By Mary Ricks April 14, 2014 6 a.m.
Constant Lu opened his first office in Hazel Dell shortly after he graduated from dentistry school. “I like the community,” Lu says. “People are friendly, open and there are many ways for people to get involved.” Lu is very involved, donating many hours to providing dental services to those in need through Compassion Connect.
By Mary Ricks April 7, 2014 6 a.m.
Ron Trujillo drove a forklift for many years until the company was sold and he was out of a job. Unsure of what was next, he applied to be a paratransit driver at Golden Chariot Specialty Transport Service. There, Trujillo takes customer service to the highest level. “I like the challenge and responsibility of meeting new people who have challenges in their lives,” he says. “I make it a point to make them feel comfortable and safe.”
By Mary Ricks March 31, 2014 6 a.m.
Peter Dougherty knew early in life he wanted to own a restaurant. He first job after culinary school was in the tropics. After that, Dougherty gained restaurant experience working in Portland. He and his wife, Lisa, opened La Bottega in downtown Vancouver eight years ago, and then opened Charlies Bistro across the street three years later. He was raised in a small town and says he likes Vancouver’s small-town feeling. “I wanted a place in my community,” Dougherty says. “My restaurant is a family endeavor.”
By Mary Ricks March 24, 2014 6 a.m.
Victoria Bradford worked in the banking business but had a passion for design. She went back to school to study interior design.