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An Immigrant Story

Casey and Hector Quiroga

Hector Quiroga is an immigrant from Colombia who immigrated to the United States in January 2000. When he arrived, Hector did not speak English or have a way to financially support his career.

In a little less than ten years, Hector mastered the English language and put himself through Gonzaga University, where he graduated with honors and a double major (economics and political science). He pursued his dream to become a lawyer, but he was denied admission to all Washington state law schools and many other schools in the U.S. He was finally admitted to Thomas M. Cooley School of Law in Michigan.

Hector's performance as a first year law student in Michigan was exceptional. He placed in the top 5% of his class and was given a 25% scholarship for high academic achievement. Hector transferred to Gonzaga University School of Law for his second and third year. There he earned several awards, including Runner-Up Best Oralist at the prestigious Linden Cup competition. He was also inducted as a member Gonzaga University School of Law Moot Court Council.

During his student career, Hector worked as a law clerk for the then Chief Judge of the Federal Eastern District of Washington, Honorable Robert H. Whaley. He also worked as a law clerk for the Washington State Attorney General, Department of Labor and Industries Division. In addition, he published his book, The Auto Policy and the Claim Investigation Process, ISBN 098-0615-20360-7.

Perhaps more importantly, and the achievements he is most proud of, Hector became a husband, a father, and last but not least, a United States citizen.

Today, Hector is a partner at the Quiroga Law Office, PLLC where he practices in the areas of bankruptcy, business, personal injury, and immigration. His wife, Casey, also an attorney and a partner, practices in the areas of bankruptcy, family law, real estate, and estate planning. Hector and Casey have helped hundreds of clients deal with difficult financial and civil issues. They are located in Spokane Valley at 505 N. Argonne Rd. The phone number is 509-927-3840 and the website is QuirogaLawOffice.com.

Addy Awards this Friday

The best in advertising and design will be honored at the American Advertising Federation Spokane's 2012 Addy Awards, this Friday, March 9 at Spokane Masonic Center, 1108 W Riverside. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm. There will be an after party gathering at A Club, 416 W Sprague. Party bus transportation to and from the after-party will be provided every 15 minutes.

Tickets are $45 for members, $55 for non-members, $25 for student members and $35 for student non-members. Reserved seating for groups of 8 or more will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis at no additional charge. E-mail saf@spokaneadfed.com for more information.

Visit the website to purchase tickets, www.aafspokane.com.

Ford sales up in the Northwest

Ford Motor Company's SEATTLE region (which includes WA and OR dealers) saw a 24% increase in sales in February versus the same period a year ago. It was led by the fuel-efficient Focus (up 37%), the re-designed Explorer (up 52%) and the re-engineered F-150 pickup (up 43%).

McCormick & Schmick's coming to Spokane

McCormick & Schmick's, a leader in the affordable upscale dining, is advertising on Craig's List for employees for a Spokane location. No word yet on where it will be located.

McCormick & Schmick's is part of Landry's, Inc., a growing company, with over 300 units. From coast to coast, you'll find their innovative restaurant concepts: Landry's Seafood, The Crab House, Rainforest Cafe, Cadillac Bar and Grill, Willie G's Steak and Seafood, The Aquarium, Muer Seafood Restaurants (Charley's Crab/Big Fish), Chart House, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Saltgrass Steak House, Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Claim Jumper, McCormick & Schmick's and Morton's The Steakhouse.

The website for employment opportunities is www.dhemployment.com.

YMCA Campaign update

With just one week left to complete the Partners for Youth Scholarship Campaign of $587,000, we have raised $377,171, or 64% of goal. Thanks to all of the corporate and individual donors who have helped contribute to the total so far. The goal this year is just a fraction of the requests we receive, but it will go a long way in changing lives at the Y. Last year they granted over 62,000 requests and provided nearly $2 million of financial assistance to kids and families who wouldn't have a safe, fun place to go after school, or a place where the whole family can learn, grow and thrive together. Your support makes the difference. They will finish strong with the community's support. Visit www.ymcaspokane.org to learn more.

LaunchPad INW adds to team

Former VP of Business Development for Next IT, Tracy Malingo joins LaunchPad INW as a partner and advisor for Corporate and Business Development. Malingo joins the LaunchPad INW Executive Team which includes Bill Kalivas, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Allen Battle, Co-Founder & Partner, and Dara Goroff, VP of Professional Development.

