Clark County business briefs



People in business

• Jada Rupley, associate superintendent for Children, Youth and Family Services at Education Service District 112, has been named to the Clark College board of trustees. Rupley, who has teacher, principal and superintendent credentials, has degrees in psychology and school administration.

• Jim Morrell, senior vice president of support services and chief information officer at iQ Credit Union, has been honored by the Washington Credit Union League as the industry’s 2010 Distinguished Credit Union Professional. The award recognizes excellence within the Washington credit union system and is open to credit union professionals whose outstanding accomplishments have been achieved during the past three years.

• Tyler Kopet has been named the new executive vice president and chief financial officer at Tidewater Holdings, Inc., parent company of Tidewater Barge Lines. Kopet will be a key member of Tidewater’s executive management team and participate in overall corporate strategic planning. Kopet most recently was CFO of the mechanical contracting firm MacDonald-Miller Facility Solutions, Inc. in Seattle.

• Julius Agbayani, who joined Houck & Associates P.C. in 2007, has earned his certified public accountant license. He received his business administration decree from Washington State University.

• Riverview Community Bank has hired Conrad Johnson as senior vice president and manager of Riverview’s East County commercial banking teams in the Gateway branch at Northeast 102nd and Halsey Street in Portland. Johnson has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry. Riverview Bancorp Inc. is headquartered in Vancouver.

• Greenlight Greater Portland, a regional private economic development organization, has hired Susan Bladholm, as vice president of marketing and communications. Bladholm formerly was a senior manager of corporate marketing for nine years.

• Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson received the 2010 Vocational Service Award from Rotary Club of Vancouver and Columbia River Economic Development Council on Oct. 20 at the Red Lion Hotel at the Quay. The award recognizes an individual in the community who exemplifies outstanding commitment to their business or profession over a significant number of years, leaving a lasting positive influence on their vocation and the community. Johnson has served as a judge for 22 years. She was appointed to the bench by Governor Booth Gardner in 1987 and was the first female judge in the history of Clark County Superior Court.

• The Washington State Bar Association announced the candidates that passed the bar exam administered in July 2010 in Bellevue and Spokane. Of the 922 candidates who took the exam, 625 passed. Administered in two parts over a three-day period, the exam included a substantive law exam and an exam on the Rules of Professional Conduct. Candidates must successfully pass both parts in order to qualify for admission to the WSBA. Candidates from Vancouver who passed include Lindsey J. Britt, Robert Jindra, Rachel Stoker and Philip J. Wuest.

New business news

• Les Schwab Tire Centers plans to open a new Clark County outlet on Oct. 27 at 3105 S.E. 192nd Ave. The store will employ a team of between 10 and 15 staff members and will be managed by Scott Nye, a 17-year Les Schwab tire store manager who previously oversaw a store in Kirkland. The new east Vancouver store will feature six bays for servicing vehicle tires, brakes, alignments, shocks and struts. It is Vancouver’s fifth Les Schwab location.

• Portland-based Gevurtz Menashe law firm has opened a Vancouver office at 805 Broadway St. The 21-attorney firm handles family law cases, including divorce, custody, parenting issues, adoption, name change, third-party rights, juvenile law, paternity matters and cohabitation, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. * 360-823-0410.

• Brandon Angelo has launched new philanthropic company and online apparel store Missio, which will sell high quality American-made graphic T-shirts. Angelo started the business as a way to provide clothing and resources to communities in need in the United States and around the world. Prior to starting Missio, Angelo was co-owner of Ice Cream Renaissance in Vancouver before selling the business earlier this year. * or

Other business news

• The Port of Camas-Washougal will celebrate its 75th anniversary Nov. 5. Port executive director David Ripp said the pubic is invited to the commemoration and open house, with the theme, “The World At our Door,” beginning at 10 a.m. Guests will convene in Marina Park or in the commission boardroom, in case of inclement weather, for the official commemoration ceremony. *

• The College of Business at Washington State University Vancouver is accepting registration from businesses interested in judging a professional sales competition or participating in a professional sales career fair. Both events will be held from 3-5 p.m. Dec. 3 at WSU Vancouver in the Firstenburg Student Commons. Registration deadline for both events is Monday, Nov. 8. * Register: