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Super Bowl Sunday at the Bing

Here's a Super place to watch the Super Bowl Sunday February 1st. Friends of the Bing Crosby Theater invite you to watch the Seahawks in the Big Game at the Bing for FREE, Sunday February 1st, at 3:30 pm. Snacks, beer and wine are available. It's the best way to watch the game in Spokane. LIVE HD action on the Bing's 30-foot screen with a super sound system! Donations to Friends of the Bing will be accepted at the door.

A free retention and recruitment seminar is coming to Spokane

This seminar will be hosted by one of the most dynamic speakers in the country, Chris Stonick, who is the President and founder of Stonick Recruitment, a national retention and recruitment firm based in Florida.

For the last 20-plus years, he's dedicated his life to helping HR professionals from around the globe with retention and recruiting via radio. The success of this program has been featured in HR Magazine in an article entitled, 'Turn up the Radio Recruiting'. His no nonsense approach to effective retention and recruiting will make your job easier.

According to Chris, "Newspaper classifieds have been around for way over 50 years. How many things do we do the same way we did 50 years ago? Not many. The advanced technology of recruitment is here today! It's called radio!

Discussion topics include: Recruiting on the radio. Increasing the effectiveness of your company's internet recruitment site. Increasing the effectiveness of your company's job line. Increasing retention rates by 25% to 50% Increasing employee morale. Increasing the effectiveness of your employee recognition programs and more.

Chris is an accredited speaker with SHRM and all HR professionals will earn 2 general recertification credits just for attending. The seminar will be held at The Red Lion Hotel At the Park on Tuesday, February 3rd.

Registration and a continental breakfast will take place from 8:30-9:00 in the morning. The seminar will run from 9:00 to 11:00. To RSVP, call Karen Dineen at 509-444-6751. Seating is limited.

Litehouse is now employee-owned

Litehouse, Inc., maker of a variety of foods including salad dressings, artisan blue cheese, veggie dips, sauces, caramel and fruit dips, glazes and fresh-pressed apple cider is now fully owned by its employees. The company has 650 employees nationwide and is headquartered in Sandpoint with other plants in Utah and Michigan.

Litehouse, founded in 1962 by brothers Doug and Edward Hawkins, was family owned for 50 years. In 1997, Litehouse merged with Wendell Christoff's Chadalee Farms, a manufacturing facility in Lowell, Michigan with a strong background in food service and horseradish products dating back to 1893. In 2006 the owners offered Litehouse employees the opportunity to purchase the business. Since that time, Litehouse has received recognition for their innovative ESOP practices and training. Last month the company became 100% employee owned.

The website is litehousefoods.com.

Incyte Diagnostics Selects Don Larsen as CEO

Incyte Diagnostics has announced that Don Larsen has been selected as the organization's chief executive officer. He assumed permanent CEO duties on January 1, 2015 after acting as interim CEO since June, 2014.

Don has enjoyed 30 years in the health care industry, including being a CFO and CEO at several Hospital Corporation of America/Columbia facilities and in regional positions for the same organization. Additionally, Don held several positions with AmeriPath, a national anatomic pathology laboratory company, including being the CEO of two anatomic pathology labs and a regional executive director.

The website is incdx.com.

Scott Ward joins Humanix

Scott Ward has joined Humanix as an Account Manager/Recruiter. His past management experience with Aramark Uniform Services, Enterprise Rent A Car, Jiffy Lube, and United Parcel Service brings a wealth of operations, customer service, and client development experience to the Humanix team.

Humanix is a local, employee-owned company with doors opening in 1986. Putting generations to work during these years; Humanix has placed over 81,000 employees into temporary, contract-to-hire and direct hire positions.

Convention Sales Update from visit Spokane

The final countdown is on, the anticipation is building and the list is growing. The $55-million expansion of the Spokane Convention Center is expected to be complete mid-February. Since the July 2013 groundbreaking, crews have been working hard on the 91-thousand square foot addition. Meanwhile, the sales teams at Visit Spokane and the Convention Center have been making progress of their own.
"The physical difference in the Convention Center is, itself, exciting," says Keith Backsen, Visit Spokane Vice President of Sales & Services. "But it's the additional attention from meeting planners that we're now getting that's really going to pay off."

Backsen says that the expansion has put Spokane on some 70 new meeting planner lists. "In the past, Spokane would be considered, but we couldn't make the cut to the short list, for one reason or another. Now, we are making those short lists because the expansion allows us to meet a whole new set of needs."

If you belong to an organization looking for meeting or convention space, contact Keith at kbacksen@visitspokane.com.

