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The Bank of Washington has named Larry Houk chief executive officer and president with the retirement of founding Chief Executive Gary Schmitt. Houk has served as the bank’s president and chief operating officer the past two years and was elected to the bank’s board of directors as well as to the board of the parent Washington BanCorporation, Inc. Schmitt was among organizers of the six-branch system in 1996 when it was established as the Bank of Edmonds. He served as chief executive the past 12 years and will continue as board chairman.

Lisa Marie Hammel has joined the Bothell law firm of Williams &Williams PSC. Hammel brings more than 12 years of experience litigating construction, contract, real estate, consumer and medical malpractice cases to the firm. The practice represents municipal and private clients in real estate, construction, civil litigation and condemnation cases.

Judy Jenny recently marked 30 years of continuous work without taking a single sick day at Dr. Amy Norman’s dental practice in Everett. “Judy is an amazing employee because she doesn’t have one year of experience 30 years in a row, she has 30 years of improvement and growth,” Norman said. Jenny originally was hired for a six-month temporary term.

Landau Associates, a Pacific Northwest engineering and environmental consulting firm, announces the promotions of several employees. In the Edmonds office, Joe Kalmar, P.E. to senior associate; Chris Kimmel to senior geologist; Ken Reid to senior project geologist; Erik Gerking to senior project geologist; Doug Tingwall to senior project archaeologist; Kathryn Hartley to project scientist; Kara Kanaby to senior staff archaeologist; and Nathan Moxley to staff scientist.


Mike Schwenk, director of commercial partnerships, at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will give a talk on innovation and the economy from 7:30 to 9 a.m. March 26 at the Everett Golf and Country Club, 1500 52nd St. SE, Everett. The talk is sponsored by the Everett-area Chamber of Commerce. Register online by March 18 at the chamber’s Web site, Cost is $30 for chamber members who register early, and $50 after March 18.

A traveling exhibit that tells the story of Air France, which flew the Concorde, through artifacts and images is on display at the Future of Flight Aviation Center through May. The exhibit includes videos of Air France’s history, photographs of famous people on Air France, views of interior cabin designs, displays of tableware and gift sets, models of designer flight attendant uniforms, model airplanes with a cutaway view of the interior, and the artwork of Air France posters throughout the years. For more information about the Future of Flight Aviation Center &Boeing Tour, including prices and directions, go to or call 425-438-8100.

The fourth annual Greater Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce Showcase Lake Stevens event is set for April 25 at Cavelero Mid-High. The fair is intended to expose the community to local businesses in a low key atmosphere. For more information, go to the Chamber Web site,, or call the Chamber office at 425-334-0433.

The Snohomish Chamber of Commerce invites businesses from Snohomish, Lake Stevens and Monroe to a “Expanding your Horizon – Business Networking” breakfast event at 7 a.m. March 24 at the Snohomish Boys &Girls Club at 402 Second St.

The program, sponsored by Horizon Bank of Snohomish, will give each participating business time to promote their business to those in attendance. The registration fee is $10 for any Snohomish, Lake Stevens or Monroe Chamber member businesses, and $15 for nonchamber member businesses. A continental breakfast will be served. Registration forms are available at, or by calling the Snohomish Chamber of Commerce at 360-568-2526 or Jeff Rasmussen, Horizon Bank manager at 360-243-4470;

Noted author and sustainable agriculture authority Joel Salatin, whose work was featured in Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” will be the featured speaker at a day-long seminar in April devoted to sustainable agriculture and pastured-based livestock systems. The event is scheduled for April 25th at the Padilla Bay Foundation in Skagit County. It’s sponsored by the Northwest Agriculture Business Center and Skagit Farmers Supply. The workshops cost $50 per session, with two sessions per day. Admission to an evening talk is $25. Registration forms are available online at or by calling 360-336-3727.

Business owners will be able to file their personal property listing online on the Snohomish County Assessor’s Web site, The online filing system will lessen paperwork and save time for business owners, while reducing mailing and data entry costs for the county, the assessor’s office says. It has features to double-check for errors and validate information. The online option will only be available to businesses who have established accounts with the assessor’s office. The deadline for filing a personal property listing in any format is April 30.

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