Clark County business briefs


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People in business

• Lonny Morgan has been hired by Vancouver-based Sigma Design as a mechanical engineer. Morgan has bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering and industrial education from Central Washington University in Ellensburg. For the past 10 years, he has been designing industrial products.

• The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce has named a new board chair, installed two new board members to its board of directors, and added a new face to its Red Coat ambassador team. Don Russo, from the Vancouver office of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt law firm, is the chamber's new board chairman. Russo is a commercial real estate attorney and shareholder in the firm. He also has served for six years as chairman of the chamber's public affairs committee. The chamber's new board members are: Ben Hoskins, owner of 1-800-GOT-JUNK and You Move Me moving company in Vancouver; and Daniel Monaghan, a shareholder with Portland-based Perkins & Co. The Chamber's newest Red Coat ambassador is Polina Senchilo, client relations manager at Columbia Collectors, a Vancouver-based collection agency.

• Kim Bennett, president and CEO of the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office, has been named to the Western Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus' board of directors for a two-year term. She will help oversee the association's efforts to support convention and visitors bureaus in industry advocacy, educational advancement and organizational management. Bennett has served as president and CEO of the Vancouver USA Regional Tourism Office since its opening in 1999.

• D. Jean Shaw has joined Vancouver-based Horenstein Law Group to support its real estate work in areas that include finance and development counsel to buyers, sellers, investors, lenders, developers and governments. Shaw previously managed an in-house legal real estate group at Knowledge Universe Education LLC, the Portland-based early childhood private education organization, which has more than 1,500 locations.

• Lauren K. Harris, clinic administrator at Aethena Gynecology Associates, has become a fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives. Fellowship in the ACMPE is the highest distinction in the medical group practice management profession. Harris has more than 15 years of experience in medical billing and health care administration.

• Corwin Beverage Company has made three management promotions at the firm's Ridgefield headquarters. Shaun Nelson was promoted to purchasing and inventory manager; Chris Workman to community relations manager; and Austen Kuehl to warehouse manager. Nelson, a Vancouver resident, has worked for Corwin for six years. Workman has worked at Corwin for 13 years and lives in La Center. Kuel lives in Vancouver and has worked for the company for nine months.

• Aethena Gynecology Associates P.S. has announced that Drs. Virginia King and Lynn Osmundsen have passed the female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery board certification exam. This is the first year the subspecialty board in urogynecology was offered and approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Currently, King and Osmundsen are the only FPMRS Board Certified physicians in Clark County.

• Clark County Skills Center has named Mark Osborne as its new assistant director. Osborne replaces Kari Duffy who became director when Dennis Kampe retired earlier this year. Osborne has served as an English and psychology teacher, a department head and dean of students at Evergreen High School, and an associate principal at Mountain View High School. He has a degree in education from Western Washington University; a master's degree and professional teaching certificate from Washington State University Vancouver; and a principal's certification from City University in Vancouver.

Other business news

• Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America has honored Davidson & Associates Insurance with a Best Practices Agency designation. More than 1,100 independent agencies throughout the U.S. were nominated to take part in the annual study, but only 216 agencies qualified for the honor. To be chosen, the agency had to be among the 35 to 45 top-performing agencies in one of six revenue categories. The company owned by Bruce Davidson has served local businesses and individuals since 1990.

• East Fork Cellars recently opened for business at the Slocum House in the southwest corner of Vancouver's Esther Short Park in downtown vancouver. East Fork features wine tastings and sales and an art gallery that has been added to Vancouver's First Friday Artwalk route. The historic house is also available for private parties and special events. The wine shop, 605 Esther St., is open from noon to 8 p.m. daily, with food available during happy hours.

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