GVA Kidder Mathews has announced that its chairman and CEO, Jeffrey Lyon, is a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in the Pacific Northwest. The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate
extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance
and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Lyon was
selected as a finalist from nearly 65 nominations by a panel of
independent judges. Regional award recipients are eligible for
consideration for the national program.
Washington-based Sound Options CEO Mary Lynn Pannen received the Adele Elkind award at the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers Conference in Chicago. This award is presented to a NAPGCM member who embodies the spirit of Adele Elkind, a founding member and care management pioneer. Pannen was given this award by a committee comprised of her peers. Candidates for the award must have demonstrated his/her commitment to the advancement of the field of professional geriatric care management through his/her professional contributions and leadership role. She must also demonstrate an exemplary provision of care management services that adhere to the highest professional standards.

Favors Rettig CPA has announced the promotion of April Ann Bergren, CPA and Kerry Karam-Johnson, CPA to manager. Ann Bergren has worked for the firm since 2003. She specializes in 401(k) plan and affordable housing accounting and auditing. Karam-Johnson joined the Fircrest firm in 2005 and has been in public accounting for 11 years. She specializes in nonprofit and affordable housing accounting and auditing.

Windermere Professional Partners has announced the addition of Jim Manley to its sales team. Manley is an associate broker and has specialized for many years in land acquisition. He is the chairman of the planning commission for the City of Milton and is very active in the Fife and Milton communities. With his neighbor, Manley started the local Little League chapter. He has spent more than eight years with the Fife Booster Club, and countless hours raising money for various school activities.

The Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals has announced the winners of the Hermes Creative Awards which included Puyallup-based New Media Solutions, which won two awards. The first is in the cable TV category for the Homes Northwest program, which was produced for Windermere Puyallup/Canyon Road. The second award came in the streaming video category for Who We Are–What We Believe, which is a four-part series produced for Cascade Christian Schools.

Rebecca McPheeters, clinical data technician in Health Information Management at Mason General Hospital, was selected as the hospital’s April “Employee of the Month” by her peers. Her nominator described her as “a pleasure to work with, as she does everything asked of her joyfully and with a smile. She has drive and a good attitude.”

Tacoma’s Commencement Bank President and CEO Hal Russell has recently announced the results of the 2009 meeting of shareholders. Re-elected to the board were: Tom Valentine, chairman; Tom Nixon, vice chairman; Jim Walton, Charles Diesing, Rose Lincoln Hamilton, Dan McFarland, Ed Zittel, Pete Lemcke and John James, members. The bank ended the year with total loans of $64.7 million, deposits of $60.1 million, and total assets of $85.1 million. The bank also announced that it had established strategic alliances with Summit Financial Group, investment advisors.

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