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Bickerstaff and Pett are gone but Clinkerdagger lives on!

Another monumental event, besides Expo, took place in Spokane in 1974, Clinkerdagger, Bickerstaff and Pett's Public House restaurant opened in the Flour Mill. And since that moment, it has been Spokane's favorite restaurant. This year, along with Expo 74, Clinkerdagger, as it is now known, celebrates 40 years in business. This Spokane landmark, overlooking the majestic Spokane River and city skyline is a perennial winner of Best Restaurant awards as long as local media entities have been keeping score. This summer, plan to celebrate at Clinkerdagger for a special business or romantic occasion or perhaps simply a nice getaway for lunch or dinner.

This classic American grill artfully serves quality steaks, fresh and innovative seafood with enthusiasm by our experienced restaurant team. The food is wonderful, the service fantastic and the view, unparalleled.

For reservations call 509-328-5965. The website is clinkerdagger.com.

Outside seating at River Park Square

The new patio seating in front of River Park Square is something they decided to try after general manager, Bryn West, heard the speaker's presentation at the DSP's annual meeting. The subject was about activating underutilized spaces to create a sense of place. West thought what better than to have a spot in the center of downtown where people can meet and enjoy a cup of coffee together. So far it's been a huge hit and something they plan to continue thru the summer months.

Catalyst Magazine 'Power 50' Awards

Last week with the launch of their Summer 2014 issue, announced the Inland Business Catalyst magazine's 'Power 50' - the most influential people in our community. This was a readers poll and over 500 nominations were submitted. An awards ceremony was held last week to honor all winners.

The 2014 'Power 50' most influential leaders are:
1-David Condon, Mayor City of Spokane
2-Walt Worthy, President & CEO Worthy Enterprises
3-William Stacey Cowles, Publisher, The Spokesman-Review
4-Kevin Parker, 6th Dist. State Representative; Owner Dutch Bros. Coffee
5-Richard Hadley, Former CEO Greater Spokane Incorporated
6-Scott Morris, President & CEO, Avista Corp.
7-Lisa Brown, Chancellor, WSU Spokane
8-Jerry Dicker, Owner of GVD Commercial Properties, Inc.
9-Ben Stuckart, Council President, City of Spokane
10-Jack Heath, President & COO, Washington Trust Bank
11-Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Congresswoman, Washington's 5th District
12-Ozzie Knezovich, Sheriff, Spokane County
13-Mark Few, Head Coach of Gonzaga University Men's Basketball
14-Elaine Couture, Regional Chief Executive, Providence Health Care Eastern Washington
15-Elizabeth Cowles, Chairwoman, Cowles Company
16-Jim Frank, Principal and CEO, Greenstone Corporation
17-Harlan D. Douglass, President, Harlan D. Douglass, Inc.
18-Marty Dickinson, EVP & Cultural Enhancement Executive, Umpqua Bank
19-Ted. S. McGregor, Jr., Publisher, The Pacific Northwest Inlander
20-Kent Caputo, COO, The Kalispel Tribe Economic Authority
21-Peter F. Stanton, Chairman & CEO, Washington Trust Bank
22-Vincent Bozzi, Publisher & CEO, Bozzi Media
23-Frank G. Straub, Jr., Police Chief, City of Spokane
24-Todd Miekle, County Commissioner, Spokane County
25-R. Ronald Wells, Owner, Wells and Company
26-Theresa Sanders, City Administrator, City of Spokane
27-Kevin Twohig, CEO, Spokane Public Facilities District
28-Harry Sladich, EVP Hotel Operations, Red Lion Hotels Corporation
29-Tom Fritz, CEO, Inland Northwest Health Services
30-Irv Zakheim, Chairman & CEO, Zak Designs
31-Bobby Brett, Managing Partner, Spokane Indians and Spokane Chiefs
32-Mark Richard, President, Downtown Spokane Partnership
33-Ed Clark, Owner, The Clark Company, Spokane How's Business
34-Dick Vandervert, President & Owner, Vandervert Developments
35-Colonel Brian Newberry, 92nd Air Refueling Wing Commander, Fairchild Air Force Base
36-Dave Black, CEO, NAI Black, Managing Partner, Black Enterprises and Dave Black Properties
37-Andy Billig, Senator, Washington's 3rd District
38-Shelly O'Quinn, County Commissioner, Spokane County
39-Shelley Redinger, Superintendent, Spokane Public Schools
40-Al French, County Commissioner, Spokane County
41-Richard Wendle, Owner, Wendle Motors
42-Mark Hurtubise, President, Inland Northwest Community Foundation
43-Jeff Phillips, CEO, Rosauers Supermarkets
44-Lawrence B. Stone, L.B. Stone Properties Group
45-Kim Pearman-Gillman, Director of Strategic Market Development, McKinstry
46-Linda Elkin, Regional President, U.S. Bank
47-Kent Hull, Managing Partner, Iron Bridge Office Campus & Development
48-Thayne M. McCulloh, President, Gonzaga University
49-Jim Sheehan, Owner, The Community Building and Saranac
50-Tom Simpson, Co-Founder & Chairman, Etailz

Congratulations to all the honorees. To read more, pick up the June issue of Inland Business Catalyst.

Steve Whitehead, still KOOL after all these years

The new Kool 1071 recently hired Stephen Whitehead as General Sales Manager. His past experience includes general manager and vice president of operations for KSKN TV and senior account executive and creative director for Desautel, Long and Whitehead, a PR and advertising firm in the 1980s which became Desautel Hege.

Park Board approves Riverfront Park Master Plan

The Spokane Park Board has voted to support the Riverfront Park Master Plan 2014 and a Riverfront Park Bond for $64.3 million. $4.3 million would be authorized to pay debt service in the first five years of the Riverfront Park Bond.

With strategic refinancing, the Riverfront Park Bond proposes that no new taxes be raised. Citizens now pay 34 cents per $1000 for assessed property value toward two Park Bonds. The 2014 Bond Proposal maintains that 34 cents, extends it out seven years, and leverages an additional $60 million investment in the Park.

The Master Plan is the result of a two and half year process that has engaged more than a thousand citizens toward its development.

There has been no significant capital investment in Riverfront Park since Expo '74. With decaying infrastructure including bridges, power, mechanical, and irrigation systems, the Park is starting to show its age.

The Riverfront Park Bond now moves to City Council for their consideration and potential placement on the November ballot.

Red Lion Hotels Expands Franchise Development Team

Red Lion Hotels Corporation announced the company has added two industry experts, Phil Lovas and Mike Castro, as Regional Vice Presidents of Lodging Development. The addition of Lovas and Castro further enhances the Franchise Development team as the company accelerates its plan to expand nationally.

Phil Lovas has more than a decade of experience in the hospitality industry. He joins Red Lion having worked most recently for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), where he was Regional Director of Franchise Development. Prior to that, Lovas established franchise sales experience with Cendant Corporation where he primarily handled new build developments and conversions in the Mountain West region. Additionally, he serves on the Phoenix Film Foundation Board of Directors.

Mike Castro has been with Red Lion Hotels Corporation since 2010, most recently as Vice President, Brand Services. He is a 20 year hospitality veteran who began his career with Red Lion Hotels serving in various leadership roles at both the corporate and the hotel level. Castro has also worked for Sage Hospitality, CSM Corporation and Hilton Hotels Corporation.

Deaconess Hospital names new CEO

Maurine Cate has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of Deaconess Hospital, effective August 4, 2014. She has served as CEO of 113 bed McKenzieWillamette Medical Center in Springfield, Oregon since 2007.

The ISAAC Foundation Tees it Up to Help Families Touched by Autism

One in 68 kids are touched by autism making the need greater than ever before. The ISAAC Foundation is planning The Aces for ISAAC Golf classic, a fun golf tournament for this very serious mission. The scramble format tournament will be held at Sundance Golf Course on July 26th at 1:00pm. Entry fee includes a round of golf, tournament polo, lunch, cool swag bag, post tournament dinner and live music. Entry fee is $125 per person.

Great sponsorships opportunities are available with lots of impactful ways to build exposure for your donation (billboards, pizza toppers, radio ads).

The ISAAC Foundation provides resources, workshops, and financial grants for interventions and services to families who have children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders living in the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene areas.

More information about sponsorships or signing up for the tournament can be found at www.TheISAACFoundation.org or by contacting Holly Lytle at 509-325-1515 or Holly@TheISAACFoundation.org.

Catalyst Accepting Nominations for Twenty Under 40

Each year, Inland Business Catalyst magazine seeks nominations for 'Twenty Under 40' up and coming professionals in the Inland Northwest who affect the most positive, innovative changes in our local business community. Send nominations to editor@ibcatalyst.com. Deadline is July 30. Must include name of nominee, business name and email, and your name and email.

Winners will be announced in the Fall issue of Catalyst, due out in September.

Binkley House on Historic Register recently sold

Robert and Stephanie Kuffel recently purchased the 'Binkley House' at 1612 West 7th. The house was built in 1889 for J. W. Binkley who was known to be instrumental in significant development of Spokane through his banking ventures and development of portions of the downtown area. The house was placed on the Historic register in 1986 and has been used as apartments and offices space since then. The Kuffels plan to continue apartment rentals while utilizing a portion of the offices as owner/occupants. They currently have two small offices available for lease with shared reception and conference space. Stephanie Kuffel, PhD, PS offices are scheduled to open in this location mid-July. She is relocating her practice from 1500 W 4th Ave.

Stephanie Kuffel achieved her PhD through WSU, did her post-doctoral fellowship at UW Medical School and is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor with UW Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Kuffel has been in private practice since 2004 and specializes in sexual dysfunction, relationship and adjustment issues, as well as depression.

University District hires new marketing and communications assistant

Downtown Spokane announces that Alvaro Figueroa has joined the Downtown Spokane Partnership and Business Improvement District as the Marketing and Communications Assistant for the University District. Figueroa will be with Downtown Spokane through the end of September upon completion of his MBA at Eastern Washington University.

Spokane Resident Elected to Lead 800 Member Toastmasters District

Natalie Palmer of Spokane was recently elected as Governor of District 9 of Toastmasters International, a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills, and will lead 800+ members in 63 Toastmasters clubs in Eastern Washington, Northeastern Oregon, and North Idaho.

Palmer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and a Master of Arts degree in educational leadership, both from the University of Northern Colorado. She is an adjunct faculty member at Spokane Falls Community College.

Winston and Cashatt 'Super Lawyers' and 'Rising Stars'

Winston and Cashatt attorneys C. Matthew Andersen, Kevin J. Curtis and Carl E. Hueber have been recognized as 2014 Washington Super Lawyers by Super Lawyers Magazine. In addition, David P. Gardner, Collette C. Leland, Kammi Mencke Smith and Elizabeth Tellessen were named as 2014 Rising Stars in Washington State. In the Mountain State Region, Kenneth B. Howard was selected as a Super Lawyer and Scott A. Gingras as a Rising Star.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of exceptional lawyers form over 70 practice areas who have achieved a high-degree of peer recognition and professional success. The Super Lawyers selection is a multi-step process, which includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations and is limited to the top 5% of lawyers in their respective states or regions.

The Business Thought of the Week

"If you are going to doubt something, doubt your limits." Don Ward

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