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Radiant Senior Living has named Leonard Sanders the new executive director of the South Pointe Retirement Community in Everett. Sanders was originally hired May 23 as the community relations director for both Ashley Pointe Retirement Community and South Pointe Retirement Community in Washington. Radiant Senior Living manages 13 retirement communities in both Oregon and Washington.

The Hotel Group of Edmonds has welcomed back Mike Butler as director of operations. The 26-year hospitality veteran previously served as a general manager and director of operations, overseeing THG hotels across the country. He began his hospitality career in 1985 and has spearheaded the operations efforts for several hotels in Utah, California, Colorado and Alaska, where THG has a large presence.

The Hotel Group also has hired commercial real estate investment expert Ed Ha as a financial analyst. Ha will assist THG principal and CFO Randy Meyer and director of business development and real estate Jason Rabidoux with portfolio management and ongoing asset management projects.

Gov. Chris Gregoire has presented the Governor’s Leadership in Management Award to Julie Lord, the Snohomish County Worksource area director, for her work in opening the Worksource center in Monroe. The center increased customer access to employment services and achieved a 17 percent jump in customers finding jobs.

The Law Office of G. Benjamin Lindsey III (GBL3 Law) has opened in Lake Stevens. Lindsey has been an attorney since 2005. Previously he worked as an attorney at Bellevue’s Davis Wright Tremaine office and also held various management positions at the Boeing Co. GBL3 Law is primarily focused on labor and employment, construction, hospitality and litigation. For more information, go to www.gbl3law.com or call 425-263-9585.

John Shambaugh, senior aviation planner for the Washington State Department of Transportation, was selected to assist WSDOT’s Northwest Region with transportation planning projects. Effective June 13, he will work from the WSDOT Mount Baker office at 1043 Goldenrod Road, Suite 101, Burlington. Aviation customers and stakeholders can direct questions previously handled by Shambaugh to Colleen Miller at 360-651-6302 or milleco@wsdot.wa.gov.

Concern For Neighbors Food Bank has a new executive director. Robert “Bob” Henderson assumed his duties April 1. Henderson spent more than 35 years with the federal government, 27 of those years with NOAA. He also volunteered at Food Lifeline’s warehouse in Seattle before joining Concern For Neighbors Food Bank.

Reid Middleton, an Everett-based engineering, planning and surveying firm, has elected officers at an annual shareholder’s meeting. The new board officers are Chairman Ken Andersen, President Bob Galteland, Shannon Kinsella, Hugh Kuyper, Dave Swanson, Mike Wallace and Simeon Alejo. More information is online at www.reidmiddleton.com or on Facebook.

Kudos

AAA Top Shop Awards have been given to nine Snohomish County auto-repair facilities. The winners are Conaway Motors and GP Automotive in Everett, Jeff’s Auto Repair and KC Martin Automotive in Lynnwood, Stryker Brothers Automotive in Marysville, Evergreen Autoworks &Bodyshop in Mill Creek, Monroe Foreign Auto in Monroe, L&B Auto Repair in Snohomish and Stanwood Car Care in Stanwood.

The Zonta Club of Everett honored two women with the Virginia Gullikson Award at the May 24 awards banquet. Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Janis Ellis and City of Everett Chief of Police Kathy Atwood were honored for working tirelessly on behalf of Snohomish County residents, particularly women and children.

Everett-based All Battery Sales and Service, the Interstate Battery distributor for Western Washington, was the recipient of the Leading Environmental Practices Award for 2012 from the Association of Washington Businesses. All Battery Sales and Service was recognized for building a stronger, more profitable business by making environmental improvement a priority with tangible results. Last year, the company collected and recycled 86 tons of waste batteries.

The Telly Awards has named Lynnwood’s Stevenson Advertising as a bronze winner in two categories for the Larson Super Bowl commercial that was created for Larson Automotive Group. The winning categories were automotive and visual effects. The commercial was written, produced and edited by Tim Grand and Shawn Sergev.

The Housing Consortium of Everett and Snohomish County has named state Sen. Steve Hobbs and state Rep. Hans Dunshee as the recipients of its 2012 Housing Hero Awards. They were honored at the consortium’s June 1 Affordable Housing Breakfast for tireless advocacy on behalf of affordable housing.

Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) has received the 2012 Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency from the Bonneville Power Administration. The award recognizes the PUD’s ongoing success in surpassing aggressive energy efficiency goals through ongoing program improvement and innovation.

