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Avista Corp. establishes Paul A. Redmond Endowed Engineering Scholarship at GU

(From left) Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh; Paul Redmond; Avista Corp. Chairman, President and CEO Scott Morris; and Stephen Silliman, dean of the Gonzaga School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Avista Corp. has established the Paul A. Redmond Endowed Engineering Scholarship at Gonzaga University School of Engineering and Applied Science in honor of the leadership of former Washington Water Power/Avista Corp. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Paul A. Redmond, a 1959 Gonzaga alumnus.

The fund, according to its purpose statement, seeks to honor the legacy of Redmond's leadership at Avista and to promote excellence in the field of engineering "such that scholars become innovators, problem-solvers and diverse, talented employees of our future."

Scholarships will be awarded to engineering students who are entering juniors and possess a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0, with preference given to women and minority students, and to students with U.S. military experience - including active-duty military personnel, veterans and ROTC students.

Scott Morris, chairman, president and CEO of Avista Corp., said the honor recognizes Paul Redmond's considerable contributions to the company and to the entire Inland Northwest.

Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh singled out Redmond's leadership style that placed great value on an uncanny ability to bring people together.

Stephen Silliman, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, credited Redmond for building upon Gonzaga's historic partnership with Avista, a collaboration responsible for development of Gonzaga's Transmission and Distribution Program, establishment of the Avista Scholars program and creation of the Redmond Engineering Scholarship.

This is not the first endowed scholarship in Redmond's name at Gonzaga. In 2008, the Paul and Barbara Redmond Engineering and Nursing Endowed Scholarship was established; it funds one engineering and one nursing student annually.

Paul A. Redmond began his WWP/Avista career in 1965 as an assistant electrical engineer after earning undergraduate degrees from Gonzaga in electrical engineering and biology. In 1985, he was elected as Washington Water Power's chairman of the board, president, and CEO. Redmond served as a Gonzaga Regent from 1980-1991 and was honored in 1984 with Gonzaga's Distinguished Alumni Merit Award. He played a crucial role in the revitalization of downtown Spokane. Beneficiaries of his community leadership and civic involvement are too numerous to list but include service as: vice-chair of the Washington State Economic Development Board; chair, the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees; chair and president, United Way of Spokane County; president, the Spokane Lilac Festival Association; executive committee, Spokane Area Economic Development Council; chair, Washington Roundtable; board member, Catholic Family Services; chair, Fairchild Air Force Base Blue Ribbon Committee (1986-1990); chair, Washington Health Care Commission (1990) - among others.

Redmond served in a multitude of corporate and industry leadership roles as well, including as chair of the Pacific Coast Gas Association, Itron, and the Pentzer Corp., and as a director on the boards of Hecla Mining Company, U.S. Bancorp, and Sacred Heart Medical Center, among many other entities. A retired lieutenant colonel in the Washington National Guard, he earned the Air Force Commendation Medal. A graduate of Gonzaga Preparatory School, Paul A. Redmond also is a member of the school's Hall of Fame.

Riverview opens Aquatics and Fitness center

Riverview Retirement Community has opened of a state-of-the-art, 13,000 square foot Aquatics and Fitness Center in the heart of their 32--acre property at 2007 E. Upriver Drive. The Aquatics and Fitness Center features a wheelchair accessible lap pool, a "lazy river" resistance pool, a hydrotherapy pool, and jetted spa, built by Pool World. It is also equipped with all--‐new cardio and strength equipment and an indoor walking track where residents can take a stroll year-round. The project cost about $5 million. Robert Goebel, Inc. was the general contractor.

John Mujica and Lisa Simpson join Rainmaker Creative

Spokane's Rainmaker has added two new team members to their team. John Mujica has come on board as a Visual Communications Designer and Lisa Simpson as a Creative Wordsmith.

John served in the Navy, and after living overseas, returned to Spokane to earn art degrees first from SFCC then from EWU where he was recognized as a top graduate of his class.

Lisa's career spans 20+ years and includes management and executive roles in retail, software implementation, real estate, and strategic planning as well as work in fundraising and event planning.

Rainmaker Creative specializes in visual communications and strategic planning for small business. For more information visit therainlab.com

Hotel Market Solutions managing Montvale Hotel

Hotel Market Solutions (HMS), a hospitality firm headquartered here, has been engaged as the management company of downtown Spokane's 36-room historic boutique landmark, The Montvale Hotel. HMS was hired by the Montvale's Chapter 11 trustee to manage the 114-year-old property while the hotel's owner undergoes bankruptcy proceedings. The trustee is actively seeking a buyer for Catacombs Pub which is n the lower level of the hotel.

Roundbox hires Nathan Bouscal

Roundbox Creative hired Nathan Bouscal as a Web Developer. He is a recent EWU graduate and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration. Roundbox Creative is a full-service web based design and marketing company located in the Spokane Valley. Roundbox Creative specializes in web development, website maintenance, and has a strong emphasis on search engine optimization services.

