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Hanna & Associates signs largest casino in North America

Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, the largest casino in North America, has selected Coeur d'Alene ad agency Hanna & Associates to create two separate multi-media ad campaigns. The campaigns, already in development, are slated to begin launching in February with a broad mix of media including television, radio, outdoor, online, and social/interactive components, as well as significant messaging in and around the 9 million sq. ft. property itself.

Foxwoods Resort Casino is one of the premier hotel, gaming, shopping and entertainment destinations in the Northeast. As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in six casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to express, world-renowned spas, awarding-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, and exclusive retailers. Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. For a comprehensive look at Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation visit Foxwoods.com.

Hanna, which recently expanded to West Palm, Florida, continues to earn national attention in the casino industry, thanks in large part to its work for Spokane's Northern Quest Resort & Casino. In recent years, Hanna creative has taken top honors for Best Website and Best Television Spot at the international Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Closer to home, the agency's popular 'Mark & Brooke' campaign, developed for Northern Quest, was named Best Local TV Commercial in The Inlander weekly's annual reader's poll.

Hanna & Associates was founded in 1977 and has grown to become one of the Inland Northwest's largest full-service marketing communications companies. The firm helps clients develop strategic marketing programs and specializes in brand development and management, traditional and digital advertising and promotion, interactive design and development, website design and programming, and media planning and purchasing. Hanna & Associates is a member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA).

Hanna's website is hanna-advertising.com.

Contract Design Associates (CDA) announces ownership transition

Spokane-based commercial furniture dealer Contract Design Associates (CDA) has begun an ownership transition that will be completed in January 2018. CDA was founded in 1980 to serve commercial, healthcare, higher education, and governmental markets. CDA has represented Herman Miller furniture in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and western Montana for over 30 years.

Founders Bruce and Jill Butterworth will continue in a consulting role during the transition period. Ownership of the firm will transition to Gwen Marlow and Jared Butterworth. Marlow is the Sales Manager and Director of Business Development in the company's Spokane headquarters. Jared Butterworth will continue as Territory Manager for Montana.

CDA's main office/showroom will remain in Spokane. It will retain all of its employees, many of whom have worked for CDA for decades and have played an integral role in the company's success. The Missoula office/showroom is located at 1330 W. Broadway.

Joel McCullough, M.D., joins Providence Health Care

Dr. McCullough, who has served as health officer for the Spokane Regional Health District (SRHD) since 2009, will assume the role as PHC Medical Director for Community Health and Epidemiology beginning February 22. In his new role, Dr. McCullough will lead efforts to make sustainable improvements in the overall health of the communities Providence serves.

Dr. McCullough will have oversight for epidemiology at PHC hospitals and medical clinics, including Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital and Holy Family Hospital in Spokane, and Mount Carmel Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital in Stevens County, and Providence Medical Group clinics throughout eastern Washington.

He will also oversee development of the special pathogens unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health. In 2015, the hospital was selected by the U.S Department of Health & Human Services as one of nine Ebola and special pathogen treatment centers across the United States, and was awarded a five year federal grant to develop the unit.

Dr. McCullough is board certified in internal medicine, preventive medicine, and in occupational and environmental medicine. He has a Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Preventive Medicine, and has worked in public health and occupational and environmental epidemiology for more than 20 years, including serving as a medical epidemiologist with the CDC.

Providence Health Care Foundation is On the Move

On January 20, Providence Health Care Foundation is relocating its headquarters to the second floor of the Wells Fargo Building, in downtown Spokane. Joyce M. Cameron and her team are moving to make room for the expanding Providence Center for Congenital Heart Disease, which will be taking over the current foundation space at Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.

The foundation will continue to have an office staffed five days a week, on the 4th floor of the Children's Hospital. This brings the number of foundation 'satellite' offices to three; Providence Holy Family is staffed twice a week and there is also an office at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute. "We want to make it as easy as possible to do business with the foundation," said Joyce. All foundation phone numbers will stay the same.

In 2015 Providence Health Care Foundation awarded 463 grants totaling more than $5.8 million to support a wide range of initiatives at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital, Providence Holy Family Hospital, St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, Providence Mount Carmel Hospital and Providence St. Joseph's Hospital.

Also, Providence Health Care Foundation, Eastern Washington, has elected Jer McGregor, general manager of The Inlander, to its board of directors. Board leadership includes: Michael O'Malley, NAC Architecture, president; Dave Peden, Coffman Engineers, vice president; Karla Greer, Voya Financial Advisors, secretary; and Helen Andrus, Providence Health Care, treasurer.

