People in business
• Kevin Gillette has been named executive director of the Community Housing Resource Center to replace Teri Duffy, who resigned in June. Gillette has served as the center’s program manager for the past five years. The nonprofit center provides credit and mortgage counseling to potential homebuyers, as well as foreclosure counseling to homeowners who are struggling.
• Glenda Michael has been named Columbia Bank’s senior vice president and health care banking specialist for the Portland and Vancouver area. She is responsible for managing the banking relationships of health care organizations and associated professionals. Michael has 32 years of experience in the banking industry and has lived in Vancouver for the past six years.
• The East Vancouver Business Association has added two new board members. Vicki Grigsby, a vice president and branch manager with West Coast Bank, is secretary, and Mitch Canton, director of social marketing for Live! Local Media, will be the director of communications.
• Ron Hopkins, a new mortgage loan officer, has joined HomeStreet Bank. Hopkins will be based in the bank’s Vancouver branch, 2100 S.E. 164th Ave.
• Fort Vancouver National Trust has hired Laureano Mier as manager of the Pearson Air Museum and education coordinator of museum programs. Mier will oversee the daily operations of the aviation museum. He is a licensed pilot and the former director of education at the Evergreen Air Museum in McMinnville, Ore.
• Miranda Maldonado has joined Hasson Company Realtors as a transaction coordinator. Maldonado has worked in real estate and escrow for 10 years. Realtor Jodie Sharp and licensed assistant Katie Lingo have joined the Southwest Washington branch of Hasson Company Realtors. Sharp has been working in real estate and land-use planning for 30 years. She owns and operates J Sharp Land Use Consulting. Lingo is a member of the Greater Vancouver Luxury Homes team. Hasson began in 1983 with 32 agents based in Lake Oswego, Ore. and is now the Pacific Northwest’s leading independent real estate brokerage with more than 200 agents in Central Oregon, the Portland metropolitan area and Southwest Washington.
• Jessica Kelly, a local music teacher and community advocate, is the new 2011-2012 president of the Foundation for Vancouver Public Schools board of directors. Other officers include Steve Hill, Miller Nash, LLP, president-elect; Tamy Fletcher, community advocate, secretary; and Cheree Nygard, community advocate, treasurer.
• Paul Matera has been hired by Columbia West Engineering as manager of its special inspection division. Matera brings 23 years of experience providing leadership and technical expertise in construction inspection to the firm and will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations and business development efforts of this new division. Columbia West Engineering is a Vancouver-based geotechnical and environmental engineering, materials testing and special inspection firm, providing services to the Pacific Northwest since 1999.
• Dan Foster, a financial adviser with Ameriprise Financial, attended the 2011 Circle of Success conference in Montreal, Canada recently. Foster has established himself as one of the company’s top producers. His office is at 15609 S.E. Mill Plain Blvd. Ameriprise Financial Inc. is a diversified financial services company serving the comprehensive financial planning needs of the mass affluent and affluent.
• Margaret Rogers of Davidson Insurance has received her property and casualty insurance agent’s license from the state of Washington. Rogers provides administrative services for the insurance company at 501 S.E. Columbia Shores Blvd., Suite 525.
• The Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office has announced that Jill Daniel is the new marketing and communications manager. She will be responsible for overseeing marketing, public relations and advertising initiatives for the tourism office which represents Vancouver and greater Clark County. Daniel, who has a degree in marketing and communications from Oregon State University, recently worked at Howard S. Wright Constructors as the regional marketing manager.
• Chris McKinney of Entek Corporation has earned the building energy assessment professional certification from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. McKinney is responsible for the development of Entek’s new division, Entek Energy Solutions. He also manages a certification with the Comfort Institute, an international consumer protection group on behalf of Entek.
• After a survey in which random clients were asked to rank the service they received from the teams of their local Edward Jones branch offices, several people have received recognition. Edward Jones employees who were honored for being in the top 25 percent of client service providers in the country include Steve Dail and Pamela Harmon of the financial services firm in Battle Ground and financial adviser Andy Nygard and branch office administrator Kimberly Schenck in downtown Vancouver. Also Randi Mckenzie joins Andy Nygard’s downtown Edward Jones office as branch office administrator.
• Katie Holley, Vancouver resident and independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., is now a team leader with the national direct seller of easy-to-prepare foods.
• The board of directors of Intel elected Andy Bryant as vice chairman of the board in preparation for him to be elected Intel’s next chairman following the company’s annual stockholders meeting scheduled for May 2012. He will serve alongside the current chairman, Jane Shaw, until she retires from the board in May. Bryant, the former long-standing CFO of the company and now chief administrative officer, is the second Intel officer to serve on the current board. Bryant brings a wealth of experience at Intel that includes 13 years of service as CFO. Bryant is currently a member of the board of McKesson, the leading health care distributor in the United States, and he also is a director of Columbia Sportswear Company and Kryptiq Inc. Intel is a major employer in Southwest Washington and works closely with many Clark County companies.
Other business briefs
• Vancouver’s Language Fusion has been ranked No. 12 as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in Oregon and Southwest Washington by the Portland Business Journal. Company president Olga Lafayette accepted the award at the June 23 event at the Portland Art Museum. In order to qualify for the annual list, private companies must be headquartered in Clark County or Oregon and exhibit robust revenue growth over the past three years. Language Fusion offers a full range of services in 150 languages.
• ACT Consultants Inc. have relocated their office to 4400 N.E. 77th Ave., Suite 275, near Westfield Vancouver mall. The company was formerly in the Columbia Shores building near the Columbia River.