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Scott McGann joins Fidelity Associates




Scott McGann, with 18 years of experience in the insurance business, joins Fidelity Associates Insurance and Financial Services. A Gonzaga Prep and USC graduate, he was previously with Payne Financial Group in Spokane.


Ben & Jerry's Spokane Scoop Shop Celebrates Annual Free Cone Day tomorrow

We all scream for free ice cream and Ben and Jerry's at River Park Square has it, this Tuesday from noon to 8 pm. Every year since 1979, Ben & Jerry's fans have asked the same question over and over: 'Why?! Why do you give away free ice cream for one day every year?' The answer hasn't changed since the company celebrated its first anniversary and first annual Free Cone Day over 30 years ago. Co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield created the event and gave out free scoops as a way to thank the community for their support and continued business. On Tuesday, April 3rd, the Ben & Jerry's at 808 W. Main River Park Square in Spokane, will throw open the doors, continue the tradition and celebrate Free Cone Day once again.

While the Spokane Ben & Jerry's continues the time-tested annual Free Cone Day event, the company is bringing a taste of something new to the table with its most recent product line: Greek Frozen Yogurt. The brand new line, offered in four different flavors in Scoop Shops, is sure to catch the eye of some Free Cone Day attendees. The company uses real Greek yogurt - which is made through a traditional straining process - leaving a thicker, creamier and smooth product which has been all the rage in the refrigerated aisle.

This year, they will be collecting fashion accessories & monetary donations for Teen Closet. Teen Closet is an nonprofit organization that helps boost the self esteem of teenagers in foster care, by providing fashionable clothing and accessories of their choice. At Free Cone Day, there will be an information table about Teen Closet and they will be accepting donations of new or gently used accessories (scarves, jewelry, necklaces, handbags, etc.) and loose change! For more information about Teen Closet check out their website at www.teencloset.org.

For more information about Free Cone Day, please contact Ben & Jerry's at 509-455-8500.


Steve Tammaro is new President and CEO at YMCA

The YMCA of the Inland Northwest announces that Steve Tammaro has been named President and CEO. Steve comes to Spokane with over 30 years of YMCA leadership in Boston, Rochester, Nashville and most recently as Chief Operating Officer/Senior Vice President of the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver.

Steve's strong leadership with community collaboration has been exemplified by relationships with the Denver Public School System, area Healthcare providers and Regional Parks and Recreation systems. His expertise in 'friend-raising' highlights his dedication to relationship building in all of the communities he has previously served while creating sustainability through a variety of activities. These strengths will align well and be an asset to the Y’s current strategic plan and vision here in the Spokane community.

Tammaro will be transitioning into the President and CEO position beginning with Y Board and staff meetings in late April and is expected to take over full time the first week of June.


Wild Sage restaurant celebrates 6 years in business.






Wild Sage American Bistro, at 916 West 2nd Avenue (at Lincoln), is consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in Spokane and two time winner of the Full Service Restaurant of the Year award from the Washington Restaurant Association. They are celebrating six years in business, with the last year being the best since they opened.

Founded in 2006, the first thing you'll experience at Wild Sage is the rich earth tones and classic architectural details that make the bistro both relaxing and refined. Walls of windows saturate the interior space with abundant natural light during the day and provide an intimate atmosphere at night. Their three dining areas allow for conversations to flow comfortably yet privately for a wonderful dining experience.

Managing partners Tom Sciortino and David Wells, and consulting partner Gare Traeger, run the Wild Sage. The three have drawn from their extensive restaurant experience in California, Minnesota, Hawaii, Seattle and here in Spokane to create a premier dining adventure that has quickly become an award winning local favorite. The phone number is 509-456-7575 and the website is wildsagebistro.com.

Success Drives Revita Rehab Clinic to Expansion, Move

Revita Rehab, a clinic utilizing patented equipment and successfully treating patients from 14 to 80 years-old with chronic back, neck and shoulder pain, is expanding and moving. Revita closed the University District clinic on March 31st, and will expand to two new locations in north Spokane and the Spokane Valley. The north location is at 203 E. Dalke, Suite B, and the Valley location is at 1421 N. Mullan, Suite B.

The north-side clinic will be co-owned and managed by Craig Peterson, PT, and his wife, Jamie, as well as Barbara Moe, MPT. Revita Holdings will also be a co-owner. Craig Peterson has 20 years of experience as a physical therapist and currently has ownership interest in four physical therapy clinics in Spokane. The valley clinic will be owned by Revita Holdings and managed by Dr. Steven Borders, D.C., with support from Dr. Donnelle Odren, DPT. Both Borders and Odren have ownership interests in the valley clinic.

Both clinics feature patented equipment designed and manufactured by PneuThera, located in Sandpoint, Idaho. The equipment and protocols are currently being used by Revita Rehab as part of a Spokane based clinical study on lower back treatment.


Telect leases space at Spokane Business and Industrial Park

Telecommunications manufacturer Telect, Inc. has leased approximately 15,000 square feet of space in Building 100 of the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3808 N. Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley.

Group Health Cooperative names Kelly Stanford Vice President of Market Development, Spokane

Group Health Cooperative has named Kelly Stanford vice president of market development for the Spokane region. Stanford will be dedicated full-time to developing an integrated delivery system in Spokane. In doing so, she will work with Providence Health Care and other providers who share both organization’s commitment to patient-centered, community-minded, and mission-driven health care.

