Biz Bits: People and businesses in the news


Everett-based Reid Middleton has promoted Suzanne Brendle and Katy Brawner to project engineer and Lance Lum to senior engineer in the Structural Projects Group. Leah Curulla was hired as marketing coordinator. Former marketing coordinator Erika Welborn is now technical editor.

Washington Federal has promoted J. Patrick Doud to vice president. Doud, a resident of Tulalip, currently serves as a business banking loan officer in Washington Federal’s Northern Washington Region. Prior to that, Doud served Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties as a private banking officer for Union Bank.

SMG has announced the appointment of Angie Mykel as general manager of the Lynnwood Convention Center. She will direct all aspects of the convention’s center operation and will work with the Lynnwood Public Facilities District to provide strategic direction to grow the convention and meetings business.

Dianna Bodin has been named senior business banking relationship manager for Wells Fargo in Everett. The 15-year financial services veteran will work with small- and medium-sized businesses. Most recently, Bodin worked as a loan adjuster for Wells Fargo. She started her financial services career as a teller at U.S. Bank.

Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. has named Steve Parisee vice president of sales. Prior to joining Canyon Creek, Parisee spent more than 20 years in the building-products industry.

The Rev. David Ellingson, professor of Children, Youth &Family Studies at Trinity Lutheran College, will join the 2013 class of the GreenFaith Fellowship Program, which prepares lay and ordained leaders from diverse religious traditions for environmental leadership.


For the second year in a row, Nick Pembroke of McClain Insurance Services has earned Seattle magazine’s Five Star Home and Auto Insurance Professional Award. Pembroke is the past president of the Independent Insurance Agents &Brokers of Snohomish County and has been a key member of the McClain team since 2000.

Chris Berger, senior vice president at Kidder Mathews, has been named 2012 Appraiser of the Year by the Seattle Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.

The City of Mountlake Terrace has recognized employees for service and notable accomplishments. Employee of the Year Award honors went to Leslie Choate. Sonja Springer received the Outstanding Leadership Award. The Customer Service Award went to Annie Perry. The Connecting with the Community Award was given to Jacob Milner. Chad Schulhauser received the Rookie of the Year Award. Commissioned Police Officer of the Year Award went to Scott King. Unsung Hero Awards were bestowed on Chad Phelan, Lori Johnson and Elena McKee.

Snohomish County’s Evergreen Speedway has been chosen as one of NASCAR’s top 10 home tracks across America. Additionally, operators Doug and Traci Hobbs of High Road Promotions were presented with an Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to NASCAR.

Good deeds

Employees of Canyon Creek Cabinet Company donated food and $2,750 to the local Sky Valley Food Bank this year. Canyon Creek is one of the food bank’s largest contributors. Additionally, the company is conducting a program to help people in superstorm Sandy-ravaged areas to repair or rebuild their homes.

Everett dentist Colleen Tracy is giving away dental services and raising donations for a local food pantry. Tracy will provide local residents in need of dental care with a dental cleaning, exam and X-rays for just $50. She will then match the $50 and donate the total of $100 to the Volunteers of America Food Bank. For more details, visit

Mountlake Terrace city employees raised more than $8,400 for the 2012 United Way campaign. Over the past seven years, city employees have donated more than $43,000 to benefit children and families throughout Snohomish County.


The Arlington-Smokey Point Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday at Katelyn’s Corner, 317 North Olympic Ave. in Arlington. You are asked to donate a toy or non-perishable food item. RSVP to Michelle Wiley at 360-722-2802. Avon’s Carrie Byrum is host.

CrossFit North Sound will host a grand opening celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 5. The new CrossFit gym in Everett’s Empire Industrial Park at 12432 Highway 99, Suites 80 and 81. Owner and head coach Connor Nelson is a certified CrossFit instructor who founded the CrossFit program at Western Washington University’s Student Recreation Center in 2010.

Everett Community College’s Corporate &Continuing Education Center will return to a newly renovated facility at 2333 Seaway Blvd. in Everett in January. The public is invited to an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 4, with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m.


Edmonds Community College is accepting applicants for spring quarter in the Licensed Practical Nursing program. The college has received approval from the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to offer the training. Graduates will receive a certificate of proficiency in practical nursing. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Jan. 31.


The North County Outlook is increasing its publication frequency in 2013 to become a weekly. The bi-weekly community newspaper, which serves north Snohomish County, is mailed to approximately 23,000 households and businesses in the Marysville to Arlington area. North County Outlook is locally owned and managed by Sue Stevenson, Anita Wuellner and Beckye Randall.

Community Thrift of Arlington is seeking volunteers. The thrift store, operated by Quilceda Community Services and Sherwood Community Services, provides a work site for special-needs adults who are learning job skills. The store sells clothing, household goods, furniture and seasonal items. Call 360-435-0707 for information.

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