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Clark County Business Briefing

By The Columbian
Published: October 22, 2017, 6:00am
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People in business

• Leadership Clark County announced the winners of the 2017 Clark County Leadership Awards. Recipients will be honored during a ceremony Wednesday:

Duane Sich, founding member and former executive director of Friends of the Carpenter. Sich is still active in the nonprofit’s day shelter and activity center for the homeless. He is also an active Rotary Club member and a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a retired Presbyterian pastor.

Kate Budd, a member of the LCC Class of 2016 and advocate for the homeless, has served as program coordinator for Clark County Community Services and as a member of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance’s Homeless Advisory Committee. She is currently the deputy director of the Council for the Homeless and co-vice chair of the Coalition of Service Providers.

Filbin’s Ace Hardware and owners Mike and Denise Filbin were recognized for their support of nonprofits such as Evergreen Habitat for Humanity, Partners in Careers, Share and the Vancouver District of Boy Scouts of America. Mike Filbin is a member of the LCC Class of 2016.

• Workforce Southwest Washington has added two new members to its board of directors:

Robert Harris, a vice president at JH Kelly, one of the nation’s largest industrial mechanical contractors. Harris has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry and will represent the Cowlitz County private sector.

Bianca Kolle, a supervisor with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services in the Vocational Rehabilitation Division, will bring to the board more than 14 years of experience serving individuals with disabilities.

• Vancouver certified feline behavior and training professional Dr. Marci Koski has been named the Pet Industry Woman of the Year in the advocate category. The award recognizes women who dedicate time and talent to improving the lives of pets. Koski’s business, Feline Behavior Solutions, was established three years ago.

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 kay.richardson@columbian.com or fax 360-735-4491. Sales awards are not published.