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Robin Williams tonight at the Fox

Tonight at 7:30 the incredible Robin Williams returns to the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox for some 'sit down' comedy with comedian, actor, director David Steinberg. Good seats are still available. Call 509-624-1200 for tickets. Don't miss this incredible entertainer.

Marianne Guenther Bornhoft is new president of Spokane Association of REALTORS

Marianne Guenther Bornhoft, a Realtor with Manito Windermere, is the new president of the Spokane Association of REALTORS. She was sworn in by 2013 Washington REALTORS president Mark Kitabayashi.

Janis Bers' International Rescue Productions back in business

Former B.B.C. senior producer Janis Bers (pronounced 'Yanni Bears') from the U.K. is re-launching his International Rescue Productions, an independent video, audio, and music production facility, into 2013. International Rescue Productions has been producing television and radio commercials here since 2005, but had to close temporarily last July due to a slip and fall accident resulting in Janis breaking his shoulder. During the subsequent recovery time however Janis has been active behind the scenes in research and development while investing in the very latest digital video and audio editing equipment, broadcast cameras and new studio techniques offering top quality High Definition broadcast video for TV and web output. And for audio and music production, International Rescue Productions utilizes the highest quality digital audio suites with the finest condenser microphones, music and sound effects libraries and the very latest state-of-the-art editing equipment.

Because of low overheads and single producer operations, International Rescue Productions is highly competitive and can offer full-service video, audio and music production at a lower cost than the larger production houses. You can find out more by visiting the International Rescue Productions website at intrescue.weebly.com. The phone number is 509-294-0302.

Mark Richard Named President of Downtown Spokane Partnership

Mark Richard has been named President of the Downtown Spokane Partnership. Richard, a life-long resident of the Spokane region and a retiring two-term Spokane County Commissioner, brings a wealth of management experience, integrity, and stature to the organization. The announcement is the conclusion of a nationwide search that began in October 2012. Richard's first day as President was January 7, 2013.

New Caterpillar distribution center opens

The new Caterpillar West Plains distribution center is open and operating in their 585,000-square-foot building in Airway Heights. The new $37 million warehouse is Caterpillar's parts distribution center for the Northwest and Canada and will eventually stock more than a quarter of a million parts. The plant has hired 150 workers.

Vino! announces expanded wine services

After 18 years in business, Vino! retail wine shop at 222 South Washington is turning part of its store into a serving bar, allowing customers to order a full glass of wine. The front half of the store will still be retail where small tastes are allowed. The back half will be the fuller-service wine bar, operating on Friday and Saturday afternoons only.

Larry Totton joins Northtown Insurance

Larry N. Totton has joined Northtown Insurance as the company's Life and Benefits Specialist. He has been in the insurance business for 32 years and was previously with Star Brown the last 17 -1/2 years. The office is located at 5727 North Division and the website is northtowninsurance.com. Phone is 509-483-3030, or toll-free 800-326-8583 and Larry's email is Larry@northtowninsurance.com.

Lydia Duffy joins Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho as Events Specialist

Lydia Duffy comes to GSEWNI from Sterling Bank where she was a marketing business partner since 2004. In this capacity she managed events and regional customer appreciation outreach for 60 branch locations throughout Sterling's northwest service area including most of Washington state and northern Idaho. She has coordinated public relations activities to enhance relationships with local nonprofit organizations and managed more than 20 major events per year.

You can follow and 'like' GSEWNI on Facebook at www.facebook.com/girlscouting, Twitter and YouTube. For more information visit www.gsewni.org.

Three local firms to compete for multi-million dollar SPFD projects

The Spokane Public Facilities District Board has selected three Spokane area construction firms to compete for the contract to complete the Spokane Convention Center Exhibit Hall and rehabilitate a portion of downtown's Spokane River shoreline adjacent to the facility.

The District board chose the following Design Build Teams: Garco/ALSC/LMN, Lydig/Integrus and YLK JV/Bernardo-Wills/tvsdesign as the three most responsive and responsible finalists to submit formal design, construction ideas and cost proposals to add some 90,000 square feet of exhibit hall, meeting room and support space to the existing Convention Center. The firms' proposals also will include design elements to improve the adjacent Centennial Trail, public open spaces and the riverbank.
"We were very pleased with all of the companies that submitted their qualifications for these projects," says District Board Chair Mick McDowell. "It was difficult to narrow the finalists but we are confident that any one of the teams will be able to develop and implement an outstanding design that will accomplish our goals and ensure the public gets the most from its investment."

The finalist for the Convention Center and shoreline projects will be selected this April with work to begin on those projects by early summer.

The Convention Center Completion and shoreline rehabilitation efforts were overwhelmingly approved by Spokane County voters in April 2012. In order for Spokane to remain competitive in attracting important sporting events like Division 1 NCAA Men's Basketball, Spokane voters also approved funding for additional Spokane Arena seating to increase capacity from 11,447 to more than 12,000. After consideration of all options to efficiently and cost effectively achieve this goal, the District will replace all arena seating with space saving, ergonomic seats, an approach that realizes a $400,000 savings from the original projected budget.

"This is really a win, win for everyone," says District CEO Kevin Twohig. "Instead of spending more than $3 million and disrupting the Arena for several months to ensure that we'd still have the opportunity to host the NCAA men's tournament, now we'll be able to replace every seat in the house, improve guest comfort, and still meet the seating guidelines while spending almost a-half-a-million dollars less than originally planned."

