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Strideline Knocks the (Spokane Skyline) Socks off Local Charities



The Spokane office of Strideline, a Seattle-based sock company, is helping local charities, feet first. For the second year in a row, Strideline's Spokane office, located in the east central community, recently donated $1,750 worth of its popular 'Spokane Skyline' socks to the Spokane Midnight Basketball Association and another $1,395 worth of socks to the Tree of Sharing.

Sam Talkington, Market Manager of Strideline's Spokane office, says that these charities have special meaning for him. "I was raised in one of the most financially depressed communities in Spokane and I know I was a recipient of a Tree of Sharing gift at least once." Tree of Sharing is a non-profit organization that provides holiday gifts for disadvantaged people, and distributes the Strideline socks as stocking stuffers. The Spokane Midnight Basketball Association, an outreach program that offers a safe, constructive alternative for youth in the central urban neighborhood of Spokane's School District No. 81, awards the Strideline socks to participating youth.

Talkington came up with the original concept for Strideline's popular Spokane Skyline sock, which displays the Monroe Street Bridge, clock tower and pavilion, after connecting with the founders of Strideline, Jake Director and Riley Goodman, while attending the University of Washington Foster School of Business. The sock comes in at least 13 color combinations, including the Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, and Seattle Seahawks colors.

Strideline sells the Spokane Skyline socks on its website, strideline.com and from kiosks in Northtown, River Park Square, and the Spokane Valley Mall. For more information contact Sam Talkington at 206-473-8340.


O'Callaghan Hired as Numerica's Vice President of Marketing



Jennifer O'Callaghan was recently hired as the vice president of marketing at Numerica Credit Union.

O'Callaghan has 18 years of experience in marketing with an emphasis on retail, direct response, and website, digital and traditional advertising campaigns. She worked for SMITH for the past 14 years, most recently as the senior vice president and managing director of client services. O'Callaghan obtained a Bachelor's degree in communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Numerica Credit Union currently has more than 100,000 members throughout Central and Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and $1.3 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, works or worships in the State of Washington or the Idaho Panhandle.

Just Roses Plus rebrands

Just Roses Plus is now Rose & Blossom. Terri O'Connor, owner of the Spokane-based floral business, has rebranded her stores. They had operated as Just Roses Plus for 23 years. Rose & Blossom has two locations, 2010 N. Ruby, and 11-19 N. Pines Road, in Spokane Valley.

Sherry Lewis and Dana Wall open Core Pilates in Kendall Yards



Core Pilates Spokane located at 1230 Summit Parkway in Kendall Yards is now open for business. The owners, Sherry Lewis and Dana Wall, are both physical therapy based and trained. Sessions are open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays with private sessions available on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Call Sherry Lewis at 509-951-8391 or Dana Wall at 509-221-0742 or go to www.corepilatesspokane.com for more information.

Horizon Credit Union nearly $700 million in assets after merger

Spokane-based Horizon Credit Union and EDTECH Credit Union of Butte have completed their merger. The combined operations, which are under the Horizon name, have nearly $700 million in assets and 20 branches.

Don Gorder new Sales Manager of Wendle Infiniti



Don Gorder has been named the Sales Manager of Wendle Infiniti, serving the Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho and Montana Infiniti region. Don has worked with Wendle Motors for over 14 years, most recently as the Pre-Owned Sales Manager. He has been in the auto industry for 43 years, working in management of several family owned dealerships and has earned a reputation of outstanding customer service.


Geana Van Dessel named partner at Lee & Hayes



Lee & Hayes, PLLC announce Geana Van Dessel is now a partner in the firm's Spokane office. She has been with Lee & Hayes since 2013 and is a member of the firm's litigation practice group. Geana has experience in all phases of complex commercial litigation and has represented clients in banking, employment, consumer protection, and tort matters. She has also defended a number of federal class actions.

