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What is in your bucket?

How much money will you need to retire? Vickerman & Driscoll Financial Advisors, recently went live with their completely redesigned website and it makes it easy for you to figure that out. One of the highlights, centers around the creation of unique software called "My Bucket System." The software allows you to plug in your monthly income requirements and it will calculate how much you need in each bucket during retirement. Vickerman & Driscoll currently allows you to use this system for free with no obligation! Register by going to MyBucketSystem.com.

Red Lion Hotels names Jon Eliassen President and CEO

Red Lion Hotels Corporation announced Monday that Jon E. Eliassen has been named by the company's Board of Directors to the permanent position of President and Chief Executive Officer, removing his previous interim status. Eliassen served as Interim President and CEO since January 2010, when he replaced Anupam Narayan. Prior to that appointment, Eliassen served on the company's Board of Directors since September 2003.

Eliassen was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Spokane Area Economic Development Council from 2003 until 2007. He retired in 2003 from his position as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Avista Corp., a publicly-traded diversified utility. During his 33 years at Avista, Eliassen actively participated in the development of a number of successful unregulated subsidiary companies including Itron, Avista Labs and Avista Advantage.

Eliassen currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Itron Corporation, serves as a member of the Board of Directors of IT Lifeline, Inc., and is the principal of Terrapin Capital Group, LLC. For more information, visit the company's website at www.redlion.com.

Honor for Appleway Audi Sales Specialist as "Best in Nation"

Logan Neil, Audi Brand Specialist of Appleway VW/Audi, was recognized as the best customer service sales person in the nation. The grand prize was a lease on a brand new Audi A8 from Audi of America.

Neil won the contest based on an entry to Audi of America customer service, provided by a very satisfied customer. The client, a dentist from Seattle, was unable to drive the newly purchased Audi from Spokane back to Seattle, so Neil took the initiative to ship it on a truck and then flew to Seattle to make sure the newly purchased Audi was prepped for proper delivery.


Jessica Walters hired at STCU

Jessica Walters, formerly with Banner Bank has been hired at STCU as assistant manager of the lending center real estate team.

Sweet Success for Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop

Recently at Ben & Jerry's National Convention in Las Vegas, Lori Freeman, manager of Spokane's Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop was awarded "Manager of the Year". Lori was one of only ten managers throughout the entire Ben & Jerry's corporation to receive this award. She has been with Ben & Jerry's for over 4 years.

Also at the Convention, Kari & Steve Conner, owners of Ben & Jerry's in Spokane, won the "You Knocked Our Socks Off" Award for being so involved in their community since 2004.

Ben & Jerry's is located on the 3rd floor at River Park Square. Watch for their upcoming Free Cone Day on April 12th.


Geana M. Van Dessel new shareholder at Witherspoon Kelly

Witherspoon Kelley, P.S. announces that Geana M. Van Dessel became a shareholder of the firm. Ms. Van Dessel has been an associate attorney practicing at Witherspoon Kelley for the last four years. Prior to that she clerked for the Honorable Fred Van Sickle in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington. Ms. Van Dessel's practice focuses on complex commercial and business litigation, including securities, banking, contract claims and business torts. She also handles appellate matters and employment litigation matters. Ms. Van Dessel received her J.D. from Gonzaga School of Law, graduating summa cum laude.

Monique Cotton Joins Hutton Settlement as PR Director

Monique Cotton has accepted a position as the Director of Public Relations for the Hutton Settlement and starts February 21. She will be responsible for managing Hutton's media relations, communication, marketing, PR, web, social media and development programs. Monique was previously with the Inland Northwest Blood Center as their Communication Officer, where she implemented nationally recognized public service announcements and marketing campaigns.

Founded in 1919 by Levi Hutton, who was himself, an orphan, the Hutton Settlement is a non-profit organization which provides a safe and stable home as well as development programs for children in need. Located on a sprawling and beautiful ranch in the Spokane Valley, Hutton maintains a belief and practice in principles such as philanthropy, continuing education and extracurricular activities for the children benefitting from the program.

