Sunday, April 4, 2004


Business Beat

Compiled by Lisa Leinberger


Disney has recognized Zak Designs in Spokane with the Disney Home Licensee of the Year award. Owned by Irv Zakheim, the company won the award for its product innovation, strong designs that appeal to customers, on-shelf category management, and positive performance in retail.

Magner Sanborn Renouard Inc., an advertising firm in Spokane, has recently been awarded the Yoke's Fresh Markets account.

Several students and staff from the Glen Dow Academy have recentl
y won awards at the annual Inland Empire Cosmetology Association's competition. First place winners from the academy and their categories are: Kairi Roberts, finger waving; Olya Boyko for evening comb-out; Rachael Tewel, picture perfect; Kelly McCaffery, women's haircutting; and Pam Craig, first in both ladies and men's professional haircutting.

Gonzaga University has recently been awarded two grants from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust. One of the grants, in the amount of $36,500, will help Kirk Anders, an assistant professor in a project entitled, “The Phenotypic and Genetic Effects of Chromosome and Non-Disjunction of Yeast.” The second grant in the amount of $14,000 will help Russell Hersrud, a science teacher at Project CDA of Coeur d'Alene and Hugh Lefcort, an associate biology professor at G.U. with their project entitled, “The Effects of Heavy Metal Pollution on the Distribution of Two Species of Aquatic Pulmonate Snails.”

Jerry Lobdell and Mark Chiesa of Mercedes Benz of Spokane have recently received the Gold Achievement Award under the 2003 National Retail Recognition Program of Mercedes Benz of North America. They received this award for their excellence in customer satisfaction.

Dr. Mike Chaffee has been certified by the American Board of Orthodontics as a diplomate. He received his dental degree and completed his residency at the University of Texas at Houston. Dr. Chaffee runs a private practice in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics in Coeur d'Alene.


The Spokane Valley office of Century Travel Service Inc. has recently hired Heather McFarland as a travel consultant and expert in international travel planning.

Teresa Shindler has recently been hired by Century Travel Service Inc. in the Spokane Valley as a travel specialist. She was previously with Prestige and Viking Travel.

The Spokane-North Wall office of Windermere Real Estate has recently hired Darren Lawson as a sales associate. Lawson was previously with Safeway Food & Drug in Spokane.

John M. Moore has recently been hired as a sales associate by the Spokane-North Wall office of Windermere Real Estate. Moore was an airline customer service agent with U.S. Airways in Palm Beach, Fla.

The Spokane-North Wall office of Windermere Real Estate has recently hired Jennifer Morasch as a sales associate. She is experienced in real estate and is a graduate of Gonzaga University and Gonzaga University School of Law.

Jeff Aaro has recently been hired at Contract Design Associates in the company's project management staff. He has a broad experience in ergonomic assessments and has designed products for Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Cisco Systems, Intel, and NEC.

Erv Erickson has recently been hired as a sales associate at the Colville office of Windermere Real Estate. Erickson previously owned Teveks in Chewelah, Wash. and was also a sales associate with Century 21 in Kennewick.

The Spokane-Manito office of Windermere Real Estate has recently hired Stephanie Gates as a sales associate. She was previously in sales with Nordstrom in Spokane for six years.

Randy Melcher has recently been hired as a sales associate for the Spokane-Manito office of Windermere Real Estate. For 22 years, he was president of Security Door & Window in Spokane.

Dr. William Huber has recently been hired at the Spokane Valley Wal-Mart Vision Center. He is a graduate of State University of New York College of Optometry and has been practicing for three years in New York.


Allstate Insurance Company has recently announced that Ronald Junge, an exclusive agent, has opened a new agency at 3001 S. Mount Vernon. Junge comes from the Midwest with 13 years of insurance experience.


Associate chair of the Eastern Washington University department of music, Lynn Brinckmeyer, has been elected president-elect of the National Association for Music Education. She has been the chair of the department at Eastern for six years and has been with the university since 1992.

Al Falkner has been named president of Gonzaga Preparatory School. He is currently the principal of the school and has been there since 1974.

Douglas D. Spedden has recently been appointed as treasurer at Potlatch Corporation. He has been the assistant treasurer since 2000 and has 21 years of experience in the financial department at Potlatch.


The Avista Foundation has announced grants for the first quarter of 2004 to 10 nonprofit organizations in communities that are served by Avista Utilities. The organizations are: Children's Museum of Spokane, $5,000; Spokane Symphony, $5,000; the Spokane Tribe of Indians in Wellpinit, Wash., $5,000; the Uniontown Community Development Association in Uniontown, Wash., $3,000; Spokane Valley Meals on Wheels, $3,000; YWCA, Spokane, $2,500; Salem Arms, Spokane, $2,000; Sandpoint Area Senior Inc. in Sandpoint, $2,000; Eastern Washington Family Child Care Association in Spokane, $1,200; and the Spokane Art School, $1,200.

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