Business Briefcase for week of May 27

By the Tri-City HeraldMay 26, 2013 


-- University of Florida Law Professor Dennis Calfee was the Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year. Calfee was born in Pasco and raised in Connell where his father was the town's sole pharmacist. He graduated from Gonzaga University. The award was presented at the Florida Bar Tax Section's annual meeting April 27.

-- Yong Wang, a fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is a Voiland distinguished professor at Washington State University Pullman and also is the associate director of PNNL's Institute for Integrated Catalysis. His research focuses on the development of novel catalytic materials and reaction engineering for the conversion of fossil and biomass feedstocks to fuels and chemicals.

-- Builder magazine named Hayden Homes, which has Tri-City locations, as No. 42 on its list of the top 100 builders in America. The list includes public and private builders. Hayden was commended for its high-quality homes and low prices.

-- Baker Boyer Bank was recently recognized as one of the Top 200 Community Banks by American Banker magazine. The bank was ranked 14th out of thousands of community banks across the country. The bank has its headquarters in Walla Walla.


-- Allison Campbell, the associate laboratory director for the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been given the Distinguished Alumni Award by Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. As a physical chemist, she has earned national and international recognition for her work in basic science and biomedical research.

-- Jun Liu, a Pacific Northwest National Laboratory materials scientist, has been named the lab's Inventor of the Year for his work developing battery materials that can store large amounts of energy, ease impacts to the electric grid and reduce the time it takes to charge cell phones and electric vehicles. During 2011 and 2012, Liu received four patents, contributed to 25 additional patent applications and filed 17 invention reports related to battery innovation. In addition, Michael Lilga, Kerry Meinhardt and Keqi Tang have been given Distinguished Inventor of Battelle awards for receiving 14 or more U.S. patents for their work.

-- The Wedding Industry Experts Award winners announced that Firefly BLU of West Richland won for best cinematography in Washington state. The company also placed third in the country and 30th in the world for cinematography.

New positions

-- Design West Architects in Kennewick recently announced the hiring of Beth Bailey, a licensed architect in Idaho and Washington. She has 20 years of experience in design and construction.

Fundraisers, grants

-- Dutch Bros Coffee raised more than $270,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Each of the 198 Dutch Bros. Coffee locations donated the money made May 3. The fundraiser surpassed last year's donation by more than $100,000.

-- The Wildhorse Foundation recently announced the recipients of its 2013 first quarter grant. The American Red Cross Benton-Franklin Chapter in Kennewick received $7,500 for its disaster service program. The Children's Museum of Walla Walla received $1,500 for the "Our Little Stars" program.

New business

-- Fountain of Youth Aesthetics recently opened at 2417 W. Kennewick Ave. The spa offers facials, eyebrow and lash tinting, eyelash extensions, chemical peels, body waxing, micordermabrasion and more. Owner Jennifer Hughes focuses on the treatment of skin tags, sun spots, broken capillaries, clogged pores, blackheads and other skin conditions. The spa is open from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more information, go to fountainof

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