Tamey Phillips Joins STUDIO H as Business Development and Account Manager

STUDIO H Advertising and Design announces the recent hiring of Tamey Phillips as business development and account manager. Phillips' role will be to seek out and identify business opportunities and ultimately introduce potential clients to the creative services offered by STUDIO H to help those companies grow their businesses.

Phillips most recently worked as Vice President of Mortgage Servicing at Sleeping Giants Media Works, Inc. STUDIO H has been in business since 1991 and has just moved into the new LaunchPad office space at 120 N. Stevens.


LaunchPad Professional Development Conference Feb. 22

LaunchPad recently consolidated their workshop schedule to offer multiple workshops in a single half-day conference, Tuesday, February 22, from 9 am to 12:30 pm at ITT Technical Institute, 13518 East Indiana Avenue in Spokane Valley. Attendees can participate in 3 workshops of their choice in the 3-1/2 hour workshop. This month's topics include

Using Video to Rank on Google - Keith Price, Owner and Proprietor zMagic Solutions

Blogging for Better Business - Josh Wade, owner Nectar Tasting Room and Spokane Wine Magazine

Using Twitter to Make Your Business Fly - Josh Wade, owner Nectar Tasting Room and Spokane Wine Magazine

How to Out-Google Google - Library Resources vs. Google - Mark Pond, Business Reference Librarian, Spokane Public Libraries

Building Your Networks for Profitability - Barbara Olson, Owner, Referral Institute Spokane

For more information and to register go to launchpadinw.com.


Convention Center and INB achieve LEED Silver Certification

The Spokane Convention Center Campus has officially gone green. As of September 1, 2010 the Spokane Convention Center Campus, which includes both the Spokane Convention Center and the INB Performing Arts Center, achieved LEED Silver Certification. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the nation's preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. The certification was awarded by the United States Green Building Council® and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute®.

The Exhibit Halls, located on the eastern end of the Convention Center Campus, achieved LEED Silver Certification in 2007, after the 100,000 square foot elliptically shaped facility was completed in June 2006. After several renovations and the adoption of new practices, the INB Performing Arts Center, constructed prior to Expo '74, as well as the Ag Trade Center constructed in 1989, each earned LEED EB O&M Silver Certification, a distinction reserved for existing buildings.

In 2007, the Spokane Convention Center Expansion (Exhibit Halls) became just the third convention center facility in the United States to earn LEED Silver Certification. There are currently only 15 convention centers in the country with a LEED distinction.

LEED Certification is earned for energy use, water conservation and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for our guests, residents, workers and the larger community.

Due to the success of the Convention Center Campus' energy-saving practices, Avista Utilities presented a rebate check to the Spokane Public Facilities District Board for a total of $138,277.50. The rebate figure was based on the amount of energy saved by the Spokane Convention Center Campus when compared to other facilities of similar size around the country. The facilities saved 29 percent more energy than other national facilities in 2010.

For more information or questions about the Spokane Convention Center and INB Performing Arts Center's LEED status, contact Kevin Twohig, Chief Executive Officer of the Spokane Public Facilities District.


Leadership Connection Presents: Dr. Thayne McCulloh, President of Gonzaga University

Leadership Spokane's Leadership Connection presents Dr. Thayne McCulloh, President of Gonzaga University on Thursday, February 24, 7:30 am to 8:45 am, at The Spokane Club. His topic is "Ten Maxims for Leadership" Dr. McCulloh will be sharing insights from his leadership journey and the wisdom he has developed along the way.

For more information and to register go to leadershipspokane.org or call 509-321-3639.

The Business Thought of the Week

Believe while others are doubting. Plan while others are playing. Study while others are sleeping. Decide while others are delaying. Prepare while others are daydreaming. Begin while others are procrastinating. Work while others are wishing. Save while others are wasting. Listen while others are talking. Smile while others are frowning. Commend while others are criticizing. Persist while others are quitting. William Arthur Ward

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