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People Craig J. Troxell has been named director of sales for the Courtyard by Marriott Seattle North/Lynnwood, located in Lynnwood. Troxell was previously director of sales and marketing for Saunders Hotel Group of New Haven, Connecticut. He has held sales leadership positions at individual hotels and resorts in destinations across the United States, including previously in Lynnwood.

Marysville's first hearing examiner, Ron McConnell, is retiring after more than 23 years serving the city of Marysville. McConnell has served numerous cities in Snohomish, King and Pierce counties. He previously acted as executive director of the Washington State Land Planning Commission, director of Land Use and Snohomish County coordinator for the Puget Sound Regional Council.

EverBank has announced that Sharon Morrison has joined the retail lending division as a loan officer. She will offer residential mortgage solutions to local customers and build awareness of EverBank's products and programs in the local community. A resident of Snohomish County, Morrison has 24 years of experience in the Puget Sound mortgage industry.

Ryan Davis is the newest dean at Everett Community College, leading the Business, Advanced Technology, North and East County Division. Davis brings more than 15 years of experience in private enterprise, nonprofit and government leadership positions, specializing in creating innovation and collaboration between the public and private sectors. Previously he was the executive director of the Regional Education and Training Center in Elma.


Dan Leach, senior financial advisor with D.A. Davidson & Everett, recently completed the intensive course work required to earn a certified wealth strategist designation. The program is designed to help him exceed client expectations regarding wealth management advice and solutions. Leach joined the firm in May 2006. He holds a degree from the University of Washington.

Lake Stevens Fire members gathered to recognize paramedic Carol Walradt at a ceremony earlier this month where she was presented her with her 20-year achievement certificate. Lake Stevens Fire Chief Dave Lingenfelter praised Walradt's professionalism, dedication to the job and commitment to Lake Stevens Fire and the Lake Stevens community.

Cindy Dittbrenner, habitat restoration specialist with Snohomish Conservation District, has been selected to participate in an 18-month Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Development Program. The program is conducted by the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation. The foundation's goal is to develop astute, effective leaders by broadening their cultural, economic, social and political perspectives.

Good deeds
The Rotary Club of Everett gathered at the Volunteers of America Food Bank on Dec. 3 to help box food for the holidays. The good deed performed by 19 Rotary members was in lieu of their regular lunchtime meeting.

Barnes & Noble and United Way are teaming up to provide age-appropriate books to children throughout Snohomish County this holiday season. Books will be distributed to local food banks and to classroom libraries to support children and youth who are struggling to read at grade-level. Barnes and Noble at Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood kicked off the book drive before Thanksgiving.

On Dec. 11, local companion-care provider Home Instead Senior Care hosted a celebration to offer small gifts to 43 seniors at the Plaza 44 Apartments in Lynnwood. The gifts are to help area seniors combat holiday blues. Statewide, Home Instead offices have raised more than $8,000 this year to help a segment of the population that often gets overlooked during the holidays.

Through Dec. 27, select Snohomish Chamber member banks will participate in the fifth annual Battle of the Banks to benefit the Snohomish Community Food Bank. Participating Snohomish banks are collecting nonperishable food items and monetary donations to try and become the Heavy Weight Champion in the fight against hunger. The winning bank will be announced on Dec. 30.

The Stillaguamish Senior Center is hosting a free film presentation on how to provide better support for someone living with dementia or other impairments in brain function. "It's All in Your Approach" by Teepa Snow is from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Registration is required. Call 360-653-4551 or e-mail for more information.

The Economic Alliance Snohomish County and Workforce Snohomish holiday open house is Dec. 18 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The event will show off the organizations' new co-located offices at 808 134th St. SW, Suite 101 and 105, Everett. Light refreshments will be offered. It is free to attend but registration is requested. Registration and more information is at

Classes, workshops and webinars
The U.S. Small Business Administration will present the concluding chapter of its two-part webinar series "How Small Businesses Can Gain Competitive Advantage through HUBZone Certification" at 2 p.m. EST on Dec. 17. Registration for the free 45-minute webinar is required. Go online at Both parts of the webinar series will be archived on SBA's YouTube page.

Tulalip Resort Casino has added a new dining concept. Journeys East combines the best culinary traditions of Japan, Thailand, China, Korea and Vietnam in a modern, Zen-inspired setting. Guests can dine-in or use a convenient take-out kiosk. The restaurant is open from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Wednesday to Sunday.

Taxable retail sales have nearly recovered to second quarter 2008 levels, according to a report released by the Washington State Department of Revenue. Statewide taxable retail sales in the second quarter of 2013 jumped 8.3 percent over the same period in 2012. Total taxable retail sales between April 1 and June 30, 2013 reached $29 billion.
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