Biz Bits: Business news from Snohomish County


Greg D. Buscher has joined Bothell-headquartered Essentia Water as chief financial officer. He takes the place of retiring CFO Keith Huetson. Buscher is a 25-year financial and operations executive with successful fiscal leadership experience for a wide spectrum of family-owned and private equity-backed companies. Prior to joining Essentia Water, he served as CFO of Neurobrands LLC.

The Board of Directors for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has named Greg Urban as its new president and CEO. Urban has served on the board since 2012 and is an active business member in the Chamber. He has an extensive entrepreneurial background and has been involved in the Edmonds community.

John Brezinski has purchased the local visual communications company FASTSIGNS of Everett. The company that has been in business since 2005 was previously owned by Tim Harlow, who will remain with the center as the production specialist. Kirk Lutz, who has been the center’s graphic designer for seven years, will also continue with the business. 

Dr. Ronald A. Krueger has announced his affiliation with skin care specialist and certified nurse injector Phyllis Pollock. Both practice at Krueger Aesthetics in Mukilteo. Pollock specializes in facial rejuvenation procedures and has nearly 20 years experience as a skin care specialist. The affiliation allows expanded services for patients seeking facial rejuvenation procedures at Krueger Aesthetics.


David Kosar, an American Family Insurance agent in Everett, has been recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certification. Only agencies that perform in the top 20 percent of all insurance agencies nationwide, based on customer satisfaction surveys, are eligible to become American Star Excellence in Customer Experience certified.

Everett-based Electric Mirror received top honors in Seattle Business Magazine’s 2014 Washington Manufacturing Awards on April 24. The company, which manufactures products for the hospitality, commercial and residential markets, was recognized in part for its growth. The company went from 60 employees in 2009 to 215 at the end of 2013.

In celebration of Keller Williams Realty’s RED Day May 8, the Keller Williams office in Everett spent the day helping to build a home for Housing Hope in Snohomish. RED stands for Renew, Energize and Donate. It is an initiative dedicated to celebrating a year-round commitment to improve local communities. 

Good deeds

Harris Ford brought Ford Motor Company’s Drive 4 UR School program to Lynnwood’s Meadowdale High School May 10 to raise funds for school programs and activities. For every adult who test-drove a new Ford in the school parking lot that day, Harris Ford and the Ford Motor Company donated $20 to the school.

On May 14, the Rotary Club of Everett will take 11 local students on a shopping spree at the Mill Creek Fred Meyer to buy essentials for their college life and dorm rooms. The College Essentials Shopping Spree is part of the Club’s Next Generations project. Recipients are AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students from local high schools.


Advanced reservations are required to participate in a rare barrel-aged tasting event at Foggy Noggin Brewing May 13. Each barrel-aged beer will be served in 10-ounce pours. Only 20 tasting slots are available. Cost is $25 per person. Email Foggy Noggin Brewing to reserve a spot at

Professional appraisers will be at Harbour Pointe Retirement in Mukilteo for their 2nd annual Antiques Appraisal Event from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 17. Reservations are required for an appraiser time slot. Visitors should reserve by May 15. A $5 fee is charged per item. For more information, go to or call 425-493-8555.

The next SNOLEAF Branch Collective Educational Series lunch presentation is noon to 1 p.m. May 21 at the Snohomish County PUD, 2320 California St., Everett. The organization is currently looking for future lunch sponsors. If you or someone you know would like to sponsor lunch for an education series meeting, contact

The North Puget Sound H.O.W. Chapter will gather for a Girl’s Night Out beginning at 6:30 p.m. May 21 at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 2509 196th St. SW, Lynnwood. The honoree for May is Jacee Caldwell. For more information about H.O.W., visit To attend, RSVP by May 19 to

This year’s Snohomish Wedding Tour is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 1. The self-guided tour is put together by the Snohomish Wedding Guild. It features 19 Snohomish-area venues and nearly 100 vendors. Tickets are at and check-in is at Snohomish Center across from the Snohomish Public Library.

The Women’s Wellness Center and Citrine Health in Everett have announced BraStock — a fund raiser for The Bra Shop. The event begins at 6 p.m. June 6 at Austin Bar and Grill in Everett. The Bra Shop is a non-profit organization that provides post-mastectomy prosthesis and bras to breast cancer survivors. A link to more information is at

The 3rd Annual Camano Chamber SummerFest, formerly called the Art of Beer, Brats, Biz &More, is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 7 at the Camano Commons at Terry’s Corner. It is presented by the Camano Island Chamber of Commerce. Vendor space is still available. Go to or call the Chamber at 360-629-7136.


Until the end of May, BECU is accepting nominations for its annual People Helping People Awards. The Awards recognize and honor BECU members and local non-profits supported by the membership in the Puget Sound area. This is the second year the awards have been given. For more information, visit

Integrated Rehabilitation Group, an outpatient physical and hand therapy group headquartered in Mill Creek, now offers a Loosa Paloosa wellness challenge as part of the company’s wellness and injury prevention program called IRG Industrial Athlete. For information on bringing this program to your workplace, contact Julie Mahler or Jordan James at 425-686-7655.

Teens are gearing up to search for summer jobs and the Washington State Department of Labor &Industries is urging employers, parents and others to support safety during Safe Jobs for Youth Month in May. A total of 477 youth ages 12 to 17 were injured in the workplace in 2013. More information is available at

Rotary has recognized five members of Congress as Polio Eradication Champions for their efforts to eliminate polio. The 2014 honorees are Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., and Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark. Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

According to the fourth annual American Express OPEN State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, Washington has an estimated 175,700 women-owned firms, employing 154,200 and attributing to roughly $27,148,700 in revenue. Nationally, the number of women-owned businesses has increased 68 percent since 1997. Washington is ranked 31st in growth for number of firms over the past 17 years.

The U.S. Small Business Administration, small business owners from across the nation and 20 co-sponsors will celebrate National Small Business Week from May 12-16 in four major U.S. cities as well as online. The city locations are San Francisco, Kansas City, Boston, and Washington, D.C. This event celebrates entrepreneurship and recognizes the country’s top small businesses.