Biz Bits: People in the News


Ed Madura has been promoted to director of security for the Port of Everett. He has been with the port for four years and serves as chairman of the Technologies and Communications Subcommittee of the Maritime Security Committee, as well as vice chairman of the Local Area Planning Committee.

He served two years with the Snohomish County Emergency Management department as a program manager for preparedness and mitigation, was the Emergency Operations Center manager on five federally declared disasters, served 30 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, and is an active volunteer for many community organizations.

The Everett office of Moss Adams LLP has promoted Kristine Hoeflin and Jennifer Keeney to tax senior managers. Jennifer Chu, Erika Skouras and Anthony Porter have been promoted to audit managers. Risa Long has been promoted to tax senior.

Moss Adams LLP has been serving middle-market companies in Snohomish County for more than 40 years. The Everett office has approximately 90 employees, including 15 partners.

Rob English, engineer for the city of Edmonds, has been elected the new cities co-chair for the Snohomish County Infrastructure Coordinating Committee. The ICC is a standing committee comprised of public works representatives of cities, the county and the Tulalip Tribes.

English also will serve as one of the Snohomish County City Regional Project Evaluation Committee (RPEC) representatives to the Puget Sound Regional Council. The RPEC includes public works directors or designees, representatives of transit agencies, the governor’s office and Washington State Department of Transportation district offices in the region.

Scott Benham has been named Seattle region general manager for Papé Machinery Inc. Most recently, he served as the Seattle region sales manager for the company.

Benham joined Papé in 2002 when the company purchased Smith Tractor, where he had been working since 1995 in the sales department. He has successfully managed strategic sales and rental activities throughout the Seattle region. He assumed the role of general manager Jan. 1.

Honors and accomplishments

The Everett Clinic has been named one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the second year in a row, alongside companies such as Google, Starbucks, Mayo Clinic, Microsoft and DreamWorks.

The clinic ranked number 87 on the list, up four slots from last year’s ranking of 91. The clinic’s commitment to 100 percent coverage of employee health insurance premiums and its employee recognition program were among the top reasons for selection, according to Fortune. Only 12 health-care organizations have made the list.

The College of Business at Washington State University was the only Pac-12 school to rank in the top 10 in any of four criteria used by U.S. News &World Report in the inaugural edition of the magazine’s Top Online Education rankings. The college’s online master of business administration and executive MBA programs ranked first in admissions selectivity and third in student engagement and accreditation.

U.S. News &World Report also ranked the school’s undergraduate international business program 19th and the undergraduate business program 69th overall.

Preliminary fourth quarter and 2011 revenue reports have been released by BioLife Solutions. Reports showed a sixth consecutive quarter of record revenue for the Bothell company, with 2011 up 33 percent over 2010. Distributor sales for the full year were up 10 percent from 2010, while revenue shipments to the regenerative medicine segment increased 50 percent over the same period.

Small Business Development Center advisors assisted more than 2,800 small-business owners across the state in 2011 and helped them to secure more than $31 million in capital and create or save more than 720 jobs.

The organization is part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s national network of more than 1,000 business development centers that provide no-cost, one-on-one advice, training and other resources to help small businesses start, expand and thrive.


University of Washington Bothell will host the inaugural Innovation Forum Feb. 13–17. The Innovation Forum is a free public event that encourages discourse between the university and the community on an annual topic of interest. This year’s topic is innovation and creativity and their impact on the region, economy and education.

To view the schedule and follow the Innovation Forum blog go online at

Nominations are open for the Ernst &Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Awards. Awards are to be given June 15 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

Entrepreneurs eligible for consideration include company founders, leaders of multigenerational family businesses and transformational public and private company CEOs.

Entrepreneurs may nominate themselves or be nominated by peers and other business leaders. The deadline for applications is March 9.

For more information, contact Rachel Anderson at 206-654-7633 or Information also is available at

OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals Inc. of Bothell will present preliminary data from two studies at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2012 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in San Francisco from Feb. 2-4.

The studies evaluate their investigational compound OGX-427 in prostate and bladder cancer.

