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MEMBER NEWS

Great things are happening and our community is thriving. Check out some of the latest news from our members!

The Whatever Girls Ministry will host their Empowering Women Tea and Awards Fundraiser on Saturday, April 28. Speakers and guests include Dr. Joneal Kirby, singer/songwriter Jenna Johansen, and KXLY news anchor Nadine Woodward. The event includes lunch and a pop-up boutique. Tickets are required. More information is available at https://thewhatevergirls.com/empowering-women-tea. To purchase tickets for this event, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/empowering-women-tea-tickets-42970845957.

Attention CEOs, CFOs, HR, and Finance Leaders. Does your top-talent view your organization as a “destination employer?” Join Gallagher May 3 and learn how being a "destination employer" is key to your company's strategic growth. Gain insights on how to optimize your human capital management from local innovators, Tommy Lloyd Gonzaga Men’s Basketball and Laura Wood, SHRM-CP, of STCU. Hear from Gallagher compensation and benefits experts how to attract and retain a thriving workforce. Register for this event at: https://lnkd.in/epwV2cf

ANNOUNCEMENTS & CELEBRATIONS

Congratulations to Arbor Crest Wine Cellars on recently being named Best Retailer at the 2018 Business Excellence Forum and Awards, an annual event hosted by ActionCOACH Global! The company was one of 130 other businesses vying for an award. Learn more about the award-winning wines from Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, and their community impact throughout our region!

BumbleBar Inc. recently added Krysta Froberg to its team as a Quality Assurance ChampionPrior to joining the team, Krysta served as a food safety and certification consultant, coordinating the certification of more than 300 products and their facilities across the nutraceutical, food and agricultural industries. "BumbleBar's commitment to sustainability and respecting people BumbleBar is doing something different. I value transparency and authenticity. ” said Froberg. Congratulations, Krysta!

PayneWest Insurance recently announced that Ed Heine, Managing Director of the Construction Specialty Division – Surety Bonds, received the Bruce T. Wallace Award. This award recognizes individuals who conduct themselves with high ethical standards, commitment, consistency, intensity and impact. Heine joined PayneWest in 1990, and currently serves clients throughout the Northwest through a network of 30 offices. For more information about PayneWest, visit PayneWest.com.

The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) and Gonzaga University announce the medical school again ranks No. 1 in the nation for primary care education in the latest U.S. News and World Report 'Best Graduate Schools,' 2018 edition. This is the 23rd time in the 24 years of this U.S. News ranking category that it has held the No. 1 primary care position. 

The University of Washington School of Medicine and Gonzaga University recently celebrated the first anniversary of the Regional Health Partnership, an initiative to advance medical education and research in the Spokane Region. The past year have been busy, productive, and most of all- success. Read more here.

Southwest Airlines Co. was recently named to FORTUNE's 2017 list of the World's Most Admired Companies. Southwest ranks #8, and is the only commercial airline among the Top 10. This is Southwest's 23rd consecutive year on the list. 

UW CoMotion, the University of Washington's collaborative innovation hub, expands to Spokane! The expansion of CoMotion services will connect the region's vibrant startup community more fully with western Washington by bringing UW resources, assets, tools, and networks to the region. CoMotion also announced that it has hired Brady Ryan as the CoMotion Labs @ Spokane manager. We look forward to the opportunities this will bring to our region!

Raymond Lawton was named the 2016 Lewis Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award recipient by the Printing Industries of America. The award honors business leaders who have made major, long-term contributions to the graphic arts industry and have been a force in shaping the business of printed communications. Lawton is chairman of Lawton Printing Services in Spokane. He is also the vice president of File-EZ Folder Co. and co-owner of Rempeltes & Lawton LLC.  

Bernardo|Wills Architects  welcomes their newest hires. Lauren Welsh, Associate IIDA, and Dillon M. Reese, AIAS, have joined as an interior designer and a BIM/CAD technician, respectively. 