Brian Miner Joins Trindera Engineering as Project Engineer

Trindera Engineering, an electrical and control systems engineering and consulting firm with offices in Coeur d'Alene and Spokane, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Brian Miner as Project Engineer in the Automation department. Mr. Miner is located in Trindera Engineering's Spokane office.

Mr. Miner holds a BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering Technology from ITT Technical Institute. Most recently he worked as a Project Engineer at Engineered Control Systems in Spokane. He is also currently a Computer Electronics Engineering and Technology Adjunct Instructor at ITT Technical Institute.

Coffman Engineers announces new Professional Engineer Certification for Engineer-in-Training

Rebecca Matlack, previously an engineer-in-training at Coffman Engineers (Coffman), has received her professional engineering certification and will continue her work at Coffman with the added capabilities of this new certification.

Rebecca has worked at Coffman for four years in the civil engineering department. She has provided civil engineering design for a variety of projects including street design, utility design, site development, drainage analysis, and erosion mitigation and research. The experience she has obtained during her time at Coffman, coupled with her focus on applied hydrology, water resources, site evaluation, and surveying at Washington State University, has provided her with a wide range of knowledge and skills that give her the understanding of civil engineering necessary for the increased responsibilities of a professional engineer. In addition to her experience within the company, she is also the president of the Inland Empire Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Moon Creek Gourmet Sweets exists by popular demand

It all started as a novel way to celebrate the Christmas Season with neighbors and friends. Cookies, fudge and divinity were the mainstays, but one year (about 2010) Jean Linstrum, and husband John decided to try something different, Caramels, and a legend was born. With a few tweaks here and there, their recipe evolved into the mouth-watering, memory making treat that their neighbors and friends still demand.

Moon Creek Gourmet Sweets derived its name from Jean Linstrum's (founder and owner) family ranch located in eastern Montana on Moon Creek Road. The full flavored goodness of the carefully chosen natural ingredients in Jean's caramels reflect the spirit of independence and hard work required to be a successful rancher or caramel maker.

Moon Creek Gourmet Sweets caramels, hand crafted with no preservatives, fillers or stabilizers enables merchants a chance to offer their customers something you can't get from mass production: a really good caramel treat. Choose from their two best flavors, Butter Caramel or Salted Caramel. Additional flavors like Espresso Caramel, Butter Rum, Pecan Caramel and Cherry Caramel are available through special order.

The website is www.buygourmetcaramels.com, email is buygourmetcaramels@gmail.com, and the phone number is 509-822-5900.

YWCA of Spokane Announces 2015 Board of Directors

The YWCA of Spokane announced its Board of Directors for 2015. These volunteer members help further the organization's mission to eliminate racism and empower women.

Executive Officers:
Nicole Stewart, Inland Northwest Health Services - President
Susan Ashe, Health Sciences & Services Authority - Vice President
Mary Henry Cameron, Moss Adams - Treasurer
Corey Digiacinto, U.S. Bank - Secretary

Board Members:
April Anderson, Workland & Witherspoon, PLLC
Amy Biviano, CPA
Christy Burmeister-Smith, Avista
Maurine Cate, Deaconess Hospital Rockwood Health
Kendel Froese, Center for Justice
Julie Holland, Northern Quest Resort & Casino and Kalispel Tribe of Indians
Shannon Kapek, Community Volunteer
Catherine Kashork, ProvenOps Consulting
Caren Lincoln, Eastern Washington University
Eva Marquette, FreshVue
Laura McAloon, K&L Gates, LLP
Joan Menzies, Community Volunteer
Subarna Nagra, United Way
Anjelia Neuson, Community Volunteer
Nancy Norbury Harter, Numerica Credit Union
Kim Pearman-Gillman, McKinstry
Tammy Powers, Providence Health Care
Claire Roberts, Umpqua Bank
Windy Rudd, Columbia Bank
Amber Williams, Wells Fargo (Past President)

Chuck Robey passes away

Charles Hartley 'Chuck' Robey has died. He was with the advertising department of The Spokesman-Review and the Journal of Business for many years. Chuck attended Wilson grade school, graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in 1948 and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Journalism in 1953. He was an active member of the Spokane Philharmonic Board, Spokane Chamber of Commerce and Spokane Lilac Festival. After he retired he served as the President of the first and only Spokane Grand Prix Auto Race through the streets of downtown Spokane. He was a founding member of the Lake Coeur d'Alene Star sailing fleet and the Cougar Bay Sailing Club and Chowder Society. He is survived by his wife Ellen and other family members. There will be a Memorial service in the spring when sailing season begins. Donations may be made to the University of Montana.

The Business Thought of the Week

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." George Bernard Shaw

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