and expand Welch Comer Engineers’ growing transportation engineering practice.
Kootenai Electric adds three
Kootenai Electric Cooperative has added three new members to its staff: Gene Zeckser, member services supervisor; Diane Griswold, human resources administrator and Tim Lederhos, IT field technician.
Zeckser served 24 years in the Navy, ending his service as a Chief Petty Officer, and comes to KEC after eight years as a team manager for Center Partners.
Griswold formerly worked in medical billing and has experience in small office management. She graduated from University of Idaho with a bachelor of science in family and consumer science.
Lederhos came to KEC after working for the electrical engineering firm H2E Inc., where he worked in IT administration and industrial automation. He received his education from DeVry and Capella Universities.
Smith joins Insurance Northwest
Jeffrey Smith has joined Coeur d’Alene, Idaho-Insurance Northwest as a licensed independent insurance agent in Idaho and Washington.
As an independent agent he is able to offer a variety of insurance products from multiple companies including Safeco, MetLife Auto and Home, The Hartford, Travelers, Kemper, Progressive and Regence Blue Shield of Idaho.
“I am very excited about the opportunity at Insurance Northwest to bring my business knowledge and experience to the insurance industry,” Smith said. “I want to help my clients understand their insurance needs and to know that their property and lives are properly covered when they leave the office.”
Smith had spent the past 15 years as a district manager covering the Inland Northwest and Alaska while based in Coeur d’Alene. He can be reached at (208) 292-1170 Ext. 107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Insurance NW is located at 2320 N. Government Way in Coeur d’ Alene.
Community 1st hires branch manager
Dan Pearse has been hired as the branch manager and senior vice president of Community 1st Bank in Post Falls.
Pearse has lived in Post Falls for 10 years. He was a vice president at Inland Northwest Bank’s headquarters in Spokane for five years. Before that, he was a commercial lender for Wells Fargo in Spokane for three years.
Pearse has a bachelor’s degree in finance from Minnesota State University at Mankato.
Sayler returns to Pinnacle office
John Sayler, DPT, has joined the Pinnacle Physical Therapy team in Post Falls. John and his family recently relocated back to the area after a two-year stint in South Dakota.
When he was here before, John lived in Spokane and practiced as a physical therapist.
John has specialized training in resolving back and neck pain, pediatrics, sports medicine and personal training. He received his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of North Dakota.
Wayne Sweney named Distinguished Lawyer
Lukins & Annis is pleased to announce that our own Wayne Sweney has been selected to be one of the Idaho State Bar’s Distinguished Lawyers for 2011.
The Board of Commissioners of the Idaho State Bar noted in their letter to Wayne, “It is our belief that you well-exemplify the qualities and attributes that denote those distinguished practitioners who have received this recognition.”
The Bar will present this award to Wayne at the Distinguished Lawyer Dinner during the ISB Meeting, at a special dinner which will be held on July 13th at the Sun Valley Resort.
Wayne received his undergraduate degree from Drexel University, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland in 1974. After establishing a successful practice on his own, Wayne merged with Lukins & Annis in 1987.
Reynolds named to Dealer Advisory Board
Scott Reynolds has been appointed by Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter to the state’s Dealer Advisory Board.
Reynolds, who owns Reynolds Auto Sales on Highway 2 in Sandpoint with his wife Tina, is one of four board members statewide who represent licensed independent auto dealers.
The role of the board is to assist and advise the Department of Motor Vehicles in the administration of the licensing requirements for dealers and sales representatives.
Also serving on the 11 member Board is Sandpoint resident Tom Robideaux, owner of Alpine Motors, who represents new car dealers.
Reynolds has 33 years of experience in the industry. He worked for many years in Spokane and also worked as general manager of Rokstad Ford in Sandpoint before opening Reynolds Auto Sales in July 2007.
The Advisory Board meets quarterly. They typically address concerns from people who work for the State and investigate auto dealers ensuring they are in compliance with all regulations.
Kirk hired to Idaho Heritage Trust
Idaho Heritage Trust hired Katherine Kirk as its new executive director. She will serve as an ambassador for Idaho’s history and heritage.
She has 20 years of experience in architecture.
“I thrive in creating innovative, imaginative, intuitive solutions in order to bring consensus among parties with different interests.
The heritage trust is a statewide, state funded institution.
Leichner earns volunteer award
Konni Leichner, of Hayden Lake, received the Jim Lyle volunteer service award at the University of Idaho alumni association silver and gold reception on May 19, at The Coeur d’Alene Resort.
Leichner served a six-year term on the Alumni Association National Board of Directors and chaired the Kootenai Alumni Chapter for seven years.
For the last four years, she has been on the steering committee for the annual Vandal Scholarship Fund/Alumni Gala Auction for North Idaho.