BumbleBar, Inc. recently announced that the company's CEO, Liz Ward, completed the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) 2016 Emerging Leaders Initiative. Liz began the seven-month program in April of this year. Since the SBA started offering the Emerging Leaders program in various locations across the country, graduates have created more than 2,400 new full-time jobs, accessed more than $73 million in new financing, and secured federal, state, local and tribal contracts worth more than $1 billion. Congratulations on the achievement, Liz! 

Strata, A Professional Services Corporation (STRATA) is proud to announce the arrival of Benjamin Vance, P.E., as a Project Engineer for the Spokane office. Ben has over 7 years of experience in the geotechnical engineering and construction fields. He comes to STRATA from Kiewet Infrastructure Engineers and has gained extensive project experience on high profile projects across the country. Congratulations Ben!

Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers is excited to welcome associate attorney, Molly Moffet. Molly is a 2013 graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where she received her J.D. with highest pro bono distinction, the CALI Excellence for the Future Award, and was a Willard H. Pedrick Scholar. She has received many other awards and distinctions. Her practice at Winston & Cashatt will focus on civil and commercial litigation. 

GSI member, Itron Inc., recently signed a contract with Provo Water Co. to upgrade the company's water metering system on the Providenciales Island, which is part of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean Sea. Itron's system is expected to give Provo Water greater insights into its distribution system and improve meter reading efficiency. 

Support our family-owned local businesses and get your daily servings of fruits and vegetables! Salad dressing maker Uncle Dan's Inc. will now supply Spokane Produce with its dressing products. Spokane Produce distributes to local grocers, restaurants, and wholesalers. 

Congratulations to Kevin J. Curtis of Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers for receiving the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2016 President’s Award. This award recognizes achievement in a particular case or series of related cases, or long-time service to the criminal defense bar. Kevin has distinguished record of accomplishment, which has included some of the Pacific Northwest’s most high-profile cases. Excellent work!

The City of Spokane is a 2016 Governor's "Smart Communities" Award Winner! Spokane was recognized for its Pedestrian Master Plan, which promotes a high-quality walking environment that supports increased levels of physical activity, connections to transit, and wider range of transportation options for all. 

Spokane named 2016's 13th Best City for a Staycation by a study of 150 cities across the US from Wallethub. Staycations are a great way to save money and get to know your city a little better. The 2016 Coziest Cities List by Country Living also ranked Spokane the 8th coziest city in America.

Lawton Printing recently awarded scholarships to four of 46 local students for their work in designing multi-page booklets that highlight environmental initiatives within the printing industry. Great job to the winners and Lawton Printing for their work in creating environmental awareness through their competition.   

Kevin J. Curtis of Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers is the recipient of the Champion of Innocence Award from the Innocence Project Northwest. Kevin worked toward the exoneration and exoneration of a wrongly convicted client who served almost 6 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. It is great to have someone like Kevin represent our community and to have Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers as a member with us here at GSI.

Josh Neblett, co-founder and CEO of Etailz Inc., has been named by Ernst & Young Global Ltd. as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of teh Year 2016 Award in the Pacific Northwest. The award celebrates entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and success in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their business and communities. Neblett is one of 21 finalists throughout the Pacific Northwest. 

Southwest Airlines shares this important message to all air travelers; please take a moment of your time to visit modernskies.org to learn more about the crucial need for reform, for a more enjoyable and efficient travel experience. Help the U.S. regain its position as a global leader in aviation technology and preserve the safety and efficiency we ALL deserve. Southwest has also filed an application to operate nonstop service from three Florida airports to Cuba, creating one-stop connections for dozens of U.S. cities. Learn how you can support Southwest's efforts.  

The City of Spokane's Fleet Services Department has been recognized as an "EnviroStar" for its work to protect the environment by properly managing and reducing hazardous waste. The City's Fleet Services operation is the first non-business entity to seek and receive the certification. Learn more.