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Spokane's Ben & Jerry's is 'Best of the Best'

Kari and Steve Conner, owners of the two Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shops in the Spokane area, are the 'best of the best.' They have been awarded The 'Big O' Award, the highest honor given to Ben & Jerry's franchisees. The Conners opened their first Scoop Shop at the Riverpark Square Mall 15 years ago, and their second location at the Northern Quest Resort in 2018.

STCU hires vice president, director for new positions

Two new STCU leaders - both with extensive experience in the financial industry - will help steer the growing credit union. Patricia Baughman is vice president of organizational strategy and product development, the first person to fill that role at STCU. She brings 20-plus years of senior leadership experience to the credit union, where she will oversee strategic efforts such as product management and market research. Baughman most recently worked as an executive vice president at Umpqua Bank, where she oversaw digital products and services. She holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University and is a Certified Treasury Professional.

Stormy Mauri is STCU's director of product management, also a new position. In that role, Mauri will oversee the credit union's checking and savings account offerings and help to create new products to serve consumer and business members. Mauri brings 39-plus years of operations and product experience. Previously at Washington Trust Bank, she was most recently a vice president in the product and strategy division. She earned a bachelor's degree from Whitworth University and is a Bank Administration Institute graduate.

WSU Health Sciences joins with Team Gleason

Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane and Team Gleason have developed a collaboration to establish the Steve Gleason Institute for Neuroscience in Spokane's University District. The institute will focus on innovative 'care and cures' for brain diseases, which include ALS, Parkinson's and other neurodegenerative diseases. It is expected to open in the second half of this year.

Because There is Hope Fundraiser February 23

High Heels & Hard Hats is an upcoming fundraiser benefiting Melody's House of Hope, on Saturday, February 23, 10:30am at the Spokane Convention Center. Because There Is Hope is a local non-profit dedicated to providing assistance to cancer patients and their families who come to Spokane for treatment. The organization has been dependent on host homes and rentals but has always had the dream of opening a permanent location to house patients during care and treatment for cancer. Through a gracious land donation from Cancer Care NW, they are now planning stages of building a brand new residence just blocks from local treatment centers. This new home will house six patients and their loved ones. Long term housing resources for these patients has been in short supply in Spokane. With the opening of Melody's House of Hope, this will help fill that need. This project is funded solely by the generosity of donations from community partners.

Because There Is Hope is a local non-profit dedicated to providing assistance to cancer patients and their families who come to Spokane for treatment. For ticket information, visit www.becausethereishope.org/events.

Scott Jay joins Baker Construction

Baker Construction & Development, Inc. announces that Scott Jay has joined the Baker team as a senior project manager. After graduating from Central Washington University and obtaining certifications for Healthcare Engineering and Construction, Scott's success in commercial construction industry has brought him to Baker.

Working for other successful general contractors including BNBuilders, Inc and M/A. Mortenson, Scott's resume' of successful projects include:

Global Scholars Hall: $32.1 M - WA State Univ. - Pullman, WA
Chief Joseph Apts.: $16.7 M - WA State Univ. - Pullman, WA
Duncan Dunn Community: $21.6 M - WA State Univ. - Pullman, WA
Metrapark Arena Renovation: $34.2 M - Billings, MT
SPSC Natural Sciences Complex: $19.2 M - Olympia, WA
Providence Cancer Center: $47 M - Everett, WA

Spokane International Airport sets passenger traffic record in 2018

Spokane International Airport (GEG) established a new record number of enplanements with 1,998,949 enplaned passengers traveling through the airport during calendar year 2018. This new record represents a 12.1 percent increase over the previous year's total of 1,782,453 enplanements. Total passenger activity was 3,998,272, a 12.6 percent increase over 2017.

Two Men and a Truck opens in Spokane

Two Men and a Truck Moving company has just opened its first Spokane location at 111 N Vista Road in Spokane Valley. The brand also has plans to open 11 locations and bring up to 220 jobs to the area over the next few years.

29-year-old Chris Jones is leading the charge for the first Spokane location. He began his career with Two Men and a Truck in Boise, Idaho over five years ago as a part-time mover. In a few short years, Chris climbed the company ladder landing a manager position and eventually was offered to own his own location. He jumped on the opportunity to open in Spokane as he saw a need for more movers in the community and had a passion for the great outdoors.

Spokane Valley to open a Farmers Market in June

Spokane Valley has a new event to look forward to as the weather warms up. Beginning in early June, a Farmers Market will be open on Friday evenings, bringing more than fresh produce.

The 2019 Spokane Valley Farmers Market will be a vibrant social gathering every Friday night, from June 7 - September 13, 5-8pm, at the CenterPlace Regional Event Center Parking lot near the Discovery Playground. Join local farmers, artisan crafters, food processors while you meet your neighbors and friends in a festive environment. Food will be available from local food trucks along with live music.

For more details go to spokanevalleyfarmersmarket.org.

New Officers named at Spokane Association of Realtors

The Spokane Association of REALTORS installed its 2019 officers and directors at a recent event at the Centennial Hotel (formerly Red Lion Inn at the Park).

2019 President Gina Mosey, RE/MAX Inland Empire
President-elect Tom Clark, Kestell Company
Secretary Marilyn Amato, Windermere City Group
Treasurer Dave Crosby, American Dream Homes
Director Eric Etzel, Choice Realty
Director Cynthia Gustafson, John L. Scott Inc.
Director Kristy Hamby, Windermere City Group
Director Sara Houk, John L. Scott, Inc.
Director Pam Novell, Windermere Manito
Director Jim Palmer, Jr., Real Estate Marketplace NW, Inc.
Director Abbey Parsons, Coldwell Banker Tomlinson V
Director Bill Richard, Keller Williams Spokane - Branch
Director Rick Richard, John L. Scott, Inc.
Director Taylor Ward, Synergy Properties
Immediate Past-president Ken Sax, Keller Williams Spokane - Main.

The Spokane-Eastern Washington Women's Council of REALTORS installed its 2019 officers at the same event: Brenda McKinley, Jackie Knight, Elaine Edwards, Jennifer Shupe, and Dezda Finn.

The Spokane Young Professionals Network installed its 2019 officers at the same event:

President Matt Side
President-elect, Justin Gray
Secretary, Mercedes Leahy
Community, Matt Battin
Events, Natalie Elliott
Marketing-Communications, Perry Domini
Membership, Tony Byrne
Social Media, Kaya Kennedy
Sponsorhip, Cody Snow
Treasurer, Abbey Parsons
YPN Advisor, Stephanie Johnson
Immediate Past-president, Cynthia Gustafson.

Inland NW RV Show starts Thursday

The 31st Annual Inland Northwest RV Show returns to the Spokane Fair and Expo Center this Thursday through Sunday, January 24-27. It is the largest RV show in the Northwest with over 200,000-square-feet of RVs and accessories. Six dealers in 10 heated buildings packed with RVs. Travel trailers to Motorhomes, hundreds of RVs, Brands, Styles and accessories to choose from. See the Motorhome of the Year and the $450,000 RV (pictured above).

For more information go to www.spokanervshow.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

Thanks to Baker Construction and Development for sponsoring the business thought of the week.

"There are no failures - just experiences and your reactions to them."
Motivational Speaker and Author Tom Krause

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