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Jim Davis |
Published: Monday, February 17, 2014, 1:00 a.m.

Biz Bits: Business news from Snohomish County


1st Security Bank has hired Jeff Nance as a loan officer and manager of its new Bothell Home Lending office. The Bothell resident and U.S. Coast Guard veteran has more than 15 years of industry experience. He has served as both a sales and branch manager prior to joining 1st Security Bank.

Charlie Martinez has been promoted from assistant vice president to vice president at People’s Bank and will continue her role as branch manager at the Everett Financial Center. Martinez has served clients in financial services for more than 39 years and, prior to her role as Everett branch manager, she managed the Bank’s office at Carillon Point.

Marie Auriol has been promoted to assistant vice president at People’s Bank and continues her role as branch manager at the Snohomish office at Fred Meyer. Auriol has more than 23 years of experience in financial services. She is active in the community and is an officer of the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce. She has been with Peoples Bank for five years.

Fire Mountain Solar LLC has added Joan Schrammeck as customer outreach coordinator. She will organize community education and marketing events, and assist owner and project manager Tim Nelson with sales presentations and customer support. Previously Schrammeck was coordinator with the non-profit educational organization Solar Washington.

Snohomish resident Cathy Reines has joined Footprint Investment LLC as the new president and CEO. She will be working with fellow Snohomish County resident Jim Potter, who founded the company. Footprint Investment is developing micro-suite housing in Seattle, Portland, Ore., and Oakland, Calif., and is in the planning stages for projects across the U.S.

The Everett Public Schools Foundation has welcomed two new board members, each with children attending the Everett Public Schools. Rich White is a manager at Boeing and a director with several other local organizations. Michelle Nims is the current Everett PTSA Council 7.3 president and is an administrator and events coordinator for the Mill Creek Town Center.

Stevenson Advertising, with offices in Lynnwood, recently welcomed Mary Beth Manley and Lindsey Weedston to its team in an effort to move toward expanding its digital marketing departments. Both are experienced in online marketing, each with their own specialties that will help round out the company’s advertising knowledge base.


The Snohomish Health District awarded 2013 Food Safety Excellence Awards to seven food establishments. The winners included Readi Spaghetti in Bothell, Country Burger in Arlington, Cold Stone Creamery in Lynnwood, Cascade High School in the Everett School District and Ohana BBQ at the Marysville Strawberry Festival. Walmart in Arlington and Haggen in Snohomish tied in the grocery category.

Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties’ 2014 president Martha Rose of Martha Rose Construction in Seattle has been named Builder Advocate of the Year as part of the annual NAHB Green Awards given by the National Association of Home Builders. The award was presented on Feb. 5 during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

Puget Sound Energy’s Contractor Alliance Network program recently received recognition for Outstanding Achievement in Program Design or Implementation from the Association of Energy Services Professionals. The program was recognized for its meaningful contribution to the advancement of the energy services field and for demonstrating “best in class” in the design, implementation and evaluation of an energy efficiency services program.


Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling plans to present the 2014 State of the City Address at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St. in Edmonds. Refreshments provided by Waterfront Coffee Company start at 8:10 a.m. For more information, contact Carolyn LaFave at 425-771-0247 or

Author Christine Pattillo will hold the first book signing event for her biography, “I am WE. My Life with Multiple Personalities” from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Everett Grow Washington office, 3013 Colby Ave. in Everett.

The Snohomish Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Club invites businesses from Snohomish, Lake Stevens and Monroe to join them at a special Business Networking Breakfast event from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Feb. 25 at the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club. For more information or to RSVP, contact the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce at 425-344-8533 or by email to

An open house followed by a public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively on Feb. 25 in the Mukilteo City Hall Council Chambers. The hearing allows the public a chance to comment on the permit to construct the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal and Multimodal Facility. More info: 425-263-8041.

The 5th Annual Snohomish Wine Festival by the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce will feature two sessions, from 1 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 9 p.m., on March 1. Tickets are $25 each. The event will be held at the Snohomish Event Center, 1011 Second St., downtown Snohomish. Visit for details and tickets.

Classes, workshops and webinars

A workshop, “Introduction to Rates and Claims Management,” will be offered by the state Department of Labor & Industries from 8:30 a.m. to noon Thursday on the 3rd floor of the agency’s Everett office, 729 100th St. SE. To learn more or to register, visit or call 1-800-574-2829 or send email to

A three-day business development workshop for new or existing businesses that are involved in craft distilling will be held Thursday through Saturday. The Waltz Building and Skip Rock Distillery in Snohomish are the hosting locations. The fee is $485 and includes all class materials and food. For more information, visit

The next “Launch Lab: Mountlake Terrace” is at 1 to 2:30 p.m. March 5. The free workshop series for future business owners may be attended sequentially or as stand-alone classes. For more information, contact Tiffany McVeety at 206-289-0523 or or Dave Baron at 425-744-6230.


Local entrepreneurs David Brown and Michael Hrankowski are the franchise owners of the new Elements Massage of Alderwood located at Northpointe Shopping Center in Lynnwood. The studio officially opened Feb. 8. Elements of Alderwood offers custom tailored massage therapy services.

Bothell-based Essentia Water reported that in 2013 its case sales grew by 64 percent, achieving 10 consecutive years of growth. Essentia also reported record sales for January 2014, with a 42 percent gain over last year. This makes two consecutive years that the brand has experienced year-over-year growth in January.

The Women’s Wellness Center, a non-profit facility in Everett that offers fitness, spa services and lifestyle classes for women, has added additional evening classes. These include Belly Dancing, Beginning Yoga, Gentle Slow Flow Yoga and truBarre. Membership is not required. Classes may be purchased individually. More information is at

With the approach of Military Saves Week from Feb. 24 to March 1, the First Command Financial Behaviors Index reports that middle-class military families are putting more dollars towards short-term savings than general population households with similar incomes. Military families who work with a financial adviser are putting almost twice as much money into short-term savings as those without an adviser.

Marysville’s newest SmartStyle Family Hair Salon, inside Walmart at 8713 64th St. NE, is celebrating being open and serving the community for four months. SmartStyle salons are no-appointment, full service salons designed for the busy shopper. They are owned by Regis Corp.

A Transportation Security Administration enrollment center has opened at the Port of Everett Security Building. Travelers may apply there for TSA Pre, an aviation security program that allows approved airport travelers to leave on their shoes, outerwear and belt, keep their laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids in a carry-on, in select screening lanes.

The Internal Revenue Service has reminded taxpayers the Presidents Day holiday period typically marks one of the busiest weeks of the tax filing season for its phone lines. To save time and find answers faster, taxpayers should make their first stop.

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