Seating work at the Arena is expected to begin late summer of this year.

Become Superhuman this year

Spokane-based personal trainer, nutritionist and fitness author Ben Greenfield has planned a live conference where you can learn from the experts in the realm of health, fitness, nutrition - and discover how to truly look, feel and perform the way you've always wanted to.

The 'Become Superhuman' conference is scheduled for March 8 & 9 in Spokane. This conference can help you discover the healthiest, most efficient way to get a better body, enhance physical and mental performance, cut through nutrition confusion, and live longer.

Greenfield has lined up a world-class series of speakers in performance, fat loss, recovery, digestion, brain, sleep and hormone optimization for a conference that delves into cutting-edge human performance, fat loss, fitness and health strategies. Greenfield will also be sharing top body transformation techniques and secrets that he has never discussed before on his popular podcast/website. Upon registration, you'll get two full days of hands-on coaching from Ben and his team of Superhuman coaches and personal trainers.

Cost for the event is $297, and includes post-event recordings, healthy food and complete informational packets with workshop notes and handouts. For more information on the event, location and to register, visit goo.gl/b24U7.

Dalena Tripplet joins Associated Industries to head Safety Department

With over 17 years experience providing Health and Safety design, implementation, management and compliance training, Dalena Tripplet joined Associated Industries in December 2012. In addition to analysis, interpretation and application of safety and assessment techniques, hazard abatement, and engineering controls, her background includes policy formulation and administration with procedures and clear guidance, establishing and working within project safety budgets, accident investigation, behavior-based safety, root cause analysis, reporting and statistical analysis.

Dalena has worked with city, state and federal agencies and overseen health and safety guideline and policy responsibilities for over 300 employees. Her affiliations include American Society of Safety Engineers (President-Elect), National Association of Safety Professionals (Member), Associated General Contractors (Board) and OSHA Outreach Training Center (Trainer).

"We're so pleased to have Dalena on board as A.I.'s new Director of Safety Services," announced Jim DeWalt, Associated Industries President/CEO. "Her impressive background in Safety Services throughout the West and Northwest includes workers comp program and claim management, safety training and program development, job site audits, and an outstanding variety of practical safety management expertise. Dalena has hit the ground running," DeWalt added, "conducting visits and tours of many of our Retro and Safety members and planning next year's Safety Roundtables for our Retro members."

Hansen Promoted to VP of Business Services at Numerica

Greg Hansen was recently promoted to VP of Business Services at Numerica Credit Union. He has 26 years of experience in the financial industry and the last three years have been spent with Numerica. Previously, he was the senior vice president at Intermountain Community Bank and the executive vice president at American West Bank.

Hansen earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University. He is also a graduate of Leadership Spokane and an active board member of the Eastern Washington Business Development Corporation.

Valley Chamber Announces Awards of Excellence Finalists

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce announces the finalists for the 2012 Awards of Excellence. The program recognizes business and community achievements. The finalists for the following categories are:

Business of the Year - Tier I (1-15 employees)
Doggyland Daycare, Boarding & Grooming
Independent Wealth Connections
Planet Beach Contempo Spa

Business of the Year - Tier II (16+ employees)
Air Control Heating and Electric
Focused Fitness
Greenstone Corporation

Entrepreneur of the Year
Forza Coffee – Sarah Hooker and Paul Rodriguez
Froyo Earth - Stephen Kraft
The Grounds Guys – Kenny Smith

Human Services Award
HUB Sports Center
Inland NW Baby
Spokane Valley Heritage Museum

Community Caring Award
KREM 'Tom's Turkey Drive'
Cancer Care Northwest

Chamber Member Volunteer of the Year
Cindra Shields

Two additional categories to be announced are Educator of the Year from the school districts served by the Chamber and the Chamber Ambassador of the Year.

All award winners will be announced and awards given at the Annual Gem of the Valley Awards Gala on Saturday, January 26 at the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane Valley. The Gala, hosted by Skip Bonuccelli, will feature entertainment, a gourmet dinner and silent auction as well as a video presentation of award candidates.

During the evening's program, a special lifetime achievement award will be given to the family of Dick Behm, recognizing his service to the community. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the 2012 Harry E. Nelson Citizen of the Year Award to Bill Gothmann, community leader and former City Councilman for the City of Spokane Valley.

For more information and ticket reservations call the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce at 509-924-4994 or go to www.spokanevalleychamber.org.

Marketing Associates of Spokane January meeting

Marketing Associates of Spokane will be holding their first monthly meeting of 2013 this Thursday, January 17 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at The Lincoln Center, 1316 North Lincoln Street, Spokane. Patrick H. McGaughey, CPF, will share his marketing and sales expertise in his program 'Fish on! Marketing' where attendees will:
- Learn to market and sell...without selling
- Learn to help clients buy...without asking
- Learn how to create an Ex. L.A.R.G.E. Marketing Plan to create more sales

Whether you are in the business of selling professional services or products, you will not want to miss this meeting. Selling is so much easier when clients ask if they can buy services and products. The next logical step is learning how to get them asking. Complete the training by learning to build a 6-step plan for marketing your company.

RSVP per the MAS website wwww.maspokane.org by Monday, January 14. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information contact Kelli Crain at 509-624-1050 or Kelli@msi-engineers.com with any questions.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Whatever you are, be a good one." Abraham Lincoln, in honor of the dozen Oscar nominations for the movie 'Lincoln'

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