Biz Bits


Coastal Community Bank announced the addition of Jodi Torie as a personal banker at its Smokey Point Boulevard location. Torie has enjoyed a 17 year banking career and most recently served as a senior relationship banker for Union Bank where she was honored for outstanding customer service in 2013. She is active in the local community.

Last month, Jim Gaherity was appointed president of Bellevue-based Coinstar. He joined Outerwall in 2004 as the director of operations for Coinstar and was steadily promoted over the years to senior vice president overseeing Coinstar worldwide operations and certain new venture businesses. Gaherity brings over 25 years of management experience to the position.


Scott Lawrence, a well-known criminal defense attorney with offices in Everett and Seattle, has earned AVVO’s Top Contributor award. The award is reserved for those exemplary attorneys who devote an extraordinary amount of time and resources to offering quality legal information and providing top-ranking answers to questions posted on the AVVO forum.

Good deeds

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union has contributed $41,000 to support nonprofit organizations as part of its annual grant program. This year, the credit union granted funds to 44 organizations in the communities Alaska USA serves. Since its inception nearly 20 years ago, the credit union has given over $675,000 through the grant program.


Sustainable Edmonds will host “Climate Change in Edmonds: Reviewing our 2010 Edmonds Climate Action Plan Four Years Later” from 6 to 9 p.m. April 30 at the Edmonds Senior Center. It will feature a number of distinguished speakers and panelists. The meeting is free and open to the public. See the Sustainable Edmonds Facebook page for details.

Former State Sen. Chris Marr will talk about the status of marijuana laws and regulations at the weekly breakfast meeting of the Snohomish Rotary club on May 1. Guests are invited to attend the 7 a.m. breakfast meeting at Collector’s Choice Restaurant, 215 Cypress Ave., Snohomish. E-mail reservations are requested at

JMariotts Pier Seven Glaswerks and Foggy Noggin Brewing will present a night of artisan beers, music and live glassblowing from 5 to 9 p.m. May 2. Participants will receive a hand-blown beer glass and pours of Foggy Noggin brews. Tickets are $60. Only a limited number are available and must be purchased in advance. Call 360-630-5921.

The next Economic Alliance Snohomish County Business After Hours event, hosted by Harbour Pointe Golf Club with the Mukilteo Chamber, is 5 to 7 p.m. on May 8 at Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo. Tickets are complimentary but please call Julie Martin at 425-347-1456 to RSVP so hosts can have a head count for the event.

More than 100 abused or forgotten women from the region will receive a radical makeover at the Annual Queen It’s A New Day Red Carpet Makeover event 5:30 to 10 p.m. May 12 at Comcast Arena. The event features a benefit concert by members of Steppenwolf and Pegasus. Limited number of tickets are available for the concert. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased online at

Tickets are now on sale for the 34th Annual Skagit Women in Business Spring Fling, presented by CPI Plumbing. The Spring Fling begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15 at Skagit Golf &Country Club in Burlington. Scholarships will be awarded at the event. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased online at

PAWS’ Pet Safety Awareness Day is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 17 at PAWS, 15305 44th Avenue West, Lynnwood. The event, sponsored by Northpointe Animal Hospital, features training, micro chipping and licensing. It aims to give dog and cat owners across Snohomish and King counties practical advice and solutions for keeping their animals safe.

The public is invited to come and help fill the truck at McKesson Drug Co.’s 8th Annual Food Drive from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 17 at Albertson’s Food Center located at 3322 132nd St. SE. in Mill Creek. Donations of non-perishable food items benefit Volunteers of America Food Bank.

Inner Athlete Fitness Studio is hosting an official Push-ups for Charity event on May 31 at Inner Athlete Fitness Studio located at 13206 Bothell Everett Highway, Suite 401A, in Mill Creek. Inner Athlete Fitness Studio has set a goal of raising $2,500 and completing 12,000 push-ups. Sign up to join the Pushups for Charity team at

The 13th annual Flight for Sight Fun Run and Walk to benefit Guide Dogs of America will be June 7 at the Boeing Everett Activity Center, 6098 36th Ave. W. Registration on race day will be from 7:30 to 9 a.m. with racing to start at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $35 Advance registration is just $30. Registration forms are available online at


The Loft Café and Social Lounge in Edmonds will reopen by the end of April or early May after some time off for updating. The new food and cocktail menus will retain old favorites as well introduce new options. The Loft is located at 515-A Main Street. Sidewalk and courtyard seating are available.

Last month, Snohomish County Public Utility District and the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory co-hosted the Washington Cybersecurity Summit 2 at the University of Washington Tacoma. The program brought together more than 100 local, state and national leaders to engage in a dialogue about the current state of cybersecurity and to brief officials about proactive measures being taken within the electric utility industry.

Qdoba Mexican Grill in Lynnwood opened its doors at 6208 196th St. SW, Lynnwood, to the public on April 21. To celebrate, the first 100 customers in line on opening day received the Qdoba Burrito Bankroll, a branded wallet that included mystery prizes ranging from $500 to Qdoba rewards cards preloaded with a free entrée up to free burritos for a year.

The new Yogurtland store in Lynnwood celebrated its grand opening April 26-27. The event featured free yogurt and toppings, prizes, giveaways and face painting. The new store is located at 19620 Highway 99 in Suite 103.

Washington Banking Company, the holding company for Whidbey Island Bank, reported it earned $4.4 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014. In the fourth quarter of 2013, Washington Banking earned $2.5 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, and in the first quarter a year ago, earnings were $4.6 million, or $0.30 per diluted share.

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