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Clark County Business Briefing

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Aaron Degodny was hired as vice president and chief commercial officer at Tidewater Transportation and Terminals. He will oversee business development, sales and marketing, public relations and media, among other responsibilities. Prior to joining Tidewater, Degodny was the president and chief operating officer at Rand Logistics. He also spent 20 years at the Canadian National Railway. Degodny, a Chicago native, is a graduate of Iowa State University. Tidewater, the “largest barge transportation and terminal network on the Columbia-Snake River system,” according to a news release, is located at 6305 N.W. Old Lower River Road. Learn more at

Dan Sperring was hired as the senior vice president of customer success at Vancouver-based event management tech company Hubb. Sperring, based in Portland, previously was employed at Airship, a mobile software company, and Webtrends. At Hubb, Sperring will manage client relationships. Learn more about Hubb at

Sam Madrid was promoted to chief operating officer at Corwin Beverage Company, a local distributor of food, coffee, beer, wine and other beverages. Madrid will continue in his role as general manager of the company’s alcohol divisions, Browar Polska and Kendall’s. Madrid joined Corwin in 2019 to manage the integration of Seattle-based Browar Polska. Previously, Madrid was a director of supply chain at Pacific Foods and general manager at Brewcraft USA. He has a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah. Find out more at

Several local individuals and companies were honored at the 20th Annual Disability Employment Awareness Month Celebration, held Oct. 7. The event honored individuals and businesses for their commitment to employment and services for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Honorees included: Large employer (50 or more employees) of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities: iQ Credit Union; Small employer (49 or fewer employees) of people with developmental/intellectual disabilities: Sonesta ES; Employee of the year with a developmental and intellectual disability: Chris Bergman; Dennis Campbell Outstanding Service Award for outstanding service to improving the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities: Debbie Thompson; David Hanawalt Service Award for an employment specialist: April Burton. The awards event is part of celebrating October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The event featured a keynote by Karen Gaffney and was recorded by CVTV and will be available for viewing at “We encourage residents to please support the businesses who hire people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Patricia McConaughy, program manager for Clark County Community Services. For more information, contact Emily Harris at or 503-750-9776.

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 Monday publication date. Send to or fax 360-735-4540. Sales awards are not published.