Biz Bits


Senior Services of Snohomish County’s board of directors has selected Jim Steinruck as its new CEO. Steinruck has 37 years of health care management experience, including seven years as chief operations officer for Western Washington Medical Group. Senior Services of Snohomish County is a nonprofit organization that provides services to 35,000 people through its nutrition, housing, transportation and social and information programs.

Mortgage Advisory Group has hired Dave Gardner as vice president of strategic management. Gardner will assist with business development, acquisitions of new lenders, branch opportunities and strategic planning and execution.

Sukhvir Josan, owner of Glacier 76 Gas Station at 9640 Evergreen Way in Everett, recently added U-Haul truck and trailer rentals to his service station. The rentals include moving vans, open trailers, closed trailers, furniture pads, appliance dollies, furniture dollies, tow dollies and auto transports.


Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) will dedicate its new location on the Everett waterfront at a 3 p.m. open house Jan. 26, with an orientation session for students and parents to follow at 6 p.m. The facility moved to the Port of Everett’s Waterfront Center at 1205 Craftsman Way, Suite 203, on Jan. 3. ORCA is sponsored by Everett Community College. Learn more at

New hyperbaric oxygen chambers were added to the Medical Office Building at Providence Regional Medical Center’s Colby Campus on Jan. 12. The hyperbaric chambers will be part of the new Providence Wound Healing &Hyperbaric Medicine Center that is scheduled to open Feb. 8. The therapy is used to enhance the body’s healing ability and strengthen the immune system. An open house will be held Feb. 25, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., during the Hands-On Health Fair. For more information, go to

Washington Banking Company, the holding company for Whidbey Island Bank, will report fourth-quarter and 2011 year-end results after the stock market closes Jan. 26. Management will host a conference call Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. to discuss the results. To listen to the call online, either live or archived, go to

On Jan. 9, Fluke Networks announced a new Preferred Value Added Reseller program designed to provide network and application performance management, as well as wireless LAN security and network monitoring. For more information about participating in the program, go to or contact

Ace Equipment Rentals, a family-owned and operated tool and equipment rental company, has opened a second store. Located at 14904 Smokey Point Blvd. in Marysville, the new branch will offer the same tools for rent as the Snohomish branch. Founder Rex Hensrude credited the expansion to community support. For more information, go to www.aceequipment

AAA Travel will host a cruise show on Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lynnwood Embassy Suites. Travel experts plan to share information about cruising and will offer discounts and incentives on sailings with top lines. Admission and parking are free. Reservations are requested. For more information call 425-438-2232.

Economic Alliance Snohomish County has launched its new website,, offering investors news, events and investor rewards. The site also provides Snohomish County visibility to businesses outside the region with expansion and recruitment services as well as information for site selectors.

Classes and meetings

The Northwest Polymer Clay Guild is sponsoring the Polymer Aha! Extravaganza workshop with comedian artist, designer and instructor Meredith Arnold. The event is Feb. 25-26 at ArtWorks, 201 2nd Ave. S., Edmonds. The workshop will look at new directions for liquid polymer mediums, polymer clay, wire, inks, paint and more. Cost is $150 for members and $175 for non-members. Further information and registration is available at www.

The Everett Chapter 193 of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees will meet Jan. 18. at the Evergreen Lanes conference room, 5111 Claremont Way, Everett. Lunch and socializing start at 11:30 a.m. with the business meeting starting at 12:30 p.m. and a program to follow. For more information call Linda Cline, retired Monroe postmaster, at 360-794-5851.

Better Your Business is hosting a series of workshops for improving your business, beginning with a session Jan. 20 at the Gleneagle Country Club, 7619 Country Club Dr., Arlington. The $40 registration fee includes lunch. Info: or 425-346-9486.

Honors and achievements

Washington State University’s online degree program has received top marks in the 2012 U.S. News &World Report rankings. The recognition comes less than three weeks after the SuperScholar website named WSU Online among the nation’s top five online degree programs.

SportsEvents Media Group, a leading industry publication focused on helping sports event planners produce competitions in the United States and Canada, has named Snohomish County Sports Commission (SCSC) as a recipient of the 2012 Readers’ Choice Award.

Good deeds

Neil Watkins, executive director of Sky Valley Food Bank, has announced that the organization’s “Hope for the Holidays” program was able to serve 747 children this holiday season. Overall, the Sky Valley Food Bank gave out holiday meals to 475 families over three days of distribution. Volunteers Kristie Higgins, Sarah Johansen and Diane Wilton also were recognized.

Employees and management of Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. recently donated $4,756 and several barrels of food to the Sky Valley Food Bank. Every year, Canyon Creek conducts a food drive over the holidays to benefit families of Snohomish County, and has been one of the food bank’s largest contributors for more than 11 years. In addition to the food drive, Canyon Creek made donations to the Boys &Girls Club, Everett Community College Foundation, Habitat For Humanity, Housing Hope, Kids’ Chance of Washington and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Pieces of wood also were donated to the Sultan School District for its wood shop course projects.

Moss Adams employees and partners donated more than $4,300 in cash and gift cards and $1,300 worth of household items and other gifts to local families during their Everett office’s 2011 holiday fundraiser. In addition, employees and their families spent almost 100 hours volunteering in the community during December and raised an additional $900 that was used to donate gift cards to Cocoon House, a Snohomish County homeless youth organization. Moss Adams’ Everett office also conducted a United Way campaign during the final weeks of 2011, raising more than $23,000 in donations and increasing the office’s United Way gift by 37 percent compared with the previous year’s total.