Business Briefcase for Feb. 9

By the Herald staffFebruary 9, 2014 

New positions

-- Joe Grad has been promoted from superintendent of transmission and distribution to director of operations at the Franklin Public Utility District. He will be responsible for all functions of the Operations Department, which include line crews, warehouse, mechanics, substations, meter shop and the operation and maintenance of generation equipment. Grad started his career in 1979 as an apprentice lineman, and has also held positions as journeyman lineman and general foreman.

-- Matthew H. Smith has been named manager of the Dade Moeller Training Academy, which provides radiation and occupational safety training. He replaces Judson Kenoyer, who is retiring. Smith, a senior health physicist at Dade Moeller, has supported more than 200 training courses for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Department of Energy and the State Department. He plans to launch partnerships for radiation safety training with academic institutions and private companies.


-- The Northwest Lions Foundation has awarded a project support grant of $2,250 to the Edith Bishel Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired to be used for operation costs and public relations. The local Kennewick Lions Club recommended the nonprofit center for the grant, according to a release.

Grand opening

-- Landmark Professional Mortgage Company is holding a grand opening from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at its new office at 1333 Columbia Park Trail, Suite 110, Richland.

There will be food and drawings.

For more information, call 491-3520 or go to www.landmark


-- The National Arbor Day Foundation has named Columbia Basin College a Tree Campus U.S.A. for its fifth consecutive year.

CBC obtained this title by meeting five standards set by the National Arbor Day Foundation, including the maintenance of a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures for its campus tree program, an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning project.

The college will celebrate its achievement at an Arbor Day ceremony April 9.


-- The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2014 board of directors roster. The 37 members serve as representatives for almost 1,300 member businesses.

The executive committee includes: Chairman Rene Vasquez, Ennis Fine Furniture; Past Chairman Mike McWhorter, PayneWest Insurance; Chairman Elect Ron Boninger, TiLite; Treasurer Kevin Sullivan, Vista Engineering Technologies; Marty Conger, Battelle; Melissa Garrard, Washington River Protection Solutions; Tom Mackay, AgriNorthwest; Vicki Monteagudo, Century 21 Tri-Cities; Tony Umek, Fluor Government Group; John Ziobro, Telquist Ziobro McMillen, PLLC.

Board of directors: Sherry Armijo, Abadan; Dave Barr, Dave Barr CLU; Annie Bixler, HAPO Community Credit Union; Christine Brown, KNDU-TV; Paul Carlisle, elevate; Sean Flaherty, Tri-City Herald; Nick Gonzales, Bouten Construction; Dallas Green, Windermere Real Estate/Tri-Cities; Don Karger, Henry's Restaurant; Russ Keefer, Trios Health; Carlos Martinez, Dura-Shine Clean Company; Eric Martuscelli, Cascade Natural Gas; Karen Miller, Benton PUD; Mike Miller, Moon Security Services; Dean Moody, Intermountain West Insulation; Dr. Lee Ostler, The Center for Dental Health; Scott Oxenford, Bechtel National; Scott Parnell, Washington Closure Hanford; Bill Robertson, Bill Robertson Nissan; Cheryl Salomone, Townsquare Media; Khurshed Sharifov, Century Securities Associates; Steve Simmons, Country Gentleman Restaurant & Catering; Derrick Stricker, NAI Tri-Cities; Roland Thompson, Liebe-Thompson Financial Planners; Ted Vause, Metlife Premier Client Group; Randy Way, Sylvan Learning Center; and Rae Weil, Mission Support Alliance.

-- The Walla Walla Public School Employees Union installed new officers recently, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

President Dave Locken will serve with Jeff Givens, vice president; Pattie Eagon, secretary; and Ginger Heiser, treasurer.

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