People in business
• Marcel Piet of ArgenTech Solutions, Inc., has been honored with the Patriotic Employer Award by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Piet, president-defense services at the firm, was recognized for his efforts toward support of employees participating in America’s National Guard and Reserve force. ArgenTech Solutions is a veteran-owned small business with an office in Vancouver and specializes in technology development.
• Prestige Care of Vancouver has hired two executives to its leadership team. Brenda West has been appointed the chief clinical officer after serving in the same role at Summit Pacific Medical Center in Elma. She brings more than 25 years of professional medical experience to the role. Doug Owens has been named chief information officer. With more than 20 years’ experience in senior living sectors, he most recently served as vice president of information technology for strategic business units at Golden Living in Plano, Texas. Prestige Care and Prestige Senior Living operate four facilities in Clark County and more than 80 throughout the western United States.
• Landerholm P.S. has announced real estate attorney Michael Simon retired Sept. 30 after more than 38 years in law practice. The firm has hired Jeff T. Lindberg, formerly of Shumsky and Backman, and Justin J. Curtiss, as associates. Lindberg will focus his practice on real estate and litigation, and Curtiss will work on estate planning, and probate and trust administration.
• Workforce Southwest Washington has added Bob Gustainis, district manager with Walgreens, to its board. Gustainis manages 14 stores and 300 employees in Clark and Cowlitz counties and will represent private sector business in his role on the board.
• Ron Sparks has been elected to serve a three-year term on the board of directors of the National Precast Concrete Association. A 21-year veteran of the precast industry, Sparks is general manager for Columbia Precast products in Washougal.
• Alicia “Dianne” Wright, a 34-year employee of Frito-Lay in Vancouver, was among 200 PepsiCo employees from 47 countries named to the company’s Chairman’s Circle of Champions. Wright is a central lab technician and was recognized as one of the company’s top frontline performers.
• Kim Bennett, president and CEO of Visit Vancouver USA, has been named president-elect of the Destination Marketing Association of the West. The association is a regional professional association for destination marketing organizations in the western United States.
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