Clark County business briefs



People in business

• William B. McMahon has been appointed chief operating officer of Vancouver-based Nautilus Inc. McMahon had been the senior vice president of the company’s consumer business division. He will be responsible for the fitness equipment company’s retail and direct divisions, as well as for overall operations and information technology.

• John A. Manix has been hired as a senior traffic engineer by HDJ Design Group PLLC of Vancouver. Manix has 25 years of traffic-engineering and transportation-planning experience, including providing engineering services to the long-range planning and public works department at the city of Vancouver.

• Justin White has been promoted to assistant relationship manager in commercial banking at First Independent Bank, serving mid-sized and large business customers. White joined First Independent as Fisher’s Landing branch manager in 2006. Charmaine Lightheart has been promoted to community banking at First Independent Bank, where she will work with the bank’s small-business customers. She joined the bank in 2005 and worked most recently as the branch manager at the Orchards office.

• Brooks B. Brown, an American Family Insurance agent in Vancouver, has been recognized for customer satisfaction excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Insurance Agency Program. Brown has been an agent for American Family since August 2007. His office is at 11500 N.E. 76th St., Suite C1. 360-882-2006.

• The Association of Fundraising Professionals has awarded its highest professional certification, the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive, to James K. Phelps of Vancouver. Phelps is development director at the ACLU of Oregon.

• The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust in Vancouver has added to their staff. Karen deRenne joined the trust as senior accountant. She has more than 20 years experience with national accounting firms. Hugh Vander Plas, who spent most of his career on staff at corporate research laboratories, will be a program director. Vander Plas has a doctorate from Stanford University. *

• For the past 13 years, veterinarian David Slocum has run a free health clinic for the pets of the homeless and the poor. Slocum was awarded the Noah’s Ark Animal Compassion Award at First Congregational Church during their annual animal blessing service Aug. 21. Slocum, who owns Hazel Dell Animal Hospital, operates the free clinic the second Saturday of every other month at Share House, a local homeless shelter. In 2004, Heifer International named Slocum one of their Volunteers of the Year.

• Columbia Credit Union has named Deborah Oester vice president, business lending. Oester will develop and maintain business-loan and deposit relationships and assist in the credit union’s commercial lending operations.

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• Solstice Wood Fire Cafe in Bingen has been chosen as one of the best pizzas in the U.S. by Food Network Magazine. The magazine’s editors were won over by the Country Girl Cherry pizza, which combines cherries from the Columbia River Gorge with chorizo sausage and goat cheese. The winning picks in Food Network Magazine’s “50 States, 50 Pizzas” challenge were crowned after a six-month search for the must-try pie in every state. * Solstice, 415 W. Steuben, 509-493-4006.

• Winners of Clark County’s 34th-annual Parade of Homes “People’s Choice Awards” were announced Aug. 18 at the Building Industry Association of Clark County’s Parade of Homes awards dinner, held at the Heathman Lodge. The winners are: Best Kitchen, “The Bordeaux,” Manor Custom Homes; Best Master Bedroom, “The Craftsman,” Tamarack Homes; Most Livable Floor Plan, “Vidabelo,” Northwest Classic Homes; Best Landscaping, “Vidabelo,” Northwest Classic Homes; Best Interior Design, “The Bordeaux,” Manor Custom Homes; Outstanding Architecture, “The Craftsman,” Tamarack Homes; Best of Show, “Vidabelo,” Northwest Classic Homes. The home show was July 22 through Aug. 7 at Moongate development in Felida.