LC grad and US Army veteran's business brings him back home

Sam Talkington wears his Spokane pride from head to toe. Especially right around the ankle area. Talkington, a 2006 graduate of Lewis and Clark High School, has joined forces with two fellow University of Washington students in their start-up called Strideline; and after success from coast to coast, he's bringing it home. Strideline designs and sells performance socks that show off their local pride, and they're coming to Spokane just in time for Hoopfest.

Strideline socks are emblazoned with the city's skyline, and the newly unveiled Spokane design features the Monroe Street Bridge, the Pavilion, and the Clock Tower. While they will be available in a wide variety of color combinations, some of the first run will definitely focus on the colors often used by Gonzaga University and Washington State University. Other designs have already proven to be a hit with popular skylines including Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Chicago, St. Louis, New York, and "The Bay."

Talkington himself has participated in Hoopfest for nine years and is thrilled to be offering a product that is such a perfect fit for the athletes who take part in this Spokane-signature event. You can learn more about Strideline on facebook.

Lilac City One of Ten Finalists for Outside Magazine's "Best Town to be Active and Healthy"

Voting starts today to help name Spokane the "Best Town in the U.S." Outside Magazine has just launched its annual contest, and voting will close just three weeks later.

This year's competition is to find the best town for "easy living." More specifically, it's about finding the town that makes it easy to be active, to eat well and to stay healthy, according to Outside Magazine.

To narrow its list down to 10 towns, Outside Magazine editors talked to runners, paddlers, hikers, etc.

Now, it's up to those who love Spokane to make it happen. Anyone can vote, once a day, on Outside Magazine's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/outsidemagazine, or on the magazine's web site, www.outsideonline.com. When voters access the Outside Magazine "Best Towns App," they can simply click on the town of their choice. They can also provide more input, by voting for more specific categories for their town. By clicking on more categories, that might improve Spokane's chances of winning.

"We're not choosing the winner based on the number of votes, but more by the passion shown by voters for their town," said Jonah Ogles, associate editor at Outside Magazine. Ogles pointed out that Spokane, while being larger than some of the other finalist towns, is smaller than some, including Boston and San Diego. "We just want to find out why people love Spokane and what makes it a great, healthy city."

The winning city and the other nine finalists will be featured in the September 2013 issue of Outside Magazine, which will be available in mid-August.

Two new hires at Numerica

Rick Seidel was recently hired as the branch manager of Numerica Credit Union's Airway Heights branch. Seidel is new to the banking industry, but he possesses an extensive background in retail management. Most recently, he was the general manager for Best Buy for more than eight years and the assistant manager for Home Depot for seven years. Seidel also earned a certificate in Swedish Language and Customs from Komvux, Sweden.

Mark Goodwin was recently promoted to manager of Numerica Credit Union's float teller staff. Goodwin has worked in the banking industry for five years. He possesses a diverse background in the financial industry, most recently as the teller supervisor for Numerica's Hayden branch. His experience also includes being a client services program manager for West Corporation, earning his preliminary teaching credential and serving in the United States Army for five years. Goodwin also earned a bachelor's of science degree in information technology from National University in San Diego, Calif.

Numerica Credit Union currently has over 90,000 members throughout Central and Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and over $1 billion in assets. It offers a full line of financial products and services, including mortgages and business products. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the state of Washington or the Idaho Panhandle.

City of Spokane seeking golf course sponsorships

The City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is seeking Requests for Expression of Interest (RFEI) regarding investment of significant capital in the four City-owned championship golf courses in exchange for sponsorship/naming rights and other value opportunities.

The four courses are: Indian Canyon, The Creek at Qualchan, Downriver and Esmeralda. 144,000 rounds were played on the four courses in 2012.Over time the courses have matured and require significant capital investment to protect their future as premier public golf courses in the Greater Spokane Region.

The City of Spokane is formally issuing this Request for Expression of Interest. At this time, the City is not seeking formal proposals.

Minimum Qualifications: The Proposer must be able to prove its ability to make a significant capital investment into one or more Golf Courses. It is the desire of the City of Spokane to exchange sponsorship/naming rights and other valuable opportunities in return for a capital investment in the courses. The period of performance of any contract resulting from this Request for Expression of Interest will most likely be greater than 5 years but most likely not more than 20 years.

Potential investors should submit an Expression of Interest letter to Leroy Eadie at the Parks and Recreation Department at Spokane City Hall by June 11th, 2013, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.

Address Information: Leroy Eadie, Director of Parks & Recreation

W. 808 Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA, 99201 Phone: 509-625-6204. Email: Leadie@spokanecity.org

The business thought of the week

"Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door." Kyle Chandler

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