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  • Wed Oct 27th, 2010 4:09pm

Everett Chamber lists Awards of Excellence

EVERETT — Once each year, the Everett Area Chamber of Commerce awards its highest honors, the Awards of Excellence, to those whose efforts, leadership and contributions generously benefit the chamber, the community and the Everett business environment.

This year, the chamber will recognize leaders of the Everett business and civic community on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the 2010 annual dinner and Awards of Excellence. These awards will celebrate the achievements and contributions of the following business leaders and organizations for their significant contributions to business and community success in 2010:

Henry M. Jackson Citizen(s) of the Year: The Skotdal Family: Art and his wife Marianne and their sons Andy and Craig Skotdal

Corporate Executive of the Year: Christopher Isenberg, Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc.

Small Business Executive of the Year: Dan Kring, Firestone Complete Auto Care

Business Innovation: Roger Pawley, Everett Symphony

Economic Spark Plug: Paine Field aviation attractions, including the Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour, Flying Heritage Collection, Museum of Flight Restoration Center, Historic Flight Foundation and Legend Flyers — the Me 262 Project

Employer of the Year: Claudia McClain, McClain Insurance Services

Dick Stephens Community Caring Award: Anthony Pete, Cascadian Place Retirement

Young Professional of the Year: Julie Tennyson, Everett Mall

Friends of the Chamber: Chris and Linnea Covington, Structural Design Associates

President’s Award: Lin Fogg, Frontier Communications

Chairman’s Award: Dr. David Beyer, Everett Community College

Ambassador of the Year: John Carsten, Carsten Cleaning

To read full descriptions of each of these awards and a list of previous winners, go to

Pacific International Bank hires new execs

Pacific International Bank recently hired four new executives.

Jin W. Lee recently joined the bank as vice president, and will manage the South Regional Lending Team and Federal Way branch. Lee was a vice president for Sterling Savings Bank where he was a commercial banker. He earned his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Washington.

Young S. Lee joined the bank as vice president to manage the North Regional Lending Team. Before joining Pacific International Bank, she was vice president of City Bank in Lynnwood (now Whidbey Bank), where she focused on building relationships in the Korean-American small-business community. Lee started her banking career at Rainier National Bank in 1985.

Bryant Stewart joined the bank as the first vice president of the Risk Management Group located at Pacific International’s Seattle headquarters. He had been vice president of commercial lending at City Bank (now Whidbey Bank), where he began his banking career in 1991.

Shari Ray joined Pacific International Bank as a vice president to manage the Loan Servicing and Loan Compliance department. Prior to joining the bank, she was Vice President and Compliance, CRA, and privacy officer of City Bank in Lynnwood (now Whidbey Bank). She earned her associates of arts degree in accounting from Edmonds Community College.

Award and a new hire at Coast | Sperry Van Ness

EVERETT — At the Sept. 21 Institute of Real Estate Manager’s meeting, Coast Real Estate property manager Craig Goldsmith was recognized for his 15th anniversary as a Certified Property Manager designee.

Certified Property Managers designations are earned by fewer than 20 percent of professional property managers nationwide. Coast is an Accredited Management Organization with the Institute of Real Estate Managers. Goldsmith manages retail and office properties throughout the Puget Sound.

“Craig Goldsmith is the consummate professional,” said Tom Hoban, Coast’s CEO. “We are proud to be associated with him.”

Coast|Sperry Van Ness of Everett hired Justin Carlucci to their team of sales and leasing advisers. Carlucci, who left corporate law practice to join the firm, specializing in sales and leasing of commercial properties, with a focus on east King and Snohomish counties.

“Justin brings a rare background in law, national retail and marketing to assist clients with leasing and sales transactions needs,” Hoban said.

Moss Adams Everett employee is honored

EVERETT — The partners of Moss Adams in Everett announce that Dustin Birashk received the firm’s 2010 Technical Excellence Award for his work in assurance services.

The firm issues one award each year in four categories: administrative, assurance, consulting and tax. Birashk, assurance services senior manager in the Financial Services Group, has distinguished himself with a track record of technical excellence, consistently performing at a high level. Birashk serves some of the firm’s largest and most complicated companies, including both private and SEC issuers.

