Biz Bits


Former long-serving Tulalip Tribes chairman Mel Sheldon has been hired by Strategies 360, a Seattle-based consulting firm.

Sheldon will serve as the firm’s senior vice president of American Indian affairs. He will be working on projects and partnerships with tribes and organizations across the country seeking to advance the goals and priorities of tribal nations.

Sheldon helped lead economic developments such as construction of the Tulalip Resort Casino and the first ever chartered tribal city in the United States, Quil Ceda Village.

Sheldon lost in a re-election bid for the Tulalip Tribes board during the annual tribal vote in March.

Mountain Pacific Bank has promoted chief credit officer Kirby Duncan to executive vice president. Duncan joined Mountain Pacific Bank in 2008 as a senior lender. His role expanded to include management of special credits, credit administration and disposition of bank owned properties. Duncan was promoted to senior vice president and chief credit officer in March 2013.

Bothell’s HaloSource has hired Greg LaFata as the company’s new senior marketing manager for its SeaKlear brand. LaFata will be responsible for introducing new products for the company as well as implementing new strategies to increase consumer brand awareness for SeaKlear products. Previous companies he has worked for include Procter and Gamble and Philips.

Long standing community supporter and owner of Harvey Field Kandace Harvey has been chosen as the grand marshal of the Kla Ha Ya Days parade at 10:30 a.m. on July 19. Harvey Field has hosted Kla Ha Ya Days activities for many years and Harvey has been a dedicated supporter and volunteer for many local organizations.

Group Health announced that it has hired Chris Knackstedt as chief financial officer. Knackstedt was previously CFO at several of the nation’s top 10 integrated health systems including MultiCare Health System in Tacoma. He brings a broad base of financial leadership to the nonprofit health care organization. The native Midwesterner is a certified public accountant.


Sno-Isle Libraries is the first library system in Washington State to receive Green Seal certification in recognition of its healthy and sustainable cleaning practices. ServiceMaster Building Maintenance, based in Mukilteo, cleans 19 of the 21 community libraries in Snohomish and Island counties as well as the library district service center in Marysville.

Insurance Services Group, based in Edmonds, received the Safeco Insurance Personal Lines Achievement Award, an honor given each year to only about a dozen individuals in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska who work at independent insurance agencies that sell Safeco Insurance. The award recognizes the team of Katie Bock, Laura Levine, Crystal Edwards and Erin Brummitt.

Monroe-based Spencer Cabinetry was one of two small companies from the building trades presented with an award from Seattle Business magazine. The publication honored 19 top manufacturers in the state at its Washington Manufacturing Awards event April 24 at the Seattle Design Center. The event was attended by 280 members of the region’s manufacturing community.

MicroGreen, an Arlington-based plastics solutions company, was awarded the Edison Green Award for its pioneering work designing the InCycle Cup. The InCycle cup is the world’s first insulating hot cup created and made in America using recycled PET from beverage bottles. The company was recognized at the 27th Annual Edison Awards Gala in San Francisco.

Good Deeds

Step By Step, a local nonprofit, has been awarded a grant from The Everett Clinic Foundation to fund enhanced professional services for underserved pregnant women. The grant will be used to provide additional in home counseling and education for at-risk pregnant women in Snohomish County who have an income lower than 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.


As the Future of Flight Aviation Center &Boeing Tour prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2015, the foundation invites the public to join in on an intense period of design and planning activity between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day from May 4 to 7. For information, call 425-438-8100 x221 or email

Economic Alliance Snohomish County and the Mukilteo Chamber of Commerce will hold a joint Business After Hours networking and social hour from 5 to 7 p.m. May 8 at Harbour Pointe Golf Club, 11817 Harbor Pointe Blvd., Mukilteo. The event is free to attend but please register with the Mukilteo Chamber by calling Julie Martin at 425-347-1456.

The Edmonds Branch of 1st Security Bank, at 620 Edmonds Way, plans to host a Shredding and Electronic Waste Recycling Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10. Early arrival is recommended as shredding is on a first come, first served basis until the truck is full. A list of acceptable items is available on the bank’s website,

Technology author Alex Alben will speak about the future of digital and traditional communication at 12:30 p.m. May 14 at Everett Community College’s Whitehorse Hall critique space. The event, hosted by EvCC’s award-winning student media organization The Clipper, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact T. Andrew Wahl at 425-388-9419 or

The Economic Alliance Snohomish County Annual Meeting is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 22 at the Tulalip Resort Casino. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The event is presented by Frontier Communications. Awards being presented include the Herald Business Journal’s Executive of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Go to to register.


The Snohomish County Auditor is accepting business proposals from those interested in owning and operating a vehicle/vessel license sub-agency in the Smokey Point area of Snohomish County. Download specific requirements at Business proposals must be received by the Auditor’s Office no later than 5 p.m. May 16.

The City of Lynnwood has received notification from Standard &Poor’s that the city’s long term and underlying bond ratings on existing limited tax general obligations bonds, have been raised from “A+” to “AA+”. S&P also raised the bond rating for the Lynnwood Public Facilities District’s 2004A and B convention center sales tax bonds and 2005 revenue bonds from “A” to “AA+”.

Consumers can now find hundreds of local farms, markets, products, recipes and more using the new Puget Sound Fresh mobile app built by Pierce County and Cascade Harvest Coalition. It is available in the Google Play (Android) and Apple App stores. Windows Phone is not yet supported. More information about the program is available at

May is Car Wash Awareness month and the Puget Sound Car Wash Association is working to increase public awareness about pollution-free car washing. People can help decrease water pollution run off by taking their car to a professional car wash, or by washing their car over gravel or the lawn. Learn more at

Taxable retail sales were up in the fourth quarter of 2013, by 5.8 percent, according to the Washington State Department of Revenue’s quarterly analysis. Taxable retail sales between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013 reached $31.1 billion — a $1.7 billion increase over the same period in 2012. Fourth quarter retail trade purchases also increased by 4.9 percent.

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