Business Briefcase for June 22

New positions

-- Matthew Whitish has been hired by Design West Architects. Whitish is a licensed architect, with eight years experience in the construction industry and an extensive background in construction and design experience.

-- HDJ Design Group has hired Thomas J. Boshart as a survey party chief. He has 10 years surveying experience, including land, hydro and laser scanning. He has surveyed on the West Coast, Inland Northwest, Canada, Alaska, Texas and the Gulf Coast. His past projects include small property boundaries, large government mapping projects, hydroelectric dams, oil and gas industry related surveys and more.

Boshart is originally from Washington and lives in the area with his wife and five children.


-- Senske Services of Kennewick recently was ranked No. 66 on Landscape Management's list of the green industry's largest companies.

The list is based on 2013 revenue, when Senske reported $19.8 million.

Senske has offered lawn, tree and pest control services across Eastern Washington, Idaho and Utah for more than 65 years. The company also provides pest control in Las Vegas.

-- Fire Chief William Whealan of Benton Fire District 4 has successfully completed the process to earn the professional designation of "Chief Fire Officer," or CFO. Chief Whealan is one of only 983 CFOs worldwide.

To earn the designation, Whealan demonstrated excellence in seven areas: experience, education, professional development, professional contributions, association membership, community involvement and technical competencies.

Whealan has been with the fire district for three years and lives in West Richland.

-- Michelle Ochweri, Benton Public Utility District manager of contracts and purchasing, has been honored with the Institute for Supply Management Person of the Year Leadership Award for her work with the institute's Columbia Basin affiliate. Under her leadership, ISM-Columbia Basin held summer planning meetings for three consecutive years, resulting in a board action-item list that is monitored and updated monthly. She oversaw a change in monthly program format and venue, which increased program attendance by 50 percent and implemented an action to call each affiliate member at least once a year to discuss affiliate goals and performance improvements.


-- Levi Wyatt recently completed certification as a Washington State Lead Risk Assessor and Washington State Lead Inspector with Fulcrum Environmental Consulting Inc.

As a risk assessor, Wyatt is responsible for determining the presence and risk of exposure in quantifying levels of potential lead contamination.