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Advisors Mortgage Company merges with Caliber Home Loans

The Advisors Mortgage Company, with offices at 804 West Boone, has taken their performance to another level by merging with Caliber Home Loans. Arguably the nation's most aggressive, financially strong, and most advanced mortgage lender, Caliber has been instrumental in digital lending; even to the extent of influencing the agencies to accept and warrant digital loans.

Branch Manager and Senior Consultant Advisor Blaine Rolstad, Mortgage Loan Consultant Whitney Konkright and Senior Mortgage Consultant Matt Bischoff (pictured above) are now able to offer improved pricing, a digital system that allows them to close loans faster, and a significantly strong financial company positioned for a long term run. Expanded services include the addition of overnight and weekend rate lock protection for clients, same day table funding, servicing all of their own loans with very few exceptions, as well as community reinvestment and participation.

For more information contact Blaine Rolstad at blaine.rolstad@caliberhomeloans.com or at 509-869-4359.

Beyond Pink to Host 'An Afternoon of Inspiration'

Beyond Pink is the result of two women who wanted to celebrate the technology called Thermography and its powerful ability to aid in the early detection of breast disease. Their goal, was not just to raise awareness, but to help provide funding for women who could not otherwise afford this potentially lifesaving procedure. For 7 years they have produced the only designer bra fashion fundraiser in existence. The word about thermography has spread and grant applications are pouring in. The need to raise additional funds is greater than ever. May 17 marks the first mid-year friendraising luncheon to immerse guests in an afternoon of inspiration.

The luncheon is designed to educate, inspire and connect guests to the life saving technology that is thermography. The event will be hosted by KHQ's Stephanie Vigil and you'll hear from the following panelists, as well as Keynote Speaker, Leslie Lowe about the importance of our mission and total wellbeing:

Charlie Brewer, co-founder, Beyond Pink Spokane
Karla Schubach, co-founder Beyond Pink Spokane, R.T.(R)(CT), CTT
Alycia Policani, N.D., certified Beyond Pink physician

The $35 admission includes lunch and an inspirational journal to take home with you. Tickets are available at beyondpinkinspiration17.eventbrite.com.

No-Li Brewhouse named a top manufacturer by Seattle Business Magazine

Spokane's No-Li Brewhouse, located at 1003 Trent Avenue, received another honor this week when Seattle Business Magazine named the Spokane-based brewery one of Washington's Top Manufacturers of the Year.

During a reception held at the iconic Boeing Museum of Flight in Seattle, No-Li co-owners John and Cindy Bryant accepted the silver award for the state's top Food/Beverage Processor of the Year. The magazine commended the brewery's sustainable growth, economic contributions into local communities, collaborative spirit and recent awards of 2016 Washington State Craft Brewery of the Year and 2015 National Distributor Partner of the Year.

The award comes at a time when the community-focused and family-owned brewery has seen its team grow to 60 employees in Spokane and elsewhere in Washington state and production grow to approximately 13,000 barrels in 2017. No-Li has expanded into cans for four of its beers and is recognized as a pioneer of first-ever community collaborations with the Spokane Symphony and Crave NW Culinary Festival.

(Pictured are left to right: Cindy Bryant, No-Li; John Levesque, executive editor, Seattle Business Magazine; and John Bryant, No-Li). Learn more about No-Li at nolibrewhouse.com.

New library branch in Spokane Valley Mall

The newest library in the Spokane County Library system opened this week, and it's not your typical branch. It's located in the Spokane Valley Mall. The new 2200 square foot branch, called The Bookend is on the second floor near Macy's. It will have 6 employees. The Bookend stocks some books, CD's and DVD's available for loan, computer workstations and a children's area with books and reading spaces.

Leta Eschenbacher named partner at Turner, Stoeve & Gagliardi PS

Leta Eschenbacher has been named a partner with Turner, Stoeve & Gagliardi law firm. She became an associate attorney with the firm in October 2014.

Hank Seipp wins Berkshire Hathaway President's Circle Award

Hank Seipp of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services First Look Real Estate, has brought the President's Circle Award home to Spokane. This award recognizes those agents who have sold more than 50 units in the past year (Hank selling nearly 500 units). For a smaller market like Spokane, this award is usually won by a team, not an individual, making it even rarer.

