Briefs: United Way spokesman takes new job in D.C.

United Way spokesman takes new job in D.C.

A United Way of Snohomish County spokesman is leaving to take a job at the organization’s worldwide headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Neil Parekh, vice president of marketing and communications, will be director of network communications, effectively overseeing internal communications for the nonprofit’s entire international network of 1,800 local United Ways in 40 countries.

Parekh started at United Way of Snohomish County in 2011. He’s spent nearly 20 years in communications, public relations and public policy, including serving as a journalist during President Clinton’s historic trip to South Asia in 2000. He and his wife both have family on the East Coast.

Mountain Pacific gives donation for children’s beds

St. Vincent de Paul North Sound Council received a donation of $1,500 from the Mountain Pacific Bank Employee and Director’s Giving Program through the Greater Everett Community Foundation. The funds will purchase beds for children sleeping on the floor in their homes.

Bel Red Energy Solutions company warns of scam in county

A scam involving someone posing as a local heating or air conditioning employee is making its way around Snohomish County. Bel Red Energy Solutions has had dozens of clients report that a phony worker showed up, did some sort of fake work, and took payment. Always check for a uniform, business cards and a truck with company logo before allowing a service employee in your home.

Port approves site plan for Mukilteo Tank Farm

The Everett Port Commission approved the binding site plan for the Mukilteo Tank Farm, which allows the Port to execute its property conveyance agreements with other jurisdictions. The Port has been working with Washington State Ferries, the City of Mukilteo, Sound Transit and the Tulalip Tribes to retransfer the property to allow for the waterfront redevelopment to occur.

Nominate an exec, entrepreneur of the year

Please take the time to nominate an executive and entrepreneur of the year. These people should be dedicated private- or public-sector individuals who excel in business, community involvement and support Snohomish County’s economic development.

The winners will be honored during the Economic Alliance Snohomish County annual recognition luncheon in May. Nominations entry forms can be found at

Nominations can also be sent to HBJ editor Jim Davis at 1800 41st St., S-300, Everett, WA 98203 or email to Please include name, title, reason for nomination and the name of the person submitting the nomination. More info: 425-339-3097.

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