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Radio advertising legend Kosta Panidis returns to Spokane

30+ year Radio and Advertising veteran Kosta Panidis was recently announced as vice president and chief marketing executive for Pacific Empire Radio of Lewiston. Panidis is based in Spokane and will direct the operations of 12 Radio stations located in La Grande OR, Pocatello, ID and Lewiston, Clarkston. Panidis was general manager for Pacific Empire Radio in Pocatello before relocating back home in Spokane. Prior to that he was market manager for Clearchannel Radio in Spokane.

For further information contact kostap@pacempire.com.

MonkeyBoy Bicycles opens Friday on Garland

Spokane's first bicycle shop devoted to urban transportation, MonkeyBoy Bicycles, opens at 606 W Garland, this Friday, from 10:00-5:00. MonkeyBoy offers city bikes, destination clothing, commuting accessories, and all the basics to get you started on your commuting and recreational adventures. Locally owned by three siblings, MonkeyBoy's intent is to encourage Spokanites to discover the benefits of bicycle commuting, as well as reignite the sheer pleasure of recreational cycling reminiscent of childhood. Left to right: Donald Gibson, partner/owner, Patti Nepean, partner/owner, Brennan Ellis (the original MonkeyBoy - Lynn's son), and Lynn Ellis, partner/owner.

They carry Papillionaire, Beater Bikes, Brooklyn Cruiser, and Xootr bikes. Accessories and clothing include Po Campo and Detour bicycle bags, Nuu-Muu and Club Ride clothing, for starters. They will expand their retail offerings in the near future as they start to fly. Donald is a certified bicycle mechanic (graduate of United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, Oregon) but they will only offer limited repairs and service by appointment initially.

MonkeyBoy Bicycles strives to bring customers high quality bicycling products, including locally made vendor merchandise. They will also work towards providing unique bicycle themed gift items for the bicycle enthusiast.

They are hosting a Grand Opening Open House Party, from 6 to 9:00 pm. Weekly hours starting September 10th will be Tuesday-Friday, 10-6 and Saturday 10-5. The phone number is 509-828-7092 and the website is monkeyboybicycles.com.

Unleashed Online Media moves to Kendall Yards

Unleashed Online Media announces their move into a dynamic workspace in Kendall Yards. Located in the new Inlander building at 1227 West Summit Parkway, the Unleashed offices are the first to be located directly on the Centennial Trail expansion. With architectural and design services provided by Sam Rodell, the Trailside Suite is inspired by the natural beauty of the area and Unleashed's innovative approach to online advertising.

Chris Reilly, CEO, states "Our business is a mix of technology and humanity. Our team brings cutting-edge, digital solutions to agencies, marketers, and consumers. Using the proximity of the river and our business model, Rodell integrated digital and organic concepts in the space."

Throughout the studio there are towers that radiate with live micogreens that are grown for juicing, interspersed with home-made electronic projects that are both art and science. The space also balances a dual need for privacy and collaboration with custom-built workstations that take full advantage of the amazing views and rich sunlight in the suite.

Reilly states,"Online advertising requires weeding and watering just like growing a plant. You cannot neglect a campaign for six months and hope to have a good harvest. Bringing plant life into our studio offers a tactile reminder to our team to stay focused on keeping our client's campaigns healthy and thriving."

Cultivation is a very important concept for understanding Unleashed's work. Unlike traditional media which focuses on upfront planning and strategy, online campaigns benefit from regular monitoring, testing, and optimization.

Unleashed Online Media is hosting an Open House on Friday September, 20 from 3-7pm for those that would like a closer look at the space. Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 5:15pm provided by Greater Spokane Incorporated. RSVP is required.

For more information go to unleashed-online.com. To RSVP call 509-368-7337 or email felicia@unleashed-online.com.

Moran named new Chief Executive Officer of Valley Hospital

Valley Hospital announced that Tim Moran has been named chief executive officer, effective August 26. He has served as interim CEO at Valley since early July. With more than 35 years in health care management, Moran has a strong background in hospital management. Originally from New York, Moran earned a masters of public administration in healthcare administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Much of his professional career has been in California, though he has worked for hospitals in Oregon, South Carolina and Saudi Arabia.

Moran said he is looking forward to "quickly becoming familiar with the community, and working with the leaders, employees and Medical Staff to accelerate the growth, quality and services Valley offers to meet the community's needs."

Valley Hospital and Medical Center is a licensed 123-bed acute care hospital fully accredited by The Joint Commission and located in Spokane Valley, Washington. In 2010 and 2011, Valley Hospital was one of only 405 (out of the 3,099 U.S. hospitals) hospitals to earn the distinction of top performer on key quality measures for attaining and sustaining excellence, and of just five in the state of Washington, the only one in the greater Spokane area. Valley Hospital is a Level-III Trauma Center and an accredited cancer institution.

