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Craig Dias Wins 2012 Washington Manufacturing Executive of the Year




Seattle Business magazine has honored Craig Dias, Vice President and General Manager at Haskins Steel Co., Inc. as the Mid-Size Manufacturing Executive of the Year at the third annual Washington Manufacturing Awards recently at the Westin Hotel in Seattle. More than 250 members of the state's manufacturing community attended the event, which featured a keynote speech by Washington Attorney General and 2012 gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna.

Dias has been instrumental in keeping Haskins efficient and thriving by adding energy efficient equipment, implementing lean management practices and landing ISO 9001 certification. The company increased revenue by 37 percent in one year. They are a vocal advocate of hiring military veterans as well as National Guard members and reservists.

Dias also devotes considerable time to community involvement. Beneficiaries of his time and expertise include the Inland Northwest Lighthouse for the Blind, Greater Spokane Inc., Washington Policy Center and Spokane Area Workforce Development Council.

Haskins Steel Co., Inc. has been a dominant provider of Metal Supplies and Services for the Inland Northwest since 1955.


Kimmel Athletic names new Chief Operating Officer

Kimmel Athletic Supply announced the hiring of David Barnes as Chief Operating Officer effective April 1. Barnes, who has an MBA from University of Phoenix, was previously president and general manager of the DataDot Technology, USA, a technology manufacturing company.

Kimmel Athletic also announced that Dave Trimmer, a 24-year veteran sports writer for the Spokesman-Review has joined the company as a Team Salesman. Trimmer, a graduate of the University of Montana, will sell throughout the Inland Northwest area.

The Company also announced that Kaylen McRae, formerly with Athletic Supply, LLC in Redmond, WA, has been named Marketing Specialist for the company. McRae, a graduate of WSU, has over six years experience in the athletic supply business.

Kimmel Athletic Supply Company, Inc., headquartered in Spokane, operates Team sales divisions in Spokane, Yakima, Redmond, WA as well as Coeur d'Alene, ID, Salem, OR and Dallas TX. The company has been in business since 1969. The website is kimmelathletic.com.

Hanna & Associates gets some national press

Coeur d'Alene-based marketing communications company Hanna & Associates, Inc., was recently featured by Adweek magazine, a leading national trade publication covering media, marketing and related industry technology. In its April 25 edition, the publication highlighted Hanna & Associates in an article entitled 'Big Fish, Small Ponds.'

"We were one of only eight small-market agencies throughout the country to be included," said Hanna Founder and President Dayne G. Hanna. "We were selected based on the quality of our work and for being able to serve clients not only in the Northwest, but in other regions of the country."

,Adweek writer Gabriel Beltrone says, "...when it comes to blending local expertise with a populist aesthetic, these are the experts." To read the complete article online, visit: www.adweek.com/news/advertising-branding/big-fish-small-ponds-139749.


Junior Achievement's 2012 Business Hall of Fame this Friday

This Friday, May 11, Junior Achievement will induct Laureates Mike Taylor and Don Kardong into their Business Hall of Fame. The event will be held at The Davenport Hotel's Grand Pennington Ballroom starting at 5:45 pm with a silent auction and reception followed by dinner and a ceremony at 7:00 pm.

Honored Laureate, Mike Taylor, is currently the Director of Engineering Services for the City of Spokane. He founded Taylor Engineering, Inc. in 1985 with more than 30 years of experience designing private and public works improvements projects. Mike will also be a speaker for the event.

Honored Laureate, Don Kardong, is a former Olympic Marathoner, senior writer for Runner's World Magazine, founder of the Lilac Bloomsday Run, and past president of the Road Runners Club of America. He is an author, speaker, consultant, and online coach. Don will also be a speaker for the event.

Make your reservation today. For more information and reservations, available sponsorships, or Junior Achievement in general, please contact Janet Banaugh, Development and Special Events manager at 509-624-7114. You can email janetb@jaspokane.org for more details.

