Dade Moeller receives award
The Environmental Business Journal presented Dade Moeller with a silver medal for outstanding business performance in 2011. Dade Moeller’s second-place ranking was in the mid-sized firm ($20 million – $100 million revenue) category. In 2011, Dade Moeller, of Richland, increased its revenue by 34 percent to 55 million, up from $40.9 million in 2010. Half of the company’s 70 new employees in 2011 were hired to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s efforts to assess environmental damage in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill.
Mark Kajita of Baker Boyer Bank in Walla Walla was promoted to executive vice president, Wealth Management Division manager and chief investment officer. Kajita leads the bank’s Wealth Management Division, which includes investment management and trust services, Baker Boyer investor services and the Investment Group. Kajita began his Baker Boyer career in 2003 as a portfolio manager and has been an economic spokesman and chief investment strategist for the bank’s fiduciary portfolios.
Smith joins 1st Choice Restoration
Elizabeth Smith has joined 1st Choice Restoration in Kennewick as the company’s marketing director. Smith has more than 10 years of marketing, sales and external experience. 1st Choice Restoration is a locally-owned licensed general contractor in Washington and Oregon. The company provides 24-hour mitigation services for water, fire and smoke damage to residential or commercial structures and works with all insurance companies in the rebuilding of the home or business.
Pasco fire captain retires
John Blair, a captain with the Pasco Fire Department, retired from the department after 40 years of service. His last day on the job was Jan. 31.
Wallace places in DECA
Brittany Wallace, a freshman at Southridge High School, placed 10th in the Western Region in DECA’s online SIFMA Foundation Stock Market Game. Each participant manages all aspects of a portfolio, including stock selection, buying and selling, with the goal of increasing the value of the portfolio. Wallace’s top 10 placement earned her a spot at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah in April.
AWB honors Fluor
Fluor Federal Service in Richland was honored by the Association of Washington Business at the association’s Better Workplace Awards. The awards honor Washington companies that have set the bar for workplace safety, job training and advancement, and innovative benefit and compensation programs.
Mitchell receives Award
Benton-Franklin Superior Court Judge Cameron Mitchell presented with the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award Jan. 16 at Columbia Basin College. Mitchell, 53, became the court’s first minority judge when he was appointed to the position by Gov. Gary Locke in 2004.
Bardin joins Columbia Center
Patricia Bardin has joined Simon Property Group’s Columbia Center in Kennewick as the director of marketing and business development. Bardin’s experience includes marketing communications, design, social media strategy and web operations.
Voice of Dust Devils announced
Chris King will be the new voice of the Tri-City Dust Devils, having been appointed the team’s new radio play-by-play announcer. King is a Washington State University graduate and is currently the play-by-play announcer for Boise State University women’s basketball. King spent three of the past four summers broadcasting in the Northwest for the Wenatchee AppleSox of the Wet Coast League. He has also broadcast high school sports on radio and television throughout the state since 2006.
Nelson named president
Tri-Cities Realtor Faye Nelson was named the 2012 president of the Washington Association of REALTORS® in January. Faye served on the REALTORS® Legislative Steering committee for eight years and as the committee’s chairwoman in 2009. A former Benton County Planning commissioner, Nelson was appointed to the National Association of REALTORS® 2011 Land Use, Property Rights and Environmental committee. Nelson served as president of the Tri-City Association of REALTORS® in 2006. She is a graduate of Washington Realtors’ Leadership Institute Northwest and of NAR’s 2009 Leadership Academy. Nelson is a real estate professional with RE/MAX First Advantage in Tri-Cities.
Glines joins Dade Moeller
Wayne M. Glines has joined Dade Moeller in Richland as a senior health physicist. Gline spent 15 years as a senior technical advisor for radiological controls for the U.S. Department of Energy at the Richland Operations Office. Prior to that, Glines managed the Radiological Environmental Surveillance Program at the Nevada National Security Site. Glines will provide leadership and support for Dade Moeller’s business operations in the DOE, dosimetry and Homeland Security markets.
Sharon R. Brown has been appointed to the National League of Cities’ 2012 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee. Brown is mayor pro tem for the City of Kennewick. The Community and Economic Development Committee is responsible for developing policy positions on issues involving housing, community and economic development, land use, recreation and parks, historic preservation and international competitiveness.
Glenn S. Caprio, chief financial officer for Dade Moeller in Richland, has been elected to the board of the United Way of Benton and Franklin County. Caprio will serve a three-year term.
Development League elects board
Ron Fode of Fode Farms in Moses Lake was elected chairman of the Columbia Basin Development League board. Milton Johnston of Ellensburg was elected vice chairman; Jake Wollman Jr. of Warden is treasurer and Orman Johnson of Othello was elected secretary. Heath Gimmestad of Moses Lake is past chairman. The Columbia Basin Development League promotes getting water to land through the orderly extension to addition blocks of farm land with delivery infrastructure added as necessary so that eligible lands receive a water supply.
Banner names new branch manager
Wade Robbins has joined Banner Bank’s Eastgate branch in Walla Walla as assistant vice president/retail branch manager. Robbins previously worked at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage in Aberdeen as a home mortgage consultant. In addition to financing and home mortgages, Robbins has 10 years of branch management experience.
Riesenweber receives honor
Matthew Riesenweber CFP®, CMFC, a financial advisor in Waddell & Reed Inc.’s Kennewick office has been named to the company’s President’s Council, one of its highest honors for financial advisors. The President’s Council award is give to only 12 of Waddell & Reed’s financial advisors. This is the fourth consecutive year Riesenweber has earned the honor.
Cherry named Youth of the Year
Brenna Cherry was chosen as the 2012 Youth of the Year by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties. Cherry, 16, is a junior at Prosser High School She was a regular staff member during the summer months and earned her lifeguard certification to become a water safety instructor for the Michael Phelps imProgram at the Club. She will represent the Benton and Franklin region in the state Youth of the Year competition in March.
Hubbard earns certification
Sylvia Hubbard, Franklin PUD’s human resources generalist, recently earned her Professional in Human Resources Certificate, which is administered by the Human Resources Certification Institute. To become certified, individuals must meet strict professional experience and educational requirements before taking the exam.
Potter named COO
Ross Potter has been promoted to chief operating officer of Dade Moeller. Potter will be responsible for operational performance and effectiveness, as well as alignment with changing requirements as the Richland company grows. Potter joined the company in 2000 and served as vice president for business development until 2009. Prior to joining Dade Moeller, he was operations manager for Hart Crowser in Seattle and worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology. Potter has lived in Richland for 21 years.
Total Energy Management receives award
Carrier Corporation presented its 2012 President’s Award to Total Energy Management. President’s Award recipients are businesses that far exceed not only Carrier dealer expectations, but also the higher standards of being a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealers.
Kenoyer named manager
Judson Kenoyer has been named manager of the Dade Moeller Training Academy, which specializes in radiation and occupational safety training. Kenoyer, certified as both a health physicist and industrial hygienist, is uniquely qualified to lead the Training Academy’s recently-launched expansion into the worker safety training market. Kenoyer will manage all company-wide training activities.