Alumni funds raised at that event support a scholarship program she helped create for University of Idaho students from Kootenai County.
Drake wins health service award
The Idaho Association of Health Underwriters has awarded to Dana Drake of Coeur d’Alene the David J. Isern Memorial Award. The award is presented annually to an IAHU member in recognition for outstanding service, honesty, integrity professionalism and dedication to the health insurance industry.
The Idaho association of Health Underwriters is an association of health insurance professionals, insurance carriers, and others related to the healthcare/health insurance industry focused on protecting consumers’ choice.
Drake works for Schedler Mack Insurance.
Ouren added to new Community 1st Bank
Ron Ouren, who has spent the past 44 years in the local banking industry, has been named the senior vice president and bank manager of the new location of Community 1st Bank in Coeur d’Alene.
Ouren is responsible for the hiring of eight employees at the new office at the northwest corner of U.S. 95 and Hanley. That location is expected to open on or before July 1.
Ouren has worked for Panhandle State Bank in Coeur d’Alene for the past nine years, including as manager and a commercial loan officer.
He also held management positions at Sterling Savings, Idaho First National Bank, U.S. Bank, First Federal, Mountain West and Bank of America.
• Physical therapist Lisa Smalley has joined the Pinnacle Physical Therapy team in Post Falls. Smalley has a 12-year background of out-patient physical therapy experience.
• Owens and Crandall PLLC, a Hayden law firm, announced it has made Regina M. McCrea a partner.
McCrea joined the firm in 2007. Before then, she practiced insurance defense litigation in Spokane.
• Carmen Jacobs of the Post Falls branch of Inland Northwest Bank was awarded the Christopher C. Jurey Employee of the Year Award for 2010.
• Windermere Coeur d’Alene Realty has added four new associates.
Josh Brunn has joined Windermere following work in banking, including experience as a mortgage originator, commercial loan officer and senior lending training specialist. Joan Genter joins Windermere after a real estate career in California where she was honored as Realtor Associate of the Year. Steve Rinker has lived and worked in North Idaho for 20 years. Julie Weeks worked in sales and marketing and founded Arrow Point Vacation Rentals Inc. in 2003.
• Hecla Mining Co. announced the retirement of Michael Dexter, vice president, Hecla Limited, after 25 years with the company. John Jordan will be the new general manager at the Lucky Friday mine replacing Dexter. Jordan has been the mine superintendent at the Lucky Friday mine for the past five years. He has 30 years experience in the mining industry.
• Jessica Walters recently joined the real estate team at Spokane Teachers Credit Union, serving as lending center assistant manager.
She is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations of the loan origination and indirect lending department. Prior to STCU, Walters worked for Banner Bank.
• Kimberly Banta, with Keller Williams Coeur d’Alene Realty, has received the accredited buyer representative designation.
The designation is awarded to real estate practitioners by the Real Estate Buyers Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors who meet the specified educational and practical experience criteria.
• Architect Ryan Johnson has opened Element Architecture in Coeur d’Alene, a firm he says will apply sustainable principles to the planning and design of projects.
• After spending 40 years in various Silver Valley mineshafts, Harry Franklin Cougher has won the prestigious William Lawrence Saunders Gold Medal Award for 2010. During his four-decade stint in the valley, Cougher held senior positions at all but one of the mines within the Silver Valley’s Coeur d’Alene Mining District. He spent 17 years at the Bunker Hill Co., 17 years at Sunshine Mining Co., and six years at Coeur d’Alene Mines.
• Esthetician Carrie Norton has joined Serenity Salon and Spa. She has been a cosmetologist for more than 10 years. She will be Serenity’s in-house skin care specialist. She will specialize in body waxing, facials and chemical peels.
• Magnuson, McHugh and Co., a Coeur d’Alene CPA firm, announced it has hired Korby Baker, an accountant and auditor. The firm also hired Anthony Oss as a staff accountant. The firm hired Louann Schneidmiller, a CPA, as a tax services manager. It also hired Stacy Saffeels as an administrative assistant in the audit department.
The firm promoted Chris Shipley, a CPA, from a senior auditor to audit department manager. Amy Mossman was promoted from a pension accountant to a senior pension accountant. Lisa Nyquist was promoted from administrative accountant to office manager. Michelle Carlin was promoted from an administrative assistant to an accountant.
• Scott Peterson has accepted a position as a district sales coordinator for Aflac Inc. in the regional office, in Coeur d’Alene. He will be working with area employers on current employee benefit packages using Aflac’s products as well as recruiting and training new agents.
• Patti O’Reilly, a real estate agent with Century 21 Beutler and Associates, Coeur d’Alene, has been awarded the accredited buyer’s representation designation by the real estate buyer’s agent council of the National Association of Realtors.
Litehouse Inc., of Sandpoint, has announced the appointment of Jim Frank to chief executive officer.
