People in Business
Eric Veach was named forest supervisor of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Veach most recently served as the superintendent of Kenai Fjords National Park in Seward, Alaska. Accomplishments while employed there include the renovation of the Seward Visitor Center, management of federal subsistence fisheries in the Copper River, and wildfire management. Veach graduated from Oregon State University with a bachelor’s degree in fisheries science.
Educational Service District 112 named Traicy Brent of Vancouver Public Schools its Classified School Employee of the Year. Brent has worked as the building secretary at Ogden Elementary School for five years. She joins a list of eight other finalists for the Washington State Classified School Employee of the Year Award, which is determined by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Three student teams in Washington State University Vancouver’s Business Growth Mentor & Analysis Program were selected for Best Team Project awards. A program of the school’s Carson College of Business, teams of students work under the guidance of faculty and volunteer mentors to provide pro bono consulting to regional small and nonprofit businesses. The teams work on the projects over a 16-week semester, providing about 500 hours of consulting. Out of 11 nominated teams, three received the award. They included:
Team ANC Movers
Peter Chapman, Olivia Conzatti, Mark Guthrie, AJ Maynes, Josh Pascual, Cindy Trondsen and MAP mentor Ken Torre.
Client: Peter Clarke, owner of ANC Movers, a certified minority-owned moving company serving Vancouver and Portland. The team developed recommendations that will “help Clarke and his team secure government contracts, improve their leadership and employee training processes, and more efficiently use their storage space to increase revenue and savings,” according to a news release.
Team Rezabek Vineyards
Justin Graber, Hailey Miracle, Grace Moe, Ryan Noto, Kathryn Saba, Riley Wilson and MAP mentor Mike Pawlowski.
Client: Donna and Roger Rezabek, owners of Rezabek Vineyards. The team developed a plan to “drive retail sales by increasing wine club membership and tasting room traffic.”
Team VIP Photo Booth
Kylie DeKoeyer, Gimi Jochim, Hailey Miracle, Grace Moe, Brandon Rotundo and MAP mentor Steve Sakumoto.
Client: Ian Manheimer, owner of VIP Photo Booth, which provides photo booths for special events. The team developed a marketing plan for the business.