Business Briefcase for March 2

By the Herald staffMarch 2, 2014 

New positions

-- Petersen Hastings, a registered investment adviser in Kennewick, has added Donna Yakawich as a wealth planner. Yakawich joined Petersen Hastings in October 2013 after working for a local CPA firm for more than 19 years. She has an extensive background in providing a variety of clients' financial and tax-related needs.

Yakawich attended Montana State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in accounting. She is licensed as a certified public accountant and a licensed investment adviser representative.

-- Nate Rivera has been named Hermiston's superintendent for its electric distribution utility, Hermiston Energy Services. Rivera has been employed by Umatilla Electric Cooperative as its community relations representative for a decade. He succeeds Russ Dorran, the city's first electric superintendent, who died in January. Rivera will be responsible for business management of the utility and the city's operational contact with Umatilla Electric. He also will advocate for regional hydroelectric issues and be a member of the city's economic development team.


-- Christa Sasser, designated broker and owner of Distinctive Properties, was awarded the prestigious Larry E. Miller award during the recent Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Fire and Ice Ball.

Sasser received the award for exhibiting excellent performance in real estate. The award emphasizes her outstanding years of service in the industry and her constant dedication to the real estate profession, as well as her innovative spirit.

-- Jack J. Vazquez, director of maintenance for Bergstrom Aircraft, has earned the 2014 Aviation Service Technician Award from the National Aviation Transportation Association. Vazquez has worked for 35 years in the aircraft industry. He will be presented with the award in Washington, D.C., in March.

-- Windy Allison-Ramsay of Cascade Title Co. of Benton Franklin Counties was awarded the 2013 Affiliate of the Year Award from the Tri-City Association of Realtors.

Allison-Ramsay has been with Cascade Title since 1998 and is currently business development manager. She has demonstrated exceptional customer service and professionalism, the association said.

-- Terrence Vause of MetLife Premier Client Group was a recent participant in MetLife's Advanced Estate and Family Business Succession Planning Institute to ensure the company's representatives are at the forefront of financial, estate and business planning strategies. Vause has spent 15 years working in finance with MetLife.


-- Two Pacific Northwest National Laboratory leaders have been named to the board of the Council for Chemical Research, which seeks to advance research in chemistry, chemical engineering and related disciplines.

Jud Virden, the associate laboratory director of PNNL's Energy and Environment Directorate, was elected to the council's governing board. Virden leads a team of almost 1,000 staff in developing science and technology solutions for energy and environmental challenges.

Kelly O. Sullivan, manager of PNNL's institutional science and technology investments, was named the council's second vice chair. Sullivan manages the investment of about $80 million annually to develop PNNL's capabilities and business as part of PNNL's Office of Institutional Strategy, Science and Technology.


-- Cameron Salony, a public affairs specialist for the Department of Energy at Hanford, is one of 10 federal employees to be awarded a Mansfield Fellowship in a program established by Congress to promote cooperation in United States and Asia relations. He will travel to Japan for the one-year fellowship, spending 10 months working with Japanese officials and additional time in a Japanese language program.

New business

-- A new antique shop is opening in Richland on Tuesday. Hunt and Gather Antique Village will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The store is at 1350A Jadwin Ave. To learn more, call 430-2151.

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