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Fidelity Associates sells to Hub International Limited

Hub International Limited, a leading global insurance brokerage firm based in Chicago, has announced that it has acquired the assets of Fidelity Associates, which has served the insurance and employee benefits needs of Spokane and the greater Pacific Northwest region as a family-owned business since 1906. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Fidelity will become part of Hub International Northwest's operations, with Scott Jones becoming executive vice president. With the acquisition, Hub Northwest has more than 18 offices and 300 employees and is one of the largest brokers in the state, with a significant presence in both Western and Eastern Washington.

Gallatin Public Affairs hires former CdA Mayor Sandi Bloem

Former Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem has joined Gallatin Public Affairs Spokane office as of counsel. She was the first female and only three-term mayor elected in Coeur d'Alene and served from 2002 to 2014.

Previously, Sandi taught in the Coeur d'Alene School District for 10 years. During her tenure as mayor, Coeur d'Alene built the most successful Salvation Army Center in the country, constructed its first new City Library and completed the state-of-the-art McEuen Field city park. Sandi has owned and operated her own business in downtown Coeur d'Alene for 30 years. Sandi's expertise in coaching teams for success has earned her the coveted William Booth award from the Salvation Army and the Harold Hurst Award from the Association of Idaho Cities.

Sandi earned her Bachelor Degree in Education from Utah State University. She chaired the North Idaho Mayors Group, the Salvation Army Kroc Advisory Board and has served on the Board of the Idaho Cities Association

Dr. Jack Caravelli to Speak On 'Our Nation's Challenges'

Dr. Jack Caravelli, a former White House and CIA adviser who has been involved in critical national security issues at the highest levels, will speak regarding threats to our nation at the Coeur d'Alene Resort 1:30pm to 5:00pm on Friday, January 16, and 10:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday, January 17. Dr. Caravelli will provide a broad perspective on the most pressing challenges to our nation today. Topics will include nations (Russia, China), transnational threats (terrorism and the rise of Islamic-based extremism in the ME and Africa, technology (cyber attacks) and the implications for US homeland security, including threats from abroad and domestic sources.

The 1.5-day event costs $45 per person. To register for the 1.5-day event go to www.eventbrite.com/e/strategic-policy-and-counter-terrorism-tickets-15062554506.

Strategic Synergies, Inc. is sponsoring this event to educate the community regarding these threats. Strategic Synergies Inc. (SSI) has business objectives pertaining to the Aviation Quick Response Force (AQRF) concept and Real-time Actionable Intelligence (RTAI); a worldwide requirement for actionable intelligence, aviation surveillance, homeland-defense and security now addressing Transnational and Domestic terrorism.

Dr. Caravelli's career commenced in 1982 when he joined the Central Intelligence Agency as an analyst of Soviet strategic forces. He served on the White House National Security Council Staff as President Bill Clinton's principal adviser on Russian and Middle East security issues. He also was White House envoy to ministerial talks with the Russian government on the Iranian nuclear program. In 2000 he joined the Department of Energy, serving as the director of the department's three international threat reduction programs. The programs worked to prevent nuclear terrorism by securing hundreds of tons of materials that could be used to make nuclear weapons.

Dr. Caravelli has maintained a robust series of activities since leaving government service in 2006. He is the author of two highly praised books. The first, 'Nuclear Insecurity: The Threat from Rogue Nations and Terrorists' was warmly endorsed by Margaret Thatcher. His second book, 'Beyond Sand and Oil: The Nuclear Middle East,' discusses critical issues in the region directly impacting US interests. He is drafting a third book which will address the terrorist threat to the Middle East and beyond. In addition, he also is co-founder of a group that provides training and other consultancy services on cyber issues.

Dr. Caravelli lectures at Oxford University and is a Visiting Professor at the UK Defense Academy. He does many speaking engagements and is a frequent guest on various radio talk shows. He has appeared on the BBC and Fox News.

Hayden's Triple Play expands

Triple Play Family Fun Park at the Holiday Inn Express in Hayden is undergoing a 9,000 square foot expansion which will include a larger laser tag arena and an indoor ropes area. The three story addition, with a construction value of $1.5 million is scheduled to open in March.

The facility currently has about 40,000 square feet of space for attractions and its Raptor Reef Indoor Water Park is another 20,000 square feet. Triple Play offers bowling, two miniature golf courses, go karts, a climbing wall, bumper boats, an arcade, restaurant and more.

The website is 3play.com and the phone numbers are 208-762-PLAY (7529) or 877-770-PLAY (7529).

House to Home doing a makeover for SpokAnimal

SpokAnimal has been chosen as a partner to work with House to Home for a makeover on their event center, which has been a dream for a long time, to turn it into a usable space for working with animals as well as community partners. The new event center will provide a working space for dog training, volunteer orientations, children's organizations, and fundraisers.

The space is large and has been used mostly for storage since purchased but with the makeover, it will be the facility that was always envisioned. Many local contractors have pulled together to make this happen, plumbers, painters, electricians, demolition crews, drywall specialists, and more.

SpokAnimal is an adoption facility that cares for thousands of animals each year with a small paid staff along with a large volunteer staff. Each animal that is adopted will be altered, microchipped, vaccinated, and licensed.

The House to Home media group is producing a 30 minute TV special which will air on February 14th on Fox 28.