Grand Estate Consignment opens

Grand Estate Consignment has opened for business at 7104 N Division Street. They offer a wide variety in high-quality furnishings, antiques, artwork, and collectibles. They will be hosting a grand opening Saturday, June 2 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. You can learn more at Spokane Consignment on Facebook to view the latest merchandise and daily specials.

Kirsten Paul hired at GU

Kristen Paul has recently been hired as the marketing and recruiting specialist for the Gonzaga University Graduate School of Business Administration. This position is responsible for recruiting prospective students to the Master of Business Administration and Master of Accountancy programs, as well as all marketing for the programs. Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations from Gonzaga in 2007.

Prior to Gonzaga, Paul served as an account executive for Spokane-based Desautel Hege Communications, an integrated public relations and marketing firm. For more information, contact Kristen Paul at 509-313-7047 or e-mail at paulk@jepson.gonzaga.edu.


Nominate a business star under 40

Inland Business Catalyst, the region's premier business magazine has opened the nomination process for its most popular feature, the '20 Under 40' Rising Stars issue. If you or someone you know is an up-and-coming young professional (will not turn 40 before July 11th, 2012), the magazine wants to hear from you. The online nomination form can be found in the current issue of the magazine or online at ibcatalyst.com. The deadline is Friday, May 25th. Winners will be notified by Tuesday, May 29th. Each winner will be featured in the July/August special feature (with a photo and a bit about who they are, what they do, and where they are headed).

An awards party is slated for July 10th at the Glover Mansion. Nominate a Young Professional 'Rising Star' today at www.surveymonkey.com/s/FJTG29D. Questions can be emailed to the editor, Stephanie Regalado-Hertel at editor@ibcatalyst.com.


Jennifer Staker joins Legal Shield

Jennifer Staker, formerly working in the dental industry as an assistant and lab technician for the past eight years, has joined Legal Shield as an Independent Associate. Legal Shield is one of the first companies in the United States organized solely to design, underwrite and market legal expense plans to consumers. For the past forty years they have successfully operated and aided over 1.4 million families across the US and Canada. For more information, contact Jennifer Staker at www.jjstaker.legalshield.com.

Spokane CDA Woman Magazine women's luncheon

Spokane CDA Woman magazine presents an afternoon of inspiration, Tuesday, May 15, 11:30am to 1:00pm at The Lincoln Center, with keynote speaker, Judith Spitzer, speaking about domestic violence: the warning signs, the dangers, how to get out of the relationship safely, and the ways in which women can come together to support one another. Judith is an award-winning journalist, columnist and online producer who has worked for many newspapers large and small including The Denver Post, and The Oregonian to The Daily World in Aberdeen Washington and others as a reporter, editor and photographer.

Her awards include a Washington Newspaper Publisher's Association award for best humor columnist and another from Oregon Newspaper Publisher's Association for a series on domestic violence. She is currently a correspondent for Women's eNews.com, social media consultant and blogger for KSPS TV in Spokane and an independent journalist. We'll also hear from Trish McFarland, executive director of the YWCA, to learn more about their programs for women and how we can all join together to become part of the solution to end domestic violence.

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at womensluncheonmay.eventbrite.com/. For more information, call 509-535-5350, ext. 306.

CDA Casino Resort Executive Chef will be guest chef at the James Beard House in New York

Adam Hegsted, the executive chef at the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort, has been invited to be a guest chef at the historic James Beard House in Manhattan on Saturday, June 2. The dinner for up 80 guests and industry professionals will feature Adam and his menu exclusively.

The James Beard Foundation is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in New York City. It was started to honor chef and author James Beard with the mission to celebrate, preserve, and nurture America's culinary heritage and future. Their annual Beard awards are considered the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America.

Numerica Membership Elects New Board and Supervisory Members

At the April 29, 2012 Annual Meeting of the Membership for Numerica Credit Union, the election results were announced for the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Committee.

The following individuals were elected for three-year terms, ending in 2015:
Joe Day, Board of Directors (Incumbent);
Scott Clark, Board of Directors (Incumbent),
Scott Plumb, Board of Directors, (Previously on the Supervisory Committee);
Charlene Whitener, Supervisory Committee (Incumbent) and
Gary Farrell, Supervisory Committee.