The Future of Flight Aviation Center &Boeing Tour has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.com. Businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or more out of a possible five. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the past 12 months.

Canyon Creek Cabinet Company of Monroe has been recognized by the Association of Washington Business as an employer dedicated to community service. The company received a 2012 AWB Community Service Award in the field of youth organization. Canyon Creek was one of seven companies to be honored this year out of 28 nominees.

Workshops

Customer service HR professionals panels for adults and youth now being held at WorkSource Everett. They include an employer panel and a mock interview session. The adult employer panel is Wednesday and adult mock interviews are June 27. The youth employer panel is June 28 and youth mock interviews are July 11. All panels run from 9 to 11 a.m.

Events

There will be a meeting of the Darrington Area Business Association at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The public is welcome. The meeting is in the Senior Center at 1115 Darrington St. in Darrington. For more information contact, Nels Rasmussen by email at drnels79@gmail.com.

The SMSC Social Media Conference, “Connecting Your Brand to Your Market,” will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday at Everett Community College in Building 8. The event is presented by Leadership Snohomish County, Economic Alliance Snohomish County and the Snohomish County Young Professional Network. For detail go to www.leadershipsc.org.

The Snohomish Chamber of Commerce says the grand opening of SnoGro Indoor Gardening Supply in Snohomish is Saturday. A complimentary barbecue will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The business is at 502 Maple Ave. For information, call Blake or Ken at 360-863-6935. You can also visit SnoGro on Facebook or at www.snogro.com.

Jung Do Taekwondo Academy in Everett is hosting a celebration and fundraiser in their parking lot on Saturday. The event will feature students receiving belt promotions. Special demonstrations and participation activities including board breaking are planned. Proceeds from the event will benefit Seattle Children’s Hospital. The Academy is at 5217 Evergreen Way.

PLC Insurance is holding its second annual Free Shred Event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Clients can bring as much as they want to shred. The general public is limited to four banker boxes per person. No sorting is required. They shred through staples, fasteners, floppy disks, CD ROMs and more. The business is at 4211 Alderwood Mall Blvd. in Lynnwood.

Technology Alliance’s Innovation Showcase is scheduled for June 26 at the Intiman Theater in Seattle. The event is designed to bridge the gap between research and commercialization by highlighting the most promising discoveries and new technologies ready for commercialization in Washington. For more information, contact Amy Bell at amy@technology-alliance.com or 206-389-7261, or register online at www.technology-alliance.com/is/is.html.

Join Economic Alliance Snohomish County, the Port of Everett and Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle for an update on the state of trade in Snohomish County and the region on June 28 at the port. John Mohr, the port’s executive director, and Sam Kaplan, the Trade Development Alliance’s executive director, will speak. Registration begins at 5 p.m., and an optional harbor cruise follows the event. Go to www.economicalliancesc.org for more information.

Bayview Farm and Garden will host Pacific Northwest gardening guru Ciscoe Morris for a live radio broadcast from 10 a.m. to noon June 30. The event will be on KIRO-FM (97.3) and the public is welcome to visit and see Morris in person. Owned by Maureen Murphy, Bayview Farm and Garden is at 2780 Marshview Ave. in Langley.

Join the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board at the “High Skills, High Wages” public forum co-hosted by Workforce Development Council Snohomish County. The event is at 5:30 p.m. July 18 at Everett Station. The forum is a chance for the public to give input for the state’s strategic plan for workforce development.

Announcements

Snohomish County has partnered with Puget Sound Cooperative Credit Union (PSCCU) to launch a new Energy Smart loan program so homeowners can get help with energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, including windows and doors, insulation, heat pumps and solar installations. For more information or to apply online, go to www.psccu.org/efficiency.php.

Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital has created a new Equine Performance Sports Medicine Institute. Led by Dr. James Bryant, the institute offers area horse owners diagnostics and care for their equine partners. Bryant is a Fédération Equestre Internationale veterinarian and member of the veterinary committee of the American Endurance Riding Conference.

The Puget Sound Regional Council is seeking public comment on a draft Regional Economic Strategy and Economy Report. The public comment period ends July 12. The draft is available online at psrc.org or from PSRC’s Information Center at 206-464-7532. Comment by email to economicdevelopment@psrc.org, fax to 206-587-4825 or write to Regional Economic Strategy, PSRC, 1011 Western Ave., Suite 500, Seattle, WA 98104. You can also appear in person at a board meeting July 25.

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