As LaunchPad's advisor of Corporate and Business Development, Malingo will support the creation and delivery of the Corporate Partnership Program, a unique business and professional development service that combines LaunchPad's online social media, targeted industry networking and professional development programs.

Tracy Malingo has over 15 years of sales and business development experience focused on pairing technology, process and innovation with customer strategic initiatives to deliver unparalleled business value. During her career she has had successful experience working with global organizations driving multimillion dollar sustainable relationships. Malingo has a Degree in Management and Marketing from the University of Montana.

LaunchPadINW forum on Construction, Architecture, Engineering and Development

LaunchPad INW is hosting a Forum on Construction, Architecture, Engineering and Development this Friday, March 9, from 11:30am to 1pm at the Launchpad Training Center.

Guests will be Cheryl Kilday, President & CEO at Spokane Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau and Larry Soehren, Vice President & COO at Kiemle and Hagood Company. The panel discussion will focus on Measure 1, the proposed expansion of the Spokane Convention Center and Arena. The project is estimated to help create more than 800 new construction related jobs in our community and will fund $65 million dollars of improvements. Proponents believe the project will generate over $175 million dollars in revenues for the region. People are encouraged to attend to join in the conversation. For more information on Measure 1, visit www.citizensforjobsnow.com.

This event will also be filmed as an episode of LaunchPad Live, Spokane's Business Connection Show. The panel discussion will be followed by a networking event and a light lunch. Cost is $10 per person payable at the door. College Students with valid ID and LaunchPad Paid Members attend for free. More information is available at www.launchpadinw.com.

Women in Business Leadership Awards

Inland Business Catalyst Magazine's Women in Business Leadership Awards is Wednesday, March 14th, from 7:00 to 9:00am at Spokane Masonic Center.

KXLY's Robyn Nance is emcee and the keynote speaker is Linda Davis. Linda, President of Supreme and Company Marketing, will inspire you to take a closer look at the life lessons that have lead you to this place in her talk 'The Lessons are in Your Story.'

The program concludes with an introduction to the winners of this year's awards.
The categories are:
Emerging Woman Business Leader
Established Woman Business Leader
Mover and Shaker
Non-Profit Leader

For more information and to register, visit www.womeninbusinessleadership2012.eventbrite.com.

New Membership Account Executive at GSI

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) has hired Jessica Kirk as its new Membership Account Executive. Kirk brings more than 15 years of sales experience and is a lifelong resident of the Spokane area. She has been a GSI Ambassador for the past two years and served as the Ambassador Chair.

Goodtymes Bar and Grill celebrates 25 years

Landmark Spokane Valley restaurant and night spot, Goodtymes Bar and Grill, at Mullan and Mission, is celebrating 25 years in business with a anniversary party Wednesday, March 14th from 6 to 10 pm. And, they're donating the net proceeds to the Spokane Shriners Hospital for Children.

New Executive Director at West Central Community Center

The Board of Directors of the West Central Community Center has announced the appointment of Kim Ferraro as Executive Director, succeeding Don Higgins who retired in August after 31 years in the position.

Most recently, Ms. Ferraro was the owner and publisher of Tidbits of Spokane County. Prior to her move to Spokane in March of 2010, she held executive positions with numerous nonprofit organizations in Los Angeles, including Goodwill of Southern California, United Way of Greater Los Angeles, the Weingart Center for Homeless Rehabilitation and the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce. She holds a Masters degree in Organizational Management.

Ignite Your Passion and Live Large

Joy McMahon, a certified Stress Management Consultant, Life Coach and published Author will host a seminar called 'Ignite Your Passion and Live Large', Saturday, April 21 from 9am to 12:00 noon at the Travel Lodge (across from the Convention Center on Spokane Falls Blvd.).

Parts of Joy's seminar is interactive so you can feel the power building up for your success in life. She will help you to learn a new paradigm for living large. Imagine how you will feel when you learn how to manifest your heart felt desires and experience success in your relationships and life goals.

Cost is $48, paid in advance by check or money order only and must be received by April 12. Send payment to Joy McMahon, 2367 S. Southeast Blvd. #2, Spokane, WA. 99203. For more information, email empressjoy3@yahoo.com or call 509-844-7560. Coffee bar will be provided at the seminar.

The Business Thought of the Week

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing, that's why it's recommend daily."
Zig Ziglar

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