Business Briefcase for June 23

By the Tri-City HeraldJune 23, 2013 

New positions

- Real estate broker Chase Morgan recently joined Smart Realty, a real estate brokerage firm at 1201 Jadwin Ave., Suite 104, Richland.

- HAPO Community Credit Union recently named Eric Clements as its vice president of technology. He will be responsible for HAPO's computer technologies and network security systems. Clements joined HAPO in August 2012 as the director of support services, responsible for all of its facilities.

- Tamaki Law in Kennewick recently hired attorney Jeff Kreutz. Kreutz is a graduate of Seattle University's law school. He is fluent in Spanish.

- Ellen Kathren was recently named the executive director of Elijah Family Homes of Richland. She will work to provide leadership and connect with local organizations and businesses. For more information, go to

Awards, honors

w Jackie George of Walla Walla recently received the Southeast Washington Association of School Administrator's Community Leadership Award. George worked as a librarian within and continues to volunteer the Walla Walla School District. Most for her volunteer work has been as a volunteer librarian at Lincoln High School, where she remodeled the checkout system and updated the library's collection.

- Travis Morrow, owner and president of Kennewick's 3 Rivers Financial Group, recently qualified for the Prudential Financials Master Council. This is the sixth consecutive year Morrow has qualified for this honor. The council recognizes the achievements of professionals focused on retirement income planning.

- Walla Walla Community College has been selected for the Achieving the Dream National Reform Network, which focuses on improving student success in higher education. As part of its membership in the network, the college will begin to identify achievement gaps and other obstacles to student success. The college will then begin to create comprehensive strategies for addressing these issues.

- An article in the June edition of the national Water System Operator magazine highlights a retrofit project at the city of Richland's Columbia River Water Treatment Plant. The article, called "Bright Ideas: Going Dry," talks about a 2009 project that converted a wet chlorine gas scrubber into a more reliable dry scrubber, which improved efficiency and safety and saved the city money, a city news release said. The article is available at

- The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, or NAIFA, recently announced that the Tri-Cities chapter of the association has been named the local association of the year for the state. The association represents insurance professionals across the United States. Craig Forman is president; Todd Halterman is president-elect; Mark Rogers is past president; Kevin Gunn is treasurer; Niles Gale, Ryan Sullivan, Roger McDowell and Joe Peterson are on the board of directors.


- John Givens, a member of the Kennewick Public Facilities District Board, has been named to the executive committee of the Association of Washington State Public Facilities Districts, which "acts as a conduit for its member organizations in dealing with legal, legislative and regulatory issues associated with the state's public facilities authorities," a news release said.


- The Washington State Department of Agriculture recently awarded a $15,000 grant to Washington State University's AgWeatherNet. The project is a network of automated weather stations operated by the university. The grant is part of an effort aimed at improving manure management on dairies.

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