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  • Gigi Burke

    Gigi Burke

  • Christopher Bowen

    Christopher Bowen

Gigi Burke, former co-owner and executive vice president of Crown Distributing and a community leader in Snohomish County, has been elected to AAA Washington's board of trustees.
Burke currently serves on the board of trustees for Everett Community College and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County and is a Comcast Arena Public Facilities District commissioner for the city of Everett.

Soundview School has announced the addition of Jessica Burns to the staff. She will be serving as Soundview School's public relations specialist.
Burns is a Pacific Northwest native and most recently worked at Portland-based Bradshaw Advertising where she was the marketing and public relations manager for Papa Murphy's in Oregon and Washington.

Junior Achievement of Washington has added Union Bank's branch manager and Assistant Vice President Christopher Bowen to its board. Bowen hopes his involvement with Junior Achievement will encourage employees at Union Bank to go into the classroom to teach J.A. programs, bring their experiences from work to students, and make things like math more relevant.

Earlier this month, the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at Washington State University merged with the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington. Glenn Crellin, who directed the WSU center, has become associate director of research for the Runstad Center, which is part of the UW College of Built Environments.

BioLife Solutions has announced that three additional opinion leaders in the biobanking, drug discovery and regenerative medicine markets have joined the company's scientific advisory board. The new members are Edward LeCluyse, John McMannis and Jon Rowley.

The newly elected officers for the Washington Glass Association are President Bernie Thueringer of Pacific Glass, Vice President Amy Anderson of Atlas Supply, Secretary Peter Barnhart of Pacific Glass & Door and Treasurer Ed Howell of Hartung Glass. The Washington Glass Association is a professional trade association representing the architectural and automotive glass industry.

The Greater Everett Community Foundation has announced new board members. Bonnie Eckley is a clinical practice manager with the Everett Clinic. Kelly Johnson is the chief financial officer for Cascade Coffee. Scott Murphy is the chief operating officer for Goldfinch Brothers. Christian Rothrauff is an underwriting manager for Premera Blue Cross.

Events, classes and workshops
Snohomish County Young Professionals Network, a program of Economic Alliance Snohomish County, will hold a YP Mixer at The Majestic Cafe, 2929 Colby Ave., Everett, on Feb. 2. The free event is from 5-7 p.m. For more information call 425-743-4567 or email

The Association for Women in Communications is featuring a Feb. 15 luncheon meeting in Seattle titled, "Social Media for the Reluctant Communicator." More information can be found at

Washington State University and the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market are offering a workshop for specialty-cut flower growers Feb. 24-25. The workshop, geared to beginning to intermediate growers, will be held at WSU's Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon. Registration, which includes lunch, is $125 per person. For questions, contact Diane Szukovathy at 206-290-3154 or

The Global Affairs Center at Shoreline Community College will host a symposium on business philanthropy and development Wednesday evenings, Feb. 8, 15, 22 and 29. The events are free to the public. For more information regarding these programs, go to

Free tools and support for those who need to re-enter the workforce are available in a new three-hour workshop series, "Pathways to Work," presented by the YWCA. Participants do not have to attend all of the classes -- they can choose the one that best meets their needs. Space is limited. Call 425-258-2766 ext. 226 or email

The Lake Stevens School District is hosting a luncheon Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m. The speaker is Aimee Heytvelt, a strategic account executive at Wellspring Family Services. The event will be at 12309 22nd Street NE in Lake Stevens. Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. RSVP with the chamber office at or 425-334-0433 by Feb. 2.

The Everett office of the state Department of Revenue is hosting a free tax workshop for new and small business owners from 1 to 4: 30 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Sultan Community Center, 319 Main Street, in Sultan. To register, go to or call 425-356-4800.

The new Providence Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine Center will open on the fifth floor of the Medical Office Building at Providence Regional Medical Center's Colby Campus on Feb. 8. An open house is planned for Feb. 25.

Sterling Gurney, a local Edward Jones financial advisor, will be hosting a coffee club at 10 a.m. every first Thursday of the month at the Edward Jones office at 602 Second St., Suite C, Snohomish.
Engage Autosports, an automotive specialty and repair business, has opened at 11710 Airport Road in Everett. Owner Lance Elliott is a certified mechanic for standard vehicles and diesel engines and offers after-market modifications and customization. For more information, call 425-438-1217.

Greater Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce still has host opportunities on the monthly mixers calendar for this year. Mixers are a networking opportunity and a chance to let participants see where your business is located. For more information, contact Melody Sedy at 425-334-0433.
The Tulalip Resort Casino has earned a AAA Four Diamond Award for the third consecutive year. Thirty-two lodgings and eight restaurants are on the list in Washington and northern Idaho this year.

Onamac Industries has announced it received the 2011 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Co. issues the award annually to recognize suppliers that have achieved superior performance.

WeddingWire has announced that Pink Blossom Events of Snohomish has been selected to receive the WeddingWire Bride's Choice Award 2012 for wedding planning. The annual awards program recognizes top local wedding vendors from the WeddingWire Network.

Pure Clean Carpet Cleaning, a family-owned Snohomish County business, has been recognized in national trade magazine as a 2012 industry leader.
Benjamin Surdi, owner of Pure Clean Carpet Cleaning and past winner of an "Evening Magazine" Best of Western Washington award, was recognized by Cleanfax Magazine, a national trade publication for the carpet cleaning industry.
Good deeds
The Mountain Pacific Bank Employee & Director's Giving Fund awarded nearly $9,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations. Grants typically support nonprofits in the Everett and Lynnwood communities.

The Coastal Community Bank Employee Giving Fund awarded nearly $15,000 in grants in 2011. Funds supported a variety of human services programs.

More than 1,000 people joined McClain Insurance Services and E-Waste on Jan. 14 for an electronics recycling event. Within four hours, 19.5 tons of electronics were collected. E-Waste recycles 99 percent of electronics processed in their facilities, while meeting or exceeding all environmental and safety laws and regulations. See more at

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