Formerly President of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Washington, Geana is currently serving as a Lawyer Representative from the Eastern District of Washington to the Ninth Circuit Judicial conference, a Trustee for the Spokane County Bar Association and a board member for the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Geana holds a B.A. in Sociology from Gonzaga University and a J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law.


Numerica Credit Union names Michelle Grabicki VP of Corporate Culture



Michelle Grabicki, previously vice president of branch administration at Numerica Credit Union, recently accepted the position of vice president of corporate culture. Grabicki joined Numerica in 2001 and has been instrumental in the success of the credit union, overseeing the operations of Numerica's seventeen branches throughout eastern and central Washington and north Idaho as well as its member service center in Spokane Valley. Before joining Numerica, Grabicki worked with STCU and Sterling Savings, and offers a total of 25 years of credit union industry experience.

Grabicki graduated from Western CUNA Management School in 2004, and is currently completing her BS in Business Management at Washington Governors University. She is currently a member of the Credit Union National Association's Operations, Sales and Services Executive Committee.

Grabicki is a member of the Spokane County United Way board of directors, and recently served as the event chair for the Inland Northwest Blood Center's annual event, Epicurean Delight.

As VP of corporate culture, Grabicki will oversee internal culture initiatives, corporate training programs, and leadership and organizational development.

RLHC Signs Franchise in Colorado and Opens New Franchise at Detroit Airport

RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) announced the company signed a franchise agreement for a new location in Colorado and also opened a new franchise location near the Detroit Airport.

Expected to convert before the end of the year, the future Red Lion Inn & Suites Fort Collins in Colorado, 3808 E. Mulberry Street, is located northwest of I-25 and State Highway 14. Offering free Wi-Fi and hot breakfast, the hotel is near Colorado State University, Northern Colorado University, Agilent Technologies, Columbine Health Systems, Anheuser-Busch and Kodak.

The Red Lion Inn & Suites Detroit Airport, 9095 Wickham, converted to the brand last week. Located about three miles from Detroit Metropolitan Airport, one of the top 20 busiest airports in the country, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi and breakfast. Detroit serves as corporate headquarters for General Motors, Ford Motor Company, Chrysler and Quicken Loans, as well as some of the fastest growing technology companies in the country.

For more information, go to www.redlion.com.

EWI of Spokane Announces its 2014-2015 Board of Directors and Chairpersons

EWI of Spokane, a leading chapter of Executive Women International, has announced its Board of Directors and Committee Chairs for 2014-2015. Dave Vahala, President, Bozzi Media; Mary Savage, Vice President/President-elect, Providence Health Care Foundation - EW; Becka Shelley, Secretary, Dermatology Specialists of Spokane; Jillian Robison, Treasurer, Eide Bailley LLP; Mikayla Puckett, Assistant Treasurer, Chipman Moving & Storage; Celene Riccelli, Sergeant-at-Arms, CBS Collections, Inc.; Aundrea Wolf, Program Director, State Bank Northwest; Megan Kennedy, Communications Director, Rogue Heart Media; May Ward, Retention & Recruitment Director, Larry H Miller Hyundai; Margie Scammell-Renner, Fundraising Director, Mirabeau Park Hotel; Landie Chappell, Business/Career/Development Program Director, PrimeLending; Kristi Cronkhite, Philanthropy Chair, Eyes for Life; Nancy Ledeboer, Scholarship Chair, Spokane County Library District; Pati Dahmen, Endowment Chair, Ray's Demolition.

The Spokane Chapter of EWI also announced that Jill Gaffney of Greenleaf Landscaping has been elected to the Corporate Board of Executive Women International for 2014-2015.

For more information, visit www.ewispokane.org.

Jay Matillo joins Pro Sign

Jay Matillo has joined Pro Sign as a sales rep. Pro Sign is a locally owned custom electrical sign shop that has been in business since 1974. The company is a UL listed fabrication facility that offers graphic design, fabrication, permitting, installation and service of most all types of electrical and non electrical signage. They also have the only in house neon plant, and build and service awnings.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases, and its toll on success and happiness is heavy." Dr. Wayne Dyer

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