The event will be available via live webcast. To access the event, log on to the Investor Relations page of the OncoGenex website at


Everett-based Fluke Networks has announced that D-Link Corporation has chosen its wireless planning technology to power the D-Link Wi-Fi Planner — its new Wi-Fi planning solution. D-Link Wi-Fi Planner, powered by AirMagnet, is a wireless network planning tool that allows a user to model the Wi-Fi network and provide a reliable predictive map of Wi-Fi signal and performance by accounting for building material and environment conditions.

Send your Biz Bits news and color photos by email to or by mail to The Herald, P.O. Box 930, Everett, WA 98206.

Talk to us

More in Herald Business Journal

Members of Gravitics' team and U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen stand in front of a mockup of a space module interior on Thursday, August 17, 2023 at Gravitics' Marysville facility. Left to right: Mark Tiner, government affairs representative; Jiral Shah, business development; U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen; Mike DeRosa, marketing; Scott Macklin, lead engineer. (Gravitics.)
Marysville startup prepares for space — the financial frontier

Gravitics is building space station module prototypes to one day house space travelers and researchers.

Orca Mobility designer Mike Lowell, left, and CEO Bill Messing at their office on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2023 in Granite Falls, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Could a Granite Falls startup’s three-wheeler revolutionize delivery?

Orca Mobility’s battery-powered, three-wheel truck is built on a motorcycle frame. Now, they aim to make it self-driving.

Catherine Robinweiler leads the class during a lab session at Edmonds College on April 29, 2021. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Grant aids apprenticeship program in Mukilteo and elsewhere

A $5.6 million U.S. Department of Labor grant will boost apprenticeships for special education teachers and nurses.

Peoples Bank is placing piggy banks with $30 around Washington starting Aug. 1.
(Peoples Bank)
Peoples Bank grant program seeks proposals from nonprofits

Peoples Bank offers up to $35,000 in Impact Grants aimed at helping communities. Applications due Sept. 15.

Workers build the first all-electric commuter plane, the Eviation Alice, at Eviation's plant on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Arlington, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Arlington’s Eviation selects Seattle firm to configure production plane

TLG Aerospace chosen to configure Eviation Aircraft’s all-electric commuter plane for mass production.

Jim Simpson leans on Blue Ray III, one of his designs, in his shop on Friday, August 25, 2023, in Clinton, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Whidbey Island master mechanic building dream car from “Speed Racer”

Jim Simpson, 68, of Clinton, is using his knowledge of sports cars to assemble his own Mach Five.

Yansi De La Cruz molds a cheese mixture into bone shapes at Himalayan Dog Chew on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Give a dog a bone? How about a hard cheese chew from Arlington instead!

Launched from a kitchen table in 2003, Himalayan Pet Supply now employs 160 workers at its new Arlington factory.

Inside the new Boeing 737 simulator at Simulation Flight in Mukilteo, Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
New Boeing 737 simulator takes ‘flight’ in Mukilteo

Pilots can test their flying skills or up their game at Simulation Flight in Mukilteo.

An Amazon worker transfers and organizes items at the new PAE2 Amazon Fulfillment Center on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2023, in Arlington, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Amazon cuts ribbon on colossal $355M fulfillment center in Arlington

At 2.8 million square feet, the facility is the largest of its kind in Washington. It can hold 40 million “units” of inventory.

A computer rendering of the North Creek Commerce Center industrial park in development at 18712 Bothell-Everett Highway. (Kidder Mathews)
Developer breaks ground on new Bothell industrial park

The North Creek Commerce Center on Bothell Everett Highway will provide warehouse and office space in three buildings.

Dan Bates / The Herald
Funko president, Brian Mariotti is excited about the growth that has led his company to need a 62,000 square foot facility in Lynnwood.
Photo Taken: 102312
Former Funko CEO resigns from the Everett company

Brian Mariotti resigned Sept. 1, six weeks after announcing he was taking a six-month sabbatical from the company.

Cash is used for a purchase at Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Edmonds, Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
Paper or plastic? Snohomish County may require businesses to take cash

County Council member Nate Nehring proposed an ordinance to ban cashless sales under $200. He hopes cities will follow suit.