HR veteran Laura Wood joins STCU executive team as vice president

Laura Wood, STCU's former director of human resources, has taken on a new leadership role at the credit union: vice president of human resources and organizational development.

Wood joined STCU as HR director in 1998. She's helped to create employment policies that balance employees' need with the organization's needs, competitive benefits, a highly effective talent-recruitment program, and a workplace where employees feel motivated to serve members. Wood also serves as a contributing member of STCU's Strategic Committee and oversees the organization's Transition Coaching Program for new leaders. She is pursuing a master's degree in organizational leadership at Gonzaga University. In 2014, she earned a bachelor's in organizational management at Whitworth University.

Founded by educators in 1934, STCU is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative with 146,000 members, more than $2.1 billion in total assets, and 18 branch locations in North Idaho and Eastern Washington.

Spokane Association of Realtors makes donation to SNAP

Loretta Cael, SNAP and Jack Kestell, SAR

The Spokane Association of REALTORS knows how to throw a party, and do some good in our community at the same time. Last week, the association gave a check in the amount of $4,081.94 to the Spokane Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP). The amount was raised by members at the SAR Christmas party back in December. Event co-chairs Deidre Arnold, Banner Bank, Kristy Hamby, Windermere Cornerstone, and SAR immediate past-president, Jack Kestell, Kestell Company, presented the check to SNAP Lead Housing Counselor Loretta Cael at the SAR's 2016 Leadership Installation Luncheon and Quarterly Membership Meeting at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park, earlier this month.

C2 Connections expands services to Tri-Cities and Missoula

After a successful launch in 2015, Spokane-based C2 Connections is expanding its services into the Tri-Cities and Missoula. The local digital marketing and advertising firm helps small and medium-sized businesses maximize their online marketing and advertising dollars through Targeted Display Advertising, Local Search Engine Optimization (Local SEO), Website Development, and Content Marketing.

C2 Connections began last January with former KHQ Digital Sales Manager (and longtime KHQ-TV anchor) Dave Cotton heading up sales efforts, and former KHQ Online Production Manager Jared Frank managing strategy and campaign execution. The digital marketing and ad agency operates independent of KHQ-TV but shares office space and business support.

More information about C2 Connections can be found at www.C2Connections.com or Facebook.com/C2Connections.

Intrinium acquires Contineo Technologies Network Support Division

Intrinium has announced its acquisition of Contineo's network support business. This will allow for Intrinium to expand their customer network in several lines of business including Managed IT, Professional Services, Hourly Support Engagements, and the Engineering Team.

This acquisition will bring Intrinium additional customers to new and existing service regions. Intrinium will continue to operate the Contineo service lines while supporting them with the additional services in their portfolio. Intrinium will be working closely with the newly acquired customers to help them acclimate with the Intrinium team.

You can learn more at intrinium.com.

Bigger! Brighter! Better! New video wall at the Arena

Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena is kicking off the New Year with a bigger, brighter LED Video Wall. Installed over the last few weeks, the new wall is 53 feet wide by 19.6 feet tall and is more than twice as wide as the old wall which was installed in 2002.

"This is a very exciting addition to the Spokane Arena," said Kevin Twohig, CEO of the Spokane Public Facilities District. "This new video wall features the latest technology and its capabilities are truly impressive. We look forward to the wall adding to the overall event experience for our guests."

"It is a real pleasure to cap our 20-year celebration with an incredible amenity to enjoy events," remarked Matt Gibson, Spokane Arena General Manager. "ArenaVISION is going to bring an entirely new dimension to events. Our guests expect the best and I'm happy to say that this new LED video wall is going to surpass those expectations."

New Ownership for Susie's Laundromat & Dry Cleaning and Deer Park Cleaners

Denny and Kelli Thompson, owners of 5 Mile Wash & Dry at the Five Mile Shopping Center have completed the purchase of Susie's Laundromat & Dry Cleaning on the South Hill and Deer Park Cleaners in Deer Park as of January 15, 2016. For the Thompsons, owning 5 Mile Wash & Dry since October 2013 has been a rewarding experience, and they look forward to growing their company, Thompson Laundry Company with the addition of two stores. All three stores provide pick-up and delivery service within the Spokane and Deer Park area.

For locations and more information, visit 5MileWashDry.com.

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