Perry District's Wollnicks moving to former Huppins location

Wollnick's, a store which sells sustainable gifts, home goods and more has closed its Perry Street location and will open soon in part of the former Huppin's location at 421 W. Main. The new store is more than triple Wollnick's former space.

INB hires Spencer Brower

Inland Northwest Bank has hired Spencer Brower as the branch manager of the Hayden and Coeur d'Alene branches and Heidi Horobiowski as the branch manager of the Spokane Valley branch.

Mark Theriault joins PayneWest Insurance

PayneWest Insurance has hired Mark Theriault as the managing director for construction insurance in the construction specialty division of the company. Previously, he was the executive vice president and practice leader for Willis North America's New York construction practice.

Greater Spokane Valley Chamber announces 2015 Executive Board

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2015 Executive Board as follows: Denny York of Fairmount Holdings Inc, Chair; Ben Small of Central Valley School District 356, Chair Elect; Katherine Morgan of Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive Officer; Michael Baker of Modern Electric Water Co., Treasurer; Brian Mansfield of Walmart Supercenter, Secretary; Jeff Adams of Horizon Credit Union, Vice Chair; Julie Van Wormer of ALSC Architects, Vice Chair; Erica Young of Anderson, Peretti & Co., Member-at-large; Barry Baker, Baker Construction, Past Chair.

The 2015 board of directors was announced as follows: John Bogensberger of Signs for Success; Steve Florance of Inland Northwest Insurance; Brenda Grassel of Precision Cutting Technologies; Gordon Hester of Kiemle & Hagood Company; Karla Kaley of KPS Management; Todd Kiesbuy of Avista; Sharelynn Moore of Itron; Scott O'Brien of Providence Health Care; Julie Orenstein of Event Rents; Kevin Person of Wagstaff; Jeff Philipps of Rosauers Supermarkets Inc; Paul Read of the Journal of Business; Greg Repetti of Rockwood Health Systems - Valley Hospital; Debbie Sieverding of KXLY TV; Jennifer Warner of Washington Trust Bank Financial Center.

Inland Northwest RV Show Jan 22-25

The 27th Annual Inland Northwest RV show, sponsored by SR Media and The Spokesman-Review, is coming to the Fairgrounds January 22nd through 25th. It's the largest RV Show ever, using every building at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Over 200,000 square feet of gleaming RV's and accessories. $13 million dollars in RV's.

This year's Show will have hundreds of RV's and accessories on display and all on sale. Special 'One-Time' Show discounts will be offered. Factory Reps from around the United States will be there to answer your questions. From retirees who travel frequently, to hunters and fishermen, rock climbers, skiers, weekend get-awayers and young families trying to save on vacation travel costs, there is something for everyone. More than 50 brands will be represented.

Regular admission is $8 (good all weekend). 12 and under free when with an adult. Show hours are Thurs Jan 22 Senior Day, noon to 8p, Friday and Saturday Jan. 23 & 24, 10a to 8p, Sunday Jan. 25, 10a to 4p.

For more details go to www.spokanervshow.com

INTBA announces new officers and board members for 2015

The Inland NW Business Travel Association has announced this year's new officers and board members.

Officers - Gerri Vance, Purcell Systems, President; Donna Wolf, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Vice President; Susan Barnes, CoBank, Secretary; Sandy Hoveskeland, NW Farm Credit Services, Treasurer; Kay Riplinger, Spokane Convention Center, Past President.

Board - Wesley Davidson, Red Lion Hotel at the Park, membership; Jason Haws, Enterprise Holdings, technology; Jean Berg, Ramada at Spokane Airport, Hospitality & Bylaws; Candice Payne, Horizon Air/Alaska Airlines, Programs; Gerri Vance, Purcell Systems, Legislative; Kay Riplinger, Spokane Convention Center and Abbey Parsons, Coldwell Banker, Auction; Kay Riplinger, Spokane Convention Center and Gerri Vance, Purcell Systems, Trade Show; Sandy Kates, LCD Exposition Services, Communication/PR.

The Inland NW Business Travel Association is a non-profit organization whose members represent major corporations, small businesses and travel suppliers. They provide members with information on the latest travel technologies and service advances, as well as current legislative issues in travel industry hot topics. www.inbta.org.

River Park Square Welcomes Holeshot Pizza and Brew

River Park Square, downtown Spokane's shopping center, announces Holeshot Pizza and Brew LLC will be joining the food court in Spring of 2015. Catering to the lunch and dinner crowds, Holeshot will be located in the food court location previously occupied by Pizza Oven.

Holeshot Pizza and Brew LLC is a food court brick oven pizza restaurant with an adjacent beer and wine bar called, The First Turn. Holeshot is designed around the concept of serving quality brick oven pizza cooked with speed and precision. The restaurant is themed after the owner's passion, motocross racing. Owner Kevin McRae, wanted to create an environment that promotes the sport of off road motorcycle racing. Holeshot will serve a variety of pizzas, as well as pizza by the slice. Daily, fresh-made salads, will also be featured on the menu. McRae is a 20 year resident of Spokane and successful small business owner.

The Business Thought of the Week

"There's only one real sin, and that is to persuade yourself that the second-best, is anything but the second-best." English writer Doris Lessing

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