Business Briefcase for Aug. 25

Herald staffAugust 24, 2013 

New positions

- Numerica Credit Union recently hired Derek Brownson as a business services relationship officer. He has 15 years of experience in the finance industry.

- Banner Bank recently hired Teresa Carlson as its vice president and relationship manager. Carlson, who has 20 years of banking experience, will be based out of the bank’s loan center in Kennewick. She will manage a wide range of commercial lending duties, and work on developing new relationships and assisting the bank’s business clients.

- Jean Tucker recently was named development manager at Second Harvest. She will manage individual and corporate donations, marketing, special events and media relations. Second Harvest is located in Pasco, in a new 14,000-square-foot distribution center.

- The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce recently named Lisa Nelson its event director. She will develop and carry out chamber events. She will work to improve a number of the chamber’s key events. Nelson also will serve as the staff liaison for the chamber’s awards and recognition committee and golf committee.

Awards, honors

- Glenda Ackerman, a Dade Moeller senior training specialist, has received the Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service Award from the The Institute of Nuclear Materials Management. Ackerman has 23 years of experience with nuclear materials control and accountability. She provides border security training at Hanford’s HAMMER training center.

- Columbia Basin College in Pasco recently received the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting’s annual merit award.

- Four Richland School District educators recently attended Washington State Laser’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, Education Leadership Institute. Maren Benedict and Rocio Goodey of Enterprise Middle School in West Richland, Kelly Lindsley of Chief Joseph Middle School in Richland, and Erika Doyle, a district curriculum coordinator, attended the event. The institute was designed to assist educators with teaching STEM curriculum.

- Jay Flynn of Kennewick recently was named one of the “Best Lawyers” in the country by the Best Lawyers ranking service. Flynn works at the firm Flynn Merriman McKennon in Kennewick. Lawyers are selected by their peers based on expertise and experience.

Donations, fundraisers

- Employees of the Sunnyside Walmart store donated $1,000 to Prevent Homeless Pets organization. PHP is a Mid-Columbia nonprofit agency that provides affordable spay and neuter surgeries for cats and dogs of low income people. The Walmart grant will pay for the spay/neuter surgeries of 50 cats in the Lower Valley area. For more information, call PHP at 509-375-4024, email to info@preventhomelesspets, or go to

- Fluor Federal Services in Richland recently gave away 100 backpacks to children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties’ Bobbie Littrell branch in Pasco. The company purchased the backpacks and employees donated money to fill the bags with school supplies. This is the 13th year Fluor has done its backpack giveaway.

- The annual Auction of Washington Wines raised more than $2 million. The money will pay for uncompensated care at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Washington State University’s viticulture and enology program.

- GAF Roofing and Shingles and Royal Roofing, a Tri-City contractor, are partnering with Tri-County Partners Habitat for Humanity to provide roofing materials and professional installation for two local homes. Construction on the houses is expected to be completed by January. Roof installation will begin in September.

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