-- The Dayton Chamber of Commerce has hired a new manager, Andrew Holt, who will oversee the daily operations of the chamber as well as provide direction and leadership for the chamber.
Holt moved to Walla Walla in 2003 to build the news and sports department for Capps Broadcast Group. He served as news and sports director for Capps until 2008. In 2010, he became tourism services manager for Tourism Walla Walla, a nonprofit marketing agency. Before accepting the position with the chamber, he served as the sports information director for Whitman College.
-- James Duncan has been named RJ Lee Group director of the Center for Laboratory Sciences in Pasco. He will manage the lab's operations with a focus on chemistry and analytical capabilities, assisting clients and cultivating new business in the Tri-City area. Duncan, who has worked at Hanford for 20 years, has expertise in water treatment, chemical separations and hazardous waste treatment technologies. He is a member of the graduate engineering faculty at Washington State University and teaches at the Tri-City campus.
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-- Laura Harris-Hodges of Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Associated Brokers in Kennewick has been ranked as the company's No. 1 real estate agent in the Tri-City area, the No. 1 Coldwell Banker real estate agent in Washington and the No. 3 Coldwell Banker real estate agent in the western region, composed of 17 states. Rankings are based on total units sold.
-- The city of Hermiston has received a certificate of achievement for excellence in financial reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the city's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the 22nd year in a row.
The certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. The report has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the report.
-- Kennewick State Farm agent Scott Smith was recognized at a national State Farm event May 21-22 in Miami as a member of the company's Chairman's Circle, the highest award for a State Farm agent. Smith, a third-year agent, has an office at 4303 W. 27th Ave. in Kennewick.
-- Matthew Riesenweber, financial adviser for Waddell and Reed in Kennewick, has been named to Waddell and Reed's 2014 President's Council. The achievement is considered one of the highest honors available to the firm's financial advisers.
Riesenweber has been a professional in the financial services industry for 11 years, joining Waddell and Reed in 2003. Riesenweber has earned a bachelor's degree in finance from Abilene Christian University and is a chartered mutual fund counselor, as well as a certified financial planner.