People in Business
Ron Sparks, the vice president and general manager of Columbia Precast Products, 1765 Howard Way, Woodland, was appointed chairman of the board of the National Precast Concrete Association, based in Indianapolis. Sparks started the one-year term on Oct. 14, at the association’s 55th annual convention. He also was presented with the Douglas G. Hoskin Award, named for a founder of the association. Columbia Precast Products manufactures products such box culverts, vaults, maintenance holes and other custom products. Learn more at www.columbiaprecastproducts.com.
Victor Jackson was hired as the chief executive officer at Columbia River Health Services, the “oldest behavioral health agency in Clark County,” according to a news release. Jackson succeeds Craig Pridemore, who had served as CEO since December 2014. Jackson previously was employed by Vibra Specialty Hospital in Portland, where he was CEO for four years. Columbia River Mental Health Services, 6926 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, has 210 employees and serves more than 5,000 Clark County residents yearly, with $17 million annual revenue. Find out more at crmhs.org.
Marvin McCord, president of McCord’s Vancouver Toyota, 10455 N.E. 53rd St., was nominated for the TIME Dealer of the Year award by Vicki Giles Fabre, executive vice president of the Washington State Auto Dealers Association. McCord is one of 41 nominees across the country who will be honored at the 104th annual National Automobile Dealers Association Show, which will be held virtually Feb. 9-11, 2021. The award is one of the industry’s most highly coveted honors; recipients are “among the nation’s most successful auto dealers” who have a commitment to community service, a news release said. McCord, 85, served in the United States Air Force from 1954 to 1957. His automotive career started in 1959 when he and his father opened a used car lot, McCord and Son, in Sacramento, Calif. “Marvin was nominated for his support of local organizations in their Vancouver- area community in the midst of the global pandemic,” the release said. “McCord ensures his contributions provide financial relief so each organization can focus on its core mission.” Faculty members from the Tauber Institute for Global Operations at the University of Michigan will select a finalist from four regions and one national Dealer of the Year. Three finalists will receive $5,000 for their favorite charities and the winner will receive $10,000 to give to charity.
Andrea Bruno was hired as president of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, 1100 N.E. 192nd Ave., Vancouver. Bruno has previous experience with organizations such as Meals on Wheels People, Concordia University Foundation and the March of Dimes. Most recently, she served as vice president of the west territory for the American Diabetes Association. At the humane society, Bruno’s work will include leadership oversight, budget management, a variety of public and donor engagement efforts, shelter operations and adoption services.
Nautilus appointed Garry Wiseman as senior vice president and chief digital officer. Wiseman will be responsible for the strategy, road map and business results for JRNY – the AI-powered, adaptive coaching platform that creates personalized home workouts; providing direction to the direct-to-consumer e-commerce business; and helping to accelerate the company’s digital transformation. Most recently, Wiseman was the senior vice president of digital customer experience for Dell Technologies. Prior to Dell, Wiseman held senior leadership roles, including at Microsoft, eBay and Salesforce. Learn more about Nautilus, 17750 S.E. Sixth Way, Vancouver, at www.nautilusinc.com.
Christopher Belford was appointed CEO of JEA Senior Living, a Vancouver-based memory-care living facility for older adults. Previously, Belford worked for American Healthcare Investors as executive vice president, and also was president of Brookdale Senior Living’s western division. Belford earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington State University, completed post-graduate studies at Seattle University and received a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. JEA, a privately owned company at 5101 N.E. 82nd Ave., Suite 200, in Vancouver, owns and manages 57 adult communities throughout the United States. Read more about the company at www.jeaseniorliving.com.
Amanda Houghton was hired as a membership relations manager at the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Houghton attended Clark College and Portland State University, and earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and business. Most recently she was a sales and marketing executive at ilani. Houghton will assist in retaining members and promoting partnerships that benefit local organizations and business owners. For members interested in partnering with the chamber, connect with Houghton at AHoughton@VancouverUSA.com. The Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit organization aimed at strengthening the regional business community. For more information, visit www.vancouverusa.com.
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