The Pacific Grill Event Center was packed for the Sixth Annual New Tacoma Awards at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber‘s quarterly City Center Luncheon. Officials from chamber and Absher Construction presented the 2009 New Tacoma Awards winners for the following four categories: The Ghillarducci Award went to Hotel Murano and recognized its successful new development, renovation or beautification. There were 13 nominees for this award.
The Union Station Award went to Gintz Group and recognized leading organizations, companies or individuals that have built or sustained momentum for revitalization. There were 6 nominees for this award. The Popham Award went to Benjii Bittle, deputy executive director of the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. This award was named in honor of the late News Tribune Columnist Art Popham, and recognizes the individual who has done the most to build community spirit. There were 11 nominees for this award. The Schoenfeld Award went to hello, cupcake and recognized exemplary performance and pizzazz as a retailer. There were 8 nominees for this award.
The April 16 meeting of Federal Way’s Lakehaven Utility District Board of Commissioners marked the retirement of Board Member Beverly J. Tweddle. Tweddle, a commissioner since 1988, has been dealing with health problems in recent years making it increasingly difficult for her to attend meetings. Tweddle began her career in public service working for a small town located outside of Spokane. She came to Milton in the 1970s to work as a city administrator. Following her time there, she joined the Pierce County Wastewater Utility. While at the utility, she worked with then-Pierce County Executive Booth Gardner. When Gardner to become governor, he brought Tweddle with him to Olympia. Tweddle was elected to the board in 1987, defeating long-time incumbent John Sawyer.

United Way of Lewis County has elected new officers and two new members to its volunteer board of directors. The new 2009 members include: Karina Addari, Great Wolf Lodge, and Teresa Loo, Port Blakely Tree Farm. The following newly elected officers will serve one-year terms: President Chris Heck, Venture Bank; Vice President Derek Burger, Edward Jones; Vice President Casey Cochrane, Puget Sound Energy; Past President Richard DeBolt, TransAlta; Campaign Chair Angie Brown, Security State Bank; Associate Campaign Chair Jeff Young, Lucky Eagle Casino; Treasurer Chris Bailey, Centralia College; Leadership Chair Doris Wood, Centralia College; Allocations Chair Dan Zandell, TransAlta. Officers at Large are: Todd Chaput, Holiday Inn at Liberty Plaza; Rev. Alta Smith, Rochester United Methodist Church; Donna Olson, Lewis County Community Development, and Dianne Dorey, Lewis County Assessor.

Celia Nightingale, a certified business advisor based at South Puget Sound Community College, was recognized as the 2008 Star Performer for the Washington Small Business Development Center Network at the organization’s 2009 Spring Professional Development Conference. During 2008, Nightingale worked with more than 180 small business clients, helping them access more than $4 million in funding, create or retain 67 jobs and realize their dreams for starting or growing their own business.

The Business Examiner announced the addition of Cindi Cameron to its advertising team. She will be the account manager specializing in Kent and Federal Way, but is excited to broaden her focus throughout the South Sound. Cameron worked at the Puget Sound Business Journal for about two years in the circulation department. Before her publication career she was a mortgage loan officer for more than 17 years most recently with HomeStreet Bank. Currently she is involved with several South Sound chambers. She is also an animal lover and currently is on a committee to bring the first off leash dog park to Renton. She is also actively involved with Big Brothers, Big Sisters. She is married and currently has two animals as her children. She is an avid Seattle Seahawk, Husky, Mariner and now the Sounders fan, so on Mondays after a good game she may have a horse voice.

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