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Ben Bridge to open at River Park Square this summer



Jeweler Ben Bridge will open a River Park Square store this summer where long-time merchant The Walking Company is now located. The Walking Company has extended its lease and will take over the former Sunglass Hut location on the second floor. Sunglass Hut has also extended its lease and moved into a new second-level kiosk west of the escalator.

Ben Bridge which was founded in 1912 prides itself on personal service. It offers a full line of diamond, gemstone, platinum and gold jewelry for men and women, professional appraisals, custom designed jewelry, and a personal jeweler.

The Walking Company will remain open in its current location until work on the new store is finished. Demolition work is currently underway on the former Sunglass Hut location. The Walking Company sells stylish, comfortable shoes from leading brands. Sunglass Hut sells designer and performance sunglasses for men, women and children. Both have been tenants since River Park Square reopened in August 1999. You can get more information at riverparksquare.com.


Mary Joan Hahn new community relations director at GU

Gonzaga University has hired Mary Joan Hahn, APR, as Director of Community and Public Relations, where she oversees media, community and public relations for the university. She comes to Gonzaga following 11 years with Hill & Knowlton Inc., a global communications consultancy with Northwest offices in Seattle and Spokane. Previously, she managed communications for SIRTI and the Riverpoint Higher Education Park.

Having spent most of her career in Spokane, Hahn has also worked with Washington State University-Spokane, the Intercollegiate Nursing Center, Deaconess Medical Center and the Spokane Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. She has volunteered in the community extensively and currently serves on the boards of KSPS TV, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, and Spokane Kiwanis Charities.

Hahn holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. She is a 1990 graduate of Leadership Spokane.

Gonzaga University promotes Dale Goodwin to publications post

Longtime Gonzaga University employee Dale Goodwin has become Director of Publications, overseeing development and production of the university's published materials and works. Goodwin has been with the University for more than 29 years, working most recently as director of public relations and formerly as sports information director for the Bulldogs.

He holds degrees from Washington State University and Gonzaga, and is a 2002 graduate of Leadership Spokane.

In 2009, Goodwin was inducted in the Inland Northwest Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions to the region's sports scene. He is widely recognized for his work as a volleyball official and was named to the Professional Association of Volleyball Officials National Hall of Fame in 2008.


LaunchPad's biggest event coming to the Kennel

LaunchPad is planning their biggest Quarterly Networking Event ever at Gonzaga University's McCarthey Athletic Center on Thursday, March 24th from 5 to 8 pm. Most Launch Pad events attract 250 people but at this one they expect as many as 500. The Sweet Sixteen starts that day and all the games will be on multiple big screen TV sets, there will be DJ music, complimentary appetizers, no host beverages, and just about everybody who is anybody will be there, so you should be there too. Get more information at launchpadinw.com.

New procedure for acid reflux disease at Surgical Bariatrics NW

Surgical Bariatrics Northwest has announced that Dr. John Pennings, MD, FACS, has completed the first EsophyX procedure in North Idaho on a 40 year old man. EsophyX is a non-invasive, incisionless procedure used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD.

More than 20% of Americans suffer from GERD, also commonly known as acid reflux disease or chronic heartburn. GERD is caused when the valve between the esophagus and the stomach is weak or absent, allowing stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus, or in severe cases, into the lungs. In addition to daily pain and discomfort, GERD can damage the esophagus and the lungs, and even lead to cancer over the long term.

Traditionally, surgical treatment for GERD and other reflux conditions would require either open or laparoscopic surgery - along with several incisions - to repair or rebuild the faulty valve.

The EsophyX procedure is done by inserting a special scope equipped with built-in instruments through the mouth and down through the esophagus. The scope is then used to create a new, fully-functioning valve from existing tissue. EsophyX can be done as an outpatient procedure or with a brief overnight stay.

Surgical Bariatrics Northwest is located at 750 N. Syringa St., Ste. 205 in Post Falls, Idaho. For more information about EsophyX and GERD or Surgical Bariatrics Northwest, call Heather Young at 208-262-0945 or visit their website at surgicalbariatrics.com.


Hear the dramatic story of Sterling Savings Bank

Greg Seibly, CEO and Ezra Eckhardt, COO of Sterling Financial Corp & Sterling Savings Bank will be the keynote speakers at The Executive Connect Breakfast, Tuesday, March 29th, 7:30 to 9 am in the Georgian Ballroom, Spokane Club.

Greg Seibly serves as president and CEO of Sterling Financial Corp, and CEO of both Sterling Savings Bank and Golf Savings Bank. Greg joined Sterling in 2007 as Executive VP and Chief Production Officer, prior to which he was president of US Bank - California. Greg has also held executive-level positions at Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America. He began his career in banking at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and finance from Indiana University.

Ezra Eckhardt serves as President and COO of Sterling Savings Bank, and COO of Sterling Financial Corp. He joined Sterling in 2004, with prior experience in general management, operations, leadership and continuous improvement work at Microsoft, Honeywell and the US Army. Ezra is a distinguished graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point. He also holds a master's degree in business administration from Gonzaga University, and has advanced training in applied statistics from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Registration is $30. You can get more information and register at connectnw.org.


Spokane SCORE Counselor, Billie Moreland Receives Technology Award

Billie Moreland, PhD, of Billie Moreland and Associates was given an Award of Honor by Sirti at their October Board Meeting. The award was "in special recognition of her efforts and vision for the Terabyte Triangle and its positive impact on the Spokane community." Moreland is a member of Spokane SCORE, Chapter 180.

Is the recession over?

Did the recession really end in 2009? Is the promised economic recovery actually happening and if so, is it a recovery you can feel? What about continued unemployment and lack of production?

Join leading economist John Mitchell as he explores these questions and more at a business networking breakfast on Wednesday, March 23 at the Spokane Club. Mitchell is a seasoned presenter with over 40 years experience in analyzing economic trends and their impact. He'll examine the long climb back to a healthy economy, including the prospects and the risks for 2011.

Networking begins at 7:15am, the presentation begins at 8. The event is open to the public; reservations are required. Call 838-8511 to reserve today. Cost is $25 inclusive for the presentation and breakfast.



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