Business Briefcase for Jan. 26

By the Herald staffJanuary 25, 2014 

Certifications

-- Justin Truax of Fulcrum Environmental Consulting Inc. in Yakima has become a certified Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, or AHERA, asbestos building inspector. After completing a three-day training course, Truax is now certified to survey and collect samples from public and commercial facilities to determine both the presence and location of asbestos containing materials.

-- After a five-day audit of its quality management system, Vista Engineering Technologies of Richland recently received certification to ISO 9001, a highly regarded business certification. Founded in 2000, Vista Engineering Technologies provides a wide variety of technical fields spanning the defense and energy industries and natural resource management.

-- Benton PUD received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the public utility district's 2012 comprehensive annual financial report. The report was judged to meet high standards, including demonstrating a spirit of full disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users to read the report.

New positions

-- Randy J. Johnston has joined Waddell & Reed of Kennewick as a financial adviser in the Tri-City and Wenatchee area. Johnston will assist individuals, families and business with a broad variety of financial needs.

Johnston, 54, has had 20 years of experience as a financial adviser prior to joining Waddell & Reed.

-- The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the recent hire of two new employees, Elizabeth Holt and Kim VanWormer. Holt joins the chamber as the new membership director and is responsible for the management and advancement of the membership and communications departments. VanWormer joins the chamber as the new event director and has the task of developing and executing chamber events to benefit and support members, businesses and the community.

Boards

-- Jim Middleton, president of Midd Farms in Franklin County, has been re-elected to a second three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Washington Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Program.

As a trustee, Middleton is closely involved with company fundraisers and promotion of the program, as well as serving on standing committees and recruiting candidates for the program. Middleton is a graduate of the program's Leadership Class 27.

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