Business briefing



Kris Thomas

People in business

• Erik Roby has been hired by Sigma Design of Vancouver as a mechanical engineer. Roby is a University of Washington graduate with more than five years of experience designing products for the medical, energy, athletic and aerospace industries in the Portland and Seattle areas. Sigma Design is a full-service product development firm serving clients internationally, with offices in Vancouver and Singapore.

• Robert Yarwood has joined On Line Support of Vancouver as a first-level support technician. He is a certified network associate and has an associate’s degree in applied science from Clark College. On Line Support provides computer network, Internet, phone and technology consulting to businesses and individuals in the Pacific Northwest. The firm is based at 5500 N.E. 109th Court, Suite E.

• Shelly Shaindlin has been hired as a receptionist at Davidson Insurance. Shaindlin has a degree in sociology from Warner Pacific College and previously worked for the Evergreen School District.

• Second Step Housing has added two people to its board of directors: Sgt. Kathy McNicholas, a Vancouver police officer for 18 years, and Brenen Palmersheim, a branch manager at HomeStreet Bank. Second Step Housing provides safe, stable housing paired with case management for women and families escaping the cycle of homelessness in Clark County.

• After passing a challenging exam, Cynthia Bye, owner of Journey to Wellness in Vancouver, is an official Fellow to the American Board of Naturopathic Oncology. Bye has been practicing in Vancouver for more than 10 years, with an emphasis on providing complementary oncology services.

• 211info has appointed Vancouver resident Dan Herman as its new chief executive officer. He brings nearly 20 years of experience leading private and nonprofit organizations in senior management positions. For more than nine years, Herman worked for Avia US & Canada, where he rose to the position of president and general manager. 211info is nonprofit organization that hosts a comprehensive listing of health and social services information in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

• Donna Waters and Kris Thomas have joined A.L. Insurance Group as sales consultants. Waters will educate her clients on their Medicare options and assist with retirement and family goals. Thomas has seven years experience in the insurance business. His focus will be assisting small- to medium-sized businesses. A.L. Insurance is an independent insurance agency based in Hazel Dell.

• Rick Grimshaw, certified portfolio manager and certified investment management analyst for Morgan Stanley, has been awarded the 2013 Bill Eager Award as Portfolio Manager of the Year by the Portfolio Management Institute. Currently he is a branch manager of Morgan Stanley’s Lake Oswego, Ore., office. Grimshaw was a branch manager of the firm’s Vancouver branch from February 2011 to January of this year.

Other business news

• Metfab Heating has been named as Contractor of the Year for the state of Washington by the NW Ductless Heat Pump Project, an initiative of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in collaboration with Washington utilities. The Vancouver-based company was selected for its install totals, and for its success in leveraging the project and its partnership with Clark Public Utilities to assist lower-income customers in upgrading their homes with high-efficiency ductless heating and cooling systems. Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is a nonprofit organization working to maximize energy efficiency to meet future energy needs.

• The Association of Washington Business has honored MacKay Sposito with a Community Service Award for their exceptional commitment to philanthropy and corporate citizenship. The award was presented earlier this month at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane during the association’s annual spring meeting. The AWB was formed in 1904 and is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association. It includes more than 8,000 members representing 700,000 employees.

New business

• Broadway Cigar Company has opened its third retail cigar shop in Clark County at 1905 S.E. 192nd Ave., Camas. The shop will feature a walk-in humidor and aged cigars. Owner Jason Lee said a grand opening is scheduled for summer.n Acrow Bridge, an international bridge engineering and supply company, has opened a new office and storage facility in Clark County to serve the growing market for rental bridges in Washington, Oregon and other western states. Rental bridges are typically used as temporary detours during bridge repair or replacement to maintain traffic flow and construction schedule. The company’s services include delivery to most points in the U.S. and Canada, engineering drawings in compliance with customer specifications, on-site engineers to oversee bridge installation and return delivery. The new Clark County office is located at 440 N.E. Fourth Ave. in Camas.

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