Clark County business briefs



People in business

Jerry Petrick has been hired as a financial adviser for Edward Jones. Petrick is currently working out of an Edward Jones office at 404 E. 15th St., Suite 4 until he secures a permanent office. * 360-695-6431.

Patricia Spicer, customer service agent with Davidson Insurance, has earned the designation of Certified Insurance Service Representative. Spicer successfully completed five courses covering all areas of insurance risks and exposures, followed by extensive examinations.

Bess R. Wills has been appointed to the board of directors for Vancouver-based Riverview Community Bank and Riverview Bancorp Inc., the company announced last week. Wills, general manager and co-owner of Gresham Ford, was recognized this year by the Oregon Bankers Association for her work with numerous nonprofit and charitable organizations. She serves on the board of directors for the Gresham Chamber of Commerce, East Metro Economic Alliance and the Gresham Barlow Education Foundation. She also co-chairs the “Try Local First” coalition in East Multnomah County.

Christine Mildner, Clark College Foundations’s director of prospect research, has earned a certified fundraising executive certification. She has completed a minimum of five years of full-time experience in a fundraising role for a nonprofit, volunteer service to other not-for-profit organizations and continuing education.

Bryan Cole, Rob Nielsen and Megan Strand have been appointed to the board of directors of the Parks and Recreation Foundation of Vancouver and Clark County. Cole, vice president of landscape architecture for MacKay Sposito Inc., brings 19 years’ experience in park and recreation design to the board. Nielsen is the Western Regional vice president for Waste Connections Inc. He studied environmental engineering as a graduate student. Strand is a marketing-communication professional and brings experience on both the public and nonprofit sector to the board. The foundation was formed in 1999 to accept and administer donations, gifts and bequests for the enrichment and enhancement of community parks, trails and recreational programs.

Peter O. Watts has been elected to the Oregon Law Foundation board of directors for Jordan Schrader Ramis PC, Attorneys at Law. In 1981, the Oregon State Bar created the Oregon Law Foundation as the charitable arm of the bar primarily to raise funds for organizations that help the poor obtain access to legal services. Watts’ areas of law concentration include estate planning, debt negotiation and general business. Jordan Schrader Ramis has offices in Lake Oswego, Ore. and Vancouver.

• MacKay & Sposito Inc. has added four people to its construction management team: Nick Hastings, Chris Horne, Karl Maritt and Carolyn Sork. Hastings is a certified construction project manager with 23 years of construction management experience in the commercial and industrial fields. Horne has five years of assistant project management and construction management experience in the commercial construction industry. Maritt has more than 10 years of project management experience from manufacturing equipment to interior finish construction. Sork has more than 25 years of experience in office management, property management and human resources. The team is based out of the company’s headquarters in Vancouver.

New business news

Chris Bennett and B. Hedrick are co-founders of giftSAC, a green gift service, which sells re-usable burlap bags. All gift inventory, beverages, food and spa supplies, come from local and/or independently owned businesses. The gifts are all packaged in reusable burlap sacks. * 360-771-7701,

Other business news

• Windermere Real Estate has announced a change in ownership of the company’s Windermere/Glenn Taylor Real Estate offices in Bingen, Goldendale and Stevenson. Kim Salvesen, owner of the Windermere/Glenn Taylor Real Estate office in Hood River, Ore. is purchasing the three Washington offices from Carl McNew. Salvesen and McNew, who are both longtime Windermere brokers, became affiliate owners within the Windermere Real Estate network when they purchased offices from Glenn Taylor in 2007. Following the upcoming ownership change, effective Jan. 1, McNew will continue working as a broker in the company’s Bingen office.