Biz Bits: Snohomish County people and businesses in the news


Diedre Haines, managing broker at Coldwell Banker Bain in Lynnwood, has been elected 2012 chair of the board of directors for Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Northwest MLS, based in Kirkland, is the largest full-service multiple listing service in the Northwest. Haines has been on the MLS board of directors for the past six years, serving as vice chair in 2011.

Mountlake Terrace City Council member Rick Ryan recently received an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities. Ryan completed more than 60 hours of training and recently submitted paperwork demonstrating community service to earn the distinction. He has served on the City Council since 2008. Three Mountlake Terrace City Council members have received the highly coveted Advanced CML, including Mayor Jerry Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Laura Sonmore and Ryan.

Mountain Pacific Bank announced the hiring of Scott Boyer as executive vice president and chief banking officer. He will be responsible for sales, service, marketing and operation of the bank branches. Boyer began his career at Olympic Bank in Everett with Mountain Pacific CEO Mark Duffy. Boyer most recently was executive vice president of retail banking at Sound Community Bank in Seattle.

Lauri Strauss has relocated to the kpb architects office in Everett. She is a senior project manager and kpb’s sustainability and LEED coordinator. Strauss also is executive secretary on the board for the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, a past director of the Cascadia Green Building Council, chair of the Green Building Track planning team for the Alaska Forum on the Environment and a juror for the International Living Future Institute’s Living Aleutian Home Design Competition.

Edmonds Community College has hired Carol Summers as vice president of college relations and advancement. Summers was most recently director of marketing and public relations at North Seattle Community College and previously worked as the executive director of marketing and communications at Bastyr University. She has 12 years of experience in higher education and more than 15 years in private sector sales and marketing.

Snohomish resident and Cloud611 founder and strategic advisor Jennifer Reed has co-authored a new book, “Microsoft Office 365 for Dummies.” The text is designed to give businesses a head start in cloud computing and help them take advantage of Office 365. It is available at local bookstores and online retailers such as

Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling has named Planning Manager Rob Chave interim director of Development Services for the city. The appointment is subject to City Council confirmation.


Greater Everett Business and Professional Women will meet Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Prohibition Grill, 1414 Hewitt Ave., Everett. Pam Lesesne of the Everett School Board is the guest speaker. Regular networking meetings of the organization are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. at the Prohibition Grill.

Certified financial planner Lisa Peters of Lakeview Financial Group in Seattle returns to “Getting Your Dough to Rise,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday on KSER-FM (90.7), to discuss financial and retirement planning. Host Chuck Noel also will interview Glenn Crellin and Tony Barufi. Crellin, associate director of the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington, returns to update listeners on the housing recovery. Barufi, portfolio manager at SNW Asset Management of Seattle, is to address the state of the fixed-income universe and how to integrate bonds in one’s investment portfolio. Listener calls will be taken during the discussion with Peters at 425-303-9070.

Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance has scheduled aerospace and defense speakers for a full-day Supplier’s Forecasting Symposium in conjunction with the Aerospace and Defense Supplier Summit (A&DSS) March 12-15 in Seattle. PNAA’s one-day symposium kicks off the first A&DSS event, where aerospace companies meet one-on-one with suppliers in a matchmaking program for the global civil and defense aviation industry. The symposium includes a lunch and five networking breaks. The event is expected to sell out and registrants are encouraged to register early. For information, go to, email or call 425-885-0290.

Awards and recognition

Snohomish County Public Utility District’s Youngs Creek hydropower project has received the 2012 Hydro Project of the Year award from Renewable Energy World magazine. The PUD’s Youngs Creek facility south of Sultan started operation in October. It’s the first hydropower project in Washington in nearly 20 years. It has a generating capacity of 7.5 megawatts, enough to power about 2,000 homes. The facility is above a waterfall and does not affect migrating fish.