Stanford brings seasoned expertise in working with both physicians and health plans, including more than a decade of experience as one of the key executive leaders of Columbia Medical Associates (CMA), the large group of primary care physicians Group Health acquired in 2011. She will continue in her current role as president of CMA, but assumes new executive responsibilities with Group Health.

Stanford's role at Group Health represents a continued commitment from the organization to real, on-the-ground work to improve the way health care is delivered to patients in the communities it serves. Group Health has earned national recognition for its next-generation care practices such as electronic medical records, a medical home model of care delivered in the Group Health Medical Centers, reduction in hospital readmission rates, use of comparative effectiveness data, and shared decision making between providers and patients.

Stanford joins Group Health executives Brad Pope, MD, district medical director; Robert Burden, district administrator; Tom Schaaf, MD, medical director for primary care; and Pam Lake, medical center administrator; in rounding out Group Health’s management team in Spokane.


Adrienne Ressa joins Hanna & Associates

Coeur d'Alene-based marketing communications company Hanna & Associates Inc. recently added Adrienne Ressa to its creative department, according to Vice President/Creative Director John Baechler. She was hired to serve as Art Director.

Prior to joining Hanna, Ressa spent nine years as a designer and worked at three different Spokane advertising agencies. She has a degree in Communications from Eastern Washington University and is a graphic design graduate of Spokane Falls Community College.

Hanna & Associates was founded in 1977 and has grown to become one of the Inland Northwest's largest full-service marketing communications companies. The firm helps clients develop strategic marketing programs and specializes in brand development and management, traditional and digital advertising and promotion, interactive design and development, website design and programming, and media planning and purchasing. Hanna & Associates is a member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA).

Wood Insurance Network Group opens in Spokane

Chris Wood, a Certified Insurance Counselor, and 15-year veteran of the industry, has opened the Wood Insurance Network Group, LLC, an independent insurance agency, servicing the Property and Casualty side of the Insurance Industry with a twist.

Wood has made it the sole mission to do things differently, utilizing technology and social media to the fullest in providing clients with access to the best options and client service. His office is located at 421 W. Riverside, Suite 668.

Chris Majer to speak at Marketing Associates

Marketing Associates of Spokane will be holding their monthly meeting Thursday, April 12th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at The Lincoln Center, 1316 North Lincoln Street, Spokane. Chris Majer, of the Human Potential Project, will present the program Human Potential: The Power to Transform. The subject will be an innovative approach to leadership training featuring Mr. Majer's views on what it takes to be effective both individually and corporately in our current environment.

RSVP per the MAS website www.maspokane.org by Monday, April 9th. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information please contact Lisa Burke at 509-747-2179 or lisab@lseng.com with any questions.

Changes at Choice Realty

Choice Realty in Spokane announces Eric Etzel as a replacement managing broker for former broker Melissa Murphy. Etzel comes to Choice Realty with 22 years brokerage management experience from Coldwell Banker.

SCAN Names Board of Directors

Support, Care And Networking, SCAN, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) agency. Since 1973, SCAN has been dedicated to strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect. With 70 employees, SCAN provides services for over 500 children each month through programs designed to strengthen at-risk families living in Spokane and other locations in Eastern Washington. To fulfill its mission, SCAN provides Fatherhood classroom training focused on nurturing. SCAN also provides individual and group counseling services, one-on-one parent mentoring, support groups, and supervised visitation services focused on reunification of parents with their children. The Board of Directors include: Edward H. Turner, President & Partner, Stamper Rubens, P.S.; Lee Taylor, VP & Executive Director, Project Access; Mike Broemeling, Director, Avista Corporation; Shannon Stiltner, Independent Marketing Consultant; Steve Slater, Chief Operating Officer, Stellar Industrial Supply; Tim Gump, President, EDMO Distributors, Inc. More information can be found at www.ScanCenter.org.

Marnie Schroer named to Pacesetter's Club at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney announced today that Marnie Schroer, a Financial Advisor and Certified Financial Planner, in its Wealth Management office in Spokane, has been named to the Firm's Pacesetter's Club, a global recognition program for Financial Advisors who, within their first five years, demonstrate the highest professional standards and first class client service. Marnie Schroer, who has been with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and its predecessor firms, since 2007, is a native of Kalispell, MT. She holds a bachelor's degree from Columbia University and a master's degree from the University of Iowa.

Ms. Schroer can be reached at the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney office at 717 W Sprague Ave, Ste. 500, Spokane WA 99203, by phone at 509-455-5047 & by e-mail at marnie.a.schroer@mssb.com.

EWU 'National Champions' license plates released

Eastern Washington University's Office of Alumni Advancement announces the release of the latest edition of the EWU Eagle License Plates, this one coming with a tribute to Eastern's historic national championship in football. The new design includes the popular EWU Eagle logo featured on the previous series, with silhouettes of cheering fans in the background and the words National Champions inscribed in red on the bottom.

The new Eagle design is more than just a celebration of the national championship, as $28 of each $30 specialized plate fee will go toward scholarships for EWU students. To date, approximately $250,000 has been raised for student scholarships through the EWU license plate program. Over the past year alone, 38 scholarships have been awarded as a result of the EWU collegiate plate.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Before anything else, preparation is the key to success."
Alexander Graham Bell





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