Biz Bits: People and businesses in the news


Lovsted-Worthington of Bothell recently announced that Wendy Pyle has joined the firm as account executive. Pyle has more than 20 years of experience in the insurance industry. She specializes in coverage analysis, risk assessment and management. Most recently, Pyle served as an equity partner, senior vice president of sales and marketing manager with a large regional brokerage.

Ryan Ross has been appointed to the position of loan officer at 1st Security Bank. Ross joined 1st Security in 2009 and previously worked as a personal banker. The resident of Shoreline will work out of the bank’s home lending headquarters in Mountlake Terrace as well as branches in Puyallup, Bothell and Redmond.

Janice Stegmiller has joined the Arlington branch of Mill Creek-headquartered Integrated Rehabilitation Group. Stegmilller received her bachelor of science and doctorate in physical therapy at the University of North Dakota. She specializes in shoulder biomechanics, muscle energy techniques, wound care and strains and counter strains for the extremities.

Bank of America has hired more than 30 new small business bankers across Washington as part of its strategy to hire more than 1,000 new small business bankers nationwide. In Snohomish County, the new hires include Melinda Eng, John McGinnity, Michael G. Miller and Kao Saetern. One more small-business banker for the county is yet to be named.


Natural Clothing Company, owned by Earth Day in Snohomish organizer Alina Bartell, will celebrate a grand opening Friday through Sunday. The new shop is at 1020 First St. in Snohomish. The event will include an introduction of new, Paris-designed organic fair trade clothing. Attendees get a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.

Camano Island Yacht Club is the location of a buffet brunch on Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children under 9. The Camano Island Yacht Club is at 129 N. Sunset Dr. on Camano Island.

Shawn O’Donnell’s Restaurant in Everett is the location of a July 11 fundraiser for Interfaith Association’s Family Shelter in Everett. A silent auction and 50/50 raffle are planned. In addition, O’Donnell’s will donate 20 percent of the evening’s sales to the charity. The event begins at 5 p.m. and runs until closing. For more information, go to


Holistic Yoga &Tai Chi, a franchise of, opens in Everett on Saturday. Maki Perry is the owner of the new yoga studio on the corner of Hewitt and Rucker avenues. For more information, call 425-512-9277.

Petite Sweet Bakery and Café has moved from Arlington to 2613 Colby Ave. in Everett. The European- and American-inspired bakery offers breakfast and lunch in addition to bread, pastries, pies and cakes. To welcome the business to the neighborhood, J.Matheson Gifts, Kitchen and Gourmet is offering their customers 25 percent off a single purchase through July 15 if they show a purchase receipt from the bakery.

Mark Tapert and Erin VerHoeven, founders of Corstone Contractors, are celebrating 10 years in business. Over the past decade, the Snohomish company provided more than $150 million in construction services. More than half of that came from its key niches of veterinary, restaurant and retail. In August, the company plans a golf tournament that will benefit Snohomish charities.

Fashion retailer Hennes &Mauritz, better known as H&M, will open a location in Alderwood Mall in Lynnwood this fall. The store will carry clothing and accessories for women, men, young people and children.

On July 1, AAA Washington began providing its million members in Washington and northern Idaho with emergency bicycle service. AAA members now have membership benefits that cover them on their bicycle in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Idaho. Bicycle service works exactly like emergency road service for vehicles. For more details, go to

Zyvex Marine, a division of the world’s first molecular nanotechnology company, Zyvex Technologies, and Everett-based Pacific Coast Marine announced a partnership to make the industry’s lightest and most durable doors, hatches and other marine closures using nano-composites. The components and samples made a debut at the HiPer Craft 2012 Expo in Norfolk, Va., last month.

The state Employment Security Department has added new features to the WorkSource website to make it easier for employers and veterans to find each other. A state law adopted last year gives private-sector employers a legal right to give veterans and some spouses a hiring preference. For more information, go to


Four drivers representing FedEx Corp. placed among the top finishers at the 2012 Washington State Truck Driving Championship in Kent last month. FedEx Freight driver Vic Skoglund of Everett and Robert Hinds, owner of R.R. Ground Home Inc. at the FedEx Ground station in Everett, were among those honored.

Edward Jones financial advisor Sterling Gurney of Snohomish recently received the firm’s TNT Client Development Award for outstanding service over the past year. He was one of only 738 of the firm’s more than 12,000 financial advisors to receive the award.

The members of Snohomish County Tomorrow have received a Governor’s Smart Communities Award for collaboration on countywide planning policies. The members, who represent 19 cities, Snohomish County and the Tulalip Tribes, cooperated during a 26-month period to draft policies consistent with the state’s Growth Management Act. For more information about Snohomish County Tomorrow, go to

In the past few weeks, Chermak Construction of Edmonds has won four awards from different contests. Qualified Remodeler, a national magazine, gave two of the awards. Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties granted the company a REX Award and the Building Industry Association of Washington also gave an award to a Chermak project.

Hampton Inn &Suites in Lynnwood announced that it 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. Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive the award.

Good deeds

The Washington Women’s Foundation has awarded Snohomish County’s Cocoon House a $100,000 human services grant to support the relocation and renovation of the facility’s U-Turn Drop-In Center. The grant was one of five awarded by the foundation. The new building will enable Cocoon House to serve more teens in need of critical services.

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