In addition, new officers were selected on the board. The board voted for Dave Shriver to remain Chairman, Scott Clark was voted in as Vice Chairman, and Robin Harmon was voted in as Secretary. For additional biography information and a list of Numerica's entire Supervisory Board members and Board of Directors, visit Numerica's website at www.numericacu.com.

A Conversation with Rosauers' Jeff Philipps

How has the economy impacted our grocery buying habits, and how does the passage of I-1183 (privatized liquor sales) impact supermarkets like Rosauers? Connect with Jeff Philipps, President and CEO of Rosauers and Chair-Elect of GSI's Board of Trustees, and glean insights on the economy, leadership, and our region and its future.

The event is Thursday, May 10, 7:30 to 9:30 am at GSI, 801 W Riverside, Suite 100. For more information and to register go to greaterspokane.org.

The Bulldog Tavern in the Gonzaga District has a new name

After over one thousand entries in the 'Name This Bar' contest the building that formally housed the Bulldog Tavern, and the 1305 Club has been officially named the University Bar and Grill. Six different individuals suggested the term 'University' or simply 'U' in the name. These 6 will be honored with bragging rights, their names on a permanent 'Naming Committee' plaque behind the bar, a signature drink named after the group and notoriety on the website, UniversityBarAndGrill.com.

The University Bar and Grill has scheduled their grand opening for the weekend of Gonzaga graduation so parents, students and alumni can participate in the three day event starting Friday morning, May 11th.

A pub has been located at the corner of Hamilton and Sharp for many years, providing a gathering place for neighbors and students alike. Under new ownership, the interior of the building has been fully refurbished, yet retains the warm atmosphere where old friends and new friends can continue to enjoy excellent food and drink.

Small Business Appreciation Reception

GSI celebrates the ones who take risks, work diligently, give back to the community, and move our economy forward at a small Business Appreciation Reception, May 22, 4:30 to 6:30 pm at Barrister Winery, 1213 West Railroad Avenue. No cost for GSI members and $20 for non-members. For more information go to greaterspokane.org.

BNBuilders opens new office in Spokane Area

BNBuilders, Inc. announces the opening of their new Spokane Area Office to better serve clients throughout Eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The company has relocated into a larger office space at 15920 E. Indiana Avenue, Suite 202 in Spokane Valley to accommodate their Inland Northwest operations. A ribbon cutting is planned for Wednesday, May 9th from 4-6pm.

Over the past 12 years, BNBuilders has developed a solid reputation as a relationship-based general contractor providing preconstruction and construction services for complex, management-intensive projects. Project types include ground-up construction and tenant improvements for higher education, healthcare, biotechnology, retail, mixed-use and corporate/commercial. Co-founders Brad Bastian and Jeff Nielsen have developed a unique business model that includes a commitment to being on the cutting edge of construction innovations, employing environmental management systems on all of their projects and creating a work environment that is safe, fun and engaged in the community.

BNBuilders has completed multiple projects in the Inland Northwest, including two projects for Spokane Falls Community College - the new Science Building and renovation of the Music/Performing Arts Building. On both of these projects, more than 90% local subcontractor participation was achieved. BNBuilders is currently working on WSU's Pullman Campus, completing the $22 million Duncan Dunn & Community Halls Renovation, as well as multiple smaller projects throughout the region. For more information contact Joe Bash, Principal at 509-891-7722 or email joe.bash@bnbuilders.com.

New production company opens here

'The Squirrel Box' is a new video production company in Spokane just opened by Aki Peterson. Storytelling through video is their passion and for more than 25 years, they've been taking stories and bringing them to life.

The company has produced segments for 'America's Most Wanted,' 'The Maury Povich Show,' and 'The Other Side,' a Si-Fi reality show for Fox, as well as local programming. In addition to commercials and corporate videos 'The Squirrel Box,' is also known for producing compelling documentaries and training videos seen all over the country.

The phone number is 509-939-7438 and the website is squirrelboxproducts.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things."
Peter Drucker





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