People in business

By Mary Ricks, Columbian News Assistant



People in business

• Vivian Cheadle-Manning has been named the new annual giving and memberships manager for the Clark College Foundation. She has a degrees in advertising management and English from Southern Methodist University and recently earned a certified fundraising executive designation. Cheadle-Manning owns WordWrite Solutions, a public relations firm in Vancouver.

• Laurel Buchanan is the new director of admissions for the International Air & Hospitality Academy and Northwest Renewable Energy Institute of Vancouver. She will oversee admissions for the airline, culinary, hospitality and wind-energy schools at two Vancouver campuses.

• Skamania County Commissioner Paul Pearce and Clark County Commissioner Marc Boldt were elected to executive leadership positions for the Washington State Association of Counties at the annual meeting in early November in Spokane. The two will serve one-year terms as vice president and secretary/treasurer, respectively, for the nonprofit association. The 2011 executive officers include John Koster, president, from Snohomish County; and commissioner Merrill Ott, immediate past president, from Stevens County.

• MacKay & Sposito Inc. has added Michael Gilroy, Jered McGrath, Katie Johnson and Eric Ramme to the land-survey team in Vancouver. Gilroy and McGrath are both professional land surveyors with experience on projects in both the private and public sectors. Johnson has 11 years of experience in land surveying, currently as a computer aided drafting and design drafter. Ramme has five years of drafting experience and obtained a CADD certificate from Clark College. MacKay & Sposito offers full-service civil engineering, land and construction surveying, land-use planning, landscape architecture and construction-management services.

• Northwest Cancer Specialists executive committee has named Dr. Paul Tseng as chief medical officer. Tseng, a board-certified gynecologic oncologist and pelvic surgeon, has been treating patients at the Rose Quarter Cancer Center for 13 years. Tseng earned his MD from the University of Maryland in Baltimore and completed his residency at Union Memorial Hospital there.

• NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson and three of its property managers were honored with awards at the Institute of Real Estate Management Oregon-Columbia River chapter annual awards ceremony Nov. 3. Kimberly Fuhrer, senior property manager, was named Certified Property Manager of the Year and Debra McCracken, associate vice president, was recognized with the President’s Award. Both women work in the Vancouver office. Associate Vice President Traci McCauley, of the Portland office, was honored for Outstanding Member Participation of the Year. NAI Norris, Beggs & Simpson was named the Accredited Management Organization Firm of the Year.

• Tracie Barrows was named an Excellent Beginnings Program Achiever by lia sophia. The Excellent Beginnings program celebrates the success of advisers who stay on track during the first four months of business.

• The Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office has elected new directors and officers for 2011. Effective Jan. 1, Carla Rise, general manager of Residence Inn, assumes the position of board chair. Other officers include Brian McClary, director of operations for The Heathman Lodge, vice chairman; and Kari Jonassen, general manager of Homewood Suites, secretary/treasurer. Eric Walters, general manager of Hilton Vancouver Washington has joined the Board as the newest elected director.

The returning 2011 Board of Directors includes Jan Bader, Justin Kobluk, Cindee Carson, Kim Bennett, Kelly Sills, Elson Strahan, Alison Hite, Patrick Quinlan, Jayson Zimmer. Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office, formerly the Southwest Washington Convention & Visitors Bureau, is an economic development organization responsible for competitively marketing Vancouver and the surrounding area as a destination for meetings, conventions, and group and leisure travelers.

New business news

• Kathleen Mason, an active horsewoman, has opened Back in the Saddle Again, offering new and used Western and English tack, boots, clothing and riding gear. The store also accepts consignments and is located at 601 E. Main St., Battle Ground. Mason is a former leader of the Tailored to Ride 4-H Club. The Rhinestone Cowgirl, a store within a store owned by Charlotte Brown, sells belts, handbags and jewelry and related items. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. * 360-687-2551.

Other business news

• The Better Business Bureau serving Western Washington, Alaska and Oregon is seeking outstanding businesses for the Business of the Year Torch Awards and exemplary students for it scholarship program. Nominate businesses for the awards at The deadline is Dec. 1.

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