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Clark County business briefing

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Jim West, a commercial real estate agent at Vancouver’s Zenith Properties NW, recently was elected chair of the Cascadia Technical Academy Foundation Board for the 2019-2020 year. At Zenith Properties, West specializes in helping local companies purchase buildings and property for development, as well as leasing needs. Others on the foundation’s executive committee include Nancy Nunn, past chair, owner of Concept Realty; Dave Blanchard, secretary, Cognesis Marketing Concepts; and Tony Ande, treasurer, Self Enhancement Inc. The foundation, a nonprofit at 12200 N.E. 28th St., helps to raise funds and provide financial stewardship for the academy’s programs and students. Find out more at

Douglas C. Greene Sr. was named trustee on the Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation board. He and his wife contributed $500,000 to support Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center’s newly renovated Breast Health Center, which opened in 2018. The two are personally drawn to the cause; breast cancer caused the death of Greene’s first wife, while brain cancer took Heather’s late husband. A 1962 graduate of Marietta College, Ohio, Greene is an entrepreneur who has owned or operated companies that manufacture glass door fire screens, remote control systems for electric water heaters and gas fireplaces, and home heating units that use water for fuel. Salmon Creek Hospital Foundation raises funds for Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center, part of Legacy Health, a nonprofit health system. Find out more at

The Building Industry Association promoted Ryan Makinster to the role of government affairs director. Makinster works with builders, developers and local government officials to “align priorities and goals to support the homebuilding industry and its efforts to offer affordable housing for all markets in Clark County,” according to a news release. Previously, he had a long career in communications in Alaska, including time as an executive director of the Brewers Guild of Alaska and five years as a legislative aide in the Alaska House of Representatives and Senate. A native of Longview, Makinster received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University and graduated from Mark Morris High School.

Kelly Love was hired as Clark College’s new chief communications officer, starting on March 20. For the previous three years, Love, a Clark College graduate, was a public relations specialist at Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center and Legacy Cancer Institute. Prior, she was the CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce for five years, and between 2005 and 2010 was a district director for U.S. Rep. Brian Baird. A longtime Vancouver resident, Love received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University Vancouver and started her career as a broadcast news reporter at KGW TV, Portland.

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