Visit www.spokanevalleyhospital.com.

Sterling Bank hires commercial banking team leader

Sterling Bank recently hired Chad Burchard as commercial banking team leader for the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene area. Burchard comes to Sterling with 20 years of banking experience. He most recently was a top lender with Inland Northwest Bank, where he served as vice president in commercial banking.

Burchard holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Montana. He also is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School and Leadership Spokane. As an active member of the community, Burchard is a founder and current board member of Boys & Girls Club of Spokane County. He also has served on the Northwest Business Development Association's loan committee, the Bloomsday Committee and volunteered as a youth basketball coach.

Numerica Credit Union welcomes Nathan Vore as Program Manager

Nathan Vore recently joined Numerica Credit Union's business services department as the Professional Services, Small Business and the SBA Program Manager. Prior to joining Numerica, Vore served as the Chief Credit Administrator for Syringa Bank in Boise, Idaho and was responsible for the credit and lending function of the bank. Vore has also held the position of Commercial Loan Officer serving in the North Idaho and Eastern Washington markets.

Vore graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University, earning a bachelor's of arts degree in business with a concentration in finance. Additionally, Vore graduated from Pacific Coast Banking School, a graduate-level executive leadership and financial management program serving the banking industry.

Nichole Kerns new marketing and communications director for Spokane Home Builders Assn.

The Spokane Home Builders Association (SHBA) announces the addition of Nichole Kerns as Marketing and Communications Director. Kerns has more than 10 years of experience in communications, marketing and event coordination.

Kerns is an active member of the Spokane Regional MarCom Association and previously served on its board of directors. She was most recently Marketing Administrator for Allied Fire & Security. Kerns graduated from Whitworth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.

Gonzaga U's bookstore and main student cafeteria move

Construction of the University Center at Gonzaga University has resulted in some significant changes for students this fall. With fall classes set to begin today, students will find both the ZagShop, Gonzaga's bookstore, and The Marketplace, their main cafeteria, relocated to the Boone Avenue Retail Center, known as BARC.

Located at the corner of Boone Avenue and Hamilton Street, the BARC is open and ready to serve students for the 2013-2014 academic year. The Marketplace, which features open dining for nearly 600 students, will move into the University Center when it opens in 2015. The BARC, which offers 650 parking spaces over three floors, will be the permanent home for the 17,500-square-foot ZagShop.

Both the bookstore and The Marketplace had been located in the COG, which was demolished to begin construction of the University Center.

Spokane's Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery to benefit from new book about children

You've most likely heard the quotation that "It takes a village to raise a child." But maybe you're less familiar with the idea that "It takes a whole village to keep parents sane." Or how about Garrison Keillor's observation that "Nothing you do for children is ever wasted."

All these quotes reflect what the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery does 24 hours a day, each day of the year, as it provides respite care to parents of young children - investing in the children as well as helping to keep their parents sane.

Now, those three quotations and nearly 800 others will play their own role in furthering VBCN's mission, as entries in a new book of quotations that will help support the nursery.

Titled 'You've Made Your Bed, Now Go Bounce On It,' the book is a compilation of quotations about children, their parents and others who care about them. The book was put together by a local journalism professor and volunteer at the nursery, Gordon Jackson.

A portion of the book's royalties will go toward the nursery, which relies entirely on donations from the community, teachers and others who work with children, both in our community and beyond. The book will be available at the Whitworth University bookstore, at Auntie's Bookstore in downtown Spokane, and on Amazon. It sells for $9.95.

Brandon Larson to Discuss the Washington Health Benefit Exchange at Good Morning Greater Spokane

Brandon Larson of Washington Health Plan Finder will provide an update on the Washington Health Benefit Exchange at Greater Spokane Incorporated's Good Morning Greater Spokane program on Friday, September 6 from 7:30 am to 9:00 am at CenterPlace Regional Event Center in Spokane Valley (2426 N. Discovery Place).

Larson will explain the exchange's functions and services. Leaders of businesses large and small - as well as individuals - should be interested in how health care reform and the exchange will affect them and their employees. Larson will also explain his organization - Washington Health Plan Finder - and how individuals can use it when shopping for health care coverage.

The public can register for this event at events.greaterspokane.org. Cost to attend is $25 for GSI members and $55 for non-members.

SCORE Workshop: How to Start a New Business

Learn step-by-step consideration of legal, tax, insurance, accounting, business planning, and funding topics that you need to address to successfully start a business, presented by Spokane SCORE Chapter 180, this Wednesday, September 4 from 8:30am to 12:30 pm.

Workshop cost is $40 pre-registered, $50 at the door, $15 for an additional person from the same company. Location is the SBA Training Room, 801 W Riverside, Suite 444 in downtown Spokane.

To register, visit www.scorespokane.org.

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