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Janet Leister has been named new general manager of the Washington Dairy Products Commission. She replaces Steve Matzen, who accepted a position earlier this year with the Northwest Dairy Association, the dairy farmers’ cooperative that owns Darigold. Leister led efforts to introduce state products to global markets and has developed agricultural and food export plans. Previously, she was with the State of Hawaii, Department of Agriculture.

1st Security Bank has appointed Barb Huber to the position of loan officer. Huber, a resident of Bothell, will work out of the bank’s home-lending headquarters in Mountlake Terrace. She has 36 years of mortgage experience, most recently with Sterling Savings, which she joined when it was Golf Savings Bank. Huber was also with Continental Savings Bank, now HomeStreet Bank, for nearly 24 years.

Holly Oakley has been named business-banking manager for Wells Fargo in northern Washington. She will direct about 11 business-banking team members and oversee operations for offices in Everett and Bellingham. Oakley, a 26-year financial services veteran, is a Washington native and has lived in Snohomish County for 25 years. She serves as board treasurer with the Everett Public Schools Foundation.

NW Security &Sound has appointed Adrian Black the new installations manager. Black is a licensed local security system expert with more than nine years of experience.


Tony Barufi, portfolio manager with SNW Asset Management in Seattle, will return to the KSER-FM (90.7) program “Getting Your Dough to Rise,” hosted by Chuck Noel, Tuesday at 6 p.m. Also, Seattle certified financial planner and author Karen Ramsey returns to share expertise on financial planning. Listeners are invited to call 425-303-9070 with questions.

The Mondavi Generations Dinner at Tulalip Resort Casino will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature Marc Mondavi and his daughters, pairing exclusive wines with Chef Perry Mascitti’s picnic fare. Mondavi and his daughters are third- and fourth-generation members of the famed California wine family. Cost is $124 per person through Brown Paper Tickets, or call the Tulalip Banquet reservation phone line at 360-716-6888.

Business leaders will network and make new connections at the second annual Economic Alliance Snohomish County Summer Networking event. The event is 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Strato Deck in the Future of Flight. Call Economic Alliance Snohomish County at 425-248-4227 to register.


Walmart has started hiring for full- and part-time positions for the new location in Lynnwood. The store will employ approximately 90 people. Curtis Vittozzi has been named store manager. The new store, slated to open in late October, will be the second Walmart Neighborhood Market in Washington. Interested applicants should apply online at or at in-store kiosks in existing Walmart stores.

Former state liquor store Evergreen Liquor &Wine in Everett celebrated its grand reopening last weekend. The business on Evergreen Way had closed during the transition to privatization. Kitimat Inc. of Shoreline purchased the business at auction and rehired many employees.

Office Depot has remodeled the Evergreen Way store to improve the experience for customers.

Ironwood Commercial Real Estate said Edmonds Liquor &Wine has opened at Westgate Center, 22824 100th Ave. W near Edmonds Way in Edmonds.

According to the Washington State Department of Revenue, property tax revenue increased 1.6 percent to $9.3 billion in 2012, with $37 million of the $143 million increase over 2011 stemming from new construction added to the tax rolls.


Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed honored Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel with the Auditor of the Year award July 19 at the Washington State Association of County Auditors’ annual conference in Ocean Shores. Weikel was recognized for outstanding service to Washington elections and for her reputation as an impartial administrator of Snohomish County’s elections process.

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