Business FYI


John Dickson, CEO of Frontier Bank, has been elected to a one-year term as chairman of the Washington Bankers Association. The WBA supports banks with products, education and lobbying efforts.

Karen Gabrielsen, a registered dietitian, has been hired by Mukilteo Physical Therapy. She received her master’s degree in human nutrition and food from Washington State University, specializing in sports nutrition.

Candace McKenna has been named president at KSER 90.7 FM, a non-profit community radio station. McKenna was previously the station’s vice president. Other board officers serving one-year terms include Darrell Gray, vice president; Linda Barth, secretary; and Sandy Thompson, treasurer.

Dan Craven has been hired as vice president of deposit strategy and product management at First Heritage Bank. Craven was previously an officer with Washington Mutual.

Rachel Mills has been hired as marketing director at First Heritage Bank. Mills was previously the bank’s marketing coordinator.

Adam Gesacion, Everett Events Center group sales director, received the Harlem Globetrotters Group Sales Director of the Year Award for having the highest percentage of group sales in relation to the total sales of a Globetrotters event. That event sold out at 9,007 tickets, and Gesacion’s group sold 4,000 of those tickets.

Edward Borey, of Mukilteo, was appointed chairman of the board and CEO of WatchGuard Technologies, Inc. Borey was previously executive vice president of COO at Intermec Technologies Corporation, a subsidiary of Unova, Inc.

Franklin Berger has been appointed to the board of directors for Seattle Genetics, Inc. Berger, a biotechnology industry analyst, was most recently a managing director, equity research and senior biotechnology analyst at J.P. Morgan Securities.

Janet Loveless, the human resource manager at CareForce in Lynnwood, received the Support Staff of the Year Award from the Home Care Association of Washington. Loveless was recognized because of commitment to Home Care through excellence in their work environment.

Diane Davis has been promoted to business development manager at Northwest Staffing Solutions, Inc. Davis was previously a senior staffing specialist.

Mike Marave, of Everett, has been appointed to a four-year term on the Economic Development Finance Authority. Marave is vice president of international operations for Pacifica Bank.

New businesses

Bistro Vino, a new restaurant owned by Nick Webster, is having its grand opening Friday and is located at 1801 Hewitt Avenue in downtown Everett. For more information, call 425-252-4214.


South Snohomish County Chamber of Commerce’s annual 5.5-kilometer Run of the Mill race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday in Mill Creek. For information, call 425-774-0507 or go online at

A silent auction supporting the Veterinary Specialty Center of Seattle will take place 7-9 p.m. July 16 at the Edmonds Floral Conference Center, 101 Fourth Ave. N. in Edmonds. Proceeds will benefit the Vashon Island Pet Protectors, Washington Ferret Rescue Shelter and the Veterinary Specialty Center Stray Fund. For more information, call 425-608-7661.

A chance to learn proper dining protocols will be taught 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at Madison’s Tea Room in Marysville. Workshops will be taught by Susan Springer, certified in Tea &Etiquette from the Protocol School of Washington, D.C. The cost is $149. For more information and to register, call 425-267-0153.

Girls ages 17 and younger will be able to play golf for free when accompanied by a paying adult from July 5 to 11 at Walter E. Hall Golf Course and Legion Memorial Golf Course. The National Golf Course Owners’ Take Your Daughter to the Course Week initiative is now in its fifth year. For more information, call Walter E. Hall Golf Course at 425-353-4653 or Legion Memorial Golf Course at 425-259-4653.

Small business owners concerned about excessive enforcement of federal rules can voice their opinion at a U.S. Small Business Administration Regulatory Fairness Board Hearing 8:30 a.m.-noon July 27 at the SBA Seattle District Office, 1200 6th Ave., Suite 1700.


Ryan Dudley accepted the 2004 Crystal Apple Award on behalf of Grange Insurance Group on May 14 from the Pacific Northwest and Lake Washington Chapters of the Charter Property Casualty Underwriters. The award is given to a Puget Sound area insurance company, agent or broker who has demonstrated support for the initiatives and membership of the CPCU.

Oak Harbor Freight Lines recently received three awards from two different state organizations. The company received first place for achieving more than 5 million miles with an outstanding safety record in the state of Oregon. Oak Harbor Freight Lines also received the Grand Champion Award for all trucking classes in Oregon and the 2004 Safe Fleet Award in Washington state.

Jack Carroll’s Lynnwood Dodge donated a Dodge Viper to the Edmonds School District Automotive Technology Program based at Meadowdale High School to help teach automotive basics, intermediate and advanced classes.

Harbour Point Lincoln Mercury of Everett and Smoky Point Buick Pontiac GMC of Arlington were received a 2003 AAA Top Shop Award for outstanding auto repair facilities.

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