Hank, a local Multi-Family Real Estate Agent, who is one of the top producers for Berkshire Hathaway's local office, closing many apartment communities in the area such as the Bentley, Indian Canyon, Pheasant Ridge, and others.

Hank can be reached at Berkshire Hathaway: 421 N Mullan, Spokane Valley, 509-216-9307 (cell), 509-928-3413 (office).

YWCA calls for Woman of Achievement Nominations

YWCA Spokane is calling for nominations for its 2017 Women of Achievement Awards. For 34 years at this annual luncheon, YWCA Spokane has celebrated successful women in the community for their achievements along with their commitment to giving back. This year, the event will be held at the Davenport Grand Hotel on Thursday, September 28. Established with the goal of increasing community awareness and appreciation for the diverse contributions of women leaders in Spokane, YWCA Spokane has honored more than 200 amazing women in the region at this luncheon over the years.

Winners of a YWCA Women of Achievement Award must embody the mission of the YWCA by giving generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all citizens to live. They must also demonstrate leadership through their professional work or service to the community. The YWCA encourages nominations for YWCA Women of Achievement awards in the following areas:

Arts & Culture
Business & Industry
Carl Maxey Racial & Social Justice
Community Enhancement
Science, Technology & Environment
Young Woman

Nomination forms are available at www.ywcaspokane.org and once completed, can be submitted to woa@ywcaspokane.org or by mail to 930 N. Monroe St., Spokane, WA 99201, Attention: Women of Achievement Awards. The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2017.

This year's luncheon will feature a keynote address that focuses on domestic violence awareness, one of the YWCA Spokane's critical missions. Journalist Janine Latus is guest speaker. Details on how to register for the event will be available soon.

DCI Engineers promotions

DCI Engineers Inc., of Spokane has promoted Joseph James and Dade Irwin to senior computer-aided design designers. Irwin has been working for DCI since 2011 and has provided CAD and building information modeling support for a variety of project types. James joined DCI in 2006. He has 28 years of CAD experience.

New Spokane Valley Big 5 Sporting Goods store opens on Broadway

California-based Big 5 Sporting Goods chain opened a new 13,500 square foot store in Spokane Valley at 15735 E. Broadway. It is Big 5's second location within the city of Spokane Valley. The new store is Big 5's 433rd location and its third in the Spokane Metro (another location is in Coeur d'Alene). For more information on Big 5 go to big5sportinggoods.com.

Bernardo Wills Architects hires new staff members

Bernardo Wills Architects has hired the following staff members: Matt Mercer, BIM/CAD technician; Tonya Wollschleger, project accounting coordinator; and Tara Anderson, materials resource librarian.

Established in 1991, Spokane-based Bernardo Wills Architects provides professional design services - including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and master planning - to clients throughout the Western United States. Market sectors served include government, retail, corporate, commercial, higher education, K-12 education, healthcare, recreation and multi-family housing. For more information, visit www.bernardowills.com.

Fatbeam announces new agreements with Cellular Providers

Two carriers have leased dark fiber from Fatbeam, LLC in the states of Washington and Idaho. The low-latency fiber carrier connections put major cellular providers one step closer to the much-anticipated architecture to deliver 5G for their next generation networks. Not unique to the industry, Fatbeam does not disclose the actual carrier name to respect confidentiality in fiber routes and other competitive- and security-related concerns.

5G is the name being given to the next generation of wireless networks. It promises significantly faster data speeds and ultra-low latency. Currently, 4G networks can achieve peak download speeds of one gigabit per second (Gbps). With 5G, this will increase to 10Gbps. Latency refers to the time it takes one device to send a packet of data to another device. Currently with 4G, the latency rate is approximately 50 milliseconds, but 5G will reduce that to approximately one millisecond. This will be particularly significant for industrial applications and driverless cars.

Fatbeam is a competitive access provider delivering data transport services to business and enterprise, healthcare, education and government customers in the Western U.S. While competitive telecom and broadband fiber capacity are mainstream throughout larger cities in the United States, Fatbeam focuses on underserved markets. In 2015, Fatbeam was ranked #190 by Inc. magazine's '500 Fastest Growing Companies in the United States.' www.fatbeam.com.

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