RIDOLFI consultants announce a new hire

SEATTLE — RIDOLFI Inc., a Seattle environmental engineering and scientific consulting firm, has hired Julaine Fleetwood to support and sustain Ridolfi’s growing business.

In this newly created position that focuses on client services and business development, Fleetwood brings extensive knowledge from 20 years providing strategic planning, growth and diversification strategy, organizational management and client and marketing services for the engineering and sustainability industries.

Ridolfi is a Seattle-based certified small, woman-owned and disadvantaged enterprise specializing in environmental cleanup, habitat restoration, waste management and energy services.

Oki Golf promotes Hein to VP of sales and business development

BELLEVUE — David Hein has been named vice president of sales and business development for Oki Golf and Oki Developments, a new role. He was vice president of business development at the Bellevue-based companies, and also served as general manager at The Golf Club at Newcastle, the flagship property among Oki’s public golf courses.

In his new role as vice president of sales and business development, Hein will be directly responsible for all aspects of corporate sales, including oversight of corporate partnership programs, catering and golf tournament sales and membership programs across all of Oki Golf’s nine properties.

“David has been an integral part of our success since joining the team in 1996,” said Nancy Cho, president and CEO of Oki Developments and Oki Golf. “I’m excited that David will continue his contributions as he leads our Sales and Business Development Department.”

Hein will move to the Oki Golf corporate office and vacate his responsibilities as general manager at The Golf Club at Newcastle, a position he has held for more than six years.

Oki Golf is a collection of nine public courses, including The Golf Club at Echo Falls and Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo.

FiberCloud hires new sales manager

SEATTLE — FiberCloud Inc. has appointed Andrew Vort as their new sales manager. He joined FiberCloud to lead its nationwide sales and market expansion.

“Andrew’s background in technology and passion for customer success brings a new focus on expansion, making him the perfect fit for FiberCloud and our customers,” said Susan DeFlorio, chief operating officer at FiberCloud.

Vort will help lead sales of FiberCloud’s new Cloud-hosted solutions, focusing on providing communication, productivity and data security solutions to businesses and resellers nationwide.

Vort holds a degree from the University of California Santa Barbara and has worked in the Pacific Northwest’s data communications industry for 15 years. He brings startup and large-company experience to FiberCloud and has experience as a regional manager overseeing large-scale growth. He will work on expanding FiberCloud’s sales footprint by bringing products into new market segments.

Located in Seattle, FiberCloud Inc. provides businesses with secure and reliable co-location, high-speed Internet connectivity, custom-managed solutions and innovative cloud-hosted software applications. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Whidbey Telecom.

CRISTA Ministries names executive VP

SHORELINE — CRISTA Ministries has promoted Rick Carter to executive vice president and chief operating officer. He had previously served in the role of senior vice president for the CRISTA family of ministries since August 2007.

As executive vice president and COO for CRISTA, Carter will provide oversight to all domestic operations for the organization, including five of the seven CRISTA Ministries: CRISTA Broadcasting, King’s Schools, CRISTA Senior Living, Seattle Urban Academy and CRISTA Camps. In addition, Carter oversees CRISTA’s marketing and communications department.

“It is with great pleasure that we welcome Rick into his new role as executive vice president and chief operating officer,” said CRISTA President and CEO Bob Lonac. “He will play an integral part in how CRISTA continues to expand the presence and impact of our ministries to millions here in the United States and around the world each year.”

Carter played a central role in the acquisition of the radio station KFMK 105.9 in Austin, Texas, in June 2010. The station recently relaunched as SPIRIT 105.9, making it the fourth radio station owned and operated by the CRISTA Broadcasting ministry.

Prior to coming to CRISTA, Carter spent seven years in ministry with Young Life and 20 years in broadcasting sales and management.

A native of Spokane, Carter received a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and a master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from Eastern Washington University. He and his wife of 31 years, Evelyn, have two grown children in the Seattle area.