Bridget Baeth has joined the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau as marketing manager. She is responsible for marketing, advertising and producing publications and e-newsletters for the bureau. Baeth has had her own creative design business, provided graphics design to Papergraphiti Inc. of Albuquerque, and served as production designer for Scout Media/Fox Sports of Seattle.

Karrie Lewandowski has been promoted to human resources officer at Valley Bank. Her responsibilities include hiring and staffing, payroll, employee benefits, wage and salary administration, employee policies and procedures, and the banks affirmative action program.

Deanna Cleaveland, co-owner of Cornerstone Financial Strategies LLC in University Place, was recently honored by the Financial Planning Association of Puget Sound for being awarded the Certified Financial Planner designation during 2007.
Sound Family Medicine‘s newest physician, Dr. Julie Komarow, has come full-circle in bringing her practice to Sound Family’s Bonney Lake Clinic. She began her career in family medicine 21 years ago with Everett Family Practice Center. After the closure of Everett Family in 2001, she found herself working for a corporate owned clinic in Covington. She will return to the clinic part time this month, and full time in June.

Tacoma’s Signs By Tomorrow has returned from the national franchise meeting in Ft. Worth, Tx. with two awards. Owners Al and Rose Mednick received awards for second highest percentage increase in volume for 2007 and second highest volume in their store category. Since opening in 2003 the company has experienced more than 50 percent growth each year.

Honda of Fife has been awarded the 2007 President’s Award by American Honda Motor Co. Inc. The award is considered Honda’s highest dealership honor and is presented to the top 15 percent of Honda dealerships across the country annually that meet the stringent requirements to qualify.  This is third year that Honda of Fife has earned this prestigious honor. To qualify for the award, dealerships are required to achieve a lofty set of objectives in all areas of operation, including customer service and satisfaction, facility operation, training, and sales.  More than 1,000 Honda automobile dealerships participate in the program, with only the top 15 percent earning the President’s Award for 2007.

Kent’s Arbor Village, a continuing care campus, recently named Jarrett Houser, R.N., as executive director for the campus. Houser will direct the daily operations for the campus. A Kent native, Houser has more than 12 years experience as a senior living professional. He was an area director for Aegis Living, and had previously served as executive director for several Aegis properties, including Shoreline, Kent, Bothell, Northgate and Aegis Lodge at Totem Lake.

Olympia’s historic Rib Eye eatery is up for sale after its current owners decided to move to Kentucky for family reasons. Peter and Sandra Beck bought the Fourth Avenue restaurant just four years ago. The restaurant has operated for decades as a community gathering place.

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