Frank was appointed president in June 2008, and will continue in this role as well as accepting the duties of CEO.
Edward Hawkins Jr., one of the founding owners, lead the company as CEO for more than a quarter of a century.
Numerica Credit Union announced Wednesday that Petra Wilkinson has transfered to the Coeur d’Alene branch as branch manager.
Wilkinson has worked in the banking industry since 1986. She started at Wells Fargo. She was branch manager for Patelco Credit Union in the San Francisco Bay area.
Newman Lake resident Terrie Peres, who has been in the salon
business for more than 20 years, is the new owner of Studio E’lan in downtown Coeur d’Alene.
The business, located at 206 E. Indiana, offers hair-care services, massage, and nail care. Peres has three hair stylists, a massage therapist and nail tech.
Avista Corp. announced Wednesday that Steve Maasch has joined the company as senior director of human resources.
Maasch will take over the position currently held by Dan Suttner, who retires March 1.
In his new role, Maasch will lead human resources management in the
development and implementation of human resource programs, and oversight of other human resource areas.
Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. announced the appointment of Loni
Knepper as manager of financial reporting and Janice Booth as senior auditor.
Knepper joins Coeur’s finance department as manager of financial reporting, she will be responsible for providing managerial direction and oversight in preparation for the company’s Securities and Exchange Commission and other reports and filings.
Booth joins Coeur’s internal audit department as senior auditor.
She will perform risk-based internal audits for the company’s U.S. operational locations and will determine compliance with company policies and procedures.
Julie Day, the Coeur d’Alene School District’s business manager and treasurer, has become the state’s first certified administrator of school finance and operations through the Association of School Business Officials International.
The association promotes high standards of business management practices and asked Day to be part of their beta testing group for the new designation based on her leadership involvement at the state level with Idaho Association of School Business Officials.
Grace Tree Service Inc. announced that the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture has awarded the “commercial arborist award” for 2010 to Tim Kastning.
The award is presented to a commercial arborist who has significantly improved the quality of arboricultural care in a particular area or region through involvement in allied professional organizations, recycling programs, volunteerism, and for numerous contributions to local organizations.
North Idaho Physical Therapy has announced the addition of
Jessica Taranto, to its Coeur d’Alene clinic.
She is a 2010 graduate of Eastern Washington University, with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science. She attended NW Noetic School of Massage and graduated in 2006.
Pam Houser, president and CEO of the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce, has received the designation of IOM (Institute for Organization Management) from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The professional development program of the U.S. Chamber is a comprehensive course of study consisting of four annual sessions focusing on professional growth and development for association, chambers, and other nonprofit professionals.
Lori Nelson has joined Contractors Northwest Inc., of Coeur
d’Alene, as director of marketing.
Nelson is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a degree in marketing.
She has more than 20 years of marketing and communications experience and has worked in industries such as regional manufacturing and worldwide distribution and sales.
Shar and Brian Scott, owners of American Country B&B, in Coeur d’Alene, were awarded the 2011 “champion award” at the annual Innkeeping Conference and Trade Show hosted by the Professional Association of Innkeepers International, earlier this month in Charleston, SC.
The Scotts were nominated by fellow inkeeper, Claudia Klingler, of the Blue Heron Inn.
David Robinson, of the Rathdrum Counseling Center LLC, has received his substance abuse professional certification from the Substance Abuse Professionals Administrators Association.
This permits him to conduct alcohol and drug evaluations on employees within the transportation industry who have violated a rule governing substance abuse.
Trinity Group Homes Inc. said it has appointed Elizabeth “Liz” Montgomery as life-skills coordinator. Liz recently was family service coordinator with the YWCA in Spokane. She currently serves as the vice president for the City of Spokane Homeless Coalition.
Trinity also said it added two new board members, for a total of nine. It added Mary Marano and Dr. K.C. McVey. Mary serves as coordinator for the Kootenai County Mental Health Court and K.C. is with Coeur d’Alene Dental Center.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has appointed Shelly Enderud, city of Post Falls finance director, to the State Building Authority.
Her term expires on Jan. 1, 2016. The authority finances the construction of state buildings, institutions and prison facilities through bonds issued by the authority.
Cory Lewis, of River City Physical Therapy in Coeur d’Alene, last month recieved the “2010 Physical Therapist of the Year” award at the Idaho Physical Therapy Associaton’s annual conference in Sun Valley.
Lewis was recongnized for his leadership and enthusiasm for the physical therapy profession, serving on both local and national levels.
Andy Lind has joined Kootenai Prosthetics and Orthotics in Coeur d’Alene as a clinical prosthetic specialist.
Andy has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Illinois and graduated from California State University’s prosthetic program in 2005.
Kootenai Prosthetics and Orthotics also has hired Joan Burger as a certified mastectomy fitter. Joan worked as a certified surgical technologist for 16 years and has owned and operated a massage therapy practice in Spokane since 1990.
