Business Briefcase for Sept. 29

By the Herald staffSeptember 29, 2013 

New positions

-- Chris Zumhofe is the new account executive at Basin Pacific, Insurance Division in Kennewick. He will work in the small business division and community outreach. He previously worked for Farmers Insurance focusing on small business commercial.

-- Maaike Hurst, formerly a financial planner with Edward Jones Investments, recently joined Pacific Crest Planning of Kennewick.

-- Cathy Gee has been named director of the human resources division of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. She will oversee benefits, recruiting, diversity, staff development and training, and employee relations. Since 2010, she has been manager of strategic planning and business analysis for the human resources, communication and science education divisions and has been a member of PNNL's Research Operations Council.

Awards, honors

-- Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, leader of the state's Republican senators, was named winner of the 2013 Jim Matson Award by the Association of Washington Business. The award recognizes a state legislator who consistently supports issues important to Washington's employers.

-- Carlos Fraga, a chemical and biological sciences researcher at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been named a 2013 Luminary by the Great Minds in STEM organization, which focuses on education awareness programs for Hispanics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Fraga is internationally recognized for his research accomplishments in chemical forensics, a new field that he pioneered for the Department of Homeland Security.

-- Marv McKenzie has become an Ameriprise Financial private wealth adviser. To achieve this status, advisers must be experienced in serving affluent clients, achieve high client satisfaction scores, complete specialized training and achieve superior business results, according to a release. McKenzie has an office at 6601 W. Deschutes Ave., Suite E, Kennewick. He can be reached at 737-1690 or

-- Doug Warnock, a retired WSU Extension Agent, recently received the National Association of County Agricultural Agents' Hall of Fame Award. Warnock, of Prescott, served in Walla Walla County from 1961-73, Asotin County from 1973-78 and Kittitas County 1978-96.

-- The Hanford Voluntary Protection Programs Champions Committee has been awarded the Outreach Award by the VPP Participants' Association. Participants on the committee come from Washington Closure Hanford, CH2M Hill Plateau Remediation Co., Mission Support Alliance, Advanced Technologies and Laboratories, Bechtel National, Fluor Federal Services, Washington River Protection Solutions, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Department of Energy's Tri-Cities offices. The Hanford committee offered support and assistant to Hanford companies seeking VPP approval or reapproval. It exchanged safety information, including creating a website to provide information to promote safety and health program improvements.


-- Morris Bullock, a laboratory fellow at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been selected as a fellow in the Royal Society of Chemistry, the largest organization in Europe for advancing the chemical sciences. He was recognized for his significant contributions to the chemical sciences and for winning the organization's 2013 Homogeneous Catalysis award earlier this year. He is the director of the Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, an Energy Frontier Research Center of the Department of Energy.

New location

-- Dr. Valiant Chou has moved his practice to Lourdes West Pasco Women's Health. Chou's expertise is in full spectrum gynecological care including tubal ovarian disease and pathology, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy and infertility. He is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Chou and physicians at West Pasco Women's Health are accepting new patients at their new location and can be reached by calling 547-7536.

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