Clark County Business Briefs



photoDr. Jeff Bowden
photoJim Mains

People in business

• Sheri Clark, an engineer with Northwest Natural Gas Co., has been appointed to the 14-member board of directors of the Vancouver-based Southwest Washington Contractors Association. The 200-member association represents general contractors and operates a construction plan center at 7017 N.E. Highway 99. Clark will serve a two-year term on the association’s board of directors.

• Heidi Burres of Vancouver-based Barrett and Company PLLC has passed the uniform CPA examination and is now a licensed certified public accountant in Washington state. Burres graduated from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a certificate of professional sales. Barrett and Company specializes in construction accounting and business advisory services.

• Dr. John Koehler and Dr. Jeff Bowden have joined Legacy Medical Group’s Battle Ground primary care clinic, located at The Gardner Center retail complex, 1910 S.W. Ninth Ave. Both come to Legacy from Southwest Medical Group in Battle Ground. Koehler earned his medical degree from Ohio State University and completed his residency at Family Medicine of Southwest Washington. Bowden, a native of Southwest Washington, earned his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo., and completed his residency at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs, Md.

• Jim Mains was elected to the board of directors for the nonprofit organization, Consumer Voices are Born, on May 16. The organization aims to build confidence, self-esteem and to be proactive in mental health recovery and personal wellness. Mains is owner of Main Distinction and president of the Vancouver Farmers Market.

• John Ashworth was named a firm partner at Kell, Alterman & Runstein law offices in Portland on May 1. His practice focuses on environmental law and business litigation. An experienced trial lawyer, Ashworth is licensed in Oregon and Washington. In 2010 Ashworth was named one of Oregon’s top environmental lawyers by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

• Robert Lowry will be counsel to the Kell, Alterman & Runstein law firm. His practice also focuses on environmental law, regulatory compliance and commercial litigation. Lowry has prosecuted and defended a wide range of commercial litigation matters through trial and appeal in federal and state courts.

• Lorenzo Villagomez has been promoted to manager for overall warehouse operations at the Vancouver location at IMS Electronics Recycling — Washington. Villagomez has an extensive background in all facets of warehouse operations, from transportation, dock management and production manufacturing industries. The electronics recycling company’s territory for the Vancouver location includes Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

• Daniel York has earned the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance credential from the American Society for Training & Development Certification Institute. To earn the CPLP certification, York acquired industry-related experience, successfully passed an examination and submitted a work product.

• Michelle Scott from ESD112 has been awarded the Certified School Business Official, one of the highest standards of professional ethics and competence for school business officials. The award was established by the Washington Association of School Business Officials. Scott is currently the business manager for the Hockinson School District, contracted through ESD112.

• Tanya Runkle has joined America’s Premier Mortgage company. Runkle has more than 13 years’ mortgage lending experience, specializing in working with veterans and first-time homebuyers. She has lived in Southwest Washington since the late 1990s.

• Kristen Brush has become an independent consultant with Tastefully Simple Inc., a national direct sales company featuring more than 60 easy-to-prepare foods. Tastefully Simple is the original national home taste-testing company featuring easy-to-prepare foods and gifts.

• Brett Oppegaard, a graduate of Washington State University’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, has been hired as an assistant professor of media communication beginning August 2011. Oppegaard started his career in journalism at the Daily Evergreen, the student newspaper for the main WSU campus in Pullman, and was a writer at several newspapers including The Columbian for 13 years. For the past two years Oppegaard has been leading a team of 20 scholars and artists to build apps and digital content for smartphones for the fort Vancouver National Historic Site.

New business news

• Lil’ Dudes and Divas, a children’s boutique and consignment shop, has opened at 2110 Main St. The shop carries new and used maternity and children’s clothing, accessories, books and toys. It is owned by Erika Petersen-Martinez. Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. * 360-696-4717.

• John and Katie Cook have launched the first Fresh Coat Painters franchise in Vancouver and surrounding area. John Cook has spent his career in construction as an engineer, manager and estimator and Katie Cook has previously worked in graphic design. Fresh Coat is part of the International Franchise Association, the Small Business Association’s Franchise Registry, VetFran and Minority Fran. Fresh Coat offers several assistance programs, including a 24/7 call center, the Paint Now-Pay Later 12-month financing program, an Automatic Touch-Up program for business owners and a unique fundraising opportunity for nonprofits. * To schedule free, on-site quotes for residential or commercial projects, or call the Cooks at 360-859-1468.

• Lori Petty has started a food cart business called The Food Buggy. Petty plans to attend fairs and festivals and other community events with her cart. She will set up at the event in her fully self-contained mobile kitchen, serving a variety of food including Philly cheese steak, french dips, root beer floats, waffle cones and sundaes. * Contact Petty at, 360-837-3670 or 360-433-8327.

• The Howdy Wagon is opening a new territory in west Vancouver. The Howdy Wagon business club ties businesses to the local community with the goal to help support common customers through shared marketing opportunities. Susan Skidmore is the local representative. Membership in the program is available to local businesses and nonprofit groups. * Contact Skidmore at or 360-356-2682.

Other business news

• MacKay & Sposito, a civil engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture firm with several offices in the Northwest including Vancouver, has received a 2011 Community Service Award from the Association of Washington Business for its projects that mobilize people into action.

• Vancouver-based MetFab Heating, 3914 N.E. 28th St., has been named Contractor of the Year by a Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance group aimed at increasing the use of ductless heating and cooling technology. The technology is 25 to 50 percent more efficient than electric baseboards and wall heaters. A total of 346 contractors in Washington, and additional contractors in Oregon, participated in the project. The award, for work done in 2010, comes a year after MetFab won the same recognition for its 2009 efforts. Clark Public Utilities is the leader among 90 participating Northwest utilities participating in the effort.

• Lacamas Community Credit Union has been named 2011 Business of the Year by the Camas-Washougal Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Riverview Community Bank. The credit union is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. The C-W Chamber also named Carrie Schulstad, a Camas resident and business owner, 2011 Citizen of the Year. Schulstad owns The Uncommon Gift and is a founding member and current board member of the Camas Farmers Market. The C-W Chamber will host the annual awards banquet June 7 at Camas Meadows Golf Course. * Banquet ticket information, 360-834-2472.

The Columbian welcomes submissions about Clark County residents or businesses, as well as regional business events. Information must be received by noon of the Tuesday preceding the intended Sunday publication date. Send to or fax 360-735-4491. Sales awards are not published.