Eric Petersen has been hired as the fitness director at the Coeur d’Alene Athletic Club, located at Second Street and Coeur d’Alene Avenue. Petersen is a nationally certified personal fitness trainer, former U.S. team member, marathon enthusiast, and sponsored triathlete. Petersen specializes in training endurance athletes, swimmers, and seniors in functional core and strength training, and also offers lifestyle-specific nutrition analysis and counseling.
Doreen Mack has joined Hagadone Marine Group as moorage/storage manager. She will help with boaters’ need at the Silver Beach Marina, Resort Boardwalk Marina and Blackwell Island Marina, as well as indoor or outdoor storage. Born and raised in the Coeur d’Alene area, Doreen has nearly 25 years of experience with the Hagadone Corporation. She enjoys organic gardening as well as running, biking and rowing.
Chris Craig has joined the sales department at Yacht Club Sales & Service, a division of Hagadone Marine Group. As a former professional rider on the wakeboard circuit, and the crew member of a 230-foot private yacht, he has spent his life on the water. His experience in the wakeboarding business is particularly suited to his Malibu boat customers.
Kristi Rosin has been hired as new accounts coordinator at Blue541, a full-service advertising, PR and design firm in Coeur d’Alene. She is a graduate of the University of Montana with a degree in marketing, and previously worked as account executive for Reno, Nevada’s top radio group. She enjoys fishing, camping and tennis.
Marie Pickford, a Coeur d’Alene Realtor with Keller Williams Realty has been awarded the 2009 Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Coeur d’Alene Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR). This annual award recognizes a Realtor member who fully exercises their potential as an entrepreneur and real estate industry leader; and who shares their time, talent and expertise with others in the profession and in the community.
Kootenai Prosthetics & Orthotics has hired Richard Allen, Andy Lind and Joan Burger to staff its Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint offices. Allen is a Certified Prosthetist, Orthotic Resident and graduated from St. Petersburg College of Orthotics and Prosthetics. Lind has a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Illinois and graduated from California State University Prosthetic program in 2005. Burger is a certified mastectomy fitter. She worked as a certified surgical technologist for 16 years and has owned and operated a massage therapy practice in Spokane since 1990. Kootenai Prosthetics & Orthotics (www.kpoidaho.com) at 1321 Northwood Center Court, Coeur d’Alene, and 1309 Ponderosa Drive, Sandpoint, has served patients in the Inland Northwest since 1980.
Merrill Lynch today announced that Joe Anderson of its Coeur d’Alene office has been promoted to associate resident director. Anderson has been a part of Merrill Lynch’s Coeur d’Alene office for 12 years. In his new role, he will be responsible for the office’s oversight and strategic development.
Dennis Cunningham, president of ActiveWest Builders and builder of adult community Meadow Ranch, has been appointed to serve his third year for the U.S. Green Building Council’s — Idaho Chapter.
Cunningham served two consecutive years as president for the council’s Idaho Chapter and will serve as an active board member in 2011.
Dr. Scott Brown, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle reconstruction, will be joining Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine early next month.
Hap Hilbish, a real estate agent with Century 21 Beutler and Associates’ Coeur d’Alene office recently received the 2010 medallion award from the Council of Residential Specialists. He was one of nine certified residential specialists (CRS) designees who were honored during the council’s awards ceremony last month in New Orleans.
The medallion award recognizes CRS designees who have excelled in their real estate careers and also have volunteered their time and expertise to serve the council and its members.
Silver Valley community activist Barbara Miller has been invited and will be attending a forum called by President Obama’s Council on Environmental Quality at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. On hand will be U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, National Environmental Justice Director Lisa Garcia as well as other senior officials.
North Idaho College communication instructor Mikki Stevens has been honored with a women of distinction award in the arts and culture category by Soroptimist International of Coeur d’Alene.
The award was one of eight awards given by the organization at its 28th annual women of distinction awards ceremony on Nov. 19 at the Cedars Floating Restaurant.
George Green, executive artistic director of the Lake City Playhouse, has been appointed as the Idaho state representative for the American Association of Community Theatres.
Sean J. Kacalek has been promoted to sales manager, and Debbie Ferguson has been promoted to office manager at American Family Insurance in Post Falls.
Cort Wilcox, vice president and financial consultant at D.A. Davidson and Co.’s Coeur d’Alene office, has completed the course work required to earn a certified wealth strategist designation. The designation was created in response to a need in the industry for a practical, application-based certification program and is provided to financial professionals who have demonstrated understanding of wealth management.
Former Magnuson, McHugh, and Co. shareholder, Robert Chatters, has opened a new CPA firm here in Coeur d’Alene, which will be called RR Chatters and Company PLLC.
The office will offer tax, financial statement preparation and audits, bookkeeping, and business consulting.
Elizabeth Murphy Burns, the President of Spokane Television, Inc. and QueenB Radio Inc., has announced senior management changes at the KXLY Broadcast Group effective January 1, 2011.
Steve Herling will be retiring from his role as the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the KXLY Broadcast Group after 28 years in that role. Mr. Herling has worked for Morgan Murphy Media for 41 years and will now become the Senior Vice President of Special Projects for Morgan Murphy Media. Mr. Herling will report directly to Burns and will now be working out of the KXLY North Idaho office in Coeur D’Alene at 504 E. Sherman Avenue.
• D & M Property Management is proud to announce new employees to the office staff. Jessica Sheady was hired as the new Advertising Assistant for D& M Property Management. Jessica brings with her 3 years of experience in marketing and customer service. Jessica is responsible for advertising both D & M rental properties, as well as SKE Realty Group, LLC listings. Brandi Henkes was hired in August as a receptionist at D & M. A student at NIC studying to become an LPN, Brandi also has experience in collections. Brandi is responsible for answering phones, preparing work orders, scheduling property showings and application processing.
• D & M Property Management is proud to announce recent promotions within the current staff. After five years with D & M Property Management, Evadyne Borst has left her position as Office Manager to retire. Debi Gewecke has been promoted from her former position as Executive Assistant to fill Borst’s position. Gewecke has been an asset to the D & M team for five years. Cynthia Primrose-Johnson was promoted from her position as Leasing Coordinator to become Executive Assistant at D & M. Cynthia has worked at D & M since 2008, and has been recognized by Management as an important part of the D & M team.
• Monte Mindt has joined the graphic design department at Blue541, a full-service advertising, PR and design firm in Coeur d’Alene. He is a graduate of the Art Institute of Seattle. Mindt has won numerous gold and silver Addy awards, and worked for brands including Simms Fishing Products, Pita Pit, Sterling Savings Bank and Airborne Express.
• Karen Corcoran, real estate brokerage managers for Resort Properties by The Lake, 221 E. Sherman Ave.,
was awarded the Certified Real Estate Brokerage Manager designation by the Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers.
• John & Karen Corcoran, owners of Resort Properties By The Lake, announced the addition of several real estate agents to the company.
Janice Carr has joined from Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty, Michael Green, formally with Century 21 Whitewater/Clark in McCall, Glenda Marneus, formally with Century 21 Hilltop in Simi Valley, Calif., and LeAnn Howell, formally with Coldwell Banker Tomlinson.
• Craig Wilcox, financial consultant with D.A. Davidson & Co. in Coeur d’Alene, was recently awarded a 2010
Idaho Transportation Department I-way Leadership Award for his work on the North Idaho Benches project.
• Idaho Transportation Department Director Brian W. Ness announced Friday the selection of Paul Steinman as the department’s new chief of operations.
Steinman, 45, will lead 1,300 employees that work in the department’s highway operations, maintenance, construction and planning programs. He will assume his duties in December.
• Kootenai Electric Cooperative has added two new members to its management staff. Chris Kastella, manager
of member services and Terry Robinson, manager of finance and accounting, both joined the staff recently.
Kastella has nearly 30 years in the utility industry and most recently worked for Homer Electric Association in Alaska. She holds a Bachelor of Science in business management.Robinson has worked in the telecommunications industry for nearly 30 years and most recently worked as a consultant for TCA Consulting.
• The Idaho State Bar and Idaho Law Foundation honored local attorneys at its annual Resolution Meeting on Nov. 9 at the Coeur d’Alene Hampton Inn & Suites. It also honored retiring judges.
The Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners has selected Honorable James R. Michaud as a winner of the Denise O’Donnell Day Pro Bono Award for performing exceptional volunteer legal work.
Dennis M. “Denny” Davis earned the Idaho State Bar’s Professionalism Award for his outstanding courtesy, cooperation, respect, diligence, candor and competence.
Retiring judge Charles W. Hosack, First District, Coeur d’Alene, has served 11 years on the bench and was also honored by the foundation.
• Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. announced that the Alaska Miners Association has awarded Coeur CEO Dennis E. Wheeler its distinguished service award at its recent annual conference, noting his efforts and leadership in bringing the Kensington Gold Mine near Juneau into production.
• Adam M. Borg has recently earned his orthopaedic clinic specialist certification from the American Board of Physical
Therapy Clinical Specialties. The board certification recognizes advanced skill and orthopaedic knowledge as it relates to physical therapy. Adam works for North Idaho Physical Therapy, at the Hayden branch. North Idaho Physical Therapy has also added Melissa Jacobson to its Coeur d’Alene clinic. Dr. Jacobson is a 2010 graduate of Western States Chiropractic College, University of Western States. She attended Eastern Oregon University. Jacobson is a Coeur d’Alene native and graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School in 2002.
• Ken and Kristi Kotoski are the new owners of Watches by Gosh in The Shops across Front Avenue from The Coeur d’Alene Resort. The store specializes in the sale of watches, clocks and sunglasses. The Kotoskis also own and operate Yellowstone Watch Inc., in Post Falls.
• Kiemle and Hagood Co. announced that it has made Gwen Crane property manager and leasing agent at its Coeur d’Alene Office. Crane is a licensed realtor in Washington state. She was previously an account manager for Contract Design Associates.
• Seattle architect and University of Idaho alumnus Brian Runberg has received national recognition for the restoration and adaptive reuse of the Beardmore Building in Priest River. Runberg was presented the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History at the association’s annual meeting in Oklahoma City on Sept. 24.
• Cup of Love coffee drinks stand, located at 2020 N. Fourth St., is opening with new owners, husband and wife Andy and Jolene Luebke, of Otis Orchards, Wash. They are leasing 350 square feet of space next to the Fourth Street Beverage Shack. They will sell coffee drinks, tea, and breakfast foods such as pastries and bagels, Andy Luebke said.
The grand opening was Oct. 11. He said the previous coffee vendor there closed early this year.
• Brian Goetz, of Coeur d’Alene, has been recognized by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. for achieving Bronze Tablet in business and service. That’s an honor given to agents achieving Legion of Honor status in five of the last six years. He has earned recognition within State Farm’s Legion of Honor. Sue Breesnee, of Post Falls, and Tim Skelton, of Coeur d’Alene, also received Legion of Honor recognition.
State Farm insures cars, watercraft and homes in the U.S. and Canada.
• Three real estate professionals in Coeur d’Alene have joined Keller Williams Realty Coeur d’Alene Market Center. Cindy Kinner has a degree
from the University of Idaho in interior design and received her license in real estate last March. Pat Galles has been in the real estate industry since 1992. He acquired his agent’s license in 1998. Chris Belstler has a background in remodeling rental properties in the real estate industry and received his real estate license in 2001.
They can be reached at 667-2399
• U.S. Bank has named Rick Murray as its region president for the North Idaho Palouse Region. Murray succeeds Rick Barton, who retired earlier this year. Murray has worked for U.S. Bank and its predecessor companies for 36 years, and has been a lifelong resident of North Idaho.
• Rose Backs, of Realty Auction Services and Elite Auction, recently took home the award of Northwest Auctioneer Champion. The competition, held in conjunction with the Washington Auctioneers Convention, is a tri-state contest with auctioneers participating from Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
• North Idaho College has hired Phil Roche as its new library director. Roche holds a master’s degree in library science and is currently assistant professor and access services librarian at Southern Utah University.
Jay Lee, NIC president for instruction, said, “I think we got really lucky to get Phil. He shows a ton of energy and seems genuinely excited about joining the NIC team. I’m confident he will be a good addition to the library and the college.”
• John Little has joined Hagadone Hospitality as food and beverage director. The company’s group of Coeur d’Alene restaurants includes Beverly’s
at The Coeur d’Alene Resort, Dockside, Tito’s, Bonsai Bistro, Cedar’s Floating Restaurant, Beachouse and Mulligans. Little has been a managing partner of Outback Steakhouse for the past 10 years. He is chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Visitor’s Bureau and serves on a culinary advisory board at North Idaho College.
• J-U-B ENGINEERS, Inc. is proud to announce its recently licensed engineers. Michelle Johnson, Jon Baune, and Andrew Baden in the Coeur d’Alene office passed their engineering examinations.
• Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has appointed Philip J. Carstens administrative partner of the firm’s Spokane/Coeur d’ Alene office. Carstens succeeds Michael C. Ormsby in the position, following Ormsby’s swearing-in Friday as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.
• The Idaho Association of Health Underwriters, an organization of health insurance agents, brokers and other professionals, recently announced its 2010-2011 officers and executive board.
Dana Drake of Coeur d’Alene will be the past president, and Heidi Otto of Coeur d’Alene will be the North Idaho president.
• Coeur d’Alene-based marketing communications company Hanna & Associates Inc. has recently promoted two of its top employees and hired a third, according to President Dayne Hanna.
Sheila Beaudry has been promoted to Vice President, Comptroller. She has been overseeing the company’s accounting staff and financial operations.
Also promoted was Susan Park to Director of IT Services. Her new position now includes supervising interactive programming development in addition to in-house technology management.
Finally, Ryan Johnson has been hired as Interactive Producer to join Hanna’s Interactive Communications department. He will be responsible for creating web advertising, websites, cell phone messaging, mobile TV, gaming programs and other new media options. A 2008 University of Idaho graduate, Johnson previously served as an IT specialist at Innercept, a therapeutic boarding school specializing in programs for young adults.
• Patrek joins Eagle Home Mortgage
Toni Patrek has joined Eagle Home Mortgage. She has been a mortgage loan specialist in Coeur d’Alene for more than 25 years. She said her experience level, dependability and knowledge can significantly assist all buyers, sellers, existing homeowners and builders and developers to maintain the dream of home ownership.
Eagle Home Mortgage is at 1900 Northwest Boulevard. She can be reached at 664-5310 or 664-8042.
•White awarded SRES designation
Kelly White with Century 21 Beutler & Associates has been awarded the Seniors Real Estate Specialist designation by the Seniors Real Estate Specialist Council of the National Association of
White joins more than 16,000 real estate professionals in North America, 11 in Coeur d’ Alene, who have earned the SRES designation. All were required to successfully complete a comprehensive course in understanding the needs, considerations, and goals of real estate buyers and sellers aged 55 and older.
Contact White at 659-4818 or email@example.com
• Paul Daugharty new State Bar Board Commissioners
The Idaho State Bar Board of Commissioners has named Coeur d’Alene attorney Paul Daugharty as a new member.
Daugharty was elected by bar members in the First and Second Judicial Districts.
Daugharty is a solo practitioner. He earned his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, and was admitted to the Idaho State Bar in 1992. He also has been admitted in Washington.
In Idaho, he has served on the Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program Committee since 2001.
Commissioners serve three-year terms and oversee programs and functions of the Idaho State Bar.
•Jill Andrews gets award from U.S. Bank
Jill Andrews, a financial advisor in U.S. Bank’s wealth management group who works at 6376 N. Government Way, in Coeur d’Alene, has won U.S. Bank’s annual presidents award. It’s the company’s highest consumer banking employee achievement honors.
Andrews was among a select number of top performing employees nationwide to win U.S. Bank’s award and was recently recognized at a company dinner.
• Local educators selected to education board
Two North Idaho educators have been elected to the Northwest Professional Educators’ board of directors.
NPE is a non-union professional educators organization for educators in Idaho, Washington and Oregon.
Dr. Bill Proser, of Coeur d’Alene, is the founder and former principal and teacher at the Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy. He was re-elected to the board.
Brad Patzer, of St. Maries, also was elected. Patzer is principal and region 1 district liaison for the Idaho Digital Learning Academy, is a 2003 Milken Family Foundation national award winner who received the distinguished service award from the Idaho Professional Standards Commission in 2009.
Bobbitt named vice chairman of Community 1st Bank
• Pacific Coast Banking School announce Friday that David P. Bobbitt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Community 1st Bank, is the new Vice Chairman.
Bobbitt has served on the Board of Pacific Coast Banking School since 1995.
Bobbitt currently serves as president and board member of the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce, vice chair and board member of the North Idaho Fair, and board member of the Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho.
• Davidson recognized by PGA
The PGA of America on Friday announced that Circling Raven Director of Golf Tom Davidson has been named 2010 PGA “Merchandiser of the Year” for resort facilities.
That marks the first time a PGA Professional from the Pacific Northwest has been named PGA “Merchandiser of the Year” nationally since the award was established in 1978.
• Author to speak at library
Candice Reed, co-author of “Thank You for Firing Me! How to Catch the Next Wave of Success After You Lose Your Job,” will speak Wednesday Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Reed’s writing career has spanned more than 20 years. Before her career in journalism, she lost jobs as an insurance salesperson, a funeral director, a singing/dancing waitress and an ice-cream binging weight-loss counselor.
Jensen opens new business
Twyla-Lea Jensen, owner of CPR Credit Repair, a full credit repair and restoration business, has opened her business at 315 W. Dalton Ave. Suite 109 in Coeur d’Alene. Jensen has been in the mortgage business for more than 16 years and in the credit business through banking for more than 21 years. She can be reached at (208) 473-4446. Hours of business are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Suzanne Metzger, CPA, CVA, joined The Grupp Law Firm, PLLC. Metzger puts her tax, accounting and valuation expertise to work for businesses and individuals as a part of the firm’s business exit planning and strategic business planning practice. Her work supports traditional and complex tax planning vehicles and facilitates sophisticated transfer of wealth solutions. Prior to joining the Grupp Law Firm, Metzger was a tax services manager at Magnuson, McHugh & Company, P.A., in Coeur d’Alene. She graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Washington University in 2001 with a B.A. in business administration and professional accounting. Metzger may be reached at 665-4600 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Century 21 Real Estate LLC, the franchisor of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organization, is pleased to announce the appointment of Shawn McMahon of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s Century 21 Beutler & Associates to its 2010 Commercial Advisory Board.
• Brad May has been hired by Forrest Technical Coatings of Eugene, Ore., as the business’s outside sales representative for Eastern Washington, North Idaho, and Western Montana. He previously worked for Columbia Paint & Coatings and has 21 years of experience in the coatings industry.
• Christina Petit has joined the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites- Coeur d’Alene as director of sales. She was previously employed with the Red Lion Templin’s Hotel as catering sales manager. She has years of successful hotel sales experience.
• Hayden resident Shirley Thagard attended, by invitation, the Institute for Shipboard Education and Semester at Sea to participate in a forum on global engagement aboard the MV Explorer. Featured presenters were former supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, NAACP Former Director Julian Bond, and Sir Christopher Ball, Westminster Institute of Education and member of the Oxford Cognitive Neuroscience Education Forum.
• ASE certified technician/master technician John Peterson joined Aamco Complete Car Care Experts at 415 N. Third St. He has 12 years of experience with seven years as lead technician. His responsibilities include all facets of automobile repair, for all makes and models.
• Robert Seeley, M.D., has joined the staff at Kootenai Medical Center. He will work in the hospital’s Emergency Department through an arrangement with Western Medical Associates. Dr. Seeley earned his medical degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton in 1994. Following a fellowship there in family practice and emergency medicine, he worked as an emergency room physician at a pair of Tennessee-based facilities, Parkridge Medical Center in Chattanooga and Bradley Memorial Hospital in Cleveland.
• Barbara Yeager, an agent with Keller Williams Realty, has earned her associate broker designation with the Idaho Real Estate Commission. Yeager was first licensed in Massachusetts and obtained broker status in 1987 where she facilitated residential sales in Boston’s Waterfront and North End communities. She has developed skills that benefit her clients by having worked in many sectors of the real estate industry. She has now come back full circle to real estate sales focusing on residential sales in North Idaho.
• Edward Jones financial adviser Rick Durbin of Post Falls recently received the Winner’s Circle Award for his outstanding service efforts over the past year. Durbin was one of only 619 of the firm’s more than 12,000 financial advisers to receive the Winner’s Circle award.
• Misty Sellars, a licensed massage therapist, has moved to Caribbean Tan at 5624 Government Way in Dalton Gardens. She specializes in various techniques, including Swedish massage, pregnancy massage, chair, deep tissue and foot treatment. Her rate is $35 per hour, and walk-ins are welcome.
• BioTracking, LLC, hired Dr. Larry Branen as strategic management officer, based at the company’s headquarters in Moscow. In his new role, Branen will identify and explore areas for business growth and diversification while reviewing in-house technology for further market potential. He will also support development of products for the food industry. Most recently working at the University of Idaho at Coeur d’Alene as associate vice president and chief executive officer,
• American Family Insurance has opened a new office in Post Falls. Kyle R. Lindley, owner/agent, recently opened the fully staffed agency at 205 E. Seltice Way, Suite A. Joining him is Sean J. Kacalek and Debbie Ferguson, marketing specialists. A broad spectrum of insurance is available including auto, home, life, business and farm/ranch.
• Jean Sweetapple, PT, DPT, OCS, has earned her Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Certification from the American Board of Physical Therapy Clinical Specialties. Less than 3 percent of physical therapists nationwide have earned this distinction. This board certification recognizes advanced skill and orthopaedic knowledge as it relates to physical therapy. Jean works for In Touch Physical Therapy in Post Falls.
• Dana Klass is the new community relations coordinator for Bestland Independent Senior Living in Coeur d’Alene. She has worked in the senior housing community for almost three years and says she has truly found her passion in the business.
• John Spriggs is returning A Cut Above Lawn Care, Inc. of Coeur D Alene back to business. A Cut Above Lawn Care, provides premier lawn care services to both residential and commercial customers. A Cut Above Lawn Care provides all aspects of lawn care, sprinkler installation and regular maintenance for bank owned properties including trash-outs and clean-ups. Visit www.acutabovecda.com or call (208) 699-7428.
• Twylla Rehder was selected as a Fellow in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Western Regional Fellowship, Transforming Life After 50. Facilitated by a partnership between the Idaho Commission for Libraries, California State Library, Oregon State Library and Washington State Library, the Fellowship will introduce 93 selected public library professionals from 11 states to a new framework for serving and engaging adults, ages 50-plus.
• Youth services librarian Karen Yother was elected to the executive board for the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP). The CSLP is a 49-state grassroots collaborative of states working together to provide a high quality summer reading program for children, teens and adults. Yother has represented Idaho libraries to the CSLP for seven years, most recently serving as vendor chair since 2009. Yother and Rehder have also been selected to speak at the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services and the Association for Rural and Small Libraries joint conference in Denver later this year.
• Paula Nugent has opened Massage America at 909 Sherman Ave., inside The Hairdresser salon. She has 19 years of experience in injury and spinal-related issues, medical fractures, sprains and strains massage. Services are offered by appointment and walk-ins are welcome.