Dream Dinners of Snohomish recently won two marketing and public relations awards. The Public Relations Society of America’s Puget Sound chapter awarded Dream Dinners the top honor for public relations special event in seven days, for its 2011 “Supper Bowl” in Dallas, which involved a partnership with the NFL wives club Off the Field. It benefitted Children’s Hospital in Dallas. Dream Dinners also won honors for marketing communications in the category of consumer products, non-packaged goods, for a campaign promoting the book, “The Hour That Matters Most: Creating a Movement in America.”

Environmental health specialist Randall “Randy” M. Durant of the Snohomish Health District recently received an award from the Washington State Environmental Health Association. The association elected Durant to receive the John P. Nordin Outstanding Sanitarian award, citing a career of high work standards, expertise and collaborative skills in the environmental health profession. Nordin has practiced environmental health in the Pacific Northwest for 62 years.

Dr. Brian Copple is Sultan’s first dual recipient of the Business and Volunteer Spotlight awards. The owner of Sultan Chiropractic and Massage Center has volunteered and served the community on various special projects and commissions for 25 years. He also a founding member of the Sultan Education Foundation and installed the City of Sultan’s first surveillance camera system.

Classes and workshops

Teen volunteers will teach new Skype skills in hourlong, one-on-one tutoring sessions Saturday at the Mountlake Terrace Library. These are the last tech-coaching sessions until fall. Early reservations are recommended. For questions, contact Dawn at 360-651-7069 or The Mountlake Terrace Library is at 23300 58th Ave. W., next to old City Hall.

The United States Postal Service invites small businesses to attend a Grow Your Business Day workshop that will help entrepreneurs and proprietors to promote businesses using direct mail, without the cost of mailing lists or permits. The next workshop is in the Snohomish Library at 311 Maple Ave. on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

Edmonds Community College’s nationally known Information Security and Digital Forensics program now has a new clean room and digital forensics lab. The facilities benefit the Advanced Data Recovery class. So far, 53 students have taken the college’s Advanced Data Recovery class and been certified as data recovery experts. The class will be offered again this spring. For more information, call 425-640-1902 or go to

Everett Community College’s East County Campus is offering 16 classes, two business degrees and six professional workshops for spring quarter in Monroe. Free coffee will be served at an open house from 6:30-8 p.m. on March 8. Students, parents and community members may drop in for advice, financial aid information and to learn more about the classes and services offered in east Snohomish County. Students can enroll now for spring credit classes, which start April 2. For more information, call 425-259-8732 or visit

GROW Washington, a nonprofit for micro-enterprise business development, will hold a Seeds for SUCCESS business workshop March 7 from 6-8 p.m. The class will demonstrate how to write a single-page business plan and how to create your own business advisory board. RSVP to Carolyn Eslick by calling 425-327-2093 or 360-217-7235. More information about GROW Washington is at


Hobby Lobby, a privately held national retail chain of arts and crafts stores, celebrates the grand opening of its Everett store Monday at 9 a.m. The 55,500-square-foot facility is in the South Point Plaza shopping center on Highway 99. This is Hobby Lobby’s fourth store in Washington. Bo Johnson is manager.

Northwest Wind &Solar has installed a 3.92-kilowatt photo-voltaic awning on the Carl Gipson Senior Center at 3025 Lombard St. in Everett. The system, funded by a grant from the Snohomish County PUD and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation through the Solar 4R Schools project, is meant to save the city money and reduce the center’s carbon footprint.

NW Plus Credit Union has opened a Stanwood branch at 9225 271 St. NW. Also, a new Marysville office has opened across from Bob’s Burger and Brew at 8825 34th Ave. NE, Suite K, in Tulalip. More info:

Good deeds

The Zonta Club of Everett presented $30,000 to nine Snohomish County agencies. The selection of recipients was based on programs designed to improve the status of women. Those receiving funding include The Arc, the Intervention Center for Assault &Abuse, Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County, Catholic Community Services, Housing Hope, Interfaith Association, Monroe Gospel Women’s Mission, Open Door Theater and Providence